The dreaded “E” word. Turn back to September 2016, Max has had a rash similar to prickly heat all over his tummy, we and the health visitor put it down to heat rash and thought nothing more of it. A few weeks later the rash had worsened, after taking Max for his 6 week check with the GP we discovered that Max has infantile Eczema.
We’ve been on a journey of creams and lotions and steroids now ever since this day, Max tummy flares up into red patches of sore dry skin which he scratches at.
You can’t help but feel like you’ve done something wrong, as a parent – what has triggered it – you ask yourself 1,000,000 questions as to what could have caused it and the simple answer is – we don’t know. We may never know.
Max skin condition has caused me a great deal of stress and upset, I’ve found myself becoming bitter towards others who don’t face the daily routine and struggle of seeing their babies skin looking so red raw and painfully itchy for them. I wouldn’t wish this upon anyone.
Luckily due to the great community of Instagram I have been fortunate to get advice from many other mums who seem to be going through the same struggles as I am, I’m not alone in this, it is very common and there is a high possibility he will grow out of it.
We have our appointment with the consultant dermatologist on 2 weeks which I really hope will help us to find a way out of this horrendous ordeal.
Ive been asked if his has impacted my bond with Max and in all honesty it has – seeing his skin sends me to tears instantly and I often find myself weeping in a heap on his nursery floor because I can’t even bring myself to bathe him or see it.
I’m writing this because I think it’s important to share everything we go though as parents / mothers / fathers / carers. The good things and the bad things. That other people going through this can therefore feel less alone.
I really hope I can read back to this blog post very soon and see that I’ve found comfort with Max skin condition instead of constantly beating myself up about it.
If you need more information as to Infantile eczema then I found a particularly good resource was the National eczema society webpage.
If you have been affected by this topic then I would love to hear your story and experiences – it’s good to share.