Raising a baby is supposed to mean plenty of cuddles, soaking up that sweet baby smell, and gushing over that soft, smooth baby skin. But what happens when baby’s skin isn’t so soft and cuddly?
Joanne Nevin, 28, is raising her family in the U.K. Nevin is painfully familiar with the burden that comes with battling severe eczema, after fighting to cure her 1-year-old daughter’s skin condition.
Nevin’s baby, Kelisha, was three months old when she first presented with signs of eczema. The painful sores covered her face and body, and would bleed, itch, and blister.
Nevin said her sweet baby “looked like she’d had boiling water poured over her.” Going out in public with her baby was often awkward and uncomfortable, as Nevin tried to ignore the wondering stares that came her way.
“By the time Kelisha was six months old, she had been in and out of the doctors and appointments with a pediatrician,” Nevin explained.
“She was given prescription steroids and emollients, they all worked temporarily, but after a couple of weeks, the symptoms would come back.”
As a mother, it was painfully difficult to watch her baby suffer from the constant itching and pain. Determined to help Kelisha feel happier in her own skin, Nevin took a chance on a baby moisturizer that promised safer ingredients with a reasonable price tag.
“I read an article about Child’s Farm online, so I decided to give it a go,” Nevin explained. “Within four weeks Kelisha was like a different baby.”
Nevin was amazed as her baby’s skin began to heal. Before her very eyes, Kelisha’s skin became the soft, buttery baby skin we all know and love.
Kelisha’s overall disposition improved as well, now that she wasn’t agitated by her skin.
“She had always been a happy, smiley baby, even when her skin was bad, but once we started using the products she was smiling all the time,” Nevin expressed.
“Eczema can be an incredibly upsetting condition for parents and children,” said Child’s Farm dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Crawley.
“It’s a condition that comes and goes, with good days and bad days, making it all the more frustrating, particularly in little ones.”
At the end of the day, it’s a parent’s continual willingness to fight for their child that gets the win, even if the end solution looks different for each family.
While there is no one-size-cures-all when it comes to eczema, Kelisha’s story offers what many frustrated families need: hope.
“I am just over the moon to have such a happy baby back again,” Nevin expressed.
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