We had been battling a rash on our 4 year old’s face for months. I tried herbal salves and aloe vera ointment, but we couldn’t seem to heal it. Finally I took her along with me to a Dr. appointment and the Dr. was gracious enough to look at her face. He told us that she had a staph infection.
I was not happy with that diagnosis. For me to hear my child had a staph infection was concerning. He gave us a prescription cream, and told me I should probably keep her home from church that week. None of our other children had gotten it, so I wasn’t terribly worried about it spreading at this point. However, we kept her home and we diligently applied the medicine on her face several times a day.
You can see the rash on her face in the pictures above. Sometimes it looked even worse then this. We received this diagnosis early in December, and diligently applied the medicine for at least a month or longer. These pictures are taken after we had applied the medicine for a month! You can see more pictures of her face on my raising little girls to embrace modesty post.
Finally both my husband and I seemed to give up on the medicine. It would help a little bit, and then it would come right back just as strong. I started doing my own research and was wondering if it was eczema. I trusted the Dr. I went to, but I just didn’t know why the medicine wasn’t working.
After asking friends on Facebook (the place you go first for help, right? ), I had people tell me it was eczema, and others say staph. I decided to trust my Dr. and keep treating it as if it was a staph infection.
I was close to just taking her to our pediatrician, as someone said their daughter was helped with an extremely strong steroid cream. You can only take the cream about 3 weeks though, as it can start thinning your skin. Yikes! That didn’t sound good, but we were getting desperate.
A friend suggested using Lemongrass essential oil, as it is helpful for staph infections. I had some in the house, so I started putting it on her face. It was so difficult to put it on without her crying, as it is right next to her mouth. I diluted it with coconut oil, but she still didn’t like it. Every time I put it on I would distract her for a few minutes, give her juice to drink, let her look at pictures on my phone, read her a book, etc. That helped, and within a few minutes she wasn’t complaining about it.
We quickly started seeing improvement, and within a few weeks it was much, much better! I’m so elated that something natural has helped her, and I wanted to share with you all in case your children ever battle a staph infection like this!
You can still see a tiny bit of pink next to her mouth. We keep putting it on her (though we are not as diligent as we could be at this point). I’m guessing it will take awhile before that last bit of pink goes away.
I’m so happy to have my daughter’s face looking normal again!
I used the Lemongrass essential oil from Young Living. I’ve been so pleased with all my oils I have from Young Living! My son had an injury recently on his nose, and I kept applying lavender on it so he wouldn’t scar. He already has a scar from an injury when he was younger and I really didn’t want two scars! Thankfully it healed up and you can’t tell the accident ever happened!
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