This morning as I was taking my much needed shower, and had just finished soaping up my hair, I looked down to see a tiny 1 year old hand reach past the shower curtain and pull down on the knob of the cold water.
The ensuing screech that resounded around the walls of the bathroom startled Remewin into tears. I wasn't feeling a lot of remorse for her at that point since I was trying to get some cold water back, but the thought did cross my mind that it would have been a perfect picture to take of her little arm.
There was no body, there was no head... just this tiny arm slowly moving toward it's mark.
What a kid she is! Everyday brings me such joy and delight in this home.
* * *Recently we've been struggling with a rather nasty case of diaper rash. Remewin has not been able to kick it. When she went in for her one year appointment in July I told the doctor about it... again. We've been through two prescription diaper rash creams, at least four tubes of over the counter stuff and have fed her jars and jars of yogurt... nothing was working.
She was red and bleeding and every diaper change left her sobbing in our arms.
I tried letting her run around diaper-less all day--after day after day after day-- and it would help, until she had a dirty diaper again. Then we would be back at square one.
About two weeks ago I got online and read up on diaper rash. Nothing seemed to give us any more than we already knew, except for one little note at the bottom of one website. One little note about food allergies. I grabbed on to that.
We began discussing our clues:
1) No diaper rashes while I was nursing.
2) Diaper brand has never changed.
3) Baby wipe brand has never changed.
4) There has been no major diet changes since the rashes began... except one.... the milk.
This was an entirely possible answer to our problem since I am allergic to milk and so is Albowin.
So the trials began.
That day I ran down to Wal-Mart and bought some soy-based toddler formula. When I got back we handed Remewin her first ever taste of soy. She didn't even bat an eye to the taste difference.
From past experiences with Albowin I knew that if it was a milk allergy the changes would be immediate. Much to our surprise, relief and chagrin within three days Remewin's rash had improved.
Now when I say improved, I mean we went from the worst rash imaginable to a regular diaper rash. No longer was her bum bleeding, no longer was her bum bright red and tender.
That was about a week ago. The diaper rash is not fully gone. The spots that were the worst for the longest (like for months) are still red. We're still not convinced that the milk is the entire issue, but it looks like a main contributing factor.
I cannot believe the power that cows milk has to throw the digestive system into distress! Nor can I believe the myriad of ways it presents itself in the human body.
When I was a child I spent years with stomach pain, my mother took me to specialist after specialist to no avail, then at about 12 years old it clicked in her head and she started me on lactose free substitutes. That was the first time in my life I went without stomach cramping for any long period of time.
Albowin was very colicky. His infancy was, in a word, difficult. Then someone (not a doctor) recommended taking him off milk... the change was OVERNIGHT. No joke.
Even Vicbowin's eczema showed marked improvements when we tried it out on her (except she refuses to drink soy milk... so we don't push it with her).
Now don't get me wrong, I love milk! As an adult I can handle it pretty well (except when I'm pregnant oddly enough) but some of my children can't.
Do your kids have issues? Have you ever considered a milk substitute? What allergies do you suffer from? Did you know that asthma, eczema and allergies are connected?