June 26, 2012

Diaper Drivel

If you follow my Facebook page, you probably heard about the latest diaper drama around our house. It's giant. It's red. And it's making a certain little person very, very unhappy.

Yes, it's the Attack of the Killer Diaper Rash.

Since we've switched to using cloth diapers with Evelyn, we've saved hundreds of dollars on diapers. In related news, my kids suddenly have some new clothes and toys. But even with my newfound budget freedom, the diapers were coming at a price. For us, it was cloth diaper rash cream. Tube after tube after tube. It was the rash that wouldn't go away.

We tried everything. We tried cream purchased from the store, special cream that we ordered from the Internet, samples sent from friends, and finally we just threw up our hands and said To heck with the cream... MAKE IT GO AWAY.

And we put Evelyn in a disposable diaper, smothering her little butt in a ridiculous amount of Desitin.

Eventually, the last of the disposables was used up and I couldn't bring myself to buy more. So as soon as her rash started to heal, back into the cloth diapers she went. We changed her every few hours or as soon as she let one rip, but let me tell you folks, this girl knows how to poo. Following closely in her brother's footsteps, she is an Olympic pooper, a trait that has become even more prevalent since we've added formula to her diet.

Believe me when I say that chalk water hasn't done anything to make her diapers more pleasant. If we're still doing formula at Christmas, I will be asking for a gas mask from Santa.

But despite our best efforts, our superstar pooper was outpacing us in the diaper department and her rash came back. Fed up with creams that didn't work, I bit the bullet and drove the forty minutes up to my favorite cloth diaper store to discuss rash creams and purchase something- anything- that would work.

I left the store armed with diaper liners and Burt's Bees Diaper Rash Cream, something the clerk promised was "heavy duty" enough to handle even the toughest rash. And upon hearing her pronouncement, I burst out laughing and asked if she had seen my daughter's butt.

Several days later, I am relieved to say that the clerk was right. The rash hasn't gotten worse, no thanks to a certain little person who poops like it's her day job. In fact, the rash has even begun to improve, which means that our diaper changes involve fewer screams and tears. In other words, a win all around.

So here's hoping that Burt's comes through for us... because if we have to try another cream, we may just quit diapers altogether. Public nudity, anyone?

7 comments:

  1. Have you tried Aquaphor? My daughter had a horrid diaper rash and that is what her doctor recommended. It worked great on her, the key is to get her bottom very dry before putting it on. Hope you find something that works!

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    1. We haven't tried Aquaphor yet, but thanks for the tip!

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  2. Aquaphor is amazing and is gentle enough to not make skin dry out in the process of fixing the rash issues. (Desitin while it works fast made our daughter's butt bleed from drying out.) Aquaphor is a little slower but is so much nicer on the bum and is more soothing and reduced the tears thankfully! It is essentially vaseline so if that is okay for cloth diapers you should be good.

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    1. Thanks Katie! I'll have to look into whether or not I can use Aquaphor with cloth or if I can use it with a liner to protect the diaper!

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  3. We use Bag Balm which my ped recommended for severe diaper rash and it is awesome! I bought it on Amazon, but I've since seen it at Walgreen's.

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    1. Thanks Erin! I'll check into that one and see if I can use it with cloth!

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  4. I bet it's the formula. Instead of tackling the end result, you might try switching her to a different kind. If she didn't have the rashes prior to the formula, then I bet that's the culprit.

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