A boy from London, suffers from eczema so badly that he has to share a bed with his parents so they can hold his limbs down to stop him from scratching his skin red raw.
Theo Mills, 5, from Colliers Wood, South West London, worried his parents last September when his eyes became puffy, with parents Jon and Cecilia initially thinking it was hay fever. But after the rash spread to other parts of Theo’s body, and has dramatically worsened, it was clear that he had developed eczema.
Jon, 33, told The Mirror : “We started off by putting gloves on him so that if he did scratch he wouldn’t cut himself with his nails but we realised after a month he was still rubbing at his skin so hard that he was giving himself friction burns.”
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‘The sheets are covered in blood’
(Image: Jon Mills)
He continued: “He was scratching all night to the point where he was red raw. We brought him into our bed and we would hold his hands. Then he started using his lower limbs to scratch by bringing up his feet and scratching at his belly or using his chin to scratch at his neck and chest. We have seen so many doctors and we still don’t know why he has just developed eczema like this all of a sudden or even what we can do to help him.”
Jon and Cecilia change their bed sheets everyday because they are left ‘covered in blood and plasma’ after just one night. They strip their bed and wash the sheets at 60 degrees and sometimes have to change Theo’s pyjamas three times in one night.
“He’s in a lot of pain, he will wake up in the nights and cry when we stop him from scratching. We have already had to have a conversation with our neighbours and warn them that we are not beating up our child because it sounds awful what is happening at night,” Jon said. “It’s devastating.”
Searching for a cure
(Image: Jon Mills)
Theo’s parents took him to the GP, where they were initially given a mild steroid cream to solve the problem. His condition continued to worsen, with the family eventually deciding to go private after being told there would be a six month waiting list to see a dermatologist through the NHS.
Jon added: “We were basically having to sign a waiver saying that the creams were so strong he was at risk of developing skin cancer or thinning of the skin so we weren’t prepared to do that.”
The couple have since discovered a clinic in France which has had success treating severe eczema using holistic methods. They decided to launch a GoFundMe to take Theo to the Avene Hydrotherapy Centre, which has given the family some hope.
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