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Healing Eczema – A Nutritionalist view point

Healing eczema from a nutritionalist view point.

Hi there my name is Kim Holmes and I am a mum and Nutritionist. I have 2 children, my little B’s, hence the name of my business; The Healthy Little B. My eldest, daughter Billie has had in the past, only mild eczema, but a little patch on her face – it needed to go! If it were behind her knees or in the cracks of her elbows (where likely spots can be) – I wouldn’t have cared as much. In addition, she also had dust mite allergies, irritability and sensitivities – I knew I had to heal her internally as there was definitely a hypersensitivity going on. And by internally I mean treating her gut, reducing inflammation, performing food sensitivity tests and altering her diet.

Of course the food intolerance test showed up the ‘usual suspects’ – gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs. My kids don’t really have any gluten or much dairy but I was a little sad that eggs came up – a great nutritional powerhouse! Spelt, pineapple and almonds also were present. Perhaps I was over-dosing with almond milk!

Anyway, cutting a long story short, we removed the culprits, began our rotation diet and developed (with also the help of a fab Naturopath), a great supplement regime.

Here is what works with healing our eczema:

  1. Probiotics – there are many strains out there but the probiotic strain Lactobacillus Rhamnosus (LGG) is specific for its use in healing eczema.
  2. Other gut-healing nutrients – such as glutamine is a lovely nutrient to really heal any inflammation that may be present in the gut.
  3. Omega 3 – the ultimate in reducing inflammation and hydrating the dry eczema patches.
  4. Vitamin A – is needed for the health of the lining of our digestive system.
  5. Vitamin D – studies continue to show that vitamin D is needed for skin health and plays a role in allergy reduction. Don’t be afraid to get your little ones out in the lovely winter sun!
  6. Hydration – dry winter weather, heated air-conditioners don’t help with eczema. Drink loads of filtered water and research natural + organic topical creams to aid the healing.

(PS – after doing this for a while, we re-tested her intolerances. Pineapple, almonds and spelt had no reaction – yay! There was even a better tolerance to goat’s cheese).

Whilst it is great to have a diet rich in the above nutrients such as oily fish, flaxseeds, fermented foods etc – in order to really get a hold on eczema – it is good to invest in high quality supplements and in therapeutic doses to get any effect, just for a set amount of time.

This really worked for us. My daughter hasn’t had any patches for a while now. I believe a diet rich in wholefoods, low or nil gluten, sugar and dairy really does help. Not only for eczema but also for bloated little bellies, behaviour, attention and sleep.

Be sure to contact myself or another qualified health professional before you embark on a supplement regime.

About Kim

Kim is mother to two gorgeous children and a qualified nutritionalist based in Sydney, Australia.  She also holds a Bachelor of Health Science as well as a certificate in paediatric nutrition. Kim’s passion is to share her knowledge with other families and to help them reach their potential in terms of living a healthy nourished life through private consults, cooking workshops, education and more.

Find Kim here:

www.thehealthylittleb.com.au

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One Step Forward Two Steps Back

Do you ever feel that you’re making progress and then something hits you out of the blue and you feel like you’re actually going backwards?!  This is how I’ve felt the past few weeks with Miss Gracie’s niggly issues.

Shortly after I published how I cleared Gracie’s Eczema I started to notice to my horror mild eczema developing on the back of her legs and went into full mother panic mode!! I think I jinxed myself writing this piece!

Since completely clearing her eczema nearly a year ago she’s never had a flare up and whereas before there was a more obvious connection to why, this time around I’m totally baffled.

We were just in the process of starting to reintroduce some foods (I can’t see a connection with these foods yet) so that has now gone on the back burner.  I’ve now stopped giving her Mutaflor (specific probiotic to help chronic constipation) for a couple of weeks to see if that makes a difference, but again so far it seems to be getting worse not better so I’m thinking of just reintroducing this again!

To make everything else compounded we have just gone to get a second opinion with a Paediatric Gastro for her chronic constipation issues that just aren’t getting any better.  The Gastro felt her stomach and said that she was ‘very’ full of poo and that we would need to clear her out.  She will also need to be on laxatives throughout the entire summer (we’re currently in winter in Australia).

