I have well and truely had enough of this cold cold cold weather. It feels like it has been a six month long winter. Not only does it mean we have spent little time outside, it has been mean mean mean on Ayla’s skin.
The lastest cold spell (March!!!) has really hit Ayla hard. Just when we should be thinking of stripping off and getting some fresh air Ayla has had a massive flare up. Probably the worst she has been for 2 years and has reduced me to tears.
It has not been like the flare ups of old though. Ever since Ayla has been dairy and wheat free she has pretty much been flare up free too. This flare up wasn’t all over but for the first time ever her poor little face has been soooo sore. She has had cracked skin under her ear lobes, an infected sore above her lip (where she has licked her dry lips, causing them to become dry and cracked…which then became infected) and eczema all along her hair line.
Added to this she had an infection to the eczema behind her knees from scratching at the dry skin. But thankfully after a few weeks hard work she is looking good again. This is what we did to clean it up!!!……
1) Emuvate on skin infection behind knees twice a day for two days.
2) Creaming up every two hours (luckily it was the weekend!!) and wearing of sleepsuits all day and night for two days.
3) Germolene cream on cracked skin behind knees after infection had gone to help healing process. Also used on ears.
4) Cold sore cream on lip to stop infection every hour for two days. Then normal cream as dry.
5) Anto-dandruff shampoo every other day/every three days. Relieves itching and helps with flaky skin.
It has been hard work…but I am sure like any parent reading this blog I would do anything to make Ayla’s eczema away!! So please hurry up warmer weather…we need some naked time!!
Sorry I have been away for soooo long. Been an eventful new year and I am glad January is over. Onwards and upwards is all I can say.
So Ayla was asking for her favourite ‘cheese’ today. We came about Buffalo Mozzarella a bit by accident really. We were at a County Fair and saw a stand selling Buffalo Ice-cream. So I let Ayla have a whole scoop (and we would wait to see what happened). Well that experience will stick with me forever. The first time she has ever chosen her own flavoured icecream (and all her cousins had the same) and she licked the whole tub clean. She LOVED it! I awaited the hives to appear…..they didn’t come!!
My Mum then suggested we try Buffalo Mozarella. We did…and again she was ok. So now it is a bit of a treat. We but wheat free pizza bases and Tesco Finest Buffalo Mozarella and Ayla gets to make her own pizza and gobble it all up!!!
Ayla couldn’t remember the name Buffalo Mozarella at first so we changed it to Gruffalo Cheese!!
Yum yum….worth a try for other dairy sufferers. Start teeny tiny.
It is Christmas Eve..Eve and it is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. I have spent so much time (and money!!) making sure Ayla has lots of yummy ‘Ayla Friendly’ treats for Christmas, – there are biscuits, chocolates, vanilla shakes, crisps etc etc that I completely forgot myself and realised I had nothing in the fridge to even make myself a sandwich for work!!
Oh well….wine and chocolate it is then
Happy Christmas x x x
My niece is totally addicted to buttercream. Seriously if she bakes a cake we are lucky if the buttercream makes it to the cake!! My sister stubbled across these and got her three tubs as a birthday treat!! When we looked at the ingredients, imagine our excitement when we saw they are Ayla Friendly!!
They do say ‘may contain milk’ due to factory handling methods but no wheat or dairy in the ingredients list, even the chocolate flavours. Yum yum – I can not wait to try!!
Sorry it has been a while since I posted, but I am still settling back into work after maternity leave with Baby Bro. Boo hiss boo hiss (work!!)
So it has suddenly turned mega cold. It makes me miserable and it makes Ayla itch. Her poor skin gets so dry in this weather, mainly her neck and joints but everywhere really! We are still trying out the salt baths and I am sure it takes the redness from her skin at the end of the day but I have found I can not bathe her and Baby Bro together so he has his bath first before we chuck the salt in! She did say it stung at first (but that’s like the sea so I guess maybe its working?!).
Let’s get through winter and dream of warmer days……and the motto for Winter is
YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH CREAM!!
Oh the excitement!!!
Now the evenings are drawing in there is nothing better than locking the doors and jumping into your onesie!! Yep that includes mummy. Baby Bro was brought a super cute Giraffe Onesie for his 1st birthday with a tail and ears. Ive got a nice fleecy number with feet and poor Ayls has grown out of hers. Now I like her to wear clothes with a high cotton content as it much kinder for her skin – especially in a warm bed with all that nasty bacteria lurking about.
