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These are two things I experienced with my 15-month-old son this week.
I now consider myself lucky because in all of his 15 months, he’s only
had one mild diaper rash. Last weekend, I noticed a little pink on the
inner part of his tushy. I thought to myself, “No biggie. I’ll just dust off
the Desitin I got from his baby shower a year a half ago and things
should be cleared up in no time.”
I was almost elated about it because I felt a little jilted that I never got a
chance to utilize some of the products other parents use on their infants
and toddlers on a regular basis. Every time I pack his diaper bag, there
are a handful of items I always pack but never use; Desitin, Johnson &Johnson
shampoo, body wash and powder.
I mean...you never know when you could be doing your weekly, bi-
weekly or monthly (in our case) grocery shopping and your child needs
his or her hair washed. It could happen, right?
Anywho, Monday morning, I dropped Joshua off at daycare and advised
them that his stool was a little softer than usual but it was nothing that I
was concerned about. By Tuesday, his stool was even runnier and I was
seeing everything he had eaten throughout the day. For example, whole
dried cranberries and apple chunks...not a pretty sight.
When I picked Joshua up from daycare Tuesday evening, they told me
he was a little fussy and they believed it was due to his raw bottom.
When I got him home, everything from his inner thighs to the top of his
bottom was bright red and almost looked swollen. I was at a loss for
what to do. As I tried to re-diaper him, he screamed louder and more
passionately than I had ever heard him scream before. There were no
tears, just a look of fear as if he was telling me through his eyes,
“Mommy help me!”
Still uncertain about what to do, I ripped off his diaper and let him soak
in a lukewarm bath. This seemed to calm him down and within minutes
he was quiet but noticeably shaken. The next morning, I opened
Joshua’s diaper, and was extremely disappointed to see that his rash
was significantly worse. It looked as if someone had literally burned his
I called the nurse’s hotline and was told to air dry his bottom as much as
possible. Another option would be to let him soak in a lukewarm bath. Do
not use wet wipes because some of the chemicals in the wipes could
irritate the skin and to apply a liberal amount of ointment such as
Desitin, Butt Paste or Vaseline. The nurse also told me not to use
Neosporin or Hydrocortisone...however, I can’t tell you why. The nurse
said that if there is no puss or bleeding on the bottom, to try the
solutions they suggested and see how Joshua’s bottom looks the
The next day, Joshua’s bottom looked a little better but there were two
spots on his bottom cheeks that would not clear up. The problem I was
running into was that every time he pooped and I cleaned him up, the
wash rag would wipe away the new skin. I decided to take Joshua to the
doctor because I was all out of ideas. I was also concerned about his
continued diarrhea, despite the fact I had started implementing the
BRAT (banana, rice, applesauce, toast) diet, the day before.
The doctor told me the burns on Joshua’s bottom was due to the acid in
his stool. She thoroughly explained to me how I should clean him at
each diaper change and how to appropriately apply the ointment so he
could heal (see attached video for demonstration).
After following the doctor’s instruction, Joshua’s rash was 10 times
better the next day and nearly gone within two days. This horrible
adventure has lasted a total of 9 days. I had him on the BRAT/BRATY
(the ‘Y‘ is for yogurt) diet for 2 days and the diarrhea was cleared up by
the third day.
So this is what I learned in a nutshell;