Ok, I know what you're thinking and yes this is the second day in a row of diaper-related stuffblog posts and I'm sorry, I can't help myself. Poop has been a big deal around here lately (Pun fully intended)
I am by no means an expert but after 3 horrid diaper rash episodes in the last 6 weeks, I have a thing or ten to say about it.
You can tell when a diaper rash is coming before it becomes visible by baby's reaction to bath time. Both my girls would cringe and resist getting in the bath tub; probably because the soap was stinging their tushie. I never understood the behaviour until a rash showed up a couple of days later.
Boudreaux's Butt Paste is good great for rash prevention because it's water-soluble and doesn't leave a stain. However, it wasn't that great once the actual rash showed up.
I had good results with Caldesene powder, Triple paste and Burt's Bees diaper cream
After the rash, baby's skin may be dry and itchy and she may still find wipes painful. That's because the skin is still broken from being so dried out (according to pedi)
A bit of baby oil in bath water helps with #4
So does a healthy slathering of vaseline or any store-brand petroleum jelly after every change
If the diaper rash does not respond to a zinc-oxide based diaper cream in 48 hours, it's probably a yeast diaper rash
Yeast diaper rash? Very nasty and painful stuff. A blend of antifungal (clotrimazole) cream and petroleum jelly is what worked for us
Changing baby every 3 hours, even at night, is a very good idea. That way the pee doesn't accumulate to irritate the skin some more
Don't want to wake up every 3 hours at night? Then try using a stay-dry fleece liner on top of the diaper right next to the baby's skin. The liners are one of the remnants of my failed cloth diaper experiment and they do keep the baby bone dry. Only negative to this is that the diaper cream was really hard to wash off the liner
Just in case it wasn't obvious, I am not a doctor or a person of medical training. I'm just a mom blogging about the diaper rashes in her life because I'm participating in a top ten linkup.