About two months ago, Trevor developed a rash. He had round, dry patches all over and his whole body was extremely dry. I kept calling it scaly skin like a lizard. We figured it was something that would go away. After it stuck around for a few weeks, we made a doctors appointment. She said it was eczema. We were instructed to bathe him as little as possible, use Aveeno lotion and she prescribed a hydro cortisone creme for the patches. It cleared up after a few days.
Friday, June 22, 2012
THEN, he developed another rash. This time, it was different. It was red and itchy. One day I put Eucerin calming itch cream on it and it burned him like crazy. After that, I made another appointment with the pediatrician. He said it appeared environmental and would go away. Try not to let him itch..
WELL, it never went away. It got worse. WAY worse. One night, he kept itchy and bleeding and I was worried he would have a more serious reactions, so we went to the ER. They prescribed him a steroid and instructed us to see his doc (DUH!)..
I had Trevor's 2.5 year well visit scheduled and decided I would demand a referral to a specialist. I racked my brain to think if we had changed anything that would irritate him. Nothing. We went to the visit with many photos on my phone of how bad the rash had gotten. It granted us a rush referral to an allergist who we met with 3 days later.
Trevor had to do the scratch test. They made a grid on his back and poked him 11 times with different allergens. He was a trooper. He didn't mind the first few, but by the end, he was screaming. He had to sit shirtless for 20 minutes to monitor the reactions. The doc came in and announced. He is allergic to trees and grass.
TREES AND GRASS? AKA A 2 YEAR OLDS ENTIRE WORLD!?!
We couldn't believe it. She made us a huge checklist of what to do to make him more comfortable. We left the appointment overwhelmed and sad for our boy.
She prescribed a strong antihistamine he takes twice a day. He also takes a singular chew-able tablet at night. We give him daily baths/showers. (The opposite of what we were doing before, which was making it worse!) Were supposed to keep the windows shut and air on. His sheets should be washed in extremely hot water. He needs a different pillow. Trevor should wear loose, cotton clothing.-She actually said preferably inside out, but, come on!
He is pretty much irritated 24/7. He cleared up 100% from the steroid. Sadly, it only lasted a few days and its was back. His eyes get huge bags and look swollen at times. His back and chest get red bumps. The creases of his arms are a big problem and he itches like crazy. We feel so bad for him! It affects his mood tremendously. He will act out and I get mad but then look at him and think how uncomfortable he must be!
We had a follow up appointment and there's not much else we can do. How I wish there was a miracle shot or something to make him better! Honestly, I don't notice much of a difference when we stay inside. I mean, its summer. Were out. At the beach, in the yard, we are outside most days. I cant keep my boy from growing up normal. I can only try to make him feel okay.
I am really hoping this is the worst it'll ever be. We had a very mild winter with little snow. We had an early spring/summer. The pollen is out of control! I am crossing my fingers we can keep him comfortable through the summer and next year it wont be an issue! He is also likely to have other allergies, so we will watch him closely.
I love my little man and am sad he has to deal with this. Yet, I cant help but be thankful for his overall health and remember how lucky we are!
Posted by Hoping for our own Peanut at 6:00 AM