Diaper rash: So, Aidan has a horrible diaper rash. It’s more like blisters on his butt with just redness right around them. They’re mostly along his crack, closer to his genitals. It started off as just redness/irritation. I immediately started using Desitin, but it has only gotten worse. I solicited advise from all of the mommies I know and the majority seem to frown upon Desitin.
Because of this, I started using triple antibiotic ointment plus pain reliever. My sister said it sounds like he has a yeast infection, but it doesn’t have an odor. Since yesterday evening, it seems to have gotten a little better. I have some A&D ointment and vaseline for backup.
I need to keep reading up on stuff because this hit me like a ton of bricks and the poor baby is in pain. I also read online to wash their butt with fragrance free soap everytime you change them and let them air-dry for about 15 minutes 4 times a day and let it dry before putting on the ointment and diaper. And be liberal!!!
Found some other suggestions like making a solution of vinegar to water: 1/3 vinegar to water. Let them soak in it. This apparently toughens the skin. I haven’t tried it.
I also read that some mom’s used lotrimin and yeast infection cream. I’m not sure if it is a yeast infection. I’m waiting on his doctor to return my call.
I do know to NOT use baby wipes as it just dries it out and the roughness of them irritates it further.
Cradle cap: This flaky condition on a baby’s scalp is caused when the skin produces too much oily sebum. Loosen the scales with baby oil or petroleum jelly, then shampoo scalp and pat dry. Aidan has this as well. Apparently it’s quite common. I just thought he had a dirty scalp.
I’ll add all of this to my entry on info for new mommies.