9.29.2007

DIAPER RASH

Here is a picture of Luke from last night. Notice anything strange?


He's wearing a washable swim diaper because he has the
worst diaper rash ever. I can't think of anything that would make me feel like a worse parent, unless maybe if I put Coke in his bottle.

Today I am trying putting Maalox on it (a pediatrician once suggested that) and better diapers that supposedly pull the moisture away from his body. I really don't know what to do, short of going to the doctor. Every diaper change is a huge event because he screams and fights it so much.

My sister-in-law, Ditte, once asked a friend of hers what she does about diaper rash, and her friend responded with something like, "Oh, my son never gets diaper rash because I am really good at changing his diapers frequently." Man, how's that for making you feel like a lousy parent?? Even Erik is getting on my case about it, saying that I don't change him enough, although I feel like I am going through a gazillion diapers a day trying to alleviate the rash. Isn't it possible that a diaper rash just happens or is it always the parent's fault? He has also started drinking a ton of cow's milk, maybe the two are related?

16 comments:

  1. Diaper Rashes happen...don't let anyone tell you otherwise. When my boys had bad rashes, I changed brands of diaper for a while and splurged buying expensive ones. I also used a rash cream called Acid Mantle. It is one my mom used on us, and you can now only order online. It works quick! Also stop any juice, or fruit with lots of acidity.
    Good Luck!

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  2. Maybe it could be a yeast infection. I have a friend who's son would get them all the time, mainly after he had been swimming. But I think that it could happen in other cases. The doctor told her to use zinc oxide cream.

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  3. No, it's not all your fault that he has a diaper rash! Some kids just have sensitive skin. My doctor always says to let them go without a diaper as much as possible when they have a really bad rash... Easy for them to say when the kid isn't potty trained. Maybe if it's nice out, just let him play in the backyard?? Good luck!

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  4. So Luke is wearing a washable diaper so it that like a Banana Hammock...So Luke likes to wear Banana Hammocks? j/k

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  5. Teething will do it too. Grace will sometimes get crazy bad rashes when she's teething, but she also gets cranky, runny noses, and diarrhea. She's sensitive to rashes normally as well. We've been caking on the diaper cream every time since she was born.

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  6. What if you just turned him loose in the yard for a couple days sans pants? You have fences, right? None of the neighbors would know. I'd do that if it were my kid (and I were reasonably sure my wife would never find out).

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  7. The going outside naked thing would be a great idea (Susanne and Brandon)if it weren't almost snowing here. So, now I just feel like he is a time bomb ready to explode (poop) when he is "Donald Ducking" it around the house. I guess we do have tile, so maybe the cleanup won't be that bad.

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  8. I'm not sure cow's milk will do that to a kid. It blocks mine up. I just feel really really bad for Luke right now. Poor kid.

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  9. Okay, so our daughter got super bad diaper rashes. Reading your post made me remember this, and realize that with our son, diaper rashes have been pretty rare. Thank goodness.

    I tried all the different diaper rash creams... even special order ones. Here's what worked:
    Desitin... I used to buy those giant tubs, the tubes weren't enough. And you can't get Desitin Creamy... it rubs right off.

    On doctor's orders, if it's really bad, Cortaid. And if it's really really bad, Lotrimin.

    And I'd buy those Aveeno diaper rash bath powders. It seemed to help.

    Hope Luke's better soon.

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  10. Calmoseptine. Ask for it at the pharmacy. They'll just hand it to you. It's AMAZING. You can use it on scrapes, burns, other things. LOVE IT. You'll see a major differnece pretty much immediately.

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  11. Burt's Bee's Diaper Cream always worked WAY better than any other one I ever tried.

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  12. Charles has one right now too, he's got some diarrhea issues poor thing. I use vasaline to keep the moisture away, it helps a lot. Desatin is also good but when it gets really red and painful like it is for our Char right now I mostly stick with vasaline. Oh and baby wipes usually hurt and make it worse so try wiping him clean with just a warm watered wash cloth or tissue or something, that should help a lot.

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  13. Butt Paste....it doesn't sting when it goes on like Desitin and doesn't come off too easily. I works really quickly and you don't need a perscription! Plus it smells like honey (you can't beat that!).

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  14. Jeremy and i had a great laugh about that one. He even guessed which friend told me that! Oh yeah, and if it's yeast, use garlic oil. It works pretty good.

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  15. certain foods will cause diaper rash for certain kids. my daughter gets them when she eats strawberries or tomatoes...

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  16. I used to hide behind the fridge when i wanted to eat a piece of fruit 'cause my poor kids bottoms were always raw! Aquaphor...is my answer...tried all the butt pastes etc...aquaphor...great on chapped lips too :)

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