The eight-year-old girl with a skin condition so bad that her heartbroken mum needs to bathe her in BLEACH twice a day: ‘She calls herself “ugly”‘
- Mia Peatman, 8, suffers from extreme eczema and takes two bleach baths a day
- Heartbroken mother Melinda said Mia thinks she’s ‘ugly’ because of her skin
- Her latest flare-up is attacking all the way from her scalp to the heels of her feet
- Dermatologists warned heating and winter fabrics can cause skin eruptions
The mother of an eight-year-old girl with extreme eczema shares their gruelling daily routine of bleach baths and wet wraps.
Eight-year-old Mia Peatman from Toowoomba, Queensland, has been struggling with eczema since she was just two years old.
Devastated mother Melinda Peatman said little Mia gets so self-conscious about her skin condition, she calls herself ‘ugly’.
Eight-year-old Mia Peatman (above) from Toowoomba, Queensland, is suffering from a winter eczema flare-up so severe she needs to have a bleach bath twice a day
Devastated mother Melinda Peatman (left) said little Mia (right) gets so self-conscious about her skin condition that she calls herself ‘ugly’
‘It’s heartbreaking, my daughter has always had sensitive skin but this flare-up is horrific,’ she said.
Recent wild weather triggered another intense flare-up for Mia, this time covering her from head to toe with her face, scalp, legs, wrists and ankles the worst affected.
‘It’s everywhere. Her palms, her feet, in her ears, her eyes, her scalp … everywhere there is skin and she cries non-stop,’ Ms Peatman said.
She said at one point Mia’s skin became so inflamed she thought it was infected and rushed the little girl to hospital.
Recent wild weather triggered another intense flare-up for Mia, affecting ‘everywhere there is skin’ (pictured, Mia’s wrists)
Mia’s mum, Melinda, took the eight-year-old girl to the hospital but was turned away because ‘they couldn’t do anything’ (pictured, Mia’s legs)
‘The emergency department sent us away saying they couldn’t do anything,’ Ms Peatman said.
‘Our current routine is bleach baths twice a day, Advantan fatty ointment (a steroid) once a day followed by a thick layer of cream and wet wraps.
‘She goes to school in the wraps and the carers apply the cream during the day. I’m so sad for her that there’s nothing more I can do.
‘She’s up all night itching and we are emotionally drained.’
Eight-year-old Mia (left) bathes in bleach twice a day, wears wet wraps and has carers help her at school to manage her extreme eczema
Mia’s current winter flare-up has spread from ‘her head to her toes’, specifically targeting her face, scalp, legs, wrists and ankles (above)
CEO of Australian natural skin care brand MooGoo Melody Livingstone said her company, which just launched in New Zealand, received hundreds of phone calls from desperate parents looking to fix eczema flare-ups.
‘Australia has one of the highest incidences of eczema in the world, and it is only getting worse – 50 years ago, only one in 10 Australian children suffered from it,’ Ms Livingstone said.
Dermatologists warn winter can often cause eruptions in chronic skin conditions due to more indoor heating, warm (but irritable) fabrics and increased hand washing.
‘Eczema can develop for a number of reasons, including climate, lifestyle, hygiene and genetics, and can become easily infected, causing pain, inflammation and lack of sleep,’ Ms Livingstone said.
CEO of Australian natural skin care brand MooGoo Melody Livingstone said more Australians are suffering from eczema than 50 years ago
Tips to easing eczema
To help ease eczema and other irritable skin conditions Ms Livingstone recommends people:
- Avoid harsh soaps, foaming agents, fragrances and preservatives in skincare
- Keep skin moist and apply fragrance-free products straight after bathing
- Check your washing detergent for sulphates and other skin irritants
- Reduce the heat of your shower and bath, as it strips your natural oils from your skin and further irritates it
- Reduce or avoid sugar and yeast and eat oily fish, vitamin A and E rich foods and omega-3 rich foods like flaxseeds and walnuts
- Use a probiotic that contains the Lactobacillus rhamnosus strain
- Keep a food diary and note when flare-ups occur
- Consult with a healthcare professional to identify any environmental, dietary or other allergens that may be contributing to the skin problem