Hi @Courtney-RO Things change for a few days and then he will go out and then buy something that triggers his eczema knowing he shouldn’t. Even after having a reaction the following day it just seems like he goes through the same cycle. I’ve been practicing self care throughout which helps. Thanks for the suggestion for the helpline.
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Hi @Jennifer-RO He has mentioned that he wants Thị skin to get better and that he’s moisturising and staying hydrated. Unfortunately that’s not enough and I’ve spoken to him about the importance of diet. Even last week his skin was making slow improvements and then after going out and eating junk food, he saw his skin flare up more. Having a conversation about how the impact was so visible I thought he was on the right path but his skin started to get worse day by day and I discovered he was lying and eating junk food instead. Family aren’t much help as it’s reached a point where I’m just told to back off. It’s hard because as a parent you are trying to care for them but by backing off it’s almost like failing your parental obligations as well as allowing them to allow themselves to get worse. I think you’re right that I can only do so much to help and the rest is up to him.
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My 17yo son has severe eczema which has progressively got worse over the years. I’ve tried a number of treatments to help while also trying to ensure he’s eating a healthy diet as this played a major role in helping it. As time has progressed he has started to eat more and more junk food which even he knows it triggers these flare ups. I’ve taken him to specialists as well who have provided creams and sprays to help with the allergies and flares up. I’m also having to clean his room and change his bedding daily due to the severity to try and help him. I’m constantly reminding him but it’s reached a point where he just blows up at me and tunes me out, but he won’t use them. These days he will throw out his lunch, but junk food and continue to do things that make his condition worse. I’m unsure what I should be doing. If I try and get him to do what’s good for himself, it blows up in my face. Do I just leave him alone and let him eat all these terrible things and deal with the bedding the way it is and let it get worse hoping he will one day realise? I feel like the relationship is so broken from the constant arguing over him looking after himself. What do I even do at this point especially given he’s so close to being 18.
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