A Tale of Gabby’s Rear

Around this time last year, Gabby was really starting to get the hang of potty training. She loved it. She would sit on the potty in front of the tv and pretend she had to poop. ALL. DAY. LONG. After a few weeks of this nonsense, I started to notice a mild rash on her bottom and the backs of her thighs.

So, I switched to natural, gentler cleaning products and assumed it was from the toilet seat. The daycare uses a very mild bleach solution to wipe down their toilets, so that didn’t seem concerning either. I figured Gabby was asking to sit on the potty just to watch tv, so I reminded her that she didn’t need to sit on the potty to watch tv. We also got a potty seat for the “big potty” so she could learn to go to the bathroom IN the bathroom. Genius!

A short time later, I got her undressed for a bath and not only had the rash spread, but she had large sores all over her bottom and the backs of her thighs that just looked… angry. I had to take her to the doctor to get it looked at.

The pediatrician had no clue what was causing the rash, but it was definitely infected, so he sent us home with a prescription to treat the staph infection she had. It got a little less angry, but came back a few days later. We went back to the pediatrician.

He prescribed an oral steroid, a different antibiotic, and also a mupirocin cream (a topical antibiotic we were instructed to use only when she was having a breakout). He also referred us to a dermatologist.

We headed to the dermatologist, to whom I handed over a giant bag of creams and lotions that we had tried to keep the mystery rash at bay. I mentioned the only thing that worked was the mupirocin, but after a few days without treatment, the rash would always come back. She diagnosed Gabby with nummular eczema, gave us a prescription for a giant tub of mupirocin and gave us some instructions about keeping her moisturized and bathing her daily.

That worked for a while, but we still had to treat her with mupirocin regularly, and the time came when it stopped working because ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE. Dammit.

Back to the dermatologist we go. She asked what brand of cream and soap we were using. “The doctor recommended Eucerin cream and we have tried dozens of natural, frangrance free, sensitive skin, safe for babies body washes.”

“Have you ever tried Cetaphil?” she asked.

No. We had never – not one time – tried Cetaphil. She gave me several sample-sized bottles of Cetaphil RestoraDerm Eczema Calming Body Wash & Moisturizer. She also gave us a few topical steroid creams to treat with when Gabby has breakouts and assured me that breakouts are common and she will probably grow out of this. I also learned that immediately after swimming, she needs to be showered with the body wash and immediately moisturized with the moisturizer.

So.

Here we are. Many months later, using the same Cetaphil products on both kids. Gabby rarely has breakouts and when she does, the spots are much smaller and more localized.

Recently, Lillian has started getting some dry, red spots on her cheeks and under her bottom lip (Buffalo winter and so much drool), so when Influenster sent me a tiny tub of Cetaphil cream, it was a no-brainer to try it on her face. The regular formula cream is so incredibly light, non-greasy, moisturizing, and EFFECTIVE. The results are stunning.

I wish someone would have told me a year ago to just switch to Cetaphil products because it would have saved me a ton of copays and Gabby wouldn’t have become resistant to the topical antibiotic. I hope this post can help any other #eczemamoms out there. We are #cheerphil now!

I received this product complimentary for testing and review purposes from Influenster, butt (see what I did there?) all opinions are my own.

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