A mother has revealed how a £4.50 high street cream cured the rare skin condition that left her four-year-old daughter covered in unsightly spots for almost three years.
Kimberley McGonigle, 27, from Dumbarton, Scotland, became concerned when she noticed Olivia developing red rashes at six months old and was diagnosed with eczema.
But when they developed into angry spots, she was told the little girl also suffered from a viral condition called Molluscum Contagiosum, which causes clusters of bumps.
The desperate mother has told how she tried and failed to treat Olivia with countless steroid prescriptions and over the counter treatments, one of which even left her little girl in A&E.
The expense analyst revealed that it wasn’t until she purchased a £4.50 tub of Childs Farm moisturiser that she started to see some improvement in little Olivia’s inflamed, painful skin, before it completely cleared up her condition.
Kimberley McGonigle, 27, from Dumbarton, Scotland, has revealed how she cured the rare skin condition that left her four-year-old daughter Olivia – pictured together now – covered in unsightly spots for almost three years
‘Since she was about five or six months old Olivia’s skin seemed really broken, red and irritated,’ Kimberley said.
‘Bathing her was a nightmare as anything we put in the bath seemed to flare her skin up and cause it to be red and angry looking – even just with the warm water she seemed to come out sore and tender to the touch.
‘We went to the doctors after a few months and they advised that it was just eczema and said most children grow out of it’.
Olivia was initially prescribed a Hydrocortisone steroid cream which helped to clear things up, but her skin would just flare up again if they failed to apply the ointment as often as two or three times a day.
Kimberley became concerned when she noticed Olivia developing red rashes (seen) and was diagnosed with eczema which she battled with for three years
When they developed into angry spots, Kimberley was told her little girl also suffered from a viral condition called Molluscum Contagiosum, which causes whole clusters of bumps (seen)
It wasn’t until she purchased a £4.50 tub of Childs Farm moisturiser that the mother started to see some improvement in little Olivia’s inflamed, painful skin, before it completely cleared up her condition
Olivia’s skin while suffering from eczema and Molluscum Cotagiosum (left) and after using the cream (right)
Then, still battling with Olivia’s eczema, Kimberley also noticed that her daughter had started to develop wart-like spots on her skin.
Concerned that her daughter had developed a case of Chicken Pox, Kimberley made an appointment with her doctor where she was told that Olivia had actually contracted a condition called Molluscum Contagiosum.
The viral condition, which most commonly affects children, causes the skin to break out in clusters of raised red spots, usually around the armpits, knees and groin.
Kimberley said: ‘The doctors said it was harmless and nothing to be concerned about. They told us that some children just develop it, but it usually disappears after a few months.’
The desperate mother has told how she tried and failed to treat little Olivia with countless steroid prescriptions and over the counter treatments, one of which even left her little girl in A&E
Trying to treat Olivia’s eczema and Molluscum Contagiosum proved difficult and, after 18 months, her condition was affecting her day to day life
However, trying to treat Olivia’s eczema and Molluscum Contagiosum proved difficult and, after 18 months, her condition was affecting her day-to-day life.
‘We tried to treat the eczema and the Molluscum with the hydrocortisone cream but it was just impossible to stay on top of without daily life getting in the way,’ Kimberley said.
‘After many trips to the doctors and after being told countless times that the Molluscum wouldn’t last any longer than 18 months, I broke down.
‘We couldn’t take her to the beach, or the swimming pool or let her play with any sort of liquids that might irritate her as her reaction was awful. I was heartbroken for her.
‘You couldn’t help but catch people looking at Olivia, wondering if the warts and spots on her skin were contagious to their children.’
After almost three years of trying everything she could think of to alleviate Olivia’s skin problems, Kimberley discovered the Childs Farm moisturiser online
As well as Hydrocortisone cream, Kimberley was given a number of different treatments for Olivia’s skin including Aveeno, E45, Oilatum, Diprobase and Zerobase, as well as liquids to add into the bath to soothe her skin, but nothing worked.
On one occasion Olivia even ended up in hospital after a reaction to Oilatum left her red raw and in agonising pain.
Kimberley said: ‘Her skin was red raw. She cried and so did I. I called NHS 24 and said I couldn’t do this anymore. I needed to speak to someone who was willing to listen to me. They advised us to go to A&E and said a doctor there would have a look at her.
‘When we got there, I explained the situation through tears. The doctor was very concerned at the constant use of Hydrocortisone on her young skin and said steroid cream was not meant for long term use as it can thin the skin and have negative effects in later life.
Kimberley credits the cream for giving Olivia her childhood and her confidence back (seen after using the cream)
‘I was so angry and upset. Here I was trying to protect my baby, trying to care for her skin and the doctors were giving us cream which could cause her more problems in the long term.’
After almost three years of trying everything she could think of to alleviate Olivia’s skin problems, Kimberley discovered the Childs Farm moisturiser online.
Desperate for results, Kimberley decided to give the cream a go after reading a number of reviews online and in the newspaper about the amazing results other people with eczema and psoriasis had seen.
Soon after she had started using the brand’s Sensitive Baby Moisturiser, Kimberley began to notice a difference in Olivia’s skin.
Soon after she had started using the brand’s Sensitive Baby Moisturiser, Kimberley began to notice a difference in Olivia’s skin
The award-winning brand, which is aimed towards both normal skin and those that suffer from eczema, prides itself on using naturally derived ingredients and essential oils.
Speaking about her find, Kimberley said: ‘After just one week I started to notice a difference. Her skin seemed far less red than it had been, as if it was clearing the Eczema away’.
Not only did the it help to clear up Olivia’s eczema, Kimberley also saw a change in her daughter’s Molluscum Contagiosum symptoms.
‘About eight weeks of using it daily, we started to notice the Molluscum disappear,’ she said. ‘Within a couple of weeks every single spot had disappeared from her skin and she was left with the most healthy, glowing skin possible.
‘We now only have to use the cream once a week, if that. Sometimes we can go weeks then a sudden small patch of her skin can flare up and if we put some cream on it before bed it’s always gone by the morning.’
What is Molluscum contagiosum?
Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is a viral but harmless infection that affects the skin.
It most commonly affects children, although it can occur at any age.
The spots may develop in small clusters and can be spread across different parts of the body.
They’re most often found in the armpit, behind the knees or on the groin.
Kimberley credits the cream for giving Olivia her childhood and her confidence back.
‘The cream has honestly made a huge difference to Olivia’s childhood. For the first two-and-a-half years of her life she constantly in pain, trying to itch her sore skin and she was always covered in greasy creams and ointments.
‘Now she hasn’t been to the doctors in a year and has the most beautiful glowing skin.
‘She spent the full summer at the beach or in her garden in the paddling pool with her friends without one thought spared to how it might affect her skin. And when she started school in August and was just beaming with confidence. It really is magical.’