Apply The Walking Dead Urgency To My Child’s Symptoms
Recently I caught up on one of my favorite shows, The Walking Dead. In case you are living in a cave, The Walking Dead is about a post-apocalyptic world of zombies with a handful of human survivors. Minor cuts and colds could escalate quickly and turn the infected person into a zombie. To preserve the safety of the group, all survivors needed to treat any symptom with extreme urgency.
Fast forward to reality. My son had an unusual cut on his finger. Although I did apply ointment and Band-Aids, the cut never healed and became infected. I chalked it up to my son being fidgety and constantly poking at the wound. A blister appeared on his hand and I chalked it up to him being more active on the playground. Almost a week had gone by and the wound was still yellow and crusty. When a blister appeared on his cheek, I finally took action and researched the symptoms. It looked like my son contracted Impetigo, one of the most common skin infections among kids, usually produces blisters or sores on the face, neck, hands, and diaper area.
I never heard of this in my life. But a quick trip to the doctors office, and antibiotic ointment killed the infection in a day. I continued applying the ointment for about a week per doctor’s orders. I felt guilty for prolonging my son’s irritation and discomfort. But I learned some critical lessons I will apply in the future.
Don’t be afraid to discuss my son’s symptoms with other parents. A grandmother I work with immediately knew what it was. Don’t be lazy and ignore the details because of work and having to take time off to see the doctor. Don’t hope that things will resolve itself. Trust your instincts and take action if things don’t improve in a reasonable amount of time. Don’t rely on my son’s teachers to suggest medical treatment. They made a correct diagnosis on an earlier ailment. I may have become too dependent on their expertise and became complacent. I forgot that they are juggling other students and can’t focus entirely on my child. No one should care more about my son then me. Ignoring minor symptoms will not transform my son to The Walking Dead. However, there is no reason I should not pay attention to him with the same life or death urgency.
For more information on Impetigo, visit KidsHealth – Impetigo.