06 August, 2009

{itchy, itchy, ichabod}
























Why, you ask, would I be posting a picture of a brand new bottle of benedryl and an empty tube of hydrocortisone cream?


Here's why...
































































My little man spent the day at his friends house and came home covered in what I thought were bug bites. I knew they weren't mosquito bites, but I was stumped as to exactly what they were. So, as soon as we got home I had him hop in the shower, gave him some benedryl and put him to bed. He woke up doing fair...he was itchy, but not really complaining. Fast forward to later this evening...the little bumps/bites had spread more and were really itchy. His little neck was covered and he had a few bumps on his face. We get home from taking multiple loads of our stuff to a storage unit and throw him in the shower again. Rich went up to help him and immediately yelled at me to get up to the bathroom. By that point, his little body was just covered! We knew it wasn't bug bites, but some sort of rash. It was spreading down his legs and up his sweet face. So, I took a few pictures and Rich headed to Walgreen's to show the pharmacist the pictures and find out what we needed to do. The pharmacist knew just from Rich's description of the rash that it was poison ivy and sent him home w/benedryl and hydrocortisone cream and instructions to apply the cream 3-4 times a day.
Eli has been such a trooper thus far...we'll see how tomorrow goes! I've got to now wash all his bedding and the clothes he had on, the towel he used and anything else he may have touched. So very excited about that...or not!

Also, I didn't know that taking a shower would cause the poison ivy oils to spread. Talk about a great mom-moment...good grief! I feel so bad for my sweet boy. If you think about him, please say a prayer that he'll not be too uncomfortable and will heal quickly...thank you!
And yes, it took the entire tube of cream to cover all the spots.

7 comments:

Jenny said...

Oh yuck! I had poison ivy as a child, but I haven't seen it in years! Poor little guy!!!

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Momma Giff said...

O MY GOSH! That looks uncomfortable. I've never seen it so bad. Saying prayers!!

Dawn Estes said...

Tyler and I both get it something fierce, too. Cool washcloths and ice packs will help, too. Make sure to wash shoes, too - anything that may have had the oil on it. If it keeps getting worse, don't hesitate to take him in to see if they give him oral steroids to help dry it out - can speed it up a lot! Good luck! That is the itchiest stuff ever!

Candy Graber said...

Oh my goodness, poor bub! I will be praying that it heals quickly!

Lynn said...

Wow! That looks awful - the funny thing is, that he looks like he's still smiling!

Rebekah says to tell Eli that she's very sorry.

Cindy Lou said...

Oooh, poor Eli! Melinda got into some poison ivy a week or so ago. She tried the tried and true topical remedies (calamine lotion, benadryl, hydrocortisone cream, etc.), but it got progressively worse ... to the point where she felt like her whole body was on fire. She ended up going to the MD and getting a prescription for some oral steroids, which helped tremendously. As bad as Eli has it, I'd highly recommend seeing the doctor! That stuff can get out of control pretty quickly!