Well she spefically requested one with feet!! So I have searched high and low for a cotton onesie with feet for a 4 year old!!! And HOORAY I found one in Matalan and she has been wearing it every night since. She can scratch her ankles and is all tucked up and she looks sooooo cute!!!
Now the only problem will be washing and drying it before she notices it missing!!
We have recently returned from a week in Lanzarote. This is Ayla’s first ‘hot’ summer holiday by the beach since being on her ‘Ayla Friendly’ diet. Now I knew from previous experience that both the sun and salt water have a really positive effect on her skin. So I couldnt wait to bring the two things together and see if her skin improved – as well as sticking to her diet and creaming regime.
It took about 3 days for her skin to firstly calm down (she had a minor flare up before we left), then from day 4 it just got better and better!!! Luckily she tans really easily and doesn’t burn so although I kept cream on her during the hottest part of the day. But for an hour in the morning I left cream off and we were vigilent with her emoilients and bathing at the end of the day. The result of a week slashing around in the sea and running around with little on……….beautiful skin!!
The redness went down, the scratches which are seem to be permanent on her ankles have gone. It brought tears to my eyes!!! By the end of the holiday we even let Ayla have a small scoop of icecream….and she was fine!!
10 days on and Ayla’s skin is still looking great. Reason enough for a holiday by the seaside at least once a year I say!!!
175g Ground almonds
150g High cocoa chocolate (Green and Blacks) or dairy free chocolate
125g soya butter
6 eggs (separated)
75g caster sugar
Grease and line 23cm/round springform tin or tray with non stick baking paper.
Place chocolate and 2 tbsp water in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly and whisk in soya butter and egg yolks. Beat egg whites in a separate with a linch of salt, add sugar, beating all the time until thick and shiny. Slowly fold into thick chocolate mixture. Pour mixture into the cake tin and bake for 35-40 minutes until risen and firm to touch.
Yummy. Ayla likes to eat with Alpro soya cream
Sorry it has been a while since I have posted, school holidays, Olympics (additcted to watching!!) so things been side lined.
Just a quick one today. Ive been hoping that we were in the clear, that we wouldn’t have to go through it all again but today I realised I am kidding myself – I think our little boy has eczema. Boooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!
He has had dry patchy skin on his back for a month or so (he is 11 months) but i figured maybe it was from sweat, heat when sleeping, lack of fresh air (!!) etc. But no its pretty obvious this weekend - its eczema. Over his back and tummy and around his neck but no where else, He has been suffering from ‘molluscum contagiosum’ for a few months, and I have read that this can cause eczema whilst the child is suffering from it. Fingers crossed!!
Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is a viral skin infection. The most common symptom of MC is small, firm, raised spots on the skin, which usually form in little clusters. MC is usually painless, although some people may feel mild to moderate itchiness. The condition is not a serious threat to health, but it can be annoying and, in severe cases, it can look ugly. In most cases, MC will go away within 18 months without the need for treatment. The condition is highly infectious. However, most people are resistant to the molluscum contagiosum virus, meaning they are unlikely to develop MC if they come into contact with the virus.
If anyone has any experience of MC then please share!
But I am so gald we are signed up for the Eat Study. Next month he will be down int London for his yearly check up so he will get looked over and advised. Not sure we can fit in more creaming!!!
A recent post in the Our Story section made me think about how we are always trying to reduce stress and keep Ayla calm!! That is because whenever Ayla gets nervous, upset, tired…… stressed - the first thing she does is start having a scratch. It doesnt matter where we are (she is 4!) or what she is doing.
I remember a time last year when Mr G had taken Ayla to the supermarket. Well you all know the advert on TV where small child has a complete meltdown and throws a trantrum right there in the aisle - Ayla took it one step further. On being told she could not have sweets, she threw herself onto the floor wailing, then down came her pants, legs akimbo and she is having a good old scratch in the middle of the aisle while the trolleys move around her. A little embarrasing!!!
There are lots of times when she just needs a good telling off or left to cry it out!! But we can’t leave her to scratch herself until she bleeds so we have to settle her. When she was little we never did the ‘controlled crying’ all the other mums were raving about – I would just have visions of her in her cot reaching any skin she could. Then when she was 18 months we got those great PJs with mittens, feets and buttons down the back so she couldn’t do any damage and we finally cracked the going to sleep!! (now its just keeping her asleep which is the problem!!).
It is funny as Mr G (who still has severe eczema) still does the same when stressed or nervous. You should see our wedding video!!!