I have discovered the cure for all children's ailments! I know, you're all thinking, WoW! Are you a doctor, researcher, or voodoo medicine woman? No, no. I am merely a mother with children with ailments. And I just happened to stumble upon a cure, THE cure, in fact. It cures EVERYTHING! Listen carefully, I am only going to tell you this once. The cure is: (drum roll, please.......) Call the doctor. And no, it's not the doctor that cures them, the phone call does. I don't know why it works, but it does. It's very eerie. Once your appointment time comes around, and you pull into the parking lot - voici voila! Your child will be cured! The doctor will look at you with a funny look, think you're a paranoid parent, and tell you that it's good that you came in anyway, even though your child is PERFECTLY FINE. Then you'll be charged approximately $150 for the whole experience. Today I made the mistake of taking my daughter to an allergist, even though I had already made the phone call, thus curing her completely. She has bouts of excema, some of them quite severe, and although nobody is exactly sure of the cause of excema, it is often an allergic reaction. Since she is allergic to penicillin, and reacted strongly to dairy as an infant, I thought it was a pretty good bet that it was an allergy. I had to wait six weeks for the appointment. Literally, the day I called, her skin cleared up. It has been absolutely beautiful ever since. I almost cancelled the appointment. But I figured hey, I waited six weeks for this. I went through babysitting hell getting somebody to watch my other two kids so I could watch my little girl's back get poked and itchy. The only thing she reacted to was the control poke, which gets itchy on everyone. She was allergic to NOTHING! (They didn't test penicillin, but they did do diary) She whined and sighed "I want my skin back - when will they give me my skin back? I want to see what's happening." And then, a new discovery for her - "Hey! I can't see my back!" I have been known to call a doctor, only to have fevers come down immediately afterward. What is it about that phone call? The body's immune systme somehow "hears" it, and decides to work overtime? (Oh, no! A doctor's visit! The doctor will know I'm not doing my job!) I am convinced the body's motto is: Never let a doctor see you sick.


Blogger Heather O. said...

Jacob once jumped off our bed and landed wrong, rolling his ankle. He cried for a long time, then spent about 2 hours literally crawling on his hands and knees to get around our house because his said his leg hurt so much. (I know, any normal kid would just SIT DOWN AND REST, but no, Jacob still found a way to be mobile!) I called the nurse, and she told me to get to an ER, because there could be a torn ligament or something, despite the fact that there was no obvious swelling.

Guess who RAN up to the doctor and said, "Hi, I'm Jacob!" when we got there? The little bugger, who had been whining and crying all the time in the car down to the ER, took one look at the fantastic fish tank and big screen TV they had in the pediatric ER, and all pain was magically gone. The doc was nice about it, and make a big production of giving Jacob a sticker, and sent us on our way after a 5 minute inspection of my son's perfectly healthy leg.

Such a stinker.

6/23/2005 04:50:00 PM  
Blogger Ana said...

Eczema can be such a mystery. We thought my younger son's eczema was dairy-triggered for 2.5 years --ages 1 to 3.5. Yet when we had the skin tests at the allergist, he was not allergic to dairy. Nothing helped us until we went to a doctor who had eczema herself. She prescribed Aveeno baby lotion after bathing, before drying off. It has worked like a charm. Worth a try for your daughter, eh? Good luck!

6/23/2005 06:38:00 PM  
Blogger Lisa M. said...

I hope that you can get to the bottom of the issue. There isn't anything more frustrating than the puplexities that come with not understanding what is going on with your children.

We use Eucerin Cream on our son, after he gets out of the bath, while still wet. He looks like a little stuffed piggy. But OH so cute!

We also thought that Ethan's skin issues were from a milk allergy, well, at first... The allergy team at Primary Children's Medical Center decided that he was allergic to "something" in most of the baby formula's. So we are currently using Peptamin Jr, rather than milk or soy based products. His skin cleared up, when we changed formula's. I don't think it is milk, persay, at least now.

Anyway. Good luck to you! Finding allergies in children under three can be really difficult, and often the "reactions" are different as a child gets a little older. (At least that is what they told us, at Primary's)

Oh, and Heahter O. That was funny.

