|About Special Kids|
Special kids are a lifelong developmental disorder that emerges in early childhood. It affects the way a person communicates and limits his/her ability to relate to others in a meaningful way, develop friendships, show signs of affection, appreciate cuddles or understand other people’s feelings. Because the severity and variation of symptoms, the disorder is often referred to as Autistic Spectrum Disorder or ASD. Autism affects more children than cancer, cystic fibrosis and multiple sclerosis combined. One in every 250 babies has autistic spectrum disorder. The condition is four to five times more common in boys than in girls.
Discovering your child has autism can be a very slow process and is likely to be very upsetting for the whole family and friends. The disorder doesn’t always emerge with the same symptoms and occurs earlier in some special kids than others. The way most children react to situations or other children. Most children would find it very difficult not to make friends or receive affection from those they hold dear.
However, some children don’t seem to want to do these things and appear distant and aloof. It’s as if they are not aware of their physical surroundings. These children find it difficult to verbalize or communicate their needs and tend to display repetitive and other odd behaviors. In severe cases the child doesn’t speak at all. Such children lack any awareness of others and show a disinterest in social situations. These are the common characteristics of autism.
Children with special kids autism will display very different symptoms. The severity of these symptoms will also differ from child to child. All special kids children with autism will display characteristics of impaired social interaction, impaired communication and social skills and delayed language development or absence of speech. They will also have a restricted range of interests and activities. A number of children will show severe symptoms and will need special care for the rest of their lives.
Eczema is a chronic skin disorder characterized by scaly itchy skin. Some of autism kids are easy infected by eczema. Symptoms of eczema may include:
- Blisters with oozing and crusting.
- Ear discharge or bleeding.
- Raw areas of the skin from scratching.
- Redness and inflammation.
- Thickened or leather-like areas.
Eczema is due to a hypersensitivity reaction and is similar to an allergy. This allergic reaction in the skin leads to long-term inflammation of the skin. Eczema is most common in infants and some people seem to grow out of it as they get older. A naturopathic view of eczema is that it is a sign of inflammation in the body and adults who “grow out of it” have simply started to store inflammation in other areas other than the skin.
Children with eczema often have asthma and/or allergies as well. These are all inflammatory issues and the key to managing them naturally is to discern a root cause or underlying issues that is allowing the inflammation to inundate the skin, lungs or upper respiratory tract.
|What Causes Eczema?|
Eczema affects the skin in “flares” or “flare-ups”. Your baby’s skin may have red and itchy patches of skin most of the time, but during flare-ups these areas worsen and may need more intensive treatment.
Eczema flare-ups can be triggered by skin irritation caused by chemicals, such as the detergents in bubble baths, shampoos, washing powders and fabric softeners. This is called contact eczema. A child with atopic eczema could develop contact eczema as well, so the two types sometimes occur together. Use bath emollient rather than soaps and detergents in the bath. You could also try changing your washing powder to see if this improves your baby’s eczema.
It is also possible to have allergic contact eczema. This is usually a reaction to a specific substance such as the nickel in jewellery. However, the allergic reaction may spread to affect other areas of skin.
Eczema can be extremely distressing in babies because they find it very difficult not to scratch, which can lead to infections. In some cases eczema can disturb your child’s sleep and affect his confidence, which can have an effect on his quality of life.