Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Little Goth girl

One treatment for thrush (a common infection babies get in their mouths) is gentian violet, which is basically a purple ink. So we've had to treat Anneke with it, turning her lips a very Goth purple, but even though my wife has seen patients bring in their 2-month-olds with already-pierced ears, it's not something we'll be doing. And she has very pale skin, but we won't be dying her hair black, nor does her typical wardrobe much go with the Goth look (they just don't make 0-3 month leather jackets, steel-studded, alas). Even so, it makes me laugh every time I see those lips...

3 comments:

Beth said...

ah, they still use that? a biologist i once worked for had a really hard time finding it (to dye pollen), b/c apparently it was no longer used as medication.

Chad Aaron Sayban said...

Look at it this way, if you dress her in Goth now, she won't want anything to do with it when she gets older.

...it could work...

Daniel Ausema said...

Hah, very true, Chad. Hmmm...

It isn't always easy to get a hold of, Beth--we had to treat my son when we were in Michigan, and the pharmacy had to special-order it for us. Our doc has had to treat her patients with it, so she simply keeps a supply of it in the office.