Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Reaction to Hydromol

Last week I took my son to the doctor because his eczema wasn't really getting any better, we were using the same cream zerobase that we have used for over a year but it just didn't seem to be making a difference. Every time Jared would have a bath his dots (eczema) would be red he said "my dots are angry" he said that they didn't hurt and weren't itchy though. Now normally using the zerobase two to three times a day keep his eczema from going red and looking angry but for what ever reason it just wan't doing the job. So a trip to see the doctor was in order. 

Now this doctor was very rude she spoke to me like I was an idiot saying things like "you know you need to use the cream more then once a day" and "are you even putting enough on" normally I wouldn't mind these questions but when she uses a tone that is very condescending!! I went on to explain that we have been using zerobase for over a year and that I knew how to apply it and normally it works fine, I also then said that the eczema seemed to have spread a little. I had pictures of it at it's worse but she wasn't even willing to look at me or my son during the whole appointment. She prescribed this new cream/ointment called Hydromol.  

That night I applied generous amounts of the Hydromol, which looks like and feels like lard. It is awful to apply to the skin. You can use it in the bath but as it gets applied every day twice it's more practical for us to just apply directly to his skin. We applied this again in the morning then sent our boy with his tub of lard for his sleepover at his nanna's. On Sunday we picked Jared up and while getting him into his PJ's (in the hope he would fall asleep in the car on the way home) we noticed his whole body was covered in a rash. My first thought was chicken pox as it looked like a chicken pox rash. On the Monday the rash looked worse so I was still thinking chicken pox as one a few spots looked liked they had puss in. I took him to the doctor who said he couldn't say it wasn't chicken pox but said he thinks that it isn't. We hadn't used the Hydromol since Sunday night and I decided last night that I would keep him off nursery again today just in case it was still chicken pox. 

This morning when I checked him over there is no rash, that is when I thought of the Hydromol and the fact that we had only just started using it, then he got the rash. I rang the doctor and had a telephone appointment and raised my concern about using the cream and the rash and was told that it sounded to them like he had had an allergic reaction to the cream and to discontinue using it. I'm not saying every child will react to this cream but I'm writing this in case your child develops a rash and you are trying to recall what they have eaten or if it's chicken pox etc. Always think of creams and lotions that you have used as the rash may not appear at first it took until Sunday night for Jared's to appear and we had been using the cream since Friday.