This isn’t at all about beauty. I have a beautiful almost five month-old, Jack, who has a problem that’s skin deep. Since he was born he’s had skin problems.
At birth he had a reaction to the eye drops they give newborns. His eyes were swollen shut for days. But that was just a bump in the road. Now his eyes are beautiful and clear. It’s the rest of his skin that’s the problem.
When Jack was a few weeks old we notice that his skin was dry. I mean REALLY dry. Like scaly, cracked, red, angry, even bleeding dry. Our first son, Reece, had a little bit of eczema when he was a baby so we just assumed this was the same and would pass. We liberally applied lotion labeled “eczema therapy” and for the most part ignored it. It didn’t seem to bother him and beyond aesthetics didn’t seem to be a problem. He was a happy boy, great sleeper, all around easy baby.
When Jack saw his doctor for his well visits the doctor seemed to think it would soon get better and he would grow out of it in no time.
But it just kept getting worse. Soon Jack’s face and head were scaly and his entire body was red, raw and itchy. Once he got better control of his hands he began clawing at himself. Any exposed skin was subjected to sharp little fingernail slices.
The next time we saw the doctor we were referred to an allergist where we found out Jack reacted to wheat, eggs, dairy, and peanuts. That’s a tall order for a little guy. We were told he’d probably outgrow these allergies and when he’s retested at a year old his results could totally change. (In fact, we were told that if we were to test him monthly what he reacted to would probably change each time since his immune system is still so immature).
So we’ve switched Jack to a hypoallergenic formula (no judgement – it was a hard decision and one we feel is best for him). We gave him some steroids for five days, which totally cleared up all of his skin (while he was on it). And we’ve been giving him allergy medicine before bed each night. This combination greatly improved everything from his head down. From the chin up he was still a mess.
We went back to the allergist yesterday. He was really happy with the eczema improvement (he considers it 70% improved). But he is now sending us to a dermatologist for Jack’s extremely red and itchy head and face. The allergist believes we’re also dealing with a case of severe seborrhea. Which is basically whole face cradle cap, in my understanding.
I’ll have to write another post about all the crazy things we’re doing (at the allergist’s request) to keep the eczema under check. It’s quite the list.
Hopefully all of this is cleared up soon and this all soon forgotten. We see the dermatologist on Saturday and see the allergist again in a month. Seems like an awful lot of doctors for such a little guy. Both will follow him until his skin is clear. It’s nice to know we’re doing all we can to fix him up.