I know, TMI... but it's a serious issue around these parts lately. I think our little lady's bum is a tad more sensitive than the boy's was... or is it were....
ANWHO, we've got some mild erythema going on a lot of the time. I have a few favorite creams:
Bag Balm: I got this for like 4:50 at Costco, it's also great for softening skin in general (hands, elbows, etc) It's kind of like a medicated vaseline. In this same category I'd put aquaphor, and A&D ointment. These are my favortites. If a bum's a little red, I just put this stuff on. It seems to do the trick.
Desitin: I only use this stuff on extended rash. It's made out of the same zinc oxide you used to put on your nose when you were out swimming. Think of it as putting a barrier between the skin and the wetness. So, if she's REALLY getting irritated, or it's a lot of diarrhea that's causing it I will alternate between the bag balm and the Desitin (the bag balm helping it to heal, and the desitin keeping the stuff off it so it can heal).
OF course, you also need to be careful it's not a yeast rash. If your baby has had thrush recently that's a clue that it could be yeast. Yeast rashes are usually raised and won't heal with the two above, call your pediatrician if you think it's yeast, they can give you a prescription cream, usually nystatin (similar to monistat, but I wouldn't just use the one you have leftover from your own "Rash".. .call your MD first -- some of those yeast creams have additives that aren't great for the babes).
Another great healer is letting the baby go without a diaper. If you're insane, you're welcome to try that. :) So far, I haven't reached that point. Also, think about your wipes, have you changed brands, maybe you could use paper towels and water for a bit. For me, wipes haven't ever been the issue.
Ta-da, diaper rash.
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