Simon is an oddity in our house. He has never been to the pediatrician's office for anything other than his well-baby visits. Unbelievable! I get questioned about how much he weighs, and I proudly declare, "I don't know!" He rarely gets weighed! He takes no medication, has no diagnoses, and is the picture of health.
So when some little bumps appeared on Simon's skin recently, I chalked it up to a mild reaction to recently introducing dairy in his diet. We cut out the yogurt, but the bumps did not go away. Then I realized that it was eczema, something that Jamie battled in his infancy as well. It was not until the rash spread over his entire body that I thought something more might be going on. Simon is child #3 and we have seen many illnesses come through our house, so I figured that Simon had a little virus that ended in a rash, which is common. Then his eyes started to goop, and the rash on his cheeks became quite painful-looking. So I finally decided to call the pediatrician and have them take a look at Simon.
And don't you know it, it's not just a rash. In fact, Simon has Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (complete with blisters in his mouth and throat as well as the full-body rash), an eye infection, a skin infection around his eye from the resulting drainage from his eye, impetigo on his face, and fluid in his left ear (which is not an ear infection yet, so hopefully that will go away on its own). Each of those individually is really not a big deal and we have had each one in our house at some time. But not all at once. To the same kid. So now Simon is on a bunch of medications, including one to fight staph infection (not that he necessarily has one, but impetigo can be caused by staph, so the pediatrician wants to make sure it gets treated ASAP).
Through it all, Simon remains my sweet, happy baby. He is having trouble sleeping at night, but the doctor said his mouth blisters could be more painful at night and a dose of ibuprofen before bed would help him sleep better. In fact, he was grinning away the entire time the pediatrician was examining him. Hopefully in about a week, he will be the picture of health once more.