Ok, so I might be admitting here what a twit I can be, or maybe just highlighting what a danger nocturnal parenting can be.

The other night I’d just started to drop off when the inevitable ‘Mummy!’ came from the next room.

Offending lamp
Offending lamp

I turned the bedside lamp on so I could see but I didn’t wake Husband up too much, so I pushed the lamp down, to dampen the glare.  After some fuss, an extra layer of emollient on MyItchyBoy and endless cuddles I finally got to go back to my warm bed.

Husband appeared to be asleep – or passed out due to the acrid smell in the room.  The smell hit me as

I walked into the room and put me in a sudden panic.  The smell was coming from the bedside table….or more precisely the plastic coating on the cover of my paperback sitting on top.

The shiny, melted circle on the cover at least hadn’t caught light, but it was being burned through by the hot lamp that I’d pushed down towards it when I got up.

Burned book
Melted book cover

The smell was terrible – even when I’d opened the windows.  Husband was only sleeping – he hadn’t noticed the smell (!).  Good job I came back when I did.  I don’t think the smell did us any good as it was, let alone if the book had a more papery cover.  Thankfully, we did get back to sleep after a while and the book is still readable.

Getting up in the night to deal with eczema is tedious at the best of times but it can also be dangerous.

Be safe and sensible, however sleepy you are!

Eczema is bad for my health (part 1)



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.

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