Delphine, when did your son develop atopic dermatitis?
Hugo started scratching and his skin became extremely dry. His condition was finally diagnosed as being atopic dermatitis.
Is Hugo’s atopic eczema a problem?
However, it was very hurtful for both my husband and me when people made comments about our son in the street or looked at him in a funny way. When he got older, he developed a terrible complex because of his scaly skin.
His friends at school even started making fun of him. And at night, he couldn’t sleep very well because his skin was so itchy. He would sometimes scratch his skin until he drew blood!
Have you found an effective treatment?
We washed our carpets, curtains and Hugo’s stuffed animals on a very frequent basis. When we gave him a bath, we always used gentle soap and fragrance-free cleansers.
This way, he was in contact with very few irritants. And, we made sure that his skin was always optimally moisturized. Luckily, Hugo’s atopic dermatitis finally went away when he was about 10. When I look back, I think: “what a nightmare that was!”