Charlotte – Atopic eczema sufferer
“The best thing is when they are on; they feel special and soothe me. They are cool and stop me being sore. I slept straight through the night too.”
Charlotte is an eight year-old girl, who developed atopic eczema at three months of age. Her skin became red and inflamed, and was generalised all over her body, her face was more severely affected with weepy infected areas on her cheeks.
Charlottes’ parents have had to become expert dermatology carers and support their daughter to adapt to living with eczema and cope with daily life. Generally, Charlotte copes well in the day; she loves school and her social activities. However, night-time is a difficult time for Charlotte, she does not sleep throughout the night and often in the morning she finds it hard to wake-up and can fell very tired during the day. Her parents need to change the bed on a daily basis, as most of the damage to Charlotte’s skin occurs at night, as she is very restless and scratches in her sleep.
Charlotte was given a pair of DreamSkin Health pyjama‘s in April 2010, when she was 8 ½ years old and in year 3 at school.
The night she first wore the pyjamas, Charlotte slept throughout the whole night and this continued for the next week. Over the next two weeks her skin improved to the best it had ever been. Her parents were able to reduce her topical corticosteroids down to a moderate preparation more rapidly than usual as her skin was so much better. Charlotte was much brighter in the mornings for her school day, waking up fresh and not feeling tired. Her parents said:
‘Charlotte is more rested, has slept better and is more comfortable’.
Charlotte has now been wearing the pyjama‘s every night for 4 weeks, they have not needed to be washed daily (and now the bed only needs changing twice a week), as she is not scratching there are no blood stains on the pyjama‘s or the bed linen. Charlotte and her parents now say that they cannot do without DreamSkin Health pyjama‘s. Charlotte sums up by saying:
‘The best thing is when they are on; they feel special and soothe me. They are cool and stop me being sore. I slept straight through the night too.’
The positive effects for Charlotte and her family, after ten days of wearing DreamSkin Health pyjama‘s are:
- Itch significantly reduced
- Skin is much improved
- Cooler at night
- Did not cry out in sleep, restlessness eliminated
- No blood on night ware/bedclothes AM
- Woke up fresh, not longer tired in mornings
- Used less topical steroid
- Continued to use emollients
- Could not wait to put her silk pyjama’s on every night