Baby is 6 months old. My daughter is sleeping long stretches at night and goes down religiously to nap every two hours. Since birth she was a great eater. It was so exciting when we were able to move on from rice cereal at meal time. Baby happily tried each new food with mouth wide open. She was the perfect baby in our eyes. So, imagine my horror, when changing Baby into pajamas after dinner one evening, to find her covered in a bright red rash!
I yelled for DH to come survey the rash (you know, since he went to med school in the 2 hours after dinner). We looked at each other blankly and then panic set in. Is she ok? Was her dinner something new? How is her breathing? Does she have a fever? It’s 9:00 at night! THINK! THINK! WHAT DO WE DO?
I call my mom. No answer. I try my sister. Voicemail. Insert more freaking out here. Baby seemed fine to my husband and I, other than the red rash all over her, but to new parents, scenarios like this are a little scary. The phone was ringing. My sister was calling back. Whew!
After blurting out all the details to her again, since she claims she couldn’t understand a word I was saying on her voicemail. (Hello. She’s a mom of three? Can’t she already speak panic/crazy new mom talk?)
Talking through the issue more, we determine Baby is happy and fine in every aspect other than the rash. We decide to wait to see what happens to the rash by morning. Morning comes and the rash is gone. Turns out it was a simple heat rash. Baby was just too warm in her layers!
Babies do not come with manuals. New parents need a support system. It can be your own parents, siblings, friends, an online community, or a combination of all of the above. Having someone just a phone call away when you need advice is huge, even if it’s just to give an opinion. I’m not sure what I would have done if my sister had not returned my call so fast. I can only hope I would not have been the first mom to take her child to the emergency room for a case of heat rash.
Who do you turn to when you are in need of parenting advice? Do you seek input from family or your favorite online community?