Soooo, probably almost a month ago, we noticed some red splotches along Parker's lower back. We tried a few things to troubleshoot, but nothing helped. (Added salt to the water softener, various diaper rash creams, naked time.) The rash kept spreading, and suddenly it was all the way up his back, wrapping around his belly, on his shoulders and thighs. The splotches were raised and dark red. It was frightening-- especially after a warm bath. Luckily, Parker didn't seem bothered by it at all.
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The next week we had well-child visits, and within seconds of showing Dr. P, she said, "Oh, that's Eczema." (She also said not to use large amounts of cortisone for extended periods of time, because it can have harmful long-term effects.) Hmmph. Dr. P went over recommended treatments and causes for outbreaks. She suggested we re-introduce solids to Parker with an extended wait time between foods, as food allergies can cause outbreaks.
Here's what we've been doing:
- Bathing every 3 days (we were bathing every night previously) with Aveeno Baby Unscented Soothing Wash.
- Buttering him up nightly with Aveeno Baby Unscented Moisturizer.
- Keeping him cool-- which is pretty much impossible when he's in the car seat.
- Re-introducing solid foods one week at a time and keeping a log of his reactions to each food.
I think we're currently on Day 4 of clear skin. It's always very upsetting when I find those big, scary splotches on his chunky thighs.
Turns out Eczema is pretty common; I have several friends with children that also have it. Everyone that I tell has been amazed to hear that the PA didn't know it was Eczema.
Also, turns out that Eczema runs in Casey's family. This whole time I thought Parker was my little Italian, but between the Eczema and green eyes, he's proving to be more Shelton than Russo.