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AD’s Aftermath

My toddler has had atopic dermatitis since her earliest months. The atopic dermatitis struggle gets quite real every month, but some seasons are by far worse than others. Moreover, some months within those seasons cause far more struggles than others. Additionally, each person’s greatest struggle months may differ because each person has different triggers and contributing factors. For my toddler, winter has proven to be her greatest struggle season that she has faced thus far. December, in particular, has seemed to give her the most strife.

Taking precautions with a fever

At the end of November, my toddler had a rather high fever. She had no other symptoms but my husband and I kept her home from daycare for the day as a precaution. The next day her fever dropped, but my husband and I decided to keep her home for twenty-four hours after the fever. The following day she had a break out all over her arms and legs.

An unfamiliar rash

With all our experiences with her atopic dermatitis, we did not think this breakout appeared to be AD. But given how AD varies and has so many different looks and forms, we could not be sure. However, if this was not an atopic dermatitis flare, what was it? Was it contagious?

Nothing to be concerned about

We decided to take her and our unanswered questions to the doctor. The doctor informed us that the rash was from the fever, it was not contagious and would heal in two or three days. So, off to daycare, she went the following morning.

An eczema flare up to follow

As soon as she got back to daycare, we were asked to take her back to the doctor to verify her skin condition was not contagious. Initially, I could not understand why. The fever bumps were healing so quickly and we had just verified that they were fine. However, when I got to her daycare, I understood completely. While the fever bumps were clearing up well, my baby girl’s atopic dermatitis was not playing so nicely.

Trying to deescalate

Her atopic dermatitis flare-up by far exceeded her fever bumps in irritation and visibility. It was all over her body and she was visibly itchy and uncomfortable. I thanked her teacher for taking precaution and making sure my child and her daycare friends were safe. I then explained that this flare was my daughter’s atopic dermatitis flaring up and that it was not contagious.

Knowing baby eczema

However, given her recent fever bump incident, her teacher was not appeased. She still wanted her doctor’s note. As an educator of young children and a parent, I understood that additional apprehensiveness and the desire to be certain. However, I also know exactly what my daughter’s flare-ups look like and knew how disappointed she would be to miss daycare and her friends at school. I wished her teacher would have taken my word for it as well.

Flare after flare

We took her to the doctor and another copay later, we verified that it was atopic dermatitis and not contagious. So, off to daycare, she went the next week. That week, she enjoyed all five days of daycare but following weeks, she had multiple flare-ups. They were all different and in different locations. Almost every time a doctor’s note was requested. Each time the doctor verified it was my toddler’s atopic dermatitis. My poor toddler missed more days of daycare then she attended in the month of December due to her AD.

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