Free from chicken: orange, honey and rosemary

Free from recipe from MyItchyBoy

Not sure where this recipe came from as it’s hand written in a pad on my recipe book shelf.  It is GF, DF, nut free and soya free but totally delicious! A friend recently brought us some Greek honey that MyItchyBoy wanted to try in a recipe so I dug this one out and it […]

Eczema: 5 dilemmas for parents in summer

Dealing with eczema in summer

Eczema is a pain any time of the year and each season brings it’s own problems – too hot, too cold, too dry, too wet (and too much time indoors!).  Summer though, seems to bring most of my dilemmas over MyItchyBoy’s skin: Sunscreen or eczema – Sunscreen helps protect his skin, but irritates it too […]

Allergies: Eating out in Edinburgh

Allergies: Eating out in Edinburgh

Plans for the big Scottish Adventure began to take shape earlier this year as we realised how many years have gone by since we last visited and MyItchyBoy could no longer remember going. A train was booked, accommodation sorted and suitable entertainment found to keep a 6 year old amused on a four hour long […]

Food allergies: How to deal with kid’s parties

Dealing with allergies at birthday parties

We have yet another birthday party coming up. I don’t know the parents – or even the child particularly, so we’re instantly on allergy alert. Here’s our list of things to think about when the invite arrives: MyItchyBoy is now six so we’re entering the phase where most parents drop their kids off for a […]

Packing an everyday bag for your allergy child

Our everyday bag for MyItchyBoy

We have a bag for MyItchyBoy that goes everywhere with him.  Over the past few years we’ve learned the essentials we need to keep in there. Ask your local pharmacy if they can sell you a small medicine bottle. Ours charges 30p.  Decant liquid antihistamine into the bottle and label it with your child’s name, […]

Preparing for your child’s Allergy Appointment

Preparing for your child's allergy appointment

How to prepare for your child’s Allergy Appointment Check your appointment letter to see whether there will be any tests done on the day – skin prick or blood test. Also check if and when you need to stop giving any antihistamines before the appointment If there are any tests booked, it’s a good idea […]

Free from biscuits: wheat, dairy and egg free

Free from biscuit recipe

In our house, we call these ‘Grandma biscuits’ as my Mum can’t remember where the recipe came from. As MyItchyBoy grew up my Mum wanted something easy to bake with and for him, so she adapted the recipe to dairy free and then discovered that they were still yummy made with gluten free flour too […]

Handling soft play with an eczema child

Eczema and softplay

If your child suffers from eczema, beware the soft play party invite if you’ve never been before. Soft play places are noisy, full of kids going crazy and lobbing plastic balls at each other and therefore usually one of the last places I want to spend time with my child. They are also not great […]

100% organic cotton socks for school: perfect for eczema

100% Pure Organic Cotton school socks

Socks for school are easy to come by, especially grey ones for boys. The trouble is finding ones with a high cotton content. I did look for 100% cotton before MyItchyBoy started school, but realised early on that they didn’t exist in all my online searches (closest I got was in blue or black) so […]

Eczema: Finally some true respite!

Wrist Jan 2015 after using Dr Aron cream

Since November 2014 we’ve had an amazing breakthrough with MyItchyBoy’s eczema. MyItchyBoy has had eczema for over five years. Not just a little bit, but the kind of eczema that takes over the life of the whole family. The hospital letters refer to it as ‘severe’. In the last two years I don’t think we […]