Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Taking care of 'diaper rash'

For the past few weeks, baby has had a redness in his baby leg folds, around his neck, and on his upper groin area.  I knew it wasn't typical diaper rash because I've dealt with that before.  Usually kids are itchy and it hurts them when you wipe.  This wasn't that...

I started by using Aquaphor, which was recommended by the pediatrician initially for eczema.  This helped the leg folds temporarily, but not the other areas.  Here's his baby folds.

I let him hang out without a diaper.

I changed his diaper ALL THE TIME...

We made sure to dry him well after a bath...

After 3 weeks (yes, I waited that long), I decided to use a more common diaper rash treatment (zinc oxide) in his diaper area.  This took away the redness, but it still looked pretty bad.  I decided to call the pediatrician and see if I could get some advice over the phone (haha).  I had to come in, and she told me that it was a yeast infection.

The pediatrician said that this type of rash is more common in babies that wear non-traditional diapers because they don't whisk away the wetness.  Okay... We chose gDiapers to avoid diaper rash.  If you google "gDiapers rash", all that comes up is that gDiapers prevent all types of diaper rash.  Don't worry I still love gDiapers, they are amazingly easy, cute, and good for the environment.  It probably started in his neck and creases, and then traveled to all the other wet areas.  He chose to model his neck rash in this photo.

You can tell a yeast rash from a typical diaper rash because it has a specific location that is red and raised.  Also, it doesn't go away with typical rash treatment.

The simple solution?  Athlete's foot cream.  Specifically, Lotramin.

Save yourself the co-pay and try it out if your baby ever gets a rash that won't go away.

On the bright side, we have a 15 pound 3.5 month old.  We have 2 weeks until his 4 month check up.  I can't wait!

1 comment:

  1. Flour is also one great home remedies for diaper rash. It is the type of remedy that help me on my little angel.