Will’s face, after clearing up for a few days, is now as bad as it has ever been.

As you can see, he’s got red, inflamed patches all over his face and forehead. What you can’t see are the patches under and above both ears, and on the back of one leg. Some of the patches get yellow, scabby and crusty, leading me to believe they’re still infected even after two weeks of both oral and topical antibiotics.

Our latest theory is a food allergy (Yes, Dad!). We’re going to eliminate things one at a time to see if that helps. This seems to have started around the time that Will starting eating oatmeal cereal, so we’re going to eliminate that starting today.

Other theories:

  • Allergic to cats?
  • Allergic to formula? Then why did this only start six weeks ago, when he’s been on the same formula since birth?
  • Is this hereditary and related to my skin conditions?
  • Are we overwashing and overtreating it?

We’re trying to get an appointment with a new dermatologist, and we’re also calling in the big guns – the allergy/immunologists from Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis who treated Will for his e.coli infection through the winter.

At this point, though, everything we’re trying seems to be making it worse, and this is really making me feel like a shitty parent.

Will 0.7

Will turned seven months old yesterday.  He and Mom spent Friday night and most of Saturday in Troy with the Adomite/Lenny clan.

Willpower is really rolling over now, and refuses to stay on his back if you try to lay him that way.  As for crawling, sometimes it looks like he’s pretty close, and other times not at all.  He’s not yet mastering getting up on his hands and knees and lifting his round belly up off the floor, so I imagine that’s the next step.

His cough is finally getting a little better, after dealing with it for a month or more.  But his face is a trainwreck, with eczema or something that is just progressively getting worse.  His skin is raised and red and bumpy, sometimes drying to rough scaly patches.  We’ve tried everything on it – Eucerin, Aquaphor, A&D, Neosporin, and two different hydrocortisone concentrations via prescription.  I’ve gotten to the point where I’m frustrated enough with it that I’m taking Will 0.7 back to the doctor today to specifically discuss his face and how to fix this.  I’ve never seen a baby with skin this irritated:

Also, his skin and face are so bad that taking his picture is pretty pointless.  I’ve been trying to get a snapshot every day with my phone and uploading to Flickr.  You can always seen the latest of those photos in the box at upper-right called “Willpower via iPhone.”  Clicking on that image will take you to a slightly larger version, with all of the pictures that we’ve captured that way.

Will 0.7 is eating very well, usually doing cereal for breakfast, fruits and veggies and cereal for lunch, and a meat/protein with veggies and cereal for dinner.  He really likes cereal, as you can see, but still gets 20 or 30 ounces of formula from his between-meals and nighttime bottles.

Other than that, Will is doing great.  He’s helping us pack up the house and looking forward to vacation and the move.