I need to talk about poo and I think that I am in the right place here. My poor little boy has suffered with terrible nappy rash his whole life. For those who don’t know, he was diagnosed with severe reflux at three weeks old and has been on medication since he was around thirteen weeks old. He is also lactose intolerant and is completly dairy free. He takes ranitidine three times a day and omperazole when he is having a bad patch. This is all fine. If his meds are up to date he is fine. But his nappies are NOT. They explode. They smell like vinegar gone eggy. They sting the eyes something terrible and they sting his skin even more.
Mostly his rash is fairly mild and clears up after a day with Sudocrem. Sometimes though, the rash reduces us all to gibbering, screaming messes and nappy changes can become an awful ordeal. Sometimes the rash is more like angry blisters and it can travel down his legs if the poo was particularly runny. Its awful.
We are under consultant care at the hospital and we also see a dietitian (who isn’t very good, as it goes) and we have been told that his nappies will sort themselves out once his diet is sorted. My son now has two bottles a day, one at bedtime and one either in the night if he wakes, or in the morning if he sleeps through. It’s lactose free formula mixed with soya milk, with a view to wean from formula completely. His diet contains no milk at all. He has NOT grown out of it.
Yesterday I got sick of seeing him suffer. I called my health visitor who had a recorded message telling me that she would take calls between 4 and 5pm. I called my GP who was at lunch. I called my consultant’s secretary, who didn’t answer the phone. I called my health visitor back and she is coming to see us next week.
So why am I telling you this? Because I need help from real mothers. I need someone to tell me that they have been through all this and that they know the answer! Is it you? Do you know what to do? Do you have a remedy for this nappy rash? Do you want to come and change the nappies for a bit so that my husband and I can have a poo holiday? Go on, please…
My poor boy. Nappy rash sucks.
image source: childhealth.co.uk