Thursday 10 March 2005 8.48am
I assume that that amazing shop at the top of the Walworth Road
(on the left hand side as you go south and whose name begins with B - help me someone) will know of someone. They stock the product and are known London wide.
I have sympathy with Schnake. When a toddler is ill and conventional medicine is not working or is nasty, you do want to try everything. Excema is pretty miserable in a small child, particularly in summer.
When mine were small, a friend's child had excema really badl;y and was seeing consultants and everything with little effect. She also went through the gamut of alternatives and finally tried excluding known allergens from her child's diet (cows milk, wheat and so on.) It worked, and for a couple of years she kept wheat out of the child's diet. Now the child is perfectly fine without excema and able to eat anything. This fits in a view that small children can only take so much of certain foods. Too much and they become sensitive to everything. (I recommend a book on childcare by Dr T Berry Brazelton - the American equivalent of Penelope Leach, not least because he has very practical advice on potty training.)
My second child was very ill and just cried and refused to feed. (She drapped from the 90% on the weight chart to below the red area.) There were several months when there was no diagnosis and we were really worried. Several people suggested things like cranial osteopathy, but frankly we did not have the energy or desire to pursue any of these. We knew there was something really wrong and we needed doctors to tell us what. At that time well meant suggestions were unhelpful and at times down-right irritating as it sort of implied that we were not doing all we could to help our baby. Which does not mean I am anti trying different things, but there is a time and a place.