Noah has always battled eczema. When he was a baby, he would scratch the sides of his face and top of his head until there were open wounds. As he's gotten older, those spots seem to have cleared up and now he is scratching other places, mainly his knee and elbow pits and his back where his diaper is. Actually, we aren't 100% sure that it is entirely eczema and not just a bad habit. Sometimes his skin will look beautiful and he'll still scratch it.
We've gotten pretty good at protecting the sensitive areas. He wears pants all the time, long sleeve shirts and onesies. If he can't get to the areas that bother him, he isn't as likely to scratch them to pieces.
At his doctors appointment two weeks ago, I asked if we should take him to a dermatologist. She said to try using Vaseline on the bothersome spots 6-8 times a day and see how he does. We've been very diligent about doing this. And it doesn't seem to have helped one bit.
When I got him from his nap today he looked like this:
He looks like Geronimo. I thought he bit his lip until I went to clean him up. This was the front of his leg and his hand.
And this is what he did to the back of his leg that caused the blood bath.
I about freaked out. He didn't even scream when he did this to himself. Yet he screamed bloody murder when I tried to put cold water on his leg.
I'm making an appointment tomorrow to get him in with a dermatologist.
We need something stronger than Vaseline.