As we all know, antibiotics are incredibly important. Our family alone has faced issues from mastitis to a ruptured appendix both of which could have been deadly had antibiotics not come to the save the day, (along with surgeons, nurses, anesthetists, etc). But on the flip side, many of us run to antibiotics too quickly and make the bacteria in our world and community far more dangerous. By killing off all of the competition (most bacteria) the only bacteria remaining is unaffected by antibiotics and is deadly.
So every parent has to face the question several times throughout their child’s life. When is it time to let the body fight the battle un-aided, and when is it time to pull out the big guns? This was the choice facing me last year when my daughter contracted peri-oral-dermitis: (literally -around the mouth rash.) The conclusion that we drew was that while it was horrible to see my baby girl walking around with a nasty red rash around her mouth for months, we weren’t going to give her antibiotics for a cosmetic condition. While inflammation is never good long term for our bodies, we knew at her young age we had the time to try to wait it out and see if we could help her with a less intense alternative treatment.
I spent several months on the internet reading different dermatologist recommendations and patients discussion who had suffered (often for years.) I tried three or four different herbal treatments from the natural grocers that did nothing. However, there was an awful lot of discussion about a baby lotion that you could only buy at Target. (You can see why I would be dubious – I mean Target??) It was called California Baby Calendula lotion. I didn’t try it for a long time, however, after several treatment ideas bombed I was ready to try it. Within a few days the rash that I had been fighting for months was gone!
I was so impressed I began to research the ingredients in the lotion and found out that calendula is a natural antibiotic and has been used for numerous skin conditions because of it’s abilities. If you, or anyone you know faces this difficult rash I would highly recommend giving the lotion a shot, especially before trying oral antibiotics. It is a great little powerhouse that you would never suspect is hiding out in the Target baby section! Give it a try!