Itchy Mistakes


We have switched our sun screens to more natural options.
Gluten free. Of course.
We got
Spritz bottles and creams and lots of options for our vacation, which was to involve a lot of pool time!
So after day of spritzing and wiping on sunscreen for 8 kids and 2 adults… An event that took 30 minutes plus…
I buckled.

I missed my spray on sunscreen.
We had been wearing gluten-free sunscreen last year. Just not natural brands. (Business idea for someone?)

I tried to remember which brands we used. In my haste I grabbed Neutrogena SPF spray for the pool for kids and ones for adults.
Looking back. We only used the specific one for the face that was specified gluten-free. We used banana boat brand aerosol sunscreen.
Just like with my strange delayed auto immune response… My kids are similar.
When they ingest gluten, the rash shows up on their hands, feet, knees, elbows, etc. bi-laterally. (Matching, both sides of their bodies.). The older the child is, and closer to puberty, the worse the rash seems to be.

It isn’t something immediate, which is unfortunate, as I had applied it later one afternoon and the following morning before they started complaining… later that evening.
You know those moments you just really dislike a shortcut you took?
That was me. Major regret.
The kids have been so forgiving.
I, however, have a hard time forgiving myself!(especially when they are scratching so many days later!). My oldest daughter is covered everywhere but her face and where her swimsuit was. She drew the adorable picture on her iPod for me.

Thankful for our Lord and Savior and His new mercies each day. I will get this right one day…


Dermatitis herpetiformis is different than hives. Similar to my armpit rash from a few months ago, these are like blisters and don’t show up immediately like an allergy. Itching makes it worse, and it takes a few weeks to subside.

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

Psalm 103:8-12

Posted on May 5, 2013, in Auto Immune Disease, Celiac/Gluten Sensitivity, Our Struggles and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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