When discussing how it all started his attitude towards Grace having a sensitivity to dairy was as I imagined it to be – disregard!  As her allergy testing came back negative, in his mind he thinks there isn’t an issue and that it’s a coincidence and to do with introducing solids.  I knew this would  be the mindset of a doctor in the mainstream and this is why I normally choose to see only doctors in the integrative/functional space, but sometimes you get to the point where you can see things aren’t improving and you need to exhaust every avenue to get back on the right track.

I did explain that our issues initially started when we transitioned to cows milk and that within hours of consumption she would break out in hives, eczema and then the chronic constipation started.  Was I just imagining this?  Was there another reason?  Either way poor Gracie is literally full of poo and it needed to be cleared, so I have spent nearly the whole week of last week clearing her out. What should have taken one day, had taken three days and this mamma is strained and stressed.

So now we are going to wait for her next check-up with her Gastro and see how her eczema is then and look to book in to see an Integrative Dr to work alongside her current treatment plan  to try and get to the bottom of her current eczema flare up.

So that’s where we are currently at, checking, waiting, hoping and writing food diaries!!

If you child is going through similar, come and connect over on my chat and support group.

 

 

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Clearing Gracie’s Eczema

Eczema cured without steroid creams.

 

So I’ve recently created a Support and Chat group as an offshoot to my Instagram and Facebook pages as I wanted to create a comfortable and safe place for parents or carers to discuss what they’re currently going through and share knowledge with others going through similar.  I would love for you to join and for us to connect so we can share more of these stories.

Since creating this group I keep getting asked how I cleared Gracie’s eczema and I realised that I haven’t written a more clear and detailed outline on what we did and what worked for us.  Obviously every child is different and I’m not a medical professional, I’m just a Mum who did her research out of desperation to help her daughter.

You can read more about the beginning of our story here

Eczema is a sign that there is inflammation within the body, once you get your head around this you can move forward in working out the causes and helping your child heal.  Unfortunately creams just mask the problems and don’t get to the root cause (believe me I’ve been there!).

One of the main causes of Eczema is ‘Leaky Gut Syndrome‘ which Gracie was diagnosed as having.  This is when the lining of the gut becomes thin and small food particles leak through the gut wall and cause inflammation and food sensitivities.  Gluten and dairy are the biggest food causes for causing eczema, for us it was dairy.  Gracie would consume milk and within hours break out in hives and then eczema all over her body.

Now I understand there can be other triggers for eczema such as environmental rather than food but either way it all comes down to inflammation and the gut plays a major factor.

So how did we tackle it?

  1. We worked out what her triggers were
  2. We eliminated the triggers for quite sometime to give her gut time to rest
  3. We introduced gut healing food
  4. Reintroduction

Working out the triggers

So how did we work out the triggers?  At the beginning of our journey it was quite obvious that dairy was causing a lot of issues. Grace would have milk and with within hours be breaking out in hives and then eczema patches.  She had IgE testing and it all came back negative for the common food allergies and nothing else showed up in other blood work testing.

I decided to get her tested for food intolerances, IgG testing.  If you’re in Australia (Sydney) and interested in Food Intolerance testing I highly recommend Australian Biologics where I took Grace.  Otherwise an Integrative Doctor or even a good Naturopath should be able to assist you with this.

Food Intolerance testing is done via a painless finger prick test and they have a finer paediatric needle for children – Grace didn’t even flinch when she had hers done, which was a relief!  What I like about Australian biologics is that there testing seems to be way more comprehensive than any other tests I’ve seen on the market within Australia.

If you’re finding working out the triggers to be unclear, gluten and dairy are normally the two main food offenders for causing eczema and I would also recommend keeping a food diary to see if you work out a pattern.

