My child is blessed with an ultra sensitive derrière that has caused me much angst.
My child’s diaper rash used to be peeling skin, raw, bleeding and looked like second degree burns. The poor child cried every time he poops because it stings. And it escalated into blood curdling screams during every.single.diaper.change.
It would take an entire month to heal and required me to stay at home to nurse him back to health. Imagine telling your employer you cannot work because your child has a diaper rash!
Here are tips to manage bad diaper rash:
- Change diaper frequently. If in daycare, request for hourly diaper change. Avoid wipes because most wipes contain alcohol. If you have to use wipes, rinse the wipes with water. Also, if you dip the wipes through Vaseline first, it will wipe off poop easily without hurting your baby.
- It is best if you can shower your baby after every poop. Shake some baking soda into the bath water to soothe the skin.
- If the diaper rash is caused by diarrhea, dab on antacid (eg. Maalox) with a cotton ball. It will take the sting away. (Read: less screaming). Also dab on Benadryl if the wound looks weepy.
- DRY, DRY and DRY. This is THE most important step. Fan it, blow dry or just leave your baby sans diaper.(lay your baby on a towel or do it at a park).
- Use skin barrier film. We found Cavilon skin barrier spray on Amazon (no financial incentives). It is god sent!!!
- Cake on diaper cream ( like frosting a cupcake, not just coating). Use the ones with 40% zinc oxide. I have tried every brand on the market and like Burt’s bee. (Again, no financial incentives).
- If your baby is having diarrhea or if you anticipate diarrhea (eg. Starting antibiotic), use kids probiotic twice a day. Consider switching to soy formula if your baby is having persistent diarrhea, but discuss with your pediatrician. For older kids, avoid milk products while having diarrhea.
- You might also try experimenting with different diaper brands. I love Bambo Nature. It is expensive compared to a lot of brands. But it wicks moisture a lot better, especially overnight.
- If everything above does not work, your baby may need steroid cream and/or antifungal cream. Again, consult with your pediatrician.
Happy butt happy life!