Methuli (Chronic Infant Eczema)
One-year old Methuli was suffering with eczema since she was born. When her mother, Sankha brought her to the Ayurvedic Clinic, she was under weight and her whole body was covered in itchy, red and infected skin which was flaking off. Her skin was so inflamed her mother couldn’t even touch it. Methuli was extremely distressed and both mother and baby had constant sleepless nights.
Sankha had been to see medical specialists who advised her to feed Methuli a pint of cow’s milk every day to bring her weight up to normal levels. Her mother tried to feed her milk daily but Methuli responded by vomiting it all. Sankha felt that she was being held responsible for her child’s failure to gain weight even though she was trying hard to follow the advice given to her. In addition to this, the specialist prescribed topical steroid cream, oral antibiotics, and creams with emulsifying agents to help moisturise her skin.
Despite following all the advice and using the prescribed products, Methuli wasn’t getting better, in fact she lost more weight and her skin condition went from bad to worse. By the time they sought advice on the Ayurvedic approach, Methuli’s parents were distressed and had lost hope in conventional medicine.
When she came to the clinic in 2013, I recognised that Methuli was suffering from a vata type eczema which caused the skin to weep. I recommended Dermaved as first line, immediate treatment for her skin which was critical for her. I also gave her dietary advice, specifically tailored to her needs, which included cutting out cow’s milk from her diet entirely. I also advised her on home remedies to help relieve the symptoms.
Within two weeks of using Dermaved and following the dietary advice there was already a vast improvement in Methuli’s condition. Her skin had stopped weeping and had dried up and become flaky. The old skin appeared dark and discoloured and the new skin began to appear underneath. She was no longer suffering from itchiness, discomfort or inflammation. Both Methuli and her parents were now able to sleep through the night.
Four weeks later, the old, discoloured and flaky skin had been shed and the new skin emerged feeling soft and smooth with an even tone. Within two months Methuli was completely free of eczema symptoms and has stayed that way ever since. Her parents now say they are so glad they discovered Ayurvedic medicine and Dermaved. Sankha still uses Dermaved regularly for Methuli’s skin to moisturise and to help prevent the recurrence of eczema. Sankha recently returned to the clinic to ask for advice as the eczema seemed to have re-appeared slightly. We identified that oranges were the cause of this and were not within the dietary recommendations I made for her.
Methuli’s case is a good example of how a lack of understanding of the causes of skin disorders can contribute to the worsening of the condition. With proper understanding, the solution can be very simple.