I have had a lot of empathy with my son and his eczema this week due to the insect that has had a few bites out of my leg.

I’ve woken up three days in a row with a new itchy insect bite, all on the one leg.  The last one is the itchiest and has come up in a big bump.  The antihistamine cream is doing its job, but I can tell when I need a top up as I find excuses to itch around the bite – ‘I’m not scratching, I’m just looking/rubbing/other excuse’.

Like my son, I have found myself idly scratching my leg before I remember I’m not supposed to.  I have had husband and my sister telling me not to scratch and I have found a few surfaces that I can lean against to get some light relief.

Yesterday, MIB was sat on my lap and his sandal was scuffing the top bite.  My immediate feeling was ‘ooh, good…scratchy!’.  Then I pictured MIB sitting at the breakfast table, rubbing his itchy wrists on the table edge.  How hypocritical of me!!

Wearing shorts displays the bites splendidly.  I am not too concerned about this, but I am vain enough to wish my leg didn’t look so tortured.  However, since they are bites, I don’t feel embarrassed or too conscious of them being on show.  I am grateful though that MIB doesn’t mind that his eczema is visible to others – yet.

For all these reasons, I am embracing my bites.  They are a good reminder of how MIB feels every day of his life and it has helped me think a bit more about how ‘constant’ it must be for him.  How lucky I am not to have any eczema right now in this hot weather because, quite frankly, I am a wimp dealing with an itch compared to him.


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