Gut rest

Once we worked out the suspected triggers we eliminated them.   I had suspected dairy all along, it wasn’t until we saw Gracie’s Integrative Paediatrician who used her IgG test results as a guide that she just advised us to just stop completely which was overwhelming at first.  One of the main reasons I had sat on the fence for a bit, was my concern for her calcium intake  and how I would make this up without her consuming any form of  dairy.

As well as eliminating these foods I basically ditched anything that was from a packet or even remotely processed.

It took around a three months for Gracie’s eczema to clear completely, the early days are frustrating as you think nothing is happening but slowly and surely her skin cleared and it’s remained clear with no flare ups!

Healing Foods

During this time we rested Gracie’s gut, along with her supplements we tried to introduce as many healing foods as we could.

  • Bone broth – if you’re going to make anything make this!  It’s super easy to make and can be drunk as is, base of a soup and used for cooking casseroles etc
  • As well as taking a good probiotic, I try and make sure Gracie has foods that have Prebiotic properties – so foods that help the existing good flora within the gut.  So think banana flour, onions, leeks and garlic (she’s not keen yet on Sauerkraut ha!)

Reintroduction

Using her IgG test results as a guide, I have very slowly over time tested and reintroduced some foods that showed a lesser reaction successfully.  This is something that we continue to work on in conjunction with her chronic constipation issues (so far she’s never had an eczema flare up!)  The idea being if the gut is healed then these foods should be ok to reintroduce, but this is a process that requires testing and we still have some foods that we have yet to reintroduce on the advice of her doctor because her other issue is yet to be resolved.

I would like to thank Dr Ana-Maria Temple of Family Wellness Tips for allowing me to share some of her wonderful and informative videos that I think you will find really helpful connected to this subject.  Dr Temple is a Paediatrician currently practising in New Zealand, Wife and Mum to 3 beautiful children. Make sure you follow her on Instagram to watch her fantastic 1 minute Paediatric advice videos and wellness tips.

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Gut Healing

Leaky Gut

Eczema

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Dairy Alternatives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How I cured my daughters eczema without steroid creams.

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Eczema Cream – My Top Picks

Eczema

If your child suffers from eczema you’ve most likely tried in your despair A LOT of creams!!!  I think I’ve tried and spent more money than I care to remember!

I don’t believe in using chemical laden products, over the past few years we’ve tried to transition to using chemical-free products and that includes what we put on our skin.

With so many different creams on the market it can be overwhelming, I’ve compiled my top three that I’ve personally tested on Gracie’s skin and recommend.

My top three eczema creams:

My top tips for caring for eczema and sensitive skin:

  • If possible, wash your child every other day – water can be very drying (I know this is harder for older children)
  • Add 1-2 tea tree oil drops in bath, helps to reduce bacteria that eczema sufferers typically have on their skin (test cautiously first)
  • Bathe for no more than 10 minutes
  • Moisturise within 2/3 minutes of coming out the bath to lock in the moisture on skin
  • Winter months put a dehumidifier on in you child’s room as if you put the heating on etc, it can make the air very dry which can exacerbate things
  • Avoid swimming in chlorine, before swimming apply a thick layer of cream to create a barrier. Shower immediately and apply moisturiser immediately (If you’re in Sydney, Australia check out Little Bay Swimming School)

How do you care for your child’s Eczema and what cream do you use?

 

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Allergy Families Interview

Vivian is a Doctor originally from the UK and has recently relocated with her family to the States.  Both Vivian’s children have suffered from severe allergies which has lead to the creation of her fantastic Blog ‘Allergy Families‘ which is an amazing resource for families who have allergies and food intolerances.

I recently caught up with Vivian to find out more about herself and her blog.

What made you start your blog?

I’ve wanted to start a blog for a long time now…. but just never found the time juggling being a GP and mum to two young kids.

