has taken over my life. Seriously. When I’m at work, I think about eczema. When I’m home or on coffee break, I google eczema. When I meet new people or chat with my family, we talk about eczema. Did you know that children with eczema will likely outgrow most of their symptoms by the time they are 5 years old? Or that their parents likely suffer from hay fever, asthma, or airborne allergies? Did you know that even if you use Free and Clear laundry detergent you still have to run clothes through a second rinse cycle to get all the detergent’s chemicals out? Oh, and dryer sheets are the DEVIL.
What started as a few bumps on the baby’s back developed into the worst case of eczema I have ever seen in my life in 7 short days. We have been to the pediatrician, a dermatologist, and then back to the pediatrician. We have an appointment with a specialist at A.I. but that’s not until JUNE. I have tried Cetaphil, prescription foam, Cerave, Triple Cream, Arbonne, Vaseline, Nozema, Formula II, and Aveeno, all the while dosing him with Zyrtec, which I don’t think can possibly be good for a baby. I think we have finally found a treatment that works. I give him a bath every night, letting him play in the tub for awhile before washing him, so that he isn’t playing in soapy water. I wash his hair and skin with pine tar soap, so when he is good and clean he smells just like a woodstove. After bath, we apply a topical steroid cream prescribed by the pediatrician. At bedtime he gets 1/2 tsp. of Zyrtec. We’ve only been doing this for one day, but he is already 75% better. I think we may have this licked.
Oh, and the doctor told me that if this doesn’t work we will have to do an oral steroid because he may have SCABIES. That’s pretty much when I involuntarily screamed and scrubbed my entire house with bleach. Wasted effort, it turns out. Scabies is caught from other kids, not from dirt, so the baby may, in fact, have to spend his entire life in a plastic bubble. (NOT SCABIES, by the way. The treatment is working well, so it’s just plain old eczema.)
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