Sleep!

Where are you? You were my best friend…I could be with you anytime anywhere and anyhow!

I am the one who is known to have fallen asleep standing in a crowded BEST bus holding on to the pole in the bus and had to be woken up by the conductor to collect money for the ticket!

I am the one who slept for 20 hours in the 22 hours journey in the train, with RD at the bottom seat (we had side upper and lower) wondering if his wife was alive or not!

I am the one who fell asleep midst discussions of an exciting holiday even as things had started to get heated up!

I am the one who needs proper 9 hours of sleep to function like a human being in the morning. I was always a cranky human who would snap any everyone if I did not get my requisite amount of sleep!

I am the one who can fall asleep anywhere, anytime and anyhow and in any position. Whether I am lying down, sitting, standing..it really does not matter! I can sleep..

But for the past 1.5 years, I have been more awake than sleeping in the night. Reason?

R2’s Eczema!

The poor kid gets up 4 to 5 times in the night complaining of itches and hurts and no matter how much cream we apply, she is scratching away to glory and crying and whimpering in sleep 😦

I am awake most nights either applying cream or just trying to soothe her skin with my cold hands.

We have tried everything under the sun for her. Steroids, cold baths, wraps, putting moisturizers 3 times a day, seeing specialists and what not! But to be honest, I see no improvement at all. Steroidal creams seem to work for some days, but as soon as we stop applying them, the itch is back. We have tried all sorts of things and it all boils down to the fact that there is a history of asthma in the family and she just has childhood eczema.

R spends her time in the car, helping R2 rub the itchy parts of her body and soothing her telling her ‘Its okay, R2, try and forget the itch’. Or she tries to distract her with her songs or shows her the beautiful sights outside. Its so heartbreaking because when RD and I refuse to itch her skin (we say we will apply cream), R2 runs to her sister and says ‘R, R, can you please chori (scratch) me?’. R gives me this pleading look to let her do it for her sister because she cant see her sister in pain 😦 It breaks me heart, really!

I am hoping that this ‘childhood’ eczema goes away soon. I havent sleep in ages..and I am waiting for the day when R2 can sleep through the night too! I am worried for her, to be honest. She has started to resist afternoon naps (which I can understand, she is growing up!) but she does not get enough sleep through the night. I hope this does not affect her development in any way 😦

I had enough. I feel frustrated. I feel helpless. I feel awful. I just hope this itching leaves R2 alone and she can enjoy one of my favorite things to do. SLEEP!

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18 Responses to Sleep!

  1. summerscript says:

    Tight Hugs RM. Stay strong . She will be ok soon. I will keep her in my prayers. Tight hugs.

  2. srutisagaram says:

    Hey R’s Mom,

    Don’t want to pile on to the advice, but my son had a bad bad case of eczema too (he still has a milder version–which flares in winter). What helped was a combination of oil+cream therapy, we applied a layer of oil as soon as his bath was done, and then piled on the cream.
    My son did sometimes scratch in the night, but the oil really helps!
    Maybe you have tried this already–just wanted to let you know what worked for us.

    • R's Mom says:

      Hey Sruti..I have started doing the oil plus cream layer in the night..it is really working…she does not get up very often..though she still does..but I do think it is making a difference..thank you so so so much!

  3. Tharani says:

    Hugs hugs RM. Poor kid. Hope she gets well soon.

  4. Mamta says:

    R just read about the eczema of R2. My second daughter had the same problem but it used to be on her arms fold she used to have a very big patch because she just used to scratch. I tried many expensive creams but no results. Thankfully when I visited India once had a chance to see a skin specialist. He prescribed me two creams and it worked like miracle. I also give this to all the indian kids who are suffering with ezcema and it work for every one.

    I’m sending you the names see you can get it back from home. Right now my second one is fifteen I just used it for couple of time it just disappeared and at times when she used to feel itchy I used to apply slowly it stopped right now she never complaints but I still keep this medication in my house.
    Name of the medication : Mometasone Furoate and Fusidic Acid Cream and the other one is PICON.

    First check it on small area and then apply on the affected one. Hope this helps the little baby.

    • R's Mom says:

      Hey Mamata..thank you so much…I am not sure if I can get these creams over the counter in Tasmania..but I will check if someone is coming from India and ask them to get it for me..thank you so so much!

  5. try to apply coconut oil and give her bath twice

  6. sigdijan says:

    I feel really bad for both of you….it really is so heartbreaking to see the tiny ones in pain. Have been following some remedies from this site and they are good. If you feel comfortable and the doctor says ok, you can try this or other remedies given under eczema:
    http://www.wildturmeric.net/2015/08/oatmeal-bath-for-babies-eczema-dogs-itching-rash-sunburn.html?m=1. I hope she quickly outgrows it. Hugs to you both!!

    • R's Mom says:

      Oh this is super interesting..plus it is all natural stuff..so something I can definitely try..Thanks so so much for this link..will get the rose petals and rose essential oil and try it

  7. SS says:

    Hi R’s mom,

    So sorry to hear little R is having a rough time with the itching. I don’t have any big ideas. I would like to suggest one – have you tried putting an ice pack to soothe the itching. This will soothe and calm her skin and at least provide some temporary relief that is better than her itching the skin and flaring up the eczema.

    SS

    • R's Mom says:

      Hey SS..it is 5 degrees here..and we still do try cold dressings for her…I Am not sure if I can really put ice packs..but perhaps on a hot day..I should really be trying that..thank you so much for writing in and giving me the idea…

  8. Akanxa Purohit says:

    Hi! I have been a silent reader off your blog since R was a baby. Love the way you write. My son had eczema. Tried everything…the only thing that worked was a cream made from aloe. It’s available on amazon. Has a website infinitealoe.com. Ihave recommended to a lot of moms and most of them have got positive results.
    Hope R2 also benefits.
    Akanxa.

  9. Puja says:

    Dear R’s Mom,
    So sorry to hear about the pain R2 is going through. Apologies for piling you with one more tip.
    There is this indian brand name Krya- http://krya.in/.
    They also have an fb page and has completely natural formulations for toddler.
    If possible, please check them out. I am not sure whether it can cure. But might help her.

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