Can you see this rash on her face? Coupled with oatmeal remnants, Lucy is a total fright. I’m so happy I noticed we hadn’t washed her face before heading to the mall. The big kids would have likely tossed her out of the giant pineapple ring in the indoor playground. So needless to say the food allergies continue to be a mystery to me. I had a lengthy phone call with Lucy’s allergists a few weeks ago. I was starting to worry about gas, acid reflux, eczema, the end of the world. Kidding! But after talking to the allergist, she said that she thought I was overthinking things. Then she continued to repeat the definition of a food allergy. This is the gist of it: food allergies trigger your immune system and food intolerances create problems with your digestive system. So the eczema is the result of a food allergy. I asked her about Culturelle, a dairy-free probiotic for kids. Probiotics are what you naturally get in yogurt and help you have a healthy digestive system. If she was just having a rash on her face, I would be a little less uneasy. But the rash is always coupled with a not-so great night of sleep and increased night nursing. It drives me nuts and any weaning efforts seem to fall apart. When she feels good, she sleeps later and nurses a lot less. But there is a reason they call it milk of magnesia. Milk of mom makes her tummy feel better. Even if it is the culprit. I can’t figure out the source of Lucy’s rash. But it is pretty bad. It is up to her nose. It has shifted from her chin to her upper lip. These are my guesses: I totally cheated and ate half a bag of Cheetos. Then I ate a Madeline cookie. Finally I ate a slice of Martina’s Spanish tortilla. It was so delicious and way better than Henry’s. The reason: she uses way more eggs. Lucy does love to eat these rolls we have at each meal. I haven’t checked the ingredient list, so that could be the source. So tonight I returned to Target once again. I picked up Benadryl and hydrocortisone for her face. So we have a three-prong approach. Culturelle in her applesauce at dinner, hydrocortisone on her rash and Benadryl if her rash is angry. Otherwise I skip it. Benadryl does not guarantee a full night’s sleep. But I’m hoping two trips to two different play grounds today will.