It is incredible how unaware the general public and medical professionals can be with allergy. They don’t take it seriously and many medical professionals miss the diagnosis because symptoms can be so subtle and there are just no good tests for some allergies. My daughter was hospitalised and tube fed at 8 weeks of age because no doctor (including myself) recognised her symptoms as being caused by milk allergy. People thought she had reflux, then behavioural issues, because she just stopped feeding. She would cry with hunger, drink a little bit of milk then push the bottle away, arch her back and turn her head. She cried all the time and I was desperate and sleep deprived. It wasn’t until I did my own research and found a dietician with expertise in the area that she got the help she needed. Thankfully it is probably more widely recognised now, but if it was so hard for a doctor to help her own children with allergies, I can’t imagine what it is like for non-health professionals.

Since I started researching and learning about allergies, I have been able to be an advocate for my patients, friends whose children have blaringly obvious food allergies (to me anyway) but undiagnosed by their own doctors.

That’s why I started my blog – I didn’t want my help to be restricted to those who knew me. I knew that if I started a blog my reach could be much wider, and I would be able to help more people. I wanted to share my journey, tips and useful medical information I learnt along the way.

There are many things which I found out that are helpful for kids with allergies which my allergists never told me. Things like probiotics – which a lot of allergists still insist has no good evidence but I believe gut health is key to children outgrowing allergies.

Do you think being a Doctor made the process to get a diagnoses and treatment plan easier?

Yes and No. To this day I still have massive mother guilt for missing the diagnosis in my own daughter. But I had access to a network of top healthcare professionals and I’m sure my daughter’s diagnosis would be even more delayed had it not for my own contacts.

Treatment plan is another matter – I was in desperate search for things that would help my daughter outgrow her allergies. Maybe I was in denial, maybe I just did not want to spend the rest of my life constantly worrying about accidental ingestion and walking on eggshells. This was where I felt like I was up against a brick wall. No one gave me any answers. Everyone told me to just avoid the food and hope they outgrew their allergies. But I did not want to do that. So I did my own research and reading, attended all the allergy lectures to gain a better understanding. In a way, being a doctor has helped because I knew where to look for reliable information, and I had access to all the allergy training events.

What advice would you give parents who suspect their child has a food allergy or intolerance?

Trust your gut instincts – you really do know your child best. Read my blog post on subtle symptoms of allergy (http://allergyfamilies.com/food-allergies/how-to-know-my-child-has-a-food-allergy/) – it is not all lip swelling/rash/wheezing. The symptoms can be so subtle: constipation, abdominal pains, aversive feeding, diarrhoea. If you suspect your child might have an allergy – don’t stop looking for a doctor who takes you seriously! Western tests are good at picking up IgE mediated allergies (but these are really easy to spot anyway, you don’t need a test when someone’s lips swell up after eating something). But it is the non IgE allergies which are being missed all the time and it is a shame that children and their parents are suffering unnecessarily because doctors are not trained to spot these. Just because a skin prick test or blood test is negative, does not mean your child is not allergic to a food. Elimination is actually the gold standard but this should not be done without consulting a healthcare professional first.

How are your children now?

My daughter is 8 and she was allergic to milk, egg and peanut. She has outgrown all these now. My son is 6, and was allergic to milk, egg, wheat, kiwi, peanut, walnut, pecan, cod, lemons and now ‘just’ allergic to milk, peanut, walnut, pecans.  He is currently on the milk ladder where I am introducing boiled milk at small increments to see if he can tolerate it, and he appears to be starting to grow out of his milk allergy too (touch wood)!

What’s been your biggest learning curve?

Broadening my mind and horizon to what I didn’t know. Before my kids, I was a pretty narrow minded doctor who would laugh at anything holistic or complementary (e.g. homeopathy) because the scientific evidence for these are weak. However, mainstream medicine failed me when I needed it. I was not able to help my daughter and it was so frustrating for me as a doctor. The more I read, the more I realised that the gut is central to a lot of diseases. And actually, focusing on ‘allergy’ without assessing gut health is treating surface symptoms without the root cause, I became more open minded through my own research and reading; I realised that, actually, integrative medicine is the best way to practise medicine. Now I use nutrition and natural remedies in combination with mainstream medicine.

What are you favourite gut boosting foods?

