There was no new food or drug introduced to him on that day and so I suspected that he was allergic to something in the environment. I guessed it was from the new toy that I gave him just few minutes before the rashes appeared. I did not wash or wipe the toy beforehand =(
It was Sunday night and there was no clinic opened on that day. So I told myself to keep calm and cool because if I get panic, I won’t be able to think clearly and Alex will be affected by my reaction.
First thing that I did was I cleansed his face with mild soap. Then I quickly grab my first-aid box, took out a bottle of anti-histamine medicine (Zyrtec syrup) and gave one dose to him.
And while waiting for the medicine to react, I soaked the new toy in warm soapy water and trimmed his finger nails because I was afraid that he’ll scratch his face uncontrollably when it gets itchy. Then I also took few pictures of the rashes in case I’ll need to show them to the doctor for better diagnosis.
Luckily, Alex was not really affected by the rashes, except for mild itchiness. I saw him scratched his face for few times but other than that, he was fine and active.
However, I still need to watch him very closely because he’ll need emergency treatment if:
- He experiences the symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction, which includes abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty in breathing and swallowing, cough, and anxiety. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that occurs rapidly and causes a life-threatening response involving the whole body. This reaction can lead to difficulty in breathing and shock ultimately leading to death. (www. emedicinehealth.com)
- If swelling develops rapidly, particularly involving the mouth or throat, because it might lead to narrowing of the airway passage and difficulty in breathing.
Thank God! The rashes slowly disappeared within 30 minutes and they were totally gone on the next morning. So we did not go to see the doctor and I decided to just monitor his condition at home.
- Always stand by a bottle of anti-histamine medicine at home.
- Always wipe or clean new toys before giving them to children.
Did you or your kids ever experience skin rash allergic reaction? If yes, I would really love to hear from you and learn how you treated them =)