Picture this rash all over your child’s body. Now picture them scratching away at it anytime they don’t have clothes on. Lets take this one step further and picture your ‘smooth as a baby’s butt’ child feeling like their skin belongs on a scaly snake. Pretty gross right? The only thing I hate more than baby eczema is toddler eczema because it is a lot worse. Make it go away! Make it stop… PLEASE! My heart breaks when I see his poor skin; I feel helpless.
I am experiencing an overwhelming feeling of mommy guilt because I can’t make it right. How do you protect your baby from his own body? I am sure my own mom felt the same when I was going through my very first Multiple Sclerosis relapse. Here’s how this is going to work. I am going to close my eyes and you are going to make it all better, deal? Oh damn, I forgot that eczema isn’t curable, it’s controllable.
Michael’s eczema has gotten A LOT worse since he became a toddler and I am fed up. I am completely over creams, detergents, bath washes and rashes! It is just soul sucking to watch your baby breakout in a rash because nothing you are doing seems to help! The knife twists a little deeper into your heart when it’s to the point where you are doing an allergy test for toddler eczema. Wah!
We weren’t just at the doctor because of his wicked toddler eczema. Michael also had his 15 month, at 16 months old, well baby visit and it just reinforced what a brute I am raising! Holy smokes!
- 33 inches tall (90th percentile)
- 32 pounds! (100+ percentile)
I liked some of the ‘safety tips’ that were on the 15 month check sheet.
- If your child starts to climb out of the crib, it is time to put him/her into a big (or junior) bed.
- I have definitely watched Michael attempt to get that leg over the crib rail. Ahhhh man! I don’t want to change his bed to a toddler bed yet because I don’t know where the pieces are! I suck so hard.
- Kids need to be allowed to be a bit messy and noisy at times. They need to be allowed to try to manipulate objects by themselves. They should have the ‘freedom’ to explore as long as the exploring is not dangerous to them.
- Yes, yes, and yes! I made sure to read that one aloud to Daddy Michael because my child, yes mine, is learning by doing when he is with me. We are both making mistakes along the way and I am A-OK with that.
We barely brought up his eczema before the pediatrician was recommending a blood test to rule out allergies, thank goodness! He recommended one panel that tests for the 15, or so, most common allergies in children: milk, eggs, wheat, cockroaches, dust mites, nuts, etc. I was so thankful that we could just go downstairs and get his blood drawn because that means I will have the results back by the end of the week! Did you feel my huge sigh of relief?
Michael got the first part of his Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine and his final Hemophilus Influenzae Type B (HIB) before his blood draw. I was so thankful that Daddy Michael actually stayed for the shots and the blood draw this time! It is too much work to carry a diaper bag, get out identification, AND carry a very pissed on 32 pound child by yourself. I think having us both there helped a lot with the blood draw because I held the apple juice bottle and his arm while Daddy Michael sat him in his lap and also held his arm.
The good news…
He didn’t bend his arm up with the needle in this time! Yippee!