Who Says Babies Have Perfect Skin?
I will never get over the disappointment of my first baby girl's baptism day. She was wearing a gown that her grandmother had worn and all the family had flown in for the big day and I just knew the photos would be adorable, EXCEPT HER ENTIRE FACE WAS A BIG RED RASH! The poor little thing just kept rubbing her face on her crib sheets and my shoulder. I stopped crying long enough to call my pediatrician and was told that she was too young for cortisone cream and that I should try "expressing some breast milk and applying it to her face." At that point I canceled the photographer.
Sitting on my desk beside me as I write this is a picture of me holding my second child in the snow so he can taste his first snowflake. His cheeks are really pink, and I just thought he was too fair for such cold weather. Besides, it was kind of cute at first. Then they got cracked and angry looking and seemed to hurt him. I know it hurt me. I didn't bother mentioning it to a doctor because I thought it would just go away on its own, which it eventually did. Duh, now I know he had eczema, too. Believe me, it's been back to those precious fair cheeks several more times in the ensuing years.
Now that my kids are school-aged, the eczema seems to show up on their arms for some reason. All four of them walk around scratching. By this time, I know they have eczema -- I mean I've had my suspicions confirmed by medical doctors. But I learn more and more every day about the options available for treating eczema, preventing flare-ups, and coping emotionally.