It started out as a small speck of a rash.
It slowly progressed, the rash on the left cheek getting bigger and bigger and eventually transferring to the other cheek.
In about a month, baby Ben’s skin condition worsened despite two trips to the dermatologist and to a pediatrician who prescribed him steroid creams and oral anti-histamine.
I’ve been on my wits end trying to think what could be the cause – food allergy? Clothing? House dust? Was it due to something I’ve eaten (because I am breastfeeding)? To rule out food allergy, I’m keeping a food journal to record everything he ate and his reactions to it. We’re keeping his food simple and natural: just fruits and vegetables. No gluten, nothing bought. Allergic reaction so far only to pears and dairy. Too bad he really loved yogurt! But this is really expected since big sister Pristine was also allergic to dairy (and eggs) when she was small. For his clothes, we are using biodegradable laundry soap and clean the house with vacuum cleaner and wet and dry mop EVERYDAY to rule out the house dust factor. We do not have pets or carpets.
A few days ago, the rash developed into a hideous “weeping eczema”, oozing clear fluid that made me panic. It was raw, bloody(because he tends to scratch it at night) and really looks painful. It’s so heartbreaking to see him like that – whatever happened to the promise of the smoothest skin ever for babies?
A fellow mom from Dubai recommended a pediatrician and allergist Dr. Michael Loubser who she thinks could help with our nightmare. The problem is – the lovely doctor has a really good reputation hence, having so many patients and could not take new patients in. What’s a desperate mom going to do?
I emailed the doctor, begging him to take my son in. We got an appointment but the soonest would be on 2nd of July. That’s nearly a month from now!! What will become of our precious baby’s face then? I called and asked again describing baby Ben’s condition. They promised to put us in priority in case someone cancels. I prayed hard.
My prayers had been answered. The following day, the clinic called telling us we can see the doctor first thing in the morning the next day, thankfully, my husband’s day off.
Baby Ben looked like this the morning we drove him to the doctor.
The rash wasn’t wet or weeping anymore but it’s still red, itchy, dry, scaly and very uncomfortable for him. The doctor examined him thoroughly, gave us a treatment plan for eczema and new meds. Apparently, his eczema got infected and needed antibiotics. He also needs a lot of moisturizers and a bit of olive oil mixed in the water at the end of his bath.
He has only been in the new medication for a day but we’re seeing a huge positive result! I’ll post a photo of his recovery, hopefully he’ll be back to having that famed flawless baby’s skin in no time!