Also, to everyone who reached out in sympathy. It was nice to hear from you, too. I never did think I would be that mom. You know the one. The one with the kid with food allergies, the weird skin, all of that. I have been the hover mother at any birthday party or play date she has been to. I HATE BEING THAT MOM. But it is what it is - and I was grateful to get emails from other mama who have been through it.
The outcome of the new treatments and testing is AMAZING. Elliot still itches. She still has scratch marks and scabs. BUT not as many. The redness is gone. And, for the first time ever, her skin is soft. Soft baby skin. What more can a mama hope for?
What the doctor ordered:
Bleach baths 3x a week. (for details, see link below)
Soaking baths 4x a week (30-45 minutes in plain, warm water)
each bath followed with a heavy creme. head to toe coverage
Cutivate, a corticosteroid, 2x a day where affected.
Bacitracin, an antibiotic, applied inside the nose at bedtime 5x a month
Benedryl, an antihistamine, at bedtime.
We are also in the process of redoing scratch testing, and blood testing that we first completed when she was 1 year. Have any allergies been added? Grown out of? We should know soon.
sites to check out:
One Mom Against Eczema - BLOG
Ask Dr. Sears - Eczema Summary
Surprising New Treatment - Bleach Baths