Ru-Jun has always been itchy. She gets rashes in particular places a lot. I suppose this is eczema, as people call it, and it may have something to do with her various allergies. But I’m also convinced that the thing that makes these rashes a real problem has to do with her nerves. When she is upset or insecure she scratches these places, often hard. When she is drowsy but not fully asleep as frequently occurs at night when she is having sinus issues, she scratches. This necessitates me using what I call “the human handcuffs” where I hold both of her hands (often this is after putting A+D or cortizone ointment on her) until she gets back to full sleep. I don’t know to what extent the traumas or stresses of her life contribute to this problem or whether we can expect it to go away any time soon.
Itchy February 4, 2012