Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The eczema support group.

My name is McCall and my baby has eczema.  If you don't have a child with eczema you are thinking "wow what a weird, dramatic girl" and if you do have a child with eczema you are nodding and thinking "amen, sister" because guess what?  Eczema sucks.

Olivia started getting rough patches on her legs when she was only a couple of months old.  Her pediatrician said she just had sensitive skin and the dryness would sort itself out the older she got.  I used baby lotion, but the patches got worse and by the time she was 11 months old, I was at my wit's end.  She had a really bad spot on her shoulder that looked like blisters, and some mornings I would get her undressed to find that she had been scratching her back and sides so bad that she was bleeding, the red criss-crosses her tiny nails had made in her soft white skin made me cry as I gently washed her off in the bathtub.  I was ready to take action despite the instructions of her pediatrician.

I took her to a dermatologist.  He was a quirky, kind man who looked like he had stepped out of the 1970s.  He confirmed that it was eczema, wrote up a prescription for her really bad spots, and joked that eczema is harder to get rid of than cancer.....great.  As per his instructions, I slathered her up with baby oil before bed every night.  She broke out in a rash.  I switched to the oil without vitamin e or aloe.  Better.  I bought Eucerin.  A little better.  Her prescription made her shoulder patch go away within two days

but her eczema still isn't gone, no matter how much I hydrate her after baths and before bed :/ I have to put her in one-piece pajamas every night to make sure she can't scratch, make sure she doesn't get too warm or sweaty, and that nothing irritates or rubs on her skin.  It's so frustrating not being able to make it go away and I feel so bad for her.

I found this article yesterday about eczema...


..did you read it? Did you read the part about putting bleach in her bath?  Sounds weird because it seems counterintuitive (doesn't bleach usually dry your skin out?) but I'll try anything.

I always wonder about trying new things like that.  Who actually thought, "I think I'll try putting bleach in my kid's bath and see if it helps her eczema."  Okay, so maybe this isn't that crazy because I'm sure it has something to do with the bleach killing the bacteria, but I always wonder about the first person to try new things.  Like milk.  I was drinking a glass of milk yesterday and imagined some lady back in the day, sitting on her porch breast feeding her baby.  I wonder if she looked down and thought you sure seem to be enjoying that milk, little one.  I wonder if us adults are missing out on something great.  And then she looked out into her field and saw her cow.

Anywho...if you have any tips, suggestions, things that have worked for you, or simply want a listening ear to curse about eczema to; I'd love to hear it.  My email inbox is always open.
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