Absence – A dry skin dilemma

13 Feb

I have not been posting for months now. There is a lot to share, just that I have not made the time.

I have been through a cycle of major sleep deprivation and thus totally zombied. The culprit: ECZEMA. I was only the secondary victim. The real sufferer was Zakariyya (3).

This was my itch kit. All sorts of moisturising creams, prescription steroid creams, natural oils, bandages . . . .

The poor child was practically hurting himself by scratching. He could not sleep due to his itch. We have even had to bandage his arms and legs to stop him from scratching. After blood tests and an allergy test, Alhamdulillah, Zakariyya was not reacting to anything in his food or environment. It was just plain old dry skin condition that breaks into an inflammation. He has extremely dry skin which makes him vulnerable.

It was a very trying and frustrating time for us as parents. Many a times, nothing really helped in relieving his itch. Alhamdulillah with lots of dua and a switch to more natural herbal treatment, Zakariyya’s eczema is under control.

These are some of the things we are currently using on his skin:

1. Almond oil for general moisturising

2. A blend of natural oils specific for eczema. You can mix your own or purchase a blend from natural food stores.

3. A bath scrub made of moong bean flour, chick pea flour, a little turmeric and yoghurt/milk. This is just a traditional East Indian bath scrub. Ironically I used it on my children when they were babies, then forgot all about it!



Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


8 responses to “Absence – A dry skin dilemma

  1. Umm Maimoonah

    February 14, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Assalaamu Alaikum!
    Subhanallaah, May Allaah make it easy for all of you. Aameen. I can imagine , I am just feeling the pain subhanallaah! Nice to have you back, And jazzakillaah Khayr for sharing the remedies. May Allaah cure the little one and you completely Aameen!

    • Umm Sayang

      February 14, 2012 at 8:39 am

      Assalamualaikum Umm Maimoonah.
      Aameen to your duas.

  2. ummadam98

    February 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Assalaamu alaikum.
    SubhanAllah, it’s really hard having to manage a child with eczema; my daughter has it too alhamdulillah.
    We also use soap nuts to treat my daughters eczema; we found it really beneficial and it had an immediate affect on her condition alhamdulillah. I boil then steep the nuts to make a soap for bathing..adding a little tea tree or lavander oil and we also used the nuts in a sock/net for in the washing machine to to wash her clothes. I’m not sure where in the world you are located but you can buy them on Ebay inshaAllah! I am going to try the scrub you shared too inshaAllah, jazakillahu khyran. Am I right in assuming that you just mix all the ingrediants into a thick paste?

    May Allah ta’ala make it easy for you all inshaAllah. Ameen. xXx

    • Umm Sayang

      February 14, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      Assalamualaikum Umm Adam.
      First of all, Aameen to your dua 🙂
      Jazakillah for this info dear sis. Soap nuts, Subhanallah never heard of them. Insha-Allah will look into it. We live in Alberta, Canada, a rather dry place!
      It looks like there’s a Canadian soap nut company called Greener Living.

      As for the scrub, yes you’d have to mix them into a paste.

  3. Janelle

    February 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I like that you are working with more natural treatments for your small child. Have you considered supplementing with coconut oil orally? I would feed my toddler several tbs/day, you can mix it with honey if that makes it more appealing. Often dry skin is improved not just from the outside but the inside too. Peace.

    • Umm Sayang

      February 23, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      Hello Janelle.
      Thank you for taking the time to comment and make suggestion. I will look into the coconut oil supplement. Thanks again.

  4. raisingsahabas

    March 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Assalamu alaykum,
    we have really suffered from eczema and dry skin with my 3 year old too. May Allah give yours shifaa. We have tried so many things from chinese herbal medicine to homeopathy, from goats milk to turmeric. all different types of diets including no dairy products at one point etc. But, we have noticed she is allergic to certain food. Do you live in the UK sis. If so how could you get your GP do blood test and allergy test? we have been back and forth to doctors so many times but they are so reluctant to go ahead with any test or serious examination. They say it is just a skin condition that will pass, that a child grows out of it.

  5. Umm Sayang

    March 6, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Waalaikum Salaam Sister ‘RaisingSahabas’.
    As per my post, we have Alhamdulillah manage to get an allergy test. It was all negative.
    And Subhanallah just as per your comments, we also have tried all sort of diet at different points … all to no avail.
    And yes, all the doctors say is that the child will outgrow it. Insha-Allah, we have resorted to a more natural treatment and we continue with our duas for him.


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