I feel like the worst mother for letting this happen to her. I think the reason I am posting this is for awareness purposes. And for other parents who's children could possibly have eczema. I thought I had already done a lot of research, but after doing more research today, there were so many more things I should be doing to help control it. With my previous research I found that most babies outgrow their eczema. So naturally this would apply to Addison! But after today, I don't think this is the case for her.
There are several types of eczema. But most people suffer from the main four types. Turns out Addison has THREE of the four main types. She has Atopic eczema, which basically means it's genetic and can come and go whenever it pleases. The second type is Contact Dermatitis, which means she breaks out when she comes in contact with things she is allergic to. Like latex. (Which we found she was allergic to this summer, when she broke out in hives and her lips got swollen after being in her baby floaty in the pool.) I've always had a suspicion that she was allergic to bananas, and the same proteins that are in latex are in bananas and avocados. The third type that she has is called hand eczema. It is a more rare form of eczema and is chronic. The rashes on her hands, I can never get to go away. I just assumed it was because she uses her hands to do everything, so it was harder to go away. My poor baby. If only I had done more research sooner. She also has spots behind her knees, on her heels, the front of her feet, her elbows and of course her hands. She will probably always suffer from eczema and it might get better as she gets older.
Needless to say, the Staples family will be changing a few things around our house to help prevent Addison's outbreaks and keep her skin condition at bay. We will be changing our detergent. I'm gonna start using a mild soap on her at bath time. Dove was recommended to me by another mom who's baby has eczema. I found several pairs of her jammies that have elastic in the feet around the spot that is always irritated on her foot. And also elastic around the wrists where she also has irritations. Elastic is made from rubber which is Latex. All of her socks have elastic in them. Elastic in the waistband is usually OK, because it's covered by material. But I do know she has some jeans where the elastic is exposed.
Here's my Addy Mae still smiling after her long day at the doctors. And despite her terribly itchy skin. (Her five year old sister in the background who has a sore throat. Laney saw me get my camera out and said' "Mom, you cannot take a picture of me when I'm sick!")
I had to put gauze on her bad spots, so she wouldn't scratch them.
This spot on her foot is really bad, and the bandage looks so sad.
Here's a picture of what one of her wrists looks like. This isn't what it normally looks like. This is infected eczema. (Looking at this picture makes me cry and vow that I will not let this happen again.)