Childhood eczema in its early stages can be recognized by red patches in the folds of skin behind arms and legs; and can be easily confused with nappy rash in early stages.
The condition makes the child scratch the affected area causing the infection to spread.
This causes the child to feel uncomfortable, miserable and in extreme cases very distressed.
The condition is usually treated with a course of anti-bacterial creams and emollients to soften the skin.
The author explains that the conventional advice of GP’s and other health professionals is not always the best solution.
Parents are encouraged to embark along a more natural and holistic course of treatment.
This involves the exclusion of additives and colorings in foods known to cause eczema.
The usual recommended creams are discarded in favor of oil of evening primrose; and now seen as really beneficial, pure aloe vera.
Along with sections on diet and medication, natural fibers such as cotton and leather are recommended for clothing and the cleaning of homes with baking soda (bicarbonate of soda).
This book is specifically aimed at children as eczema can continue into adulthood and often leads to other symptoms such as hay fever and asthma.
Therefore there is a lot of information in this book that might also be of use to adults who also suffer from skin complaints such as eczema or psoriasis.
It also features an alphabetical list of all food additives along with their E numbers. Food labels especially do not now state the Enumber but the actual name of the additive usually confusing to the average consumer. This list is an invaluable guide to what you are actually buying and eating.
This book is based on the author's own experience of treating his daughter with chronic childhood eczema to its total eradication using the guidance above.
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About the Author
John Barber was born in London at the height of the UK Post War baby boom. The Education Act of 1944 saw great changes in the way the nation was taught; the main one being that all children stayed at school until the age of 15 (later increased to 16). For the first time working class children were able to reach higher levels of academic study and the opportunity to gain further educational qualifications at University. This explosion in education brought forth a new aspirational middle class; others remained true to their working class roots. The author belongs somewhere between the two. Many of the author’s main characters have their genesis in this educational revolution. Their dialogue though idiosyncratic can normally be understood but like all working class speech it is liberally sprinkled with strange boyhood phrases and a passing nod to cockney rhyming slang. John Barber’s novels are set in fictional English towns where sexual intrigue and political in-fighting is rife beneath a pleasant, small town veneer of respectability. They fall within the cozy, traditional British detective sections of mystery fiction. He has been writing professionally since 1996 when he began to contribute articles to magazines on social and local history. His first published book in 2002 was a non-fiction work entitled The Camden Town Murder which investigated a famous murder mystery of 1907 and names the killer. This is still available in softback and as an ebook, although not available from Smashwords John Barber had careers in Advertising, International Banking and the Wine Industry before becoming Town Centre Manager in his home town of Hertford. He is now retired and lives with his wife and two cats on an island in the middle of Hertford and spends his time between local community projects and writing further novels.