  • Fermented foods because they contain enzymes to help us digest the food, probiotics and prebiotics
  • Probiotics supplement
  • Bone broth – there is a reason why this gem is found in culinary traditions around the world – it contains amino acids and collagen which is healing for the gut.
  • Fibre – a high fibre diet supports the growth of beneficial bacteria in your gut, and if probiotic supplement is not supported by a high fibre intake, the expensive bacteria wouldn’t survive in your gut anyway. Children do need calories to grow, however, so be careful to balance this as most high fibre foods are not calorific.

Find out more about Vivian and her blog here (sign-up to her newsletter to receive her weekly tips): www.allergyfamilies.com

 

A doctor and allergy mum's journey to help her severely allergic children grow out of their allergies. If you're interested in functional medicine this is a must read.

Viv's Healing Bone Broth

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Ingredients

  • 3 lb (1.3Kg) marrow bones (grass fed beef preferably)
  • 18 cups water
  • 5 pieces of cloves
  • 2 pieces of star anise
  • 1 piece of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of black peppercorn
  • 1 whole onion
  • 1 whole bulb of garlic
  • 1 inch segment of ginger

Instructions

1

In an oven or over a grill, char the onion, bulb of garlic and ginger - I normally put it on a top rack in the oven and put on full heat grill. The onion and garlic will char first - remove these, and let the ginger char slightly. Let it cool down, and remove the completely burnt bits.

2

In a pan, roast the cloves, star anise, cinnamon, black peppercorns - low heat, this brings out their flavor. When cooled, place into a spice bag (you can get these in asian supermarkets, or make them yourself from muslin/cheese cloth. If you don't mind the odd bit of peppercorn in your soup, you can also just drop these loose into the pan.

3

Parboil the bones - in a pan, put the bones in and cover with just enough water, and bring to boil with lid on. Let it boil for 2-3 minutes. Drain and wash all the impurities that have come out in the boil with water.

4

Put parboiled, cleaned bones back in the pan, put in 18 cups of water. add the spice bag (or just drop the spices in loose).

5

Bring back to boil. Then switch to low heat and leave on stove for at least 8 but up to 24 hours ( I normally do 10, by that time you really start to see the broth turning cloudy which indicates all the amino acids, collagen being boiled into the soup).

Notes

You can make bone broth using any vegetables but I like to add herbs that are good for the digestion/gut to give it even more goodness: Cloves - great for digestion, and rich in antioxidants (fights tissue and free radical damage) Black peppercorn - again fabulous for digestion and also increases bioavailability of lots of nutrients, helping the body to absorb them Star anise - anti fungal, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant Cinnamon - anti-inflammatory (helps body repair any inflamed or damaged tissue), improves insulin sensitivity, reduces heart disease

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Julia Simmonds – Itchy Baby Co Interview

 

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!)

 

Itchy Baby Co Interview. Julia Simmonds is a mother (and registered pharmacist) to a child who had severe eczema so she created a product to help ease his condition.

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Sunscreen Review: Eczema and sensitive skin

Summertime

As we’re currently enjoying summer here in Australia I thought it would be pertinent to talk about sunscreen for sensitive and eczema prone skin.

Gracie’s eczema has virtually cleared, but she still has very sensitive skin and I’m extremely careful what I put on it and that includes sunscreen.

So I thought I would compile my top 3 that I have personally used and recommend.

Eco Logical Baby Sunscreen SPF 30+ $19.95

Eco logical Baby Sunscreen SPF 30+

We used this sunscreen when Gracie was much younger, they also do a ‘body’ one for older children/adults.

It does have a slightly thick consistency and does leave a slight white reflect.

Ingredients:

Active ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20%. Inactive ingredients: Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Silicon Dioxide, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Butyrospermum Parkii Seed (Shea) Butter, Euphorbia Antisyphilitica (Candelilla) Wax, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensia (Jojoba), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado), Rosa Canina (Rosehips) Seed Oil, Carota Sativa (Carrot) Oil, Botswellia Carterii (Frankincense)

Wotnot Sunscreen SPF 30+ $28.95

Wot Not

We love all the Wotnot products – especially their baby wipes!  This is a great natural sunscreen however it does have a slightly thick consistency therefore you will need to rub it in quite well.

