Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Reading Rashes: Our Kid’s Red Skin Humbles, Reminds

By Sean Kelley
Sometime this summer, our toddler Graeme’s legs broke out in a mysterious rash. If he were a normal kid, diagnosing this random redness might have been easy. For fair-skinned, active boys there are lots of summer culprits: Heat rash, poison oak (or ivy), and bug bites all come to mind.
But because Graeme has lots of food and contact allergies, we spent a week trying to figure out what we had fed him or what he had brushed up against. There were recriminations, feelings of guilt, and a sense of profound frustration best expressed by this useful teenage expression: WTF? Read More

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