Back in January, Baby Bookieboo developed an extreme case of eczema.This was the beginning of a new challenge in my life. Studies show that children with extreme eczema have a similar quality of life as children with kidney disease. It’s difficult to say the least. God has given me lots of challenges in the last seven years: losing over 100 lbs, having a Autistic son, combating an eating disorder, sore nipples and constant infections when breastfeeding, caring for a dying parent, etc. But nothing had prepared me for this.
It started with swelling that made his face so puffy, he looked like he had been in a fight. Then it worked it’s way throughout his entire body, burned the skin and seeped with fluids, then exposed raw skin. He was uncontrollably itchy, but when he itched he would break the skin which caused a cycle of constant agony. It was horrifying and I felt completely helpless. Doctors weren’t very helpful. They strung me along for weeks then finally sent me to an Allergist where we got a blood test and my life changed forever.
Results: “Your son is allergic to almonds and all other tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, milk, wheat, soy, seafood, & shellfish” …and later we added flaxseed. Imagine not being able to ever eat any of these foods. Well, I had to because I was breastfeeding him and it was passing through my breast milk and causing him agony. He was barely on solids, so he wasn’t eating those foods yet. I was. Taking those foods away helped him a little bit, but his skin condition never went away. After months, I finally gave into the doctor and switched him to a special Amino Acid formula from England (because in Europe the formula is not genetically modified unlike the US.) Immediately he started to get better, but then got worse again. His condition never really went away. Today he is about 16 months old, in the 10th percentile for weight, happy as can be, but still very itchy. He has good days and bad days. To say we’ve been through hell is an understatement.
During the time I was devastated over having to stop breastfeeding, Playtex Baby got a hold of me and offered to send me ALL the supplies I needed to bottle feed the baby.
Um…YEAH! Thank you.
It’s nice when brands pay attention to real people. Then before I accepted anything, I started to familiarize myself with plastics and which were safe. I was happy to discover that Playtex Baby products do not contain BPA or phthalates. And really, that was the last thing I needed to worry about. After learning about the dangers of plastics, I threw away about 90% of the plastics we ate on in our home because they simply were not safe. (Come back very soon and I’m creating a piece about what I found out and what you can do to protect your family today.) I even got rid of all the plastic cutlery used for picnic occasions and replaced them with greener alternatives not containing BPA. Playtex Baby was the catalyst I needed to make these changes.
Then about their products. I received most of their line to try out and I created this one minute video in appreciation.
My favorite products were their Nurser with Drop-ins because they never leaked, the Diaper Genie because I needed a new one, the Insulator Straw Cup because it’s perfect for special prebiotic/probiotic smoothies, and their bottle brush that I use for cleaning everything. I’m planning some additional posts on these products.
Then they called me and asked me to be in a commercial with Tia & Tamera. *Come again? Wow…me?* I was happy to do it because Playtex Baby made me feel like I had someone looking out for me. Even thought I can be controversial with my stances at times 😉
You can also save $2 on any Playtex bottle by clicking the coupon inside the Youtube video above. I’m totally FOR breastfeeding as the most perfect food for your baby, but for moms who struggle like I did, I’m glad there are safe alternatives.
And if you stick around below you can win some Playtex Baby products.
Playtex Diaper Genie Smart Caddy (one winner)
Playtex Nurser with Drop-Ins Liner Gift Set (one winner)
Playtex VentAire bottle gift set (one winner)
Lil Gripper 2 pack (one winner)
First Sipster (one winner)
Insulator Straw Cup 2 pack (1 winner)
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