Aidan Moffett, now 14, was diagnosed with severe eczema when he was just six months old. It was so bad that his skin would tear off if he tried to move. All his life he had to live in so much pain and discomfort, up until recently when they found a special water treatment that saved him.
At first, his mom, April, tried to find alternative remedies to help her son to no avail. She said, she did not want Aidan to become dependent on topical creams seeing as he was very young at the time. However, she was eventually left with no choice but to use the creams the doctors prescribed as Aidan’s condition only kept getting worse.
Aside from severe eczema, Aidan also has multiple allergies including; wheat, dairy, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, seafood and seeds. Because of his condition and all the allergies, Aidan’s quality of life was quite low. His family had to be careful when selecting restaurants when they wanted to eat out, places they could go on vacation and pretty much every other aspect of their lives.
Aidan’s face was covered in painful red rashes, the skin on his delicate little body would tear up and leave him screaming in pain if he was not scooped up carefully. As he grew, he noticed how strangers would stare at him and make faces because of his condition, and this left him psychologically affected. Eventually he had to drop out of school as he was almost always in hospital due to the eczema.
In February 2013, Aidan was hospitalized with MRSA, a type of bacteria that’s resistant to several commonly used antibiotics. He looked malnourished, became underweight and soon his body began to shutdown.
In August of 2013, things started changing for the better when they were invited to attend a hydrotherapy center called Avene Hydrotherapy in France where Aidan had 3 weeks of treatment.
“As he got older he really started to notice people’s reactions and that made it harder on him mentally. He would always tell me how ugly he was and why can’t he be normal like us. He was pretty much bedridden for years. His skin got so bad that he sometimes couldn’t walk and would have a hard time moving any part of his body.
When he was little my husband and I would have to carefully scoop him up from the couch to take him to another part of the house. If we tried to lift him up like you would any other child, his skin would tear on his torso and he would scream in agony.
Bath time was pure hell. He was so dry, and his skin smelled of bacteria; we needed to cleanse it, so he wouldn’t get staph, but it was excruciatingly painful for him and he would scream in agony if I tried to bathe him. Sometimes it was so bad that I would have to get into the bath, clothes and all, just to cradle him and help him feel secure.” April told Metro.
She added, “Those were truly dark, dark days for my baby and us as a family. We couldn’t plan vacations or outings without thinking about how it was going to affect Aidan. He had to be pulled from school in second grade and didn’t go back until fifth grade. In his early years from first year to the time he was nine-years-old, the doctors tried to control his eczema with topical steroids and oral immunosuppressants.
It was a bandage only and would eventually cause him more anguish and pain. We did everything in our power to avoid flares, so we pulled all the carpet out of our house. I cleaned daily with natural cleaners, I washed his clothes and linens separately with vinegar and double hot rinse to help get rid of dust mites. None of it helped.
Back before we went to Avene; anything and everything triggered his flare ups. We would drive ourselves crazy trying to find out what caused the flares, but later realized he was reacting to everything. Now he flares up with seasonal pollen and occasionally dust mites will irritate his skin and sinuses. But, his skin is controlled with showering in a filtered shower and using his Avene products.”
“Honestly, we owe his improvements to going to the Avene Hydrotherapy center in Avene France. In 2013, he had been hospitalized in February with a super staph and super fungal infection. His body was slowly shutting down and we were out of options other than putting him on another immunosuppressant with horrible side effects. He was underweight, looked malnourished even though he was eating healthier than he ever had and he wasn’t growing.
It has been proven that this hydrotherapy center has beneficial effects to people with skin conditions. It works by treating the skin with daily bath treatments with the Avene Thermal Spring water as well as drinking the water daily for the three weeks. This water passes through rocks and soil which dissolve to add minerals to the water. Since going there in 2013, he has improved dramatically.
He went back in 2014 and his last treatment was in 2015. While at home we use all the products that he used at the hydrotherapy center and it has continued to help. He is actually growing and the food that he is eating is actually nourishing his body. For the first time in his life he was able to participate in sports with his schoolmates.
We as a family can finally plan vacations without having Aidan’s condition be the first thing that we worry about. He can play outside with his friends whereas before his friends would invite him to go places and he couldn’t go.
I wanted to start Aidan’s Scratch Pad to let others know that they are not alone and to help in whatever way I can even if that means giving Aidan’s testimony on what helped him. To trade ideas about treatments, and just having something in common. Through the years we have helped dozens of families all over the world by letting them know what we did and just being there for them in their time of need.” April said.