Huh, what? That’s a scary term to deal with. And it is the scientific name for what is commonly known as hives. That’s what Ethan has been diagnosed with…here’s the story:
When we picked Ethan up from Mrs Tan’s place yesterday evening, there were some small red rashes on his left cheek. I applied some Sebamed Baby Cream as soon as we got back and breastfed him. He fell asleep soon after and was still asleep even when Pete came back from his futsal game. Ethan woke up at about 8:30p.m. and played for a while before we bathed him. During his bath, we noticed that there were also small tiny rashes of a similar kind on his legs and a couple on his back. I applied some baby cream and Egozite on those rashes and some calamine cream on his legs too. Then early this morning, we felt his body was slightly warmer than usual and I promptly took his temperature. We had bought a digital ear thermometer a couple of months back, so it was significantly easier to register a temperature compared to our conventional armpit thermometer. The reading was 36.3 degrees, i.e. no fever. Phew!
But still, I was paranoid and decided to take him to see Dr Jessica, for fear of it being HFMD. After about an hour’s wait at GMC, we were ushered in and Dr Jessica examined Ethan. She remarked that it could be due to the Enfapro formula which Ethan had been taking for the previous 2 days, albeit mixed with his oats. Thankfully he had no ulcers and his fever had subsided. Dr Jessica just asked us to apply the Egocort cream on Ethan’s rashes and monitor his condition, in case there is a fever. We were to stop giving him Enfapro and instead, if we wanted, we could introduce the hypo-allergenic Nestle NAN H.A. formula. (I told Dr Jessica that I had a taste of NAN H.A. last night and it was HORRIBLE! So much more bitter than Enfapro and made me almost throw up!) In addition, Dr Jessica also gave us some sachets of Isomil, which was lactose-free, and she added that adults could also take it since it tastes like soya bean milk 🙂
We had lunch at Fatty Loh’s Chicken Rice at Tanjung Tokong where Ethan really enjoyed his chicken rice (and even demanded for more when we were done), and then we went home to pack up for half-day work. I packed one feed of EBM for Ethan to bring to Mrs Tan’s place and brought along that tin of NAN H.A.. I gave her specific instructions to STOP Enfapro for the time being and try NAN H.A. instead. Let’s pray that Ethan will be cured of his Papular Urticaria soon. I’m ever so thankful that I have been breastfeeding him for so long 🙂