Ingredients:

Grapeseed oil, safflower oil, sesame oil, candellila wax, beeswax, carnauba wax, shea butter, gmo-free vitamin e, purified water, certified organic aloe vera*, silica, naticide (all natural preservative). Active: zinc oxide. [*certified organic ingredients]

Eco Tan Natural Coconut Sunscreen SPF30 $29.95 (special at moment buy one get one free)

Eco Tan

As well as making an awesome sunscreen, they also have a fab tanning and body care range.  Again their sunscreen does come out a little thick and leave a white reflect, it also has a strong coconut smell.

Ingredients:

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – Coconut Oil, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil – Grape Seed Oil, Zinc Oxide – Natural Mineral, Silica – Natural Mineral, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter – Shea Butter, Hydrophobically Modified Natural Polymer, Euphorbia Cerifera Cera – Plant Wax, Cera Alba – Bees Wax , Parfum- Natural Coconut Fragrance, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil – Jojoba Oil, Tocopherol – Vitamin E, Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil – Safflower Oil , Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract – Cucumber Extract , Glycerin- Vegetable Glycerin, Aqua – Water, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract – Camellia Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil – Rosehip Oil, Iron Oxide Pigments
(**All ingredients are accepted by Wholefoods Market Premium)

 

All three of these fantastic products can be purchased via Shop Naturally which stocks over 2000 natural products – amazing!

 

 

Please note as an affiliate of Shop Naturally I will receive a small commission from each sale that is made via my website.  This helps to cover some of the running costs with maintaining my blog and also go towards some of Gracie’s medical expenses.  

 

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Petit Kiddo Interview

Petit Kiddo

As a parent whose child suffers from eczema and sensitive skin, I’m always looking for products that fit the bill.  Although Gracie’s eczema has virtually cleared she is prone to terrible nappy rashes so I was very excited last year to stumble across Petit Kiddo.

Petit Kiddo is a natural alternative to baby wipes which has been created by two French born, Bondi friends, Canelle and Morgan who have six kids in total between them.

I thought it was only apt that I interviewed the two ladies to find out more about them and their fab product.

Fun question to start with! What book are you reading at the moment?

Canelle: I’ve just opened “Les Chaussures Italiennes” by Henning Mankell a thriller. But the more I read it, the more I realise that I’ve read this book already, probably 2 or 3 years ago. This is the first time I done this, I can’t remember any of it except that I’ve read it though! I like to read in French my mother tongue but used to read in English when I was living in France.

Morgan:  I am currently reading a trilogy written by Italian author Elena Ferrante. A book depicting wonderfully the life of 2 girls in the Napoli of the 1950’s till today.  I always read in French because for me, reading is a time for evasion and should not require any effort!

With six children between you, how do you try and achieve a balanced life?

Canelle: So we have 3 children each, I “only” take care of mine and their many friends and activities. We have absolutely no family around but we have lots of friends here for support but they all have kids and busy lives. We miss the mix of generations that we could have had if we were living where our families live, you know, the elderly, the youngest etc….We do it all.

Launching a business doesn’t make it easy. Let’s be honest, it’s a juggling act, pretty much unbalanced for me…it is getting better, my youngest is 4 and every week is getting a tiny bit more easier.

Morgan:  My first is 10 and youngest 6 so it got easier compared to when I was still in nappy days. It is all about being flexible in the working hours, evenings and days. I am also relying a lot on my husband. And the kids helps when need be to!

How did Petit Kiddo come about?

Canelle: I had this idea of doing a local version of this very specific French Baby Bum Cleanser Liniment when my first bub was born, 10 years ago. Then, 2 others babies were added to the fam bam, we moved around a bit, changed jobs etc….so it was on the back burner.

Canelle and Morgan

Canelle & Morgan at Bondi Markets

Then my youngest was growing older, I was still thinking about this idea and I didn’t enjoy the job I had. I talked about it with Morgan when we met for a holiday in southern France 3 years ago. Back then, she was living in Italy with her family.