At least you didn't do this. My son who was 15, yes 15 at the time, stumbled over his desk at school and jammed his index finger. I totally ignored his complaints. It wasn't really swollen and I just thought it was jammed. a WEEK later, when he was still complaining, I finally took him to the Doc, who after x-rays gave me a stern lecture and went on to explain that it was broken in four places! YIKES


6/23/2005 07:12:00 PM  
Blogger The Wiz said...

Lisa -

Too funny! One time my brother poured boiling water all over his hands, and my mom didn't see it happen, and scolded him for crying about it. (I guess he cried a lot for silly things)

It wasn't until he was at the doctor later for a check up that the doctor asked what the blisters were all over his hands!

Also, we are using an antibacterial foam on our daughter's skin (alcohol-free) and it seems to be working great on clearing up the excema. There is a school of thought that there are different types, and some are bacterially based. So far, so good. At least I don't have to listen to my MIL tell me that lotion with oatmeal solves all skin problems anymore. (did i say that?)

6/23/2005 08:43:00 PM  
Anonymous JKS said...

the wiz,
That reminds me of when I got irritated and mad at my language delayed son (age 2 1/2 or 3) and put him in time out for disobedience (don't exactly remember why). Later, when I let him out, I realized there was blood dripping from his head.

6/23/2005 09:35:00 PM  
Blogger Heather O. said...


One time I had Jacob locked in his room because he kept getting out of bed, and it was bedtime. He was really, really mad, and kept throwing himself against the door. He hit the door particularly hard one time, and starting crying harder, but then it subsided. When I finally opened the door for what we used to call "comfort visits" during sleep training, Jacob's face was covered in blood. He had hit the doorknob in one of his bodily attempts to open the door. DH was horrified. He said, "At least you've never come home and had your son covered in blood!"

He's got a point.

6/24/2005 09:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the many reasons sleep training gives me the willies.

6/24/2005 10:57:00 AM  
Blogger annegb said...

I can be sick as a dog and feel instantly better when I get to the ER and they are taking care of me.

I think I'm a little crazy that way.

I rush my kids to the doctor over a hangnail. My daughter had a charleyhorse in January and insisted on going to the hospital in the middle of the night (she is SO my child--well, in that way). A charleyhorse. They just about laughed us out of the hospital.

But she did limp for several days.

6/25/2005 10:54:00 AM  
Anonymous heather h said...

I wish that sure worked for my son's excema! I did take him to the Dr. got a perscription for a super industrial steroid cream, and it didn't work.

I have tried Eucrin and Aveeno- to no avail- and yes we lotion him within 3 min. of getting out of the tub. Anyone else have any other suggestions?

6/25/2005 08:53:00 PM  
Blogger The Wiz said...

Heather h -

Well, we have had great success with the antibacterial foam as I said.But since you said that didn't work for you --

My neighbor had horrible excema on her hands - the dermatologist said it was the worst he had ever seen, he wanted to laser it. Her dermatologist also told her that anything that said 'lotion' on it had too much water, that she needed to buy things that said 'ointment'or 'cream.'

So she has had great success with mixing colloidial (sp?) silver with Neutrogena hand cream. She buys a spray with 20 parts per million, mixes it with the cream, and puts it on her hands twice a day. Her excema is gone. The doctor was shocked.

She is a big fan of colloidial silver, and uses it for a lot of things. If nothing else works, maybe it's worth a shot. Good luck. Excema sucks.

6/27/2005 12:00:00 AM  
Blogger Kristen J said...

It is definitely a cure with my kids and not taking them in when they are whiney and fussy about something is a guarantee that it will be something serious.

I have had eczema my whole life and my mom was told it was a food allergy but finding out what food would be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

I've tried everything, steroid creams, eucerine, etc. The thing that works best for me is Aveeno's lotion that has the cooling menthol and colloidial oatmeatl. Since I started using it I've heard that menthol is supposed to do wonders for dry skin. If you use the Aveeno it's the tan bottle with the navy accents. If you have a bad patch just make sure you rub it in several times a day.

I love antibacterial soaps for cradle cap or skin build-up behind the ears. Just rub some of the soap on the spot, let it sit, scratch a litle, rinse (don't get it in the eyes) and it works really well.

6/28/2005 03:13:00 AM  
Anonymous virginia n. said...

there is a lot of skin that dr like to do horrible excema but in the end there not much they can do for it my littler have this. and i tell here it just somrthing we have and you have to see it can go way in time i have been finf out was to help her. thank for some good info. i know that i am not a only

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