Ruby, our two year old daughter, has a skin condition called ichthyosis which means her skin struggles to create its own oil. To further complicate the situation Ruby also suffers from eczema which makes her skin very sensitive and prone to being itchy.
Dust mites are the main culprit and although we oil her skin a number of times a day if she comes into contact with anything like carpet her skin becomes inflamed and she starts scratching it. When Ruby was one her skin became so inflamed we admitted her to Westmead Children’s Hospital where, over a number of days, she was given an intensive treatment of steroids and wet bandages.
Since then we have done everything in our power to minimise the environmental effects (such as dust mites) to improve her condition. We set up our new house to help her condition, this includes:
- No carpet in any room, leather and vinyl lounges
- Plastic toys only
- All her clothing is 100% cotton
- All beds are wrapped in dust mite covers
- A washing machine that boils water in the wash to kill dustmites
Ruby is unable to play on the grass, carpet or sand pits. We live near the beach which we also cannot take her to.
We recently enrolled her in swimming lessons and although we covered her in Vaseline prior to entering the water within minutes of going in she was taken out in tears and her sensitive skin was completely red raw.
We have been in our new house for over a year and our in-ground pool has remained a cement shell as we didn’t see the point of having a pool knowing Ruby would be unable to go in. Then I heard about a new pool system using the mineral magnesium and after some research we decided to finish the pool.
I am very happy to report, we’ve had our new MagnaPool for over five months and Ruby is in the water three times a day for up to two hours at a time and absolutely loves it. No creams and no rinsing of the minerals is needed, just a towel dry and off to play. Zero side effects or irritations, in fact it seems to be helping her condition and reducing the amount of oil we have to use. This would be impossible in a saltwater pool or a pool with excessive levels of chlorine disinfection by-products.
This has brought an enormous amount of joy to the whole family. We rave about the pool to everyone, as it has actually
changed our lives, not only making it possible for Ruby to play like a normal kid, but also a relief to know our little girl can now learn to swim.
Thanks MagnaPool. You have a fantastic product!
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