Jammie's Journey

The Story of Jammie's Journey ...

Jammie’s Journey began in 2013 with the birth of our third child (Jameson). As our little boy grew we started to notice a niggling skin complaint. Red, blotchy rashes covered his entire body. His behaviour was irritable and his sleep was nonexistent. The older he grew the worse his skin became. As a parent of other children with eczema, I once again found myself going down the long road of topical steroid creams in an attempt to clear my child’s skin. For months we saw little improvement. The steroids only masked the issue from the surface. Eventually, at the end of my tether with general practitioners, I sought advice and a lifeline from different avenues. My first port of call was an allergist. The allergist skin prick tested Jammie’s skin at the tender age of 6 months with little to no result. (Mind you, still having to pay a significant fee). The next step was a dietitian. As with my other children, I was aware that possible food intolerance could flare his skin. This began a 12 month journey of elimination diets and alternative skin therapies. There were a thousand tears, from both Mum and Jammie; countless noses turned up at the new (and rather bland) gluten, dairy, soy, yeast, salicylate, preservative, artificial colour and artificial flavour free menu. It honestly felt like we were eating the same meals on rotation. Many times we were successful and Jammie would have skin as clear as the day he was born... then he would sneak something. A piece of bread, a cracker, a biscuit, a piece of fruit (yes even fruit set him off). And there we were again, back at square one. I would be throwing my hands up in the air ready to quit. Slowly but surely we were able to reach a point where Jammie would maintain clear skin for days on end. This lead to weeks on end and at last, we felt as though we were accomplishing something. However, ‘the itch’ was still there. Even with clear skin, he would itch. He would itch all night to the point of bleeding. This lead to the next step in Jammie’s Journey. I began to research and experiment with all sorts of lotions, potions, soaks and rubs in an attempt to rid him of ‘the itch’. In the end it came down to a few very basic, natural ingredients - Oatmeal and bi-carb soda. I started testing these ingredients in his bath, monitoring ‘the itch’ and his skins response. The first thing I noticed was how ‘slippery’ and ‘slimy’ he felt when I took him out of the bath. The bath had literally left a film of moisture on his skin. Incredibly within a week of regular bathing, his skin felt and looked amazing. Even better still, the itching had stopped. Our incredible journey has been one of trial and tribulation; however I now believe we have found a natural remedy for an age old condition. This is the journey I wish to share; this is Jammie’s Journey...