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Diaper Rash

August 24, 2016 - Rachel Seiler
My daughter, Quinn, is over a year old now and has never had a diaper rash. As a precaution, Desitin or A&D ointment is used religiously at every diaper change. A few days ago, to my utter disbelief, Quinn started getting a little red in that area.

For the sake of those who hate “those words” as much as I do, I am going to reference her diapering area as upper diaper area (UDA) and lower diaper area (LDA) for this post.

I upped the number of diaper changes and made sure everyone who changed her diaper was following protocal, but despite our efforts, it only got worse.

The progression: Day 1: UDA was getting red, LDA clear Day 2: UDA redness spreading and intensifying , LDA clear Day 3: UDA redness accompanyed by bumps that are now spreading to her inner thigh creases and below her belly button at the top of her diaper, LDA clear

I called my pediatrician and explained that the rash seemed to be getting worse even with frequent diaper changes and applying diaper rash cream. I described where it was located and how it looked. They told me it was a yeast diaper rash.

I had never even heard of such a thing! I immediately Googled it trying to pin down the cause. What could I be doing wrong that would cause this?! Brief panic was calmed when the pediatrician explained it’s very common and that they would simply call in a prescription for an anti-fungal cream. “Follow the directions and it should clear up in a few days”, assures the sweet nurse at my pediatricians office.

Though my panic had passed, I still needed to know what caused this. I found out that this type of diaper rash can happen to baby girls or boys and grows in warm, moist, places, (like under a diaper), and is more likely to happen to babies who are not kept clean and dry. I pondered this a moment feeling the guilt build up as I realized the cause must be the recent trips to the pool. All day in one of those wet swim diapers has to be the culprit. Or could it be the recent days playing in the yard with her water table. Her shirt was soaked, maybe water ran down into her diaper and began to fester in the heat!

I'm sure I'm not the only Mom who panics over things like this (or IS it just a first time mom thing?!) Nonetheless, though I may be a bit dramatic, please keep this in mind while enjoying these last few days of summer. Change that diaper often to keep diaper rash away.

A smooth baby bottom keeps baby (and mommy and daddy) happy.


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