I started it on my own, super interesting, overwhelming and challenging. After 6 months I realised I would do better with a partner. I wanted someone I knew well and someone who knew the product as well as I did. Morgan joined in, we worked on Skype for months and then she relocated to Sydney!

MorganWhen Canelle proposed to join in, I was excited to jump on board with an idea and a project I always believed in. I was also interested in the challenge of developing a business, and even more to develop a product that I believed will make the difference to carers and parents in Australia.

What is the difference between Petit Kiddo and using baby wipes?  

Canelle: Well, wipes will clean your baby’s bum. That’s it, then comes, the nappy cream, and sometimes even powder. Depending on the brand you are using, wipes can really irritate your baby’s skin because of their ingredients; some will also irritate it because they leave the skin too wet.

Our Baby Bum Cleanser Liniment will cleanse your baby’s bum very thoroughly, but will also moisturise it and protect it from the next wee/poo that will happen very shortly after. It is based on an ancient French recipe and specially formulated to balance the pH of the skin. It is a 3 in 1 product. The more you use it the better the skin is.

Morgan:  Firstly it is an all natural product that is really healthy for your baby skin. Most wipes irritate the skin and require in addition a moisturiser or baby barrier.

The beauty of Petit Kiddo baby bum cleanser is that it relies within the fact that you only need one product and a support ( cotton or washcloths). It does it all.  

Finally it is a product in line with today’s awareness towards the place we live in and need to respect: the earth and our environment. Using petit kiddo is helping reduce pollution unlike wipes.

What’s your favourite go to family meal?

Canelle: We have 2 at the moment: Tacos, I prepared a big batch of meat/veggies kind of chili pot and then freeze some for the following week. My kids love it as they can do it “themselves”. They add avocado, chopped fresh tomatoes, grated cheese, I love it as I can hide heaps of veggies in the dish. Dumplings: When we are brave and have time we make some – I found a great recipe on the Red Tent’s website – but we mainly get the frozen pack from Harris Farm 😉  My 10 year is starting to enjoy cooking, so she searches through cookbooks.

Morgan:  Having lived the past 4 years in Rome, pasta is definitely our favourite dish. Arguments go around the amatriciana or the carbonara …Otherwise homemade crepes and risotto of chicken and zucchinis.

If you’d like to find out more information about Petit Kiddo head to their website

Health

What we use and why

Supplements

Since starting our journey to get Gracie’s gut and skin issues better I’m often asked what we use and why, even more since documenting on Instagram and connecting with other families in similar situations as to our own.  So I thought I would give an overview of what we currently use.

Skin:

  • Ancient Mineral Magnesium Bath Flakes – we use this almost every night, around 1/2 a cup of flakes.  This is to assist with her chronic constipation.
  • Weleda Calendula Cream – applied morning and night to moisturise her skin
  • 1 drop of tea tree oil into the bath – helps get rid of the bacteria on the skin that eczema sufferers’ tend to have

Supplements:

  • Probiotics – to support gut health
  • Vitamin C – helps with softening bowel motions
  • Magnesium – for muscle relaxation can aid constipation
  • Vitamin D (in winter months) –  support for the maintenance of healthy skeletal, cardiovascular and immune systems
  • B12 spray – to support the nervous system
  • Zinc drops – Zinc can improve frustration tolerance, boost the immune system and improve appetite
  • Fish Oil – reduces inflammation/assists Eczema sufferers

 

As I mentioned, Gracie’s eczema has basically cleared up since eliminating the foods that had came up on her food intolerance testing and giving her these supplements.  Her gut still isn’t 100% and she is still reliant on a small amount of laxative, but compared to what she started off on it’s nothing.  My aim this year is to get her off the laxative completely and to reduce her supplement intake as much as we can.  I also want to get her food intolerances re-tested and to then be able to slowly re-introduce more foods back into her diet.

 

Please note, this post is not intended as medical advice.  If you have health concerns about your child please seek medical advice.