So, Maddox caught a stomach bug last week. Sunday morning I changed 4 dirty diapers before breakfast and 3 after. These were all before 7:30 AM. It wasn’t pretty.
By Wednesday his poor little tush was on fire. He would scream as soon as the diaper would come off. Kicking legs, flailing arms, crocodile tears, screams of pain. I felt awful.
My butt hurts real bad, Mom.
I did my best to change him as soon as a diaper was dirty, but sometimes that two minutes it takes to throw one diaper outside and wash your hands, another diaper was dirty and you were none the wiser. I mean after 47 diapers, poop doesn’t really stink anymore.
After the screams and tears (from me — it sucks seeing your kids in pain), I went to some fellow mommies for advice. “What do you ladies use for bad diaper rashes?”
Three of the five things pictured below I’d never heard of. I had to verify, as well as ask where they could be found in the grocery store.
1. Liquid antacid (I was told Maalox, but the store was all out of the name brand liquid Maalox, and I was sure the tablets wouldn’t work, so I went generic. Apparently the liquid antacid helps to cut the acid in the poop, if you happen to not get it all wiped away from the baby’s bare bottom.)
2. Coconut oil (Wanna know where to find it? The organic food section. Cool, huh?)
3. Desitin (An oldie, but a goodie. The baby aisle, of course)
4. Triple Paste (The baby aisle, too. Who knew?)
5. Antifungal Cream (Yep, the stuff you use on athlete’s foot, Clotrimazole is the active ingredient. It’s in the medicine aisle)
Numbers 3 and 5, have been my go-to-diaper-rash-from-hell remedy. At least they always worked for clearing up those stubborn diaper rashes on Maya. The antifungal cream was a suggestion from a teacher at Maya’s daycare, shortly after she turned one.
However, with Maddox it didn’t quite seem to cutting it. So, tonight I tried the closest thing to normal for putting on my baby’s behind, the Triple Paste. If it’s not better by tomorrow, I’ll be trying a coconut oil + liquid antacid concoction. Maybe I’ll mix a little rum in and have a drink ready for me.
And, while I was googling how to spell Clotrimazole, I found a handy article from Dr. Sears on Diaper Rashes. You can bet your bottom (come on, you laughed), I’ll be bookmarking that article.