Tyler Saunders spent the first six years of his life not knowing what it was like to sleep through the night.
As a newborn he had exhibited signs of eczema, and the condition only grew more severe with age. Tyler had to wear socks on his hands to prevent him scratching at his sore, flakey skin, and he often couldn’t leave the house in case of a flare-up.
Sometimes his eczema was so debilitating he was unable to attend school or even walk.
After years of exploring various treatments to no avail, his parents Debbie and Andrew were prepared to spend whatever it took to help their son. “We had exhausted all avenues and had hit rock bottom. In all honesty, we felt like we could go crazy,” Debbie explained to Kidspot.
The Saunders family filmed Tyler's flare-ups as evidence for doctors. (Screengrabs via Youtube)
However, the six-year-old's skin is almost completely clear these days, and it's all thanks to a post Debbie spied on a Facebook page.
Another Australian woman had posted before-and-after photos of her son on an eczema support page, which showed how his skin had improved through the use of a treatment by Dr Richard Aron.
Debbie got in contact with Dr Aron and sent him a detailed history and photos of Tyler's skin. The South Africa-based dermatologist wrote a script for a compound cream to be made especially for Tyler — taking into account his age, weight and the severity of his eczema — and overseen by an Australian doctor.
A before-and-after image of Tyler's skin. (Image via Dr Aron Eczema Treatment Information/Facebook)
Tyler began using the cream, which costs $35 for 500 grams following a $200 consultation, last September. Within three weeks Debbie noted there had already been an improvement.