At first I was excited to share that my new kindergartener started his school year with an excellent first day of school! He has severe eczema, and I knew it would be an issue. Because of this, we prepared him his "care kit" to take to school.
He wasn't even excited about starting school until we bought his new backpack and the items for his care kit. Most loved items in the care kit are his moisturizer and Aquaphor. These are things he can't go through a single day without, so he was super excited that we bought the smaller versions for his care kit so he could take them to school with him.First day of school was a BIG SUCCESS! He didn't scratch the WHOLE day, and he didn't even have to open his care kit at all. I was beyond surprised. I was shocked. He has never gone that long without applying his cream or his Aquaphor.
I know it must have been really difficult for him not to scratch for that long. I think he was worried about what the kids would say or think, and he was occupied with new activities (which is absolutely fabulous), and just the overall new experience.
Second day of school...Not so good. In fact, it was a disaster. They informed me that he couldn't have his care kit with him. We were told I had to take the kit home, and we needed a doctor's note (even though it's not a prescription or any medication at all). So I reluctantly took the care kit home with me, and I knew that it was going to be a bad day.
Sure enough, the school called me a a few hours later. He had a flare-up. And I guessed why. It was probably from recess, going outside in the heat; I was right. The heat caused a flare-up, and after recess he couldn't stop scratching. What made it worse was that he had no moisturizer or Aquaphor to soothe his skin. He was sent to the office, and I was called. I was pleading my case with the school secretaries, principal, and the school nurse. The school nurse still said I needed a doctor's note for the lotion. A prescription for lotion! Can you believe that??? I can understand the doctor's note for his other medications (his medicated ointments, his epi-pen, his inhaler), but lotion??? The flare-up would have never been so bad if he had had his cream and Aquaphor with him. He would've calmed down and not scratched as much (he still would've scratched, don't get me wrong, but not as badly).
No matter how ridiculous, I complied. The dermatologist's office thought it was ridiculous too. But - whatever it takes to get that care kit in the classroom, that's what we'll do. And now I wonder, if we switch moisturizers (because we use many), do I have to get a doctor's note for each one? What a pain that would be!
So now he went back to school for the third day. The doc's note is in the office, safe and sound, and his care kit is allowed to stay in the classroom with him. We'll see how it goes...