Aquaphor, Cetaphil cream, Band-Aids, tissue, sensitive skin wet wipes, alcohol-free hand sanitizer, aloe gel
The Care Kit:
On the third day, the care kit was permitted in the classroom. I took the Neosporin and the alcohol prep pads out (that has to be in the office, and I understand those having to be there). The school had received the fax from the dermatologist, and his moisturizing cream and aquaphor are allowed! By this time, though, my son was already hesitant to go to school. He was afraid the teacher hated him, and the kids wouldn't like him or want to play with him. I encouraged him to go, telling him that he would be just fine, and he would have his care kit in his cubby if he needed it. He reluctantly went to school, crying just a little bit when I left. I thought that he was going to make it through the day.
The Care Kit:
However, I was called to the school again (once again, after recess time). When I arrived, I found him in the classroom doing somewhat all right, and the principal was sitting in with the class. She took me outside, and told me that after the office called home, she came to the classroom and sat with him, helped him with his care kit, and he began to do much better. She and I stayed in the classroom for the rest of the day. He did well - a little sad, and a whole lot itchy - but OK.
After that, the principal and I talked about his condition and how it related to his emotions. I let her know that I had mentioned it the day before - emotions can trigger a flare-up for a eczema. Taking away his care kit was a HUGE trigger, and it also caused anxiety for the third day of school. Going back to school (even with his care kit now allowed) would take him some time. If he had been able to keep his care kit with him, I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened. We had been prepping him for school for months. She suggested that she would meet him before school the next day and sit in class with him for a little bit in an attempt to ease him back into the idea of school. She also offered some help from a teacher's aide that just so happened to be available for a few days. So that was the plan...And it's been working!
Thursday and Friday of the first week of school went much better, still a bit of a struggle, but I wasn't called to the school. He has a special bin above his cubby just for his care kit, and with the help of the teacher's aide he decorated it with lots of fun stickers.
Monday of the second week was the best day yet! The entire second week of school went smoothly (the teacher's aide happened to be available ALL week - HUGE help, and I can't thank her enough).
Now we're on week three. Yesterday was the last day with the teacher's aide. She has been assigned to another school. =( But, twice a week, I now volunteer in the classroom to help out. So far, it's going well. Success so far!!!
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