But the kid won’t wear it. It itches.
Don’t get me wrong… she loves the dress… she just can’t deal with wearing wool. And it wasn’t until now that I’ve been able to accept it. Denial is a beautiful thing. The Devil Child was more relaxed about the prospect of not being able to wear the dress. She simply said “that’s OK, I’ll wear a singlet under it.”
So yeah, the Devil Child has had eczema for a very long time. Since she was a teeny tiny devil child in fact. Well…. she was never really teeny tiny. So we’ll go with 6 months.
So, she itches and she scratches and I’ve tried a gazintyzillion natural remedies and preventative measures and all that works (so far) to calm it down when it flares up once in a while is using hydrocortisone. So I do. And I know the deal with thinning the skin and blah blah blah. But I just want to stop her scratching it… because to be honest, the fact that she is gouging out holes in her wrist and inside her elbows is doing far more damage than hydrocortisone does! (Sorry… my hang ups… not yours 😉 )
Anywayyy… last weekend she flared up big time. And it led to her waking up in tears at 2am and not being able to stop crying. There was blood. And weeping of fluidy business. It wasn’t fun for her at all. So I decided to do something about it. We’ve never had allergy tests but I’ve put her on a dairy-free diet to see how it goes. It looked like it was improving a few days ago but I don’t know if that’s just wishful thinking. And then there’s the fact that I have the stickability of baked beans. eg. None. She threw a major tanty at her party (as mentioned previously) because she tried to eat chocolate. I decided to let her make the choice. And what choice is a 4 year old going to make when they are faced with chocolate or no-chocolate? Always the chocolate. I don’t blame her really.
So a few more sheepies can stay woolly on account of Han not being able to wear it and a few more cows can keep their milk on account of a dairy-free trial. She’s doing her bit for animal kind. Except for the fact that she loves meat. She’s very selective about her animal rights.