Most of you who follow me will know, that I tend to gripe on the national health system. But when it takes three medical professionals to diagnose a condition, then that kind of proves my point 🙂
My six-month old came out in a small rash across her forehead. I wasn’t really too concerned, I did all the appropriate checks for meningitis, and put it down to a heat rash. I took her to the doctors for another reason, and while I was there, decided to ask about the rash. She didn’t seem too sure what it could be, and told me that she wanted to try a cream for bacterial infection, and that if it didn’t work then we could try one for fungal infection. I thought it odd because the rash itself didn’t appear infected, if anything it was quite similar to a viral rash. No oozing or pus filled spots were present, but hey, she’s the expert. I started to use the cream, but it seemed to be spreading and rather inflamed. I returned to the doctors, and was given the alternative cream. Again this did nothing, and the rash was now all over her body, her eyes had become puffy where the spots were on the lids. I took her with me to my own appointment, and asked the nurses opinion. She said it looked like an old fashion milk rash, even though my daughter was clearly too old for that. She did advise not to continue with the cream, as she agreed with me, that there was no infection in the spots.
By now I’m really concerned, and tempted to go to A&E with her. My daughter didn’t seem affected by it, no temperatures, or going off her food. She seemed happy enough, if anything, I was more bothered by it than her! I gave the doctors one last chance, they fitted me in where I saw a different doctor. He diagnosed an allergic reaction straightaway, and prescribed anti- histamine, and some cream to help with the itch. It seems to be doing the trick, however I still don’t know what caused it, but he did advise that if I decided to go private to find out, all they prescribe after denting your bank balance is the same thing as my daughter was given. It seems I’m not the only one with a gripe against the medical professionals 🙂
But seriously, aren’t these doctors trained in this sort of thing? How can the first doctor not have known? I don’t blame the nurse, she is not as qualified as a doctor, although apparently some aren’t 🙂