I need to take a chill pill. Ironically, that might involve a doctor.
Okay, back up. Here’s the situation. In just 2 weeks, my girl’s got the sniffles. And then 10 days ago, her face exploded into a gazillion pimples so innumerous, they’ve sorta merged into one giant crusty, flaking mask of yuck across my offspring’s gorgeous face.
Baby modelling career over before it ever began.
On a more serious note, it’s really distressing to watch. Mostly because it just looks so painful. To add to the litany of skin-related woes, her nappy rash came back with a vengeance and now we’re talking major ouchy looking sores.
And I feel terribly guilty. Like I didn’t wash her face properly. Or keep her dry enough. Or hydrated enough. Or cool enough. Or warm enough. Or something.
Not enough! Nothing I do feels like enough. I feel like a man, and want to run out and DO something. Get a cream! See a doctor! Alleviate the pain and suffering. Except the books and websites all claim that nappy rash and colds and baby acne happen, and I should just sit tight and let it run its course. That medication at this age would be overkill. That it’s normal. That This Too Shall Pass.
Not on my watch! another part of the brain yells. And as with any extensive sleuthing on the internet, the worries grow. It’s probably nappy rash… but it could be THRUSH! Quick! Run to the chemist! Call the GP! Get Canesten! No wait, too strong for baby! No, it’s alright! Leave it alone! No, do something now before it gets worse! No, if you fiddle, it WILL get worse!
She has a snuffly nose. Or it could be… the FLU! Viral! It’s winter! What if it gets to her lungs! Quick! Get her booked into the after-hours clinic at the hospital! Turn up the heater! No wait, too hot. No wait, turn down the heater but turn on the humidifier. No wait, get the Vicks vaposteam thingamajig to menthol-ise the air! No wait – not advisable for babies! Might burn her lungs out. Or something. No wait – says it’s okay on the box…
She’s got a bad case of baby acne, but it could be… DERMATITIS! Or SEVERE ECZEMA! She could be allergic to EVERYTHING! Quick, change her formula supplement to soy! And change your diet so your breastmilk doesn’t taste of chilli. Or something. And run out and get this cream that everyone swears by – Aveeno. Or Weleda. Buy them both. But patch test first! But where! Which part of baby would you like to patch test on, so that if it goes balls up you can just say, “Phew. Thank goodness that was only on [insert body part here]”. Tell me that.
They never told me this was part of motherhood. I wish I can turn this part of my brain off.
31 July 2011 at 10:38 am
oh man, even as a guy I relate to so many feelings in your blog. So stressful when you feel helpless – so tough to watch them hurting. When I read “I feel like a man, and want to run out and DO something” your insight struck me. I’d sorta forgotten about how that works yet I’ve been there, even recently – can’t I fix it, bring some solution, can’t I take some action, throw money or people at it or at least throw in some ‘thing’. I reckon all those men and women spins on responses are good and yeah worth looking at them all when you’re at your wits end and they potentially add great value when they’re needed. Sorry I don’t have any solutions, just feeling for you guys.
19 August 2011 at 9:17 am
I was going to say you sound EXACTLY like me but on second thoughts I think you sound EXACTLY like every mum, pretty much. I was convinced the other night Charlotte had meningitis (scary!), then after googling it in more detail decided it was a type of herpes rash (eek), either that or exzema. Or heat rash. Or an allergic reaction to her formula. Then the rash went away as mysteriously as it arrived. Am pretty sure tomorrow Ill think something else has attacked her little immune system!