The doctor said it was a fungal infection. Ack; what kind of parents are we?! Poor Little had a FUNGUS growing on him--and it was probably there for weeks, the doctor said. It just wasn't visible unless all the extra chubby chins were lifted up. When the doctor prescribed some strong anti-fungal cream, I figured Little would soon be on the mend. But he had a terrible reaction to the cream, and it left his skin raw, blistered, and bright red, with the rash area extending around his entire neck instead of just in one little spot (see photo above)...thus rendering openings in his skin for a SECONDARY BACTERIAL INFECTION to flare up. This bacteria caused a delightful yellow crustiness and oozing puss to filter all through Little's neck.
And the fungus began sending out spores, so he has spots on his shoulders, belly, back, etc. I don't even know what to say except that I FEEL HORRIBLE for letting this whole craziness happen in the first place. Let this be a warning to all parents of fatty babies.
When we took him back to the doctor she prescribed a different cream and an antibiotic, and now almost a week after initial diagnosis we are finally seeing signs of improvement. But it will likely be another week still until he is healed. *sniffle*
The treatments have included thorough bathing three times a day, with drying his neck folds and then applying cream after every bath. He is happy enough to have baths, but screams the most wretched dying dinosaur/crashing plane/nightmare sounds every time we get to the dry & apply portion. I was sobbing after the first few times because I couldn't stand to see him so sad.
So he got a priesthood blessing from Jerry with our neighbor/fellow church member assisting. Little Tam was blessed to be able to cooperate with our efforts, and God gave me the idea to use a toy to distract him while we dried/applied. Also, we try to keep the whole process as "fun" as possible for him, which takes twice as long unfortunately. But it is worth it for me to not have to hear him cry as bad.
The cherry on top of all this sicky business:
- all three of us are on antibiotics now actually, because Jerry had a sinus infection, ear infection, and had to also start new allergy meds
- I had something akin to strep?
- We did not go to the doctor for ourselves right away of course, so we felt so exhausted and sick for days before getting the medication. All in the middle of trying to take care of that Little. Honestly one of the hardest weeks of my life.
But we have had a few amazing growing moments, like when I had a little lightbulb pop on that gave answer to the question, "why God lets bad things happen to good people." (because we had to treat Little's infection even though he couldn't understand and he was probably so bewildered at the thought that we were hurting him--forcing him to stretch his neck, sticking dry-cloth through his rolls under his chin, making him cry, drying the cracked skin, and worse still applying the ointment that stings him). Hard to explain, but it just suddenly became so clear to me in my heart and that is a valuable knowlege to have.