Allergy

Review: Pure chimp super cream

After contacting Pure Chimp about my eczema they sent a pot of Super Cream out free for my review.

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When it first arrived i was impressed by the size of the pot. I was expecting it to be smaller for some reason.  The retail price for 60ml is normally £12 but currently on sale herefor £8.   The pot its self seems quiet chunky and sturdy , so if your clumsy like me I don’t think it would break easily. It is made out of a black plastic.  The design of the label is black and white, which is simple and to the point.  I like this as I have found that some company’s over compensate the packaging to make up for the actual product.  The packaging doesn’t detract from the fact that the ingredients are natural.  The label states quiet clearly that the products are not tested on animals and are 100% natural and Vegan friendly.

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The use by date is on the base of the cream. The cream has a good shelf life as my cream had a use by date of 07/2015

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The ingredients of the cream are

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In all fairness it isn’t going to win an award for the nicest smelling cream of the year. However if it improves my eczema then I can let the smell issue slide. I suppose this is another thing that comes from the fact of having no nasty chemicals in it to change the fragrance.

I was again surprised by the texture of the cream as it’s runnier than the type of cream I’m use to, and also grainy. I think because the ingredients are wax and oils it also feels quiet heavy until its soaked into the skin.   Pure Chimp have put a top tip of putting some cream in your hair to nourish and add shine.  As a hairdresser , I would imagine this would make your hair greasy. I personally wouldn’t do this in general day to day life but as a treatment overnight ,I imagine that it would help.  In fact if J ever let’s me have a minute to myself I will try this.

When I normally put creams on my eczema ,if anybody else suffers you will understand , it stings!. However the Super Cream doesn’t.  This in itself is amazing because normally, I’m in a catch 22 of needing to use a cream but not wanting to.  As the product is quite nourishing but runny you really do not need to use a lot . Also as it doesn’t soak into your skin quickly you do not have to reapply it a lot throughout the day.

I will definitely keep using the cream and update this post with a picture of my eczema in a few weeks. Even after one days use my skin doesn’t feel as dry, and there is definite visible improvement.

This is my eczema before I started using Super Cream

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Pure Chimp also sell different products on their website.

The products are handmade in the UK .

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17/02/2014

Since writing this review i have received an email from Pure Chimp stating that a few batches  are runnier than normal and to get in touch.

 

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How to keep a toddler occupied….

Last week I went to Tescos to stock up on food for J. Im becoming more aware of how much ‘extras’ are in food. This has come from having to read all packaging to see if its dairy, soya and banana free.  This resulted in one of the healthiest shops I have done.  I was plesently surprised that it did not cost as much as i was expecting.  This is normally one of the downfalls of having to shop dairy and soya free.
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As you can see i managed to buy quiet a selection of food for J to try. (Not the green tea that was for me ).  I bought Vitalite on the reccomendation from alot of people in a fantstic CMPA support group.  I also bought some tinned cocunut milk from the world food isle.  However i have no idea how to use it to cook with. Can you direct me to a easy recipe?
Amongst the items that I had picked up were Plum, Little Yums, Apple Spinach and Kale wafers. The more of the Plum products i buy the more i am liking them. (well J is)

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I  was expecting the items just to be loose in the box but they actually came in handy little packets containing three wafers . These are usefull to take out in lunch boxes.

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J loved these and had fun eating them.  They are actually not that messy as some finger foods can be. When I gave J these he actually sat still and ate them nicely. Which was a nice change as he is normally running around at 100 miles an hour to busy to even sit down to eat. The carpet can vouch for that after the whole pancake relay saga.

I will definetly be trying some other products of the Plum range, and seeing how J rates them. Are there any others you would reccomed?

 

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THESE CONTAIN MILK!!!!  After J came out in a reaction rash the other morning i read the individual packet ingredients list.

Im sure the box didnt say it contained milk, If anything it would have said ‘may contain’. I need to go back to the supermarket and check as I recycled the box.

http://www.plum-baby.co.uk/products/little-yums-spinach-apple-kale-2

http://www.plumorganics.com/products/little-yums-spinach-apple-kale
As you can see I have found two seperate links on the products both saying differently.

Fruit pouch

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This was also a new find today in Aldi. J has been on a hunger strike so I have been trying to find new things he will eat.  I thought that by trying a pouch he may enjoy feeding himself .
I haven’t given him strawberries before as ive been paranoid with the whole allergy thing. However I realised we cant live like that so decided to try him with them.

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As you can see from the ingredients there is only fruit in the pouches . This is also good for those with allergies as you know exactly what it contains.

This has J’s stamp of approval as he enjoyed eating out of the pouch. I did have to keep taking it off him though as he thought it was hilarious to squirt it everywhere.  However he did manage to eay it all, minus what went on the floor and his clothing.

Dairy and Soya free find

Today whilst shopping in Aldi I discovered a bread that J could eat.

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Made by the Village Bakery sold at a very reasonable price this bread seems very nice. J is on abit of a hunger strike at the moment. However I slightly toasted a round of bread and put a tiny bit of strawberry jam on it , he wolfed it down. It definitely gets J’s stamp of approval. 

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As you can see from the ingredients it is dairy and soya free . It does however contain gluten wheat and barley. 

We will definitely be purchasing this again

Spotty baby

So today has resulted in another allergic reaction. 
I noticed some red spots around the top of the nappy area / lower stomach yesterday evening when changing Js nappy. I didn’t think much of it.

However this morning, not long after giving J half a weetabix, I changed his nappy only to find that his torso and back covered in red dots. He was also screaming in the night the past two nights, which we have put down to his two front teeth coming through.

The only thing he has had different that we can think of is aldis own weetabix for breakfast. 

Luckily we have antihistamines in from the last A&E visit . So we have given him some in the hope it helps.

About CMPA

I realised i havnt actual explained what CMPA actually is .

There are many websites that explain it very well .

I will link you to them as they are far better at explaining the sypmtoms and managment .
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Allergy.diet/

http://cowsmilkproteinallergysupport.webs.com/

http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/could-my-child-be-intolerant-to-cows-milk.aspx?CategoryID=62&SubCategoryID=63

 

 

Doctors visit

Today we were back at the doctors about Jacob being in pain overnight.  He screams the house down whilst he is still sleeping.

Its horrible to see him in pain and not know how to help. Sometimes even pacing the house holding him doesn’t help . I have to give him a bottle for comfort, but even then he will just bring it all back up. He can be writhing around in pain most of the night ,with me having to go and settle him on average about 6 times.  Once I counted 12 .

We have an appointment with a pediatrician next week so hopefully we will start getting to the botton of his problems.