rich emollient used in the management of eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.


2013-05-10 11.02.44There are so many times that I wish MyItchyBoy had ‘normal’ skin.

However, this week, my sighs and desires for normality come from the combination of a backlog of laundry and the change in weather.

Due to the eczema that my son suffers, we change his bedding every couple of days.  Most mornings when I go to open his curtains, retrieve soft toys from the floor and make his bed, I am greeted by the following:

  • Greasy shape of his body on his sheet
  • Sometimes small smears of blood on his sheet
  • Little ‘rolls’ of cream from when it is has dried on his pyjamas, or he’s scratched it off his skin – don’t know and not sure I want to

Then I pick up his duvet and can feel the greasiness from the late night applications of cream.  I am not sure whether frequent laundering of his sheets is good for his skin or not, but I am pretty sure that sleeping in greasy sheets is not good for his eczema.

On top of this normal operation, this week MyItchyBoy had a wet bed two nights in a row.  We’ve only ever had a handful of wet beds with my son, which is great.  But, bless him, he did pick a bad week as the weather has gone cold again.  Not cold enough to have the heating on mind, so if I hang laundry inside or out it is still not drying within 24 hours.

Usually, as soon as I strip his bed, I pop them straight in the washing machine as I know I will need them soon.  With his eczema-mucky sheets, I can usually just change the top sheet.  However, a wet bed means stripping the top sheet, the bottom sheet (there to protect him from the mattress protector) and the anti-allergy mattress protector.  The extra sheet is there as on some days I suspect it’s that that causes him to be so itchy in the night.

My laundry schedule doesn’t currently allow for wet beds and eczema.

Think I need to check the budget for another set of 100% cotton sheets and duvet cover.



My son has atopic eczema and he reacts badly to dairy, soya and we are slowly working towards him eating eggs again. He's had a mild anaphylactic reaction to peanuts and has regular flare-ups to random things that we rarely manage to pinpoint. I started the blog to share my experiences and frustrations of having an itchy boy.

One Response to Eczema is giving me piles – of laundry!

  1. I am near sure that you can get help with the cost of bedding and pyjamas the creams and such that you use on the skin dose not help to keep the bed clean,the have a word with your doctor and if your child attends hospital with his skin see the doctor you must push today or you get nothing. Do dot give in to no ex nurse

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