Monday, October 12, 2015

Topical Steroid Withdrawal


If you follow me on Instagram @blovetbeauty, you'd probably have seen   A picture of my beloved baby with very red cheeks. I believe he's having TSA/W and what that stands for is topical steroid addiction and withdrawal. I've used topical steroids on him because of a one inch spot that always seems to come and go but eventually persisted in his left cheek and even though my instincts told me to leave it alone, everyone around me felt I should have taken the orthodox medical route and use steroids on my baby. So I did. I caved and I used it for a total of 3 times and each time ( I used it extremely sparingly) - 5-6 applications first time, 2-3 application second time and 14 application for the last and recent time. After each and every use, his face got red. A larger portion would get beet red like it was burnt. And it would ooze. And it would feel hot. And not to mention my son would feel flushed ( but not a fever). Initially I suspected the steroid because my son is a hardy boy and this flush came out of nowhere. The only difference was that I had applied steroids on him three days in a row. 

As his Mommy, I felt so much pain and heartache for this little boy. I feel so much anger towards the doctor for handing me a tube of steroids so easily when my son was just 4 months old and I feel so much resentment and anger towards not listening to myself once again. I always cave and give in to the demands of others because I don't have the courage or faith to just hang on to my instincts. But true enough this is all part of my journey as a mama of 2 lovely boys. Why am I sharing this heartache with you guys? Hopefully u mamas will think twice before using a random tube of steroids on ur child. I know not every child reacts to steroids the way mine does but if you have a feeling that is nudging you away from that shitty drug than I say leave it alone. Don't go down this path. Letting the baby eczema ride it out is probably the healthiest and better thing to do. Go for an allergy test. Or try natural methods. Because you simply do not know how your kid will react to topical steroids. It could help him or it could make things far worse. 

I'm putting my foot down and steeling my heart because I know that if I use this dangerous bandage that my sons skin and body hates so much, it's just going to be a dark dark road with no end in sight. He is 3 days Topical Steroid Withdrawal and his face is so so so red and warm. It hurts a little in the water too.   

I can see the allure of using steroids. They offer normal looking skin for a few days and then they stop working eventually and you have to up the strength to get the same results. It's an addiction. That is exactly what addiction is. And I'm sorry my baby that I ever used that crap on you. 

To all mamas with baby suffering from
Eczema or topical steroid withdrawal, stay strong. 

Love, BlovetBeauty  


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Benefit Hoola & Too Faced Blusher


How has everyone been? Sorry for the longer wait between post. Life with a 7 month old and a 5 year old cannot get more hectic, not to mention the struggle of keeping little one's eczema under control. Ever since the haze, his cheeks have been getting redder and have spread all over his left cheek and some on the right and I've had no choice but to use steroid creams on the stubborn patch. All the scabbing and oozing have left me in tears so needless to say it's been emotionally and physically draining. My heart goes out to anyone dealing with or suffering from eczema. All I want is for my baby to get better. 

Thankfully, the hubby took me out just so I could get my mind off things for a short while and I popped into Sephora and popped out with a Benefit Hoola Bronzer and Too faced I will always love you blusher. I really love the combination of these 2. Benefits Hoola looks pretty natural on me so it makes a nice everyday contour \bronzer. The Too Faced blusher is just too cute and the colour is a unique orange peachy neutral tone. I really really like it. 

Shall post a look with these 2 items when I get the chance!

Love, BlovetBeauty

Friday, September 18, 2015

Baby Ezcema Update


Another bathroom selfie! Can't help it cause it's the only place with a nice big mirror and brighter lights. My house is pretty dark cause it doesn't get any sunlight at all. I'm thinking of getting a bigger mirror for my working room to take better shots there. Well, rambling aside today I finally managed to get my boys passports! My baby can finally travel and my big boy has an updated cheeky picture. Now it's time to get serious about my travel plans. Need to get out of this country! Australia? Vietnam? Malaysia? Somewhere closer just to see how baby copes with the whole Travelling thing! 

If you've been following me on Instagram @blovetbeauty , you'd probably have already seen me post on my baby's Ezcema situation. In 2 months, his Ezcema has spread from one small spot  on the lower left portion of his cheek to a larger area and I've been so heart broken and stressed trying to find a solution. I tried all the creams as mentioned in my previous entry and tried my best to use natural moisturisers and creams before using the dr prescribed steroid cream but I just had to recently because his skin was looking really red raw weepy and it was oozing yellow sticky fluid. After 3-4 applications of steroid cream, the large patch cleared up by half but his skin started to crack and bleed because his skin was too thin. So I left it for a few days to heal and in general it went down quite abit only to have a sudden flare up again and if u look at Day0 that's the second time I started to use the steroid cream because it just got so bad. I knew that steroid creams would not be the long term solution and made an appointment to see my homeopathy doctor and she gave a calendula homeopathic cream and medicine. So far I'm seeing a vast improvement on his cheeks with just the calendula topical cream and I'm praying his condition responds to homeopathic treatment because it truly truly breaks my heart to see his baby cheeks so red and inflamed.

On my end, because he is fully boobfed and only just starting to eat solids, I have to keep a food diary ( damn tiring ) and I've been told not to eat poultry, seafood, diary and eggs. That leaves me with grass and fruits��. But to me I still believe in eating whatever but in moderation and probably upping my dose of fruits and veggies to see if it makes a difference in his skin condition. 

Hope u have a great weekend!
Love, BlovetBeauty