There have been few things more daunting to me as a new parent than the diaper rash that just go away. I swear, I felt like my daughter had one from the moment she was born until she was almost 10 months old, but I finally found five easy and cheap fixes for the dreaded diaper rash–and later, I’ll post a list of five not-so-easy fixes that you’ll only do if you’re really desperate.
So, there are about eight-hundred-and-fifty-four (note my sarcasm) reasons a baby might get diaper rash. My daughter must have had reason #83…by a process of elimination, we ultimately determined that her rash was due to a yeast infection (thank you Dr. B). Seems silly. Babies aren’t adult women…but apparently our parts all work the same. Weird, huh? It took us FOREVER to find the problem and solve it, so in the interim we tried everything. And if you are trying to avoid a trip to the doctor like we were, feel free to follow our same path–but eventually, do go to the doctor if the rash just won’t go away…There’s no reason for babies to be itchy. Its just not right.
This is what we tried in our frugal quest to rid her of the rash:
- Rash cream. Now some of these can be kind of costly, but here’s a secret–go to the travel-stuff section and see if they have little tiny ones of several brands you can try.
- Switch diaper brands. This might not seem so cheap, but you’re buying diapers anyway, right? What’s it hurt to try a different brand if baby’s butt is sporting too much redness for comfort. Pampers, Huggies, store-brand…we tried them all. Each one has 2-3 types within each brand even. Sensitives, Cruisers….we tried them all. We had particularly good luck with Pamper’s Cruisers line–but now that the rash is actually treated and the yeast infection gone, it doesn’t matter which diaper we use, she’s great all the time. Kinda cool.
- Paper towels instead of wipes. This might squick-out a lot of folks, but I don’t use fancy wipes, so why does the baby? I break-out with the use of wipes on my hands too frequently, ergo, I thought: baby might be breaking out on her bum from the frequent use of wipes