Julia Simmonds is a mother to the gorgeous Christian and Sofia, a registered pharmacist and founder of Itchy Baby Co. Itchy Baby Co produce natural products for parents of children who suffer from eczema and sensitive skin.
I recently interviewed Julia to find out more about herself and her fantastic products.
Fun question to start with! What did you have for breakfast this morning?
This morning, like every morning, I felt my way to my coffee machine and drew a very long black. Made the kids breakfast and then blended a spinach, banana, ginger, cinnamon and oat smoothie. I really like this for breakfast because I can sip it on the go.
Why did you create Itchy Baby Co?
Itchy baby co. was born from a really dark place. I was struggling to manage my little boy Christian’s eczema and desperate to try anything which would give him some relief physically and me some relief emotionally. Finally I stumbled across the wonder of colloidal oatmeal and it grew from there.
What was the turning point in your son’s recovery?
I would love to say it was only using natural itchy baby co. products and the sticking to our bathtime and moisturising routine every day, and no doubt this has been a huge part of it. Other changes I have made is trying to keep what we eat and any products used in our home as natural, organic, unprocessed and chemical free as possible.
What’s your opinion on the link between food allergies/intolerances and eczema?
With eczema we are always looking for something which can bring our little ones relief, and eliminating certain foods from your child’s diet is really tempting. In some children with severe eczema taking away certain foods from their diet can help manage their eczema. It’s important to remember that foods can be a trigger for eczema but eating a particular food does not cause eczema. So, taking away a food from your child’s diet might improve their skin, but will not cure their eczema.
What’s your advice to parents whose children have eczema?
Stay strong. You are doing the best you can. Not everything you do will get results and often it’s a combination of different things you try which can help your child.
What does a typical day in your life look like?
Moisturising, moisturising, bath time and then more moisturising. In between that I spend time connecting with parents who are living with the challenge of managing their child’s eczema by email, facebook, insta and writing my blog. On really special days I’m testing new itchy baby co. products on my Christian and Sofia and many of their friends.
How do you try and keep a healthy, balanced life?
Mentally I always try to look ahead and keep focused on my mission to help young families struggling with eczema. Physically I keep an exercise mat in my home office and try to make regular contact with it. Emotionally I cuddle my children as often as they’ll let me.
(please note I receive no commission from any sales of this product, I just highly rate it!)