Tackling Eczema Pt #3

Kind deeds come in many forms. My previous post on Tackling Eczema Pt #2 gathered several well wishes and helpful suggestions from people I’ve never met before. Ewan and I are truly grateful and blessed.

Our prayers were answered! We found a (paid) genie. Well, kind of. She’s Dr Mardziah Alias (Dr M), a paediatric dermatologist. A specialist of specialist…in Malaysia! “Whoaaa…got such thing one ah?”, I hear you say. Gottttt! 

We chanced upon Dr M’s clinic at Damansara Specialist Hospital while consulting the ever-popular Dr Musa Nordin regarding Ewan’s eczema. He came recommended by Dr Patrick, the kind GP near our house. The queue was so long (2.5 hours to be exact) that Hubby explored the surroundings and came across Dr M’s clinic, hidden at the far end of a corridor. A coincidence or blessing?

Weeks after that when Ewan’s skin didn’t improve, I called Dr M’s clinic to make an appointment. Her nurse was very specific; she jotted down Ewan’s name upon confirming that he has a skin problem, and not just any cold or fever. 

Thank goodness the wait wasn’t as crazy as at Dr Musa’s; we were called in within 15 minutes. A soft-spoken and gentle person, Dr Mardziah further confirmed Ewan’s condition as infantile eczema. As usual, I whipped out my long tracking list of Ewan’s prescribed medications, creams and forbidden foods so far. After further discussion, we decided to take the food allergy test. Yes, it is safe for young babies to undergo this test too! All they need is 3ml of their blood and you may choose whatever food to test for. Of course, the more you choose, the poorer you’ll become. It’s like ordering dishes in an upscale restaurant. Under Dr M’s advice, we selected 11 types of food, namely wheat, peanuts, egg yolk, egg white (why can’t they just put it as egg as a whole?!), fish (cod), chicken, pork, beef, soy, cow’s milk and anchovies.

The worst part of the entire visit was seeing Dr M and the nurses gently drawing out Ewan’s blood. I was probably more jittery and in pain than him. 

We walked out of DSH poorer by RM700+! Dr M’s consultation fee is by far, the highest we’ve come across so far at a whopping RM120! And I thought Dr Foo’s at Pantai KL Hospital was overpriced. Maklumlah Dr M is a specialist of specialist! The results will be out in two weeks’ time and until then, we’re both back to restrictive diet.

We have also decided that Ewan will be a specialized pediatrician when he grows up, not a pilot anymore 🙂


7 thoughts on “Tackling Eczema Pt #3

    1. joeyllhow

      The results will be out tomorrow. I’m anxious and excited at the same time. At least we can stop guessing and stressing on what to feed him or not.

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  2. angeline

    hahahahaha…. the more i read your blog the more similarities i find… Dr. Musa is baby Nadia’s paeds since she was born…. and the waits are LOOOOOOOOOOOOOng. My baby is showing signs of developing eczema ….. sigh!

    1. joeyllhow

      Yes, we have been to Dr Musa once before too, recommended by a GP near my house. The wait was so long but he’s a nice doctor 🙂 I forgot to mention in this post that it is recommended to delay solids until baby is at least six months old. The longer you wait and breastfeed, the better baby is protected from possible allergies.

      1. Daniel

        Hi Joey, how’s your kid’s eczema after visiting Dr. Mardziah? I intended to visit Dr. M by this week. Thanks for your sharing.

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