Sometimes I feel no one understands me, that it’s tough to take care of a child who has eczema. I’m Beatrice and she’s Hannah, and we both live with eczema. As a mother, sometimes I feel… …helpless. I can’t stop her from scratching. I also can’t stop her from having this condition. People have asked me if I’ve brought
Hannah to the doctor? “What is wrong with Hannah’s skin?” “Why is there two tones?” “Why is she constantly scratching herself?” I feel upset sometimes that I can’t do anything about it. I can’t tie her hands, I can’t even… basically I can’t do anything. If she’s in pain, I will give her a hug and I will try to curb the itchiness by putting on moisturizer. It makes me I feel like I’m not a good mother sometimes… …I passed Hannah a condition that she didn’t choose for herself. I have to constantly tell myself that it will pass. I will also need to be strong because I need to be in the right state of
mind to help Hannah. I try to take it positively because it’s not something that will go away, so I learnt to manage the condition and maybe, to have a plan basically. The plan is to try and get as much help as possible with the family, to help manage her skin and remind me that I need to moisturise her. Everyone is on board with us and we are not alone. We have help in the family. Press on. You’ll learn to manage it, and it’ll be all okay.