In our House, E is for Eczema…

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Life is unexpected and in unexpected things, my family had no idea we’d be helping fight off my sons awful eczema flare up during nearly the whole month of April leading up through May. It honestly seemed to come out of nowhere. I always knew sometimes he’d be itchy here and there but never did imagine that my sweet little boys skin would end up so miserable, red, and weeping.  And I had mentioned his itching every time we’d be at the Doctor’s for check ups since birth but they told me over and over again that it was normal for little kids to have dry itchy skin  and to make sure to lotion him up and not let him very long baths. So I tried not to worry about it too much because he never seemed miserable or unlike himself just itchy here and there.

The week of Easter (it all happened so fast that looking back is sort of a blur now) we took both kids out to the park to hunt for chocolate filled eggs. It was bright and beautiful out and it was about 80’s degrees. The real first warm day of the whole year, in fact.  Both kids were in their blue jean overalls, so pretty covered up from rolling and romping through the grass. Later that evening, I noticed some irritated red skin on the back of his knees.  I assumed the irritation was nothing more than a heat rash so to soothe him, I gave him an oatmeal bath. He stopped trying to itch his legs at least for the evening.  And what I woke up to was not pretty the next day. He had to have been scratching himself through out the night because his poor legs were very awful looking and wounded. And not only that but his arms to looked red and agitated.

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I still thought maybe just a heat rash that would heal up on it’s own in a few days. I put Aquaphor on it and kept his agitated areas covered up from where he could itch at them.  After another day or so his face broke out and we called the DR and made an appointment to be seen as soon as possible because it wasn’t going away, it was getting worse. They diagnosed it as Eczema and told me that it’s a lot of work to care for.  And she wasn’t kidding, it is. I have been back and forth following Doctor’s orders and reading up everything I could about the condition.  And I won’t lie, it’s been exhausting. I just want my little boys skin to be healthy, beautiful, and pain free.  It pains a mother to see a child in such discomfort and not knowing exactly what can fix it.  We don’t know what triggered the flare up….it’s been a month and half later and we still have no idea.

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The steroid cream we were given to apply to irritated areas sparingly has helped but it hasn’t made the condition just go away. I’m praying the eczema will just go away but I have a deep feeling in my gut that it’s not. I feel that finding out whatever triggered it is so key.

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The Picture above was taken of him today (Mother’s Day). His arms have small patches very light in color, his legs patches still but nowhere as red and agitated at the moment. His face is the hardest area to get healed up because he is likely to rub or scratch at it and I can’t cover it up like everywhere else ( my son currently is always in long sleeved footed pajamas at home & when in public long sleeved onesie tops and pants…all 100% cotton). I’m hoping to get him to the point where he can wear short sleeved clothes and shorts again…

This is the first post I imagine of more, no doubt. I’ll write about what we’ve been doing to treat his skin and what the Doctor ordered as care next time.  I’ve been contacting companies about lotions and other products for this condition so if you or someone you know is dealing with skin issues, be sure to check back for those post.