Well, it was the first unplanned trip, anyway. A little over a week ago, we noticed a small, round patch of skin on H’s belly that was red and had little bumps, and felt like extremely dry skin. I put (my go-to for everything) Aquaphor on it for a few days and it seemed to definitely help, so I didn’t think a whole lot more about it. Yesterday, however, I noticed about 4 more spots like it on her. Each one about the size of a quarter or so, round, red, and really dry. It didn’t seem to bother her at all, but I figured since it seemed to be spreading, I better take her into the doctor.
It was hard for me to get a good photo of it, but you can kind of see a few of the spots…the other 3 spots are on her sides. Like I said, not a terrible rash or anything, but it felt really weird and it was spreading, so…better safe than sorry, I guess, especially before we head to TN for the weekend.
So, in we went to the pediatrician this afternoon. We have never really had to wait more than a couple of minutes at the pediatrician’s office, but for some reason, today they were backed up. Our appointment was at 2:20, but I don’t think we actually got to see the doctor until around 3:15. Luckily, H was in a GREAT mood, and was smiling and “talking” to all of the people in the waiting room. And then once we got called back, she had a good time looking at all of the stuff on the walls and out the window.
We saw Dr. Seidel (one of our favorites), and as soon as she saw the rash, she said I didn’t need to worry. Basically it is just mild atopic dermatitis (eczema), which she said has likely been brought on by a) the heat, b) her rolls, and c) her sweating from the 2 aforementioned factors. She said she wasn’t too worried about her developing full-blown eczema since neither Jon or I have it and it is usually genetic. She asked which kind of soap we use for bath time, and when I told her Johnson & Johnson, she said to switch to just a bar of Dove soap for the time being and that it should help clear it up. She also said to continue lathering her with Aquaphor like we have been doing, and if that doesn’t work, to just put some hydrocortisone cream on it, and that should do the trick. She said that some babies just have worse reactions to the heat/sweat than others and recommended that I dress her as cool as possible and just try to lotion her up as much as possible to try to “stay ahead” of the rash. Easy enough!
Long story short, I was pretty much already doing what the doctor recommended, but I feel better knowing it’s nothing serious and not an allergic reaction to anything. Glad to report that our sweet girl is still just as healthy as can be! :)