How to use the Epaderm Tracker
Hi everyone! My name is Hollie and I blog over at Pretty Big Butterflies and if you don’t already know I’m one of current Epaderm Junior ambassadors. I say myself but actually it’s my almost 3-year-old son Cameo. He has suffered from eczema for a little while and you can read more about us and our eczema journey here.
This video is about tracking your eczema or your child’s eczema. To cut a long story short; I don’t know anything about eczema and never had done really. So when Cameo started getting this skin condition we really didn’t know what was happening. Then when we started getting asked questions such as when does it get worse, what triggers it, when is it at it’s best…. We were a bit lost for words. We were kind of just going with it, applying Epaderm and hoping for the best. We didn’t really have the answers to those questions. So when we found out about the Epaderm eczema tracker that’s on their website, it gave us a little bit of an insight into what was really happening with Cameos eczema.
So this video is to show you how we use the tracker, how easy it is to use and how you can use it. All you need to do is download it from the Epaderm website, print it , stick it on your fridge and use it over the next few months!
The good thing about the tracker is that you can take it to your doctor's consultations, the entire family can use it and even your nursery or school can have input if you give them a copy. It’s a way to monitor eczema and to see what factors are affecting eczema. So for us, after using the tracker we found out that cold weather and grass really had an impact on Cameo’s legs and were usually the reasons behind a flare-up.
The tracker may look complex but it is simple. Every day of the month you just state what the skin is like. If it’s itchy, sore, red etc. Then you put possible triggers. Did you do something different that day? Was it raining, was it stress, were you tired, poorly? All those little things that make that day different. Then finally you make a note of what treatment you used that day. Did you use Epaderm ointment in the morning or in the bath? Was the lotion used once, twice or three times? Was there a day where nothing was used? Then at the end of the month, you can have a look to see what’s happening. What are the common factors? It’s a way of overseeing all the things that could be having an impact. You can also get your little ones involved in filling out the tracker too. From writing in the codes to asking them questions. It really is that easy.
A study by talkhealth researchers followed a group of 200 parents over the course of 12 months and they found that when tracking their child’s eczema on a regular basis the majority of parents reported an improvement in their child’s skin condition.
Make sure you let me know how you get on! You can find me over at HolliePlus on Instagram and carry on reading the Epaderm website because there will be tonnes of ambassador stuff on there and you won’t feel so alone if you or your little ones are suffering from eczema.