The Beginning…

Our eczema journey began in 2009 when Rah was diagnosed with eczema very young. Her first outbreak was around 6 months old. We were able to keep them under control until about age 2.5.  She began having extreme outbreaks and one morning we noticed a red place the size of a quarter on her leg. When we were heading out that evening we notice it had tripled in size and was warm to the touch. We immediately took her to the ER and they told us to go straight to the children’s hospital that we would be admitted when we got there. We arrived and they started IV’s and worked on getting us a room. She stayed for 48 hours receiving IV antibiotics and we were told to follow up with a pediatric dermatologist.

The first outbreak in staph came 48 hours after her first trip to a restaurant play area. After this we never took her or any of our other 3 kids to indoor play places, chuck e cheese etc. We didn’t let her go to preschool, church nurseries, the gym kids club or anywhere that we knew would breed bacteria. My older daughter who is now 12 was somewhat put out with the fact that a lot of fun kids activities were off the table because we couldn’t expose Rah to the germs and even though she understood she was still resentful.

Our boys were 1 and 3 during the study and I would typically bathe Rah and one or both of the boys with her, but once she started getting these infections we couldn’t put them in the bath with her. We had to worry she could pass the staph infections to them or vice versa. We had to sterilize the tubs between their baths and hers. Instead of fast quick bath time it became a long process of about an hour to bath her, bleach the tub and put various types of steroids in many different areas and anytime we went anywhere in public where she would touch shopping carts, furniture etc she would have to be bathed and we couldn’t just put it off. It was a vicious cycle and I really had to weigh the importance of what we were doing. Was it worth the strain to go in order to come home and start the bath ritual or was it easier to stay home and not have to worry as much about exposure to get another possible infection.

While we were waiting to see dermatologist we were also testing her for autoimmune disease and seeing every kind of doctor possible. Her lungs weren’t clear; she was having respiratory problems, ear infections and a lot of overall general health issues. We couldn’t get into the dermatologist for 6-8 weeks so she remained on the strongest antibiotics they could give a child her age and got another staph infection this time in her toe. We called the dermatologist after going back to the ER and he got us in immediately. He told us to try several different steroids and come back in 6 weeks. We did and nothing had changed. That day he told us about the CLnbodywash study and we got started. The day the study began Dr. Ghali told us that Rah’s body was 40% covered.

Rah's Feet Before the Study
Rah’s Feet Before the Study
We were using two different topical steroids and being very diligent about her skin being exposed to any possible germs. We were told to follow up with him every 4-6 weeks of the study. After the first week I decided to completely discontinue all steroid use as we were seeing AMAZING results. We used CLn 2-3 times a week and we wouldn’t bathe her in between at all. By the end of the 12 weeks Rah was down from 40% covered to 1%. This is from a child who has had some kind of eczema 2.5 years without ANY remission.

Rah's Feet 12 weeks after we started using CLn Bodywash
Rah’s Feet 12 weeks after we started using CLn Bodywash
As I mentioned before, we had to be diligent in watching Rah’s skin and what it was exposed to. CLn worked so well for Rah we started using it on our boys as soon as the study ended. They both suffer from mild eczema.

I will continue to share more of our skincare stories and our love affair with CLn Bodywash!  Please feel free to share you skincare stories with me.  And ask any questions that you would like!

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7 thoughts on “The Beginning…

  1. I have not tried the CLn products, mostly because they contain SLES. But, since late last year I have been seeing great success taking bleach baths for my eczema.

    It would be nice to have the option to use a bleach-containing cleanser like the CLn products, but my skin is still far too sensitive to such a wide variety of chemicals that I’m stuck with the ordeal of time consuming baths in bleach, instead. And, following an emergent infection in July of last year, the higher concentration of chlorine in a bath soak seems to be very effective at knocking out even some very stubborn microbes. Of course, there are times when even bleach need a little help, but I’m finally getting things under a reasonable amount of control.

    I have become a firm believer that microbial colonisation–with or without an active infection–is a large, if not primary, factor in most eczematous skin inflammation.

    So glad to hear that you’ve found a product that works for you kids.

  2. I am so sorry to hear that you are struggling like this. I know how you feel I have struggled with eczema for two years now but I imagine it is much more difficult when it is your child that is suffering. I hope you find something that works, I’ll be sure to keep an eye on your blog because I love reading about eczema experienced from someone else’s perspective. I’ve only just started blogging myself although I think the treatments I review and try would probably be much too harsh for young skin x

    1. It was very difficult. However, the wash I posted about changed our lives. She hasn’t had an issue with eczema in 4 years. She’s be steroid free since the first week of the study. It was a long journey but thanks to CLnbodywash we have come out on top!

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