My kid had bumps.
At the time, I was completely overwhelmed, scared, tired, and frustrated with trying to cure them because they are stubborn little boogers, and I was SO blessed by the support I received from my bloggy friends. I was also relieved to hear that I was not the first, and certainly won't be the last, mom to deal with them.
Simply put: Molluscum Contagiosum sucks. It is the worst thing I've dealt with so far as a mom.
We tried many different 'cures' without luck (many of which worked for my friends, but for whatever reason didn't work for us) such as:
* Molluscum No More (expensive and ineffective, although they did refund my money and the company was pleasant to work with)
* Apple Cider Vinegar (did kill one or two but also gave him a bad rash)
* Tea Tree Oil
*Tea Tree/Oregano Oil
* Lemon Myrtle Oil (I think this worked better than some of the other things we tried but it still wasn't enough)
*baths with epsom salts or vinegar
*Clear Nail Polish (totally worked for other people but I couldn't get it to stay on)
* Expensive internal drops from the naturopath
*Waiting it out (that was our helpful doctor's advice)
I gave all of these treatments at least three to eight weeks before I gave up on them, which means that I spent MONTHS experimenting. Several of the treatments I had to abandon because they caused him to have severe eczema outbreaks, when he had never previously had eczema.
It was pretty discouraging.
BUT, there is hope!
I finally found something that is working for us, and it's almost silly.
Are you ready?
I was skeptical when I found the website, but after reading the testimonials I was convinced to try it. I began with the wheatgrass spray, but found that Rowan's skin was still reacting with eczema where the spray was landing.
So we switched to the cream and that has worked well for him. I was still glad I bought the spray because he had a spot by his eye and the spray made it easy to just mist his face, and it's safe for the eye area. The only downside is that the cream contains parabens, which I typically avoid in all our products, but I just had to make an exception this time because I was out of options.
It took approximately three weeks of applying it twice a day before I noticed a reaction. It started slowly, with about four to five bumps each week turning red and either popping or drying up and going away on their own. I had to be vigilant and clean away the white core whenever one opened because that is the part that is contagious. I usually used tweezers to pull it out (while he screamed and hollered and nearly kicked me in the face) and then covered it with antibiotic cream and a bandaid because they bleed a ton. So sorry if I'm grossing anyone out, but I thought this might be helpful if anyone else ever has to deal with them. I know that I spent HOURS googling and reading forums so chances are someone is going to stumble on this post who needs help.
After a few more weeks went by the process started to speed up until two to three bumps a day were coming to a head and popping. After eight weeks of this, I'd say 90% of his bumps are gone and the rest are looking like they will be on their way out soon.
Even though it has still taken a solid two months, imagine my relief at seeing the end of this very long tunnel we've been traveling since last December.
And then imagine my unending horror when two days ago my youngest son suddenly woke up with HUNDREDS of them on his legs, arms, and face.
I may crawl into a hole and die.
Okay, I probably won't.
I'll just take a gigantic breath, whimper a little bit, order another round of cream and spray, and settle in for another three months of this.
I'm still holding out hope that it might not be bumps because the rash did appear after a long day in the sun and may possibly be a heat rash. Also, based on my experience with Rowan they don't typically appear in this volume in such a short period. They spread in clusters over time. If you are a prayer warrior, would you puleeeeeeeze say a prayer for my Brecken that it's just a heat rash? Pretty please?
I will take whatever comes, especially now that I know what to use, but it's incredibly disheartening when I have been so careful. No shared clothing, bedding, towels, or baths for the last nine months, and we didn't even get a kiddie pool this summer. I don't know how this happened.
So that's the update on the bumps, for those of you who have been sweet and asked, and a warning that I might be a big fat whiney pants for a while longer if Brecken has the plague too.
And since it's Monday and I didn't do my usual Multitudes on Mondays post, I think this would be a good time to find some thankfuls.
Thank you, Jesus:
* that wheatgrass cream and spray is one of the more affordable treatments we tried and that it goes a long way
*that the bumps on Rowan's feet and face, the ones that bothered me most, are gone
*that his skin is almost whole again
*that Haydn never got any
*that Greyson only got two, and they are gone
*that we haven't had to squeeze or pinch any in a long time, they are just sort of disappearing
*that you have not give me a spirit of fear
*that you work all things together for the good of those who love you and are called according to your purpose, even contagious bumpy rashes
*that you bring peace that surpasses all understanding
*that this is the worst thing I've had to deal with as a mom, and it's not even that bad