A mother has revealed how her baby girl is ‘spot free’ after a miracle cream ‘cured’ her eczema in just days.
Tara Herd claims her then six-week-old daughter Olivia would ‘scream the house down’ during a flare-up, which often left her too distressed to feed.
The 34-year-old rushed Olivia, now 12 weeks, to A&E after a doctor friend warned the newborn may be suffering from measles or meningitis.
After ruling out anything serious, medics recommended Mrs Herd try a barrier cream, which provides an extra protective layer to the skin.
Mrs Herd, of Newbury, Berkshire, tried a £4.50 moisturiser from Childs Farm and was amazed when Olivia’s rash immediately started to die down.
Just three days later, Olivia’s skin was ‘spot free’, with her not having a ‘proper flare-up’ since.
Olivia’s skin first started to flare up when she just a few weeks old, which coincided with her family’s move from Reading to Newbury.
Mrs Herd, who is also mother to three-year-old Lucas, said: ‘She was six weeks old and up until then, although she’d had the odd spot, there’d been nothing to be concerned about.
‘It was like a continual rash across the whole of her face. There were red blotches like welts which spread across her neck and chest.’
The rash ‘came and went’ over several days, before turning ‘completely wild’ one weekend.
Mrs Herd, a depot manager, tried to apply moisturiser to Olivia’s skin, however, it only made matters worse.
‘It flared up into a massive red raw rash and she started crying,’ she said. ‘It felt like it progressed very quickly.
‘She was not feeding properly, nothing was calming her down. She was screaming the house down for about two hours.
‘You could tell from me touching her that it was hurting. It must have been burning her. I just couldn’t calm her down.’
Mrs Herd, who is originally from Pretoria in South Africa, called the NHS non-emergency number 111 and also sought the advice of her doctor friend.
After being told to take Olivia to A&E, Mrs Herd and her 38-year-old husband Kieran, an automated door engineer, drove the newborn to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.
Tests ruled out meningitis and measles, with doctors suspecting she may be suffering from an allergy.
Reluctant to prescribe a steroid cream to such a young baby, doctors recommended her parents try a barrier cream.
The family were then discharged at 1am after three hours in hospital.
On the recommendation of another friend, Mrs Herd bought a Childs Farm cream, shampoo and body wash.
‘I could tell straight away it was a miracle cream, because instantly she was calm and soothed,’ Mrs Herd said.
‘Very quickly the rash stopped and became less angry – I’d say within a few hours. You could tell she was no longer in pain.
‘Within 24hours I had my happy, smiling baby back and within three days she was completely spot free. ‘
After using the moisturiser three times a day, Mrs Herd stopped just four or five days later when Olivia’s skin had completely cleared up.
‘She hasn’t had a proper flare up since,’ Mrs Herd said.
‘In her cot she would move her head quite a lot, which I now know was also her trying to relieve the itching, but now she’s stopped doing that completely.’
Mrs Herd, who suffers from eczema herself, also uses the Childs Farm range on her son, who is also susceptible to the skin condition.
‘I’d recommend this moisturiser to anyone,’ she said. ‘It really is a miracle cure.’