Thursday, July 21, 2016

The battle.

It all started from a red mark on her neck a month ago.

I thought that she scratched herself or possibly an insect may have bit her so I did not think much of it.

The red mark/rash on her neck however did not go away after two weeks and one day, it was oozing and tiny little spots were forming around the mark. Baby O then started scratching her neck furiously and it eventually turned into a wound.

Also, a mild rash started appearing on her cheek as well.

Her skin used to be spotless and when the bumps started appearing, I started getting all worried and upset because she kept scratching her face and could not sleep well at night. . . AND when the baby doesn't sleep, someone else doesn't get to sleep too :(

During her check up with her paediatrician, he said that the rash on her neck was a heat rash whilst the face rash was eczema.

However, after getting a second opinion, another doctor had mentioned that the rash on her neck was also eczema. 

Both doctors prescribed steroid creams. 

The problem is that after using steroid creams, I found her eczema getting worse and it started spreading at other areas. Her face became red. Her skin was peeling. Other parts of her neck that were eczema free earlier started developing eczema.

Every time I look at her old pictures, it makes me so sad to see her skin in such a state. What I thought was "bad" initially when the first signs of her eczema started showing is now NOTHING compared to how her face is like now.

Her cheeks are starting to ooze now and her skin is all dry and flaky. She is always rubbing her face due to the itch and she has been very fussy and cranky but I don't blame her for being that way.

I have spent a bomb on body washes and lotions - I have tons of lotions and creams lying around the house because not all lotions work on her - some makes her eczema flare up even more.

I have been desperate to find products that work on her. So far, the Moo Goo eczema pack has been my best investment. The products are gentle on her sensitive skin.

Recently, I have also purchased some Olive Oil body products that my mother in law had asked to check out as well.

The number of eczema related products in the market are endless.

I have been reading so many articles and blogs on baby eczema and have joined Facebook groups as well. I find FB groups so comforting because at least I know that I am not alone on this journey.

In fact, I didn't know that baby eczema is so common!

I purchased this brand new Scratch Me Not clothing (that Baby O is wearing in the picture above) from a seller on a FB Preloved Group and she has been extremely kind and generous. 

She shared so many tips on managing baby eczema as her daughter used to have really bad eczema as well and even recommended FB groups for me to join.

Also, she sent me SO MANY other things like mittens, Scratch Me Not and Scratch No More sleeves (although some of them were tatty looking, they still function well), lotion samples, balms and even Tubifast (just in case I'd need 'em).

It is not often that you meet such kind souls out there and for that I am so grateful.

I felt as though God sent her at the right time because I was just feeling so frustrated about Baby O's situation but after listening to her advice, I felt much more better and also hopeful that this is just a phase.

When Baby O grows older, I can conduct a more conclusive test on what she is allergic to and eliminate that allergen from her diet/surrounding (if possible).

In the meantime, I just have to be careful with my diet (because I'm still breastfeeding) and Baby O's as well.

I am also so thankful for all the other advice given to me by mummies who had to go through this with their babies. I just can't wait for the day when her eczema goes away! I know that I just have to be patient....but one thing's for sure that in the midst of this situation, I am reminded of so many other things.

As much as it pains me to see Baby O suffer with the dreaded itch and pitiful skin state, I have learned that I should not harp or obsess too much over it because eczema does not go away overnight and that there are a million and one other things more worrying than eczema.

I am thankful that Baby O is still growing well and is healthy apart from her skin condition. That in itself is already a huge blessing on its own.

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