This story now
IN People ON 22 Aug, 2015
This is a story of Isaiah - a three-month-old kid who suffered a lot more in the first few months of his life than most of us do in a longer time span. A red rash used to break out on Isaiah's skin whenever he was exposed to perfume or some other sort of intense odour, his rash kept on getting worse. So bad that his skin ruptured and began to bleed and discharge.
At first, the rashes began to recede showing positive developments.
Isaiah needed something beyond ointments to tame the severe outbreaks.
His mother Stephenie says : "The doctors said it was just eczema. There was one GI doctor who said I was poisoning my child with breastmilk and that I needed to stop right away." Imagine the horror.
After heavy doses of steroid, he was normal. But then right after two days the outbreak returned and all he could do was scream incessantly.
Imagine the plight of a mother who cannot even hug her child or hold him because every time their skin came in contact, his would "burst open and start discharging like crazy."
She wrapped him up in medical bandages and applied multiple layers of ointment to soothe him. His hands had to wrapped as well so that he doesn't scratch himself in sleep.
On a forum, she found a post on "steroid withdrawal" and saw pictures of children with same problem. She then realized what Isaiah's issue was.
They were talking about all home made remedies for the little boy.
Isaiah himself started realizing what made him feel better. Every time it would start itching even minutely, he would run to his mother and point at the ointment. After 10 successful months of "steroid withdrawal" , Isaiah is now a completely normal 1 year old. Stephenie says - "We lost the first year of his life. We couldn't even touch him properly then. Now, we hold him all the time, he's a great hugger!" Stephenie believes that her story can possibly help other mothers and their children with similar problem. Therefore she wants her story to be shared. Maybe it can exempt another child from suffering and help another desperate mother!