Phew. Our doctor seems to think the red blotches all over Lael was caused by an allergic reaction to the polyester hand-me-down outfit she wore last night. Or it might have been the hypoallergenic lotion my wife had rubbed on her. It certainly beats rare tropical disease or creepy crawly bacteria infections.
I would be completely relieved, except that the words “hives,” “lungs” and “asthma” were used in the same sentence. Apparently, there is a small risk of the blotches being on the inside as well as the outside, which could result in asthma. Argggh.
But I’m not too worried for this reason: I neglected to mention in my earlier post that I have one other allergy – polyester. It turns my skin bright red. I didn’t make the connection because the rash I get looks different. Interestingly, Seth doesn’t react well to polyester, either.
In the meantime, the doctor said to expect the splotches to appear on and off for the next couple weeks. We’re only to feed her breast milk and the three solid foods she already eats: rice cereal, oat cereal and mashed banana.
Lael was already scheduled for a Friday doctor’s visit, so my wife will bring her back then. If everything is okay, Lael gets more immunizations.
Our poor girl. And my poor frazzled wife. And poor Seth, who was picked on by a kid in the waiting room.