A steroid-free cream for babies and children.
My daughter, Hanaan (18 months) has suffered from eczema since she was about 7 months old. During the summer, it was bad; itchy, red and blotchy arms made it impossible for her to play undisturbed. When I looked into treatments, we came across a few, all of which promised relief, and in some cases, even the restoration of the skin’s natural barrier.
A few moms recommended clean, fragrance free aqueous cream, while others swore by Epimax and E45. We tried them all. We always knew that cortisone/steroid creams have been used for many generations, and has often helped with the skin condition, and especially the exasperating itch that goes with it. We were at our wits end, since the itching carried on through the night, often leaving the inside of her arms inflamed by sunrise.
We resorted to Biocort, mixed with fragrance free aqueous cream – there was an instant change. The itch almost stopped immediately after application. We knew the long term effects could be unsafe so we used it only when she stuck out her arm, scratching, waiting for us to remedy it. Psychologically, it got to the point where she would not fall asleep until the cream was applied, which very quickly, started to show a different side of itself, it broke down the skin’s pigmentation, and she was left with white blotches.
After searching high and low, we discovered a pamphlet at a local pharmacy in Southfield, promoting a cortisone FREE ointment, Dermalex, for babies and toddlers (as well as for adults) suffering from eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. After enquiring, it was explained that they did not stock it since it was a bit pricey but ordered it on request– at this point, I was not aware that one could purchase it at Clicks stores. I contacted the manufacturer Omega Labs, and they offered to send me samples.
We’ve been applying the cream for two weeks, and we’re seeing results. Her arms are less blotchy, and she no longer complains about them. She does ask for cream to be applied, but also assured me that she notices the difference. I got a ‘Mom, Hanaan arm nice’ a week ago – just a week after we commenced the treatment. Yes, she does still itch, and the inflamed areas are not clear, but we’re seeing a change. The great thing about this product is that we can apply it as many times as needed, since the absence of steroids makes this clinically proven self-treatment, safe. It is also evident that it’s working to restore her skin’s natural barrier because the affected area changed from a bright red and almost moist (because of the joint area), to pale and dry.
It has healed her left arm faster than her right, but we trust that continual use will attain even greater results a few more weeks from now. For more information about Dermalex, please visit their Facebook page at Dermalex South Africa and their website http://www.dermalex.co.za/.