Friday, May 14, 2010

Noah - The Good, The Bad and The Crusty

Noah's ear infection has made him a puke monster for the past few days. I did four loads of laundry yesterday. It wasn't pretty.

Noah has had some nasty eczema for months. We tried Eucerin lotion. We tried hydrocortisone cream. I think it's a big reason he wakes up several times in the middle of the night. He's itchy. He has it on his head and it looks like cradle cap, but it is eczema. He'll scratch his head so bad at night that it will be bloody and seepy in the morning. Lovely, eh?
This is a picture of it after it improved about 90%. The entire top of his head used to look like this.

And we couldn't believe what improved it. We went to the water park in phoenix. He got soaked in the chlorine water a few times. We were shocked at how good his head looked that night. Then I read an article about eczema and how chlorine and bleach will help it because it kills a bacteria that feeds the eczema. So, we started mixing a 1/2 tablespoon of bleach in Noah's bath. I had never heard of such a thing. But, I talked to our doctor about it and it's totally safe and apparently a great cure. It's working!

Since he got sick again, we started doing a few breathing treatments just as prevention. Noah is not going for the mask anymore. Literally, he screamed bloody murder and I gave up after 10 minutes. The doctor suggested we change it from the mask to the little mouth spout and just put it in front of his face like a humidifier. He won't breathe as much in, but it's better than nothing. So I rigged it up on his jumperoo and put on Elmo. Worked like a charm. And then he bit it. Whatever.

Noah seems to have turned a corner today and has kept everything down. He's loving Ben's geotrax airplane. He watches it go around and around and around.

And just watch this video and you'll see why I can't be in a bad mood for very long around here.

If you want to come over and do raspberries on his belly just let me know.
It'll make your day too.


Linda said...

Oh boy, do I know a thing or two about Eczema. Haven't I ever shared my horror stories of Sarah's Eczema? She would be horrified if I did, but I'll share anyway.

Sarah has had a milk protein allergy since birth. We are a NO milk household, but she still eats ice cream and cheese, and all it does it make her Eczema worse. The early years - especially when she was a preschooler and on into the early years of school - were the WORST.

She has it on her eyes, neck, behind her ears, and... the worst thing of all was the scalp, which developed more into a form of Scalp Psoriarsis which is a million times worse than cradle cap. The plaque would build and cling to her hair follicles and I would literally have to CUT the pieces out of her hair, all the while, she was screaming. This went on for years.

The doctors prescribed all sorts of different medicines - there was the oil treatment that had to stay in her hair overnight. She hated all of it.

The good news is that her scalp condition has improved to the point of mild dandruff. The Eczema however remains a lifelong issue. It improves at times. I have it as well in some of the same places (near the eyes, etc.) - it runs in families.

I'm glad that you found something that helps it. We've tried literally everything over the years. The best thing that's been working for her lately (on the skin) is a rose hip oil ointment and udder creme. She has one round Eczema on her neck that's been there for years - it looks like a hickey. Not a good thing, when you're 14, lol.

I loved the video - Noah is such a cutie. ♥

Anonymous said...

So glad we get to enjoy your baby boy today.! Thanks for sharing! He is such a joy!


Sarah said...

good to know. hank has some eczema too.