The £4.50 cream that ‘cured’ my baby’s eczema in just three days: Mother reveals how her baby went from looking like she had measles to ‘spot free’
- Tara Herd’s daughter Olivia would ‘scream the house down’ during a flare-up
- Doctor warned her painful rash may actually be measles or meningitis
- Cream eased her discomfort within just 24hours, with her now being ‘spot free’
A mother has revealed how her baby girl is ‘spot free’ after a miracle cream ‘cured’ her eczema in just days.
Tara Herd claims her then six-week-old daughter Olivia would ‘scream the house down’ during a flare-up, which often left her too distressed to feed.
The 34-year-old rushed Olivia, now 12 weeks, to A&E after a doctor friend warned the newborn may be suffering from measles or meningitis.
After ruling out anything serious, medics recommended Mrs Herd try a barrier cream, which provides an extra protective layer to the skin.
Mrs Herd, of Newbury, Berkshire, tried a £4.50 moisturiser from Childs Farm and was amazed when Olivia’s rash immediately started to die down.
Just three days later, Olivia’s skin was ‘spot free’, with her not having a ‘proper flare-up’ since.
Baby Olivia developed severe eczema at just six weeks old, which left her skin covered in red bumps (seen left). But the now 12-week-old (pictured right with her mother Tara Herd) is ‘spot free’ thanks to a ‘miracle’ £4.50 cream, which got to work on her flare-ups immediately
Pictured as newborn with her mother, father Kieran and three-year-old brother Lucas, Olivia only had ‘the odd spot’ initially, which her parents were not overly concerned about
Pictured, a cream made for children with sensitive skin by Childs Farm
Olivia’s skin first started to flare up when she just a few weeks old, which coincided with her family’s move from Reading to Newbury.
Mrs Herd, who is also mother to three-year-old Lucas, said: ‘She was six weeks old and up until then, although she’d had the odd spot, there’d been nothing to be concerned about.
‘It was like a continual rash across the whole of her face. There were red blotches like welts which spread across her neck and chest.’
The rash ‘came and went’ over several days, before turning ‘completely wild’ one weekend.
Mrs Herd, a depot manager, tried to apply moisturiser to Olivia’s skin, however, it only made matters worse.
‘It flared up into a massive red raw rash and she started crying,’ she said. ‘It felt like it progressed very quickly.
‘She was not feeding properly, nothing was calming her down. She was screaming the house down for about two hours.
‘You could tell from me touching her that it was hurting. It must have been burning her. I just couldn’t calm her down.’
Olivia would ‘scream the house down’ during an eczema flare-up (seen left). The youngster is pictured right just 24hours after her mother began applying the ‘miracle cure’ moisturiser
The red bumps covered Olivia’s head and neck (seen left). Pictured recently on the right, the youngster is ‘spot free’ and has not suffered a ‘proper flare-up’ since the moisturiser
Olivia’s painful flare-ups (seen left) would frequently leave her too distressed to feed. But Olivia was a ‘happy, smiling baby’ (seen right) within just 24hours of the cream being applied
WHAT IS ECZEMA?
Eczema is an inflammatory condition of the skin that leads to redness, blistering, oozing, scaling and thickening.
It usually appears in the first few months of life and affects around 10 per cent of babies.
Eczema’s cause is not fully understood but it is thought to be brought on by the skin’s barrier to the outside world not working properly, which allows irritants and allergy-inducing substances to enter.
It may be genetic due to the condition often running in families.
As well as their skin being affected, sufferers may experience insomnia and irritability.
Many factors can make eczema worse. These may include:
- Heat, dust, soap and detergents
- Being unwell, such as having a cold
- Dry skin
There is no cure for eczema, however, 70 per cent of childhood sufferers no longer have the condition in their teens.
Patients should avoid known triggers for flare ups and use emollients.
Source: British Skin Foundation
Mrs Herd, who is originally from Pretoria in South Africa, called the NHS non-emergency number 111 and also sought the advice of her doctor friend.
After being told to take Olivia to A&E, Mrs Herd and her 38-year-old husband Kieran, an automated door engineer, drove the newborn to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.
Tests ruled out meningitis and measles, with doctors suspecting she may be suffering from an allergy.
Reluctant to prescribe a steroid cream to such a young baby, doctors recommended her parents try a barrier cream.
The family were then discharged at 1am after three hours in hospital.
On the recommendation of another friend, Mrs Herd bought a Childs Farm cream, shampoo and body wash.
‘I could tell straight away it was a miracle cream, because instantly she was calm and soothed,’ Mrs Herd said.
‘Very quickly the rash stopped and became less angry – I’d say within a few hours. You could tell she was no longer in pain.
‘Within 24hours I had my happy, smiling baby back and within three days she was completely spot free. ‘
After using the moisturiser three times a day, Mrs Herd stopped just four or five days later when Olivia’s skin had completely cleared up.
‘She hasn’t had a proper flare up since,’ Mrs Herd said.
‘In her cot she would move her head quite a lot, which I now know was also her trying to relieve the itching, but now she’s stopped doing that completely.’
Mrs Herd, who suffers from eczema herself, also uses the Childs Farm range on her son, who is also susceptible to the skin condition.
‘I’d recommend this moisturiser to anyone,’ she said. ‘It really is a miracle cure.’
Olivia ‘could not be calmed down’ during her flare-ups (seen left). Any other cream would cause her skin to ‘burn’. With the rash now gone, she is much more content (seen right)
Olivia would reportedly move her head around in her cot to try and relieve the itchiness of her rash (seen left). She is pictured recently on the right with her father Kieran Herd
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