Daniel has gone from being afraid to put his head in the water to being a little fish and swimming both on his front and his back. I'm one very proud mother.
The one negative to all this is the effect the chlorine has had on his skin. For some with eczema chlorine can have a positive influence as recent research has shown mild bleach can reduce bacteria on eczematous skin, for Daniel the chlorine has had a drying effect therefore causing him irritation.
So what did we do to counteract this?
Applying Epaderm Junior, which is the newest addition to the Epaderm family and is specially developed by dermatologists, washing the chlorine off his skin after swimming then re-applying his cream. Thanks to this process and continued use of the cream and ointment after a couple of weeks his skin was no longer dry and symptoms of irritation had stopped.
We were used to using a thicker prescribed ointment from the doctor, which for the most part worked well so I was sceptical about the light Epaderm cream, his skin however loves it.
Although we were exclusively using Epaderm for 4 weeks we now alternate between the doctor prescribed hydromol ointment and Epaderm because we've found that Daniel's skin requires a variety of different moisturisers at different times.
As for the swimming, we're off to our local pool today to enjoy some summer holiday swimming fun.