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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Diaper rash woes

In terms of Estee's little tushy, I take every possible precautionary measure to prevent diaper rash. I even went as far as creating a step by step list that I pasted above her changing table so anyone who changes her will abide by our strict diaper changing guidelines. After every diaper change I use a cloth to make sure she is completely dry. I then cover her in a thick layer of desitin. To the point where all you see is white. To quote my babysitter we "baste her like a turkey." Sometimes I even let her play on a blanket naked and "air dry." If I see a rash brewing (which I did shabbos) I don't use wipes and I let her air dry after almost every change and I change her every hour. If I am doing all of this how did she still get a diaper rash again? What am I doing wrong? Her poor tushy looks terrible. What else is there left to do?
On a funnier note as I was changing her diaper and putting on that thick layer of desitin I stupidly left the diaper open while I reached for a wipe to get my hands clean. I couldn't close the diaper because my hands were covered in desitin. Of course, while my hand was away she stuck her hand smack in the middle of the thick desitin and kinda shmeared it around a bit. Before I had time to think, her hand was all over the place. She was covered in desitin! Of course her hand was my priority being that she sticks it in her mouth. It took me a good five minutes to get her hand clean because the desitin was caked into her fingernails! By the time I was finished cleaning all the desitin, I had to start the process again because most of the desitin that was wear it should be was relocated to other parts of her body. The whole time Estee was hysterical laughing. I'm kind of getting the feeling that she knows what she is doing. Boy, she is a trouble maker!


Blogger Lindsay said...

you know why she's a trouble maker?!?

it's cause she takes after her father.
lol. jkjk
only not really.

4:54 PM  
Blogger tuesdaywishes said...

I think you might be working too hard at this. If you use disposables,or a diaper service the real 'diaper rash" that used to be caused by ammonia and bacteria in home laundered cloth diapers is very rare. Normal healthy skin shouldn't need tons of goop slathered on several times a day.

When you don't use wipes, what do you clean her with? Could the scrubbing be too much? A dry, sandpapery dark pink would indicate this.

Another possibility is an irritation from a new food. This would be light pink, and would go away soon after cleaning her up.

Also, if the rash is worst in the creases of her thighs, and is a bright red, moist looking, with defined edges, it might be a yeast/fungal rash. The Desitin won't help that, will actually make it worse. She would need Dessenex or Tinactin, but you'll probably want to confirm this with you doctor. It's very common, especially if she has been on antibiotics or if you have had a yeast infection lately.

Mostly, babies skin heals quicky. One of my kids had rotavirus, which meant weeks of diarrhea. This gave her a chenical burn kind of rash that got so bad her little tush was raw, despite creams and lotions we kept plastering on her. Once the diarrhea was gone, her bottom was normal in three days.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Eshet Chayil said...

the little girl I watch they use a touch of olive oil. I don't know but I hear natural remedies are better.

6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have you showed the doctor the rash? if it's persistent like that, it can very well be a yeast infection.

also, i've heard great things about boudreaux's butt paste; it's worth a try. i know i've seen it at babies r us...


7:53 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Thanks everyone. Nech- I'm so afraid of using something other than desitin because when we tried balmex she got a terrible rash that caused her to cry every time she pees. Tuesday- it really is just a regular diaper rash. We looked into the yeast infection thing and she doesn't have the symptoms. When I don't use wipes I either soak her in the sink and clean her with washcloths or I use wet tissues. I just stay away from the wipes because of the alcohol or whatever is in them probably makes it worse. Her rashes also get pimply. Do you think she got a rash because she tried carrots? This is her third vegetable. The only thing is she was getting rashes way before solids were even introduced so I don't know...

1:36 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Lindsay, it's true. Her troublemakerism definitely comes from her father!

1:55 AM  
Blogger Datingmaster, Jerusalem said...

this si too much
you ar ein love with your baby
but why not?

6:54 AM  
Blogger tuesdaywishes said...

Probably has nothing to do with food, if she was getting rashes before.A friend of mine has two little girls whose bottoms get red when they are coming down with a cold or getting teeth. If it's not bothering her (making her noticeably fussier) I'd still leave it alone. Maybe the Desitin is causing the pimples.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

She IS teething but like I said she's been getting rashes for quite some time. The doctor says to use bacitracin twice a day and to put baby gold bond over the desitin to make a paste. we shall see!

10:55 AM  
Blogger Skayabs said...

Are you still using Huggies??? Maybe it's that!

3:46 PM  
Blogger tuesdaywishes said...

Teething is so much fun. Anytime a kid is randomly cranky, from six months to 3 years, you can just say "She's teething".

5:26 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

She sounds adorable. I think that Dr. Smith's is the best diaper cream out there, btw!

7:23 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Stacey, I have never heard of Dr. Smith. But I'm afraid to use something else because of what happened with the balmex, see above. skayabs, she is still using huggies. We have to finish all of our huggies then we will try pampers again.

2:08 AM  
Blogger Ayelet said...

A few things:
1. There's a diaper cream out there called Triple Paste. It's usually behind the counter at drugstores so ask for it. It's expensive but a pediatric dermatologist recommended it to me.

2. What was I doing at a pediatric dermatologist? Baby Mordechai was having a persistent rash. After several attempts at treating it with various antibacterial and antifungal creams, my pediatrician sent me there. By this time, his rash was the mother of all rashes. His skin had gotten so raw that it was broken and actually bled sometimes! The specialist said it was a fungal infection that wasn't treated in time. As a result the symptoms just kept getting worse. By this time, the first thing to do was heal the skin. Next, treat the fungus. So he prescribed a mixture of ketocenazole (same antifungal found in Nizarol shampoo) and hydrocortisone. I was to put it on and put a thick layer of triple paste on top. It worked like a charm. (Sorry you had to listen to all that but I listened to your whole rash saga, right? That's what blog buddies -bluddies? - are for).
3. A pimply rash does sound very much like a fungus. Check back with your doc if it keeps up.

5:53 PM  
Blogger Pragmatician said...

Now I understand why you never have time for long warm bath :)

1:05 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Yeah all these remedies sound great. For now the doctor said to bacitracin her twice a day. Then after the thick desitin layer to put on baby gold bond to make a paste. The thing is her rash does go away. It just constantly comes back.

And yes, that is what blog buddies are for...:)

10:51 AM  

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