The Itchy Scratchy Show

Finn has hives.  It started as a dozen or so red bumps at bath time and morphed into clumps of red welts by morning.   When I changed his diaper,  I gasped in horror.    His round bespeckled belly looked so painful, yet it did not seem to bother him nearly as much as it bothered me. 

The doc’s office said to bring him right in.  The Captain was out of town with the car so I sprinted the 8 blocks to the office with Finn clutching to his stroller for dear life.    

From across the room,  the doctor said,  “Oh Yes! Nice hives” as a nude spotty Finn stood tall and grinned on the exam table.   He flirts with her everytime until she touches him then he wails.      

We reviewed his menu from the day before and determined blueberries to be the likely culprit.   He had eaten frozen blueberries before, but these were fresh.   She said, “It may not even be the blueberries at all, but the pesticides.”   Wash your fruits like mad.    We are sent away in search of Benedryl and an oatmeal soak. 

He doesn’t really scratch.  He burrows.  He puts his head down, balls his fists and rubs his ears and head.  Then sighs a pathetic little sigh.  Damn blueberries.    

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6 Responses to “The Itchy Scratchy Show”

  1. nutmeg Says:

    Take pictures! Madigan had viral hives when she was about the same age. They lasted for about three weeks. Every morning she woke up with her eyes swollen shut and her feet were so blown up she couldn’t wear shoes. She looked like the Elephant Toddler. I hope Finn’s go away quickly!

  2. raisingkane Says:

    Yikes. Thanks. I will document the dots. I did have trouble getting shoes on him this morning, but I think it was just because he has thick Flintstone Feet. The spots thankfully seem to be fading.

  3. Sarah Says:

    Oh poor little man. As a woman plauged with sensitive skin, hives and I have become old friends. Oatmeal soaks and even some baking soda compresses work wonders… Hope the dots continue to fade!

  4. Allison Says:

    Ugh –

    How wretched! And blueberries are so yummy. So I wouldn’t end with “damn blueberries” – I would end with “damn pesticides that are ruining our ability to feed our children healthy, appropriate snacks.” But I’m sure you’d be more eloquent.

    As my almost 3-year-old would say “nice to meet choo, ma’am!” Looking forward to more visits.

  5. Lizzy Says:

    who’da thunk that FRESH blueberries would be the culprit?

    hope the finn-er is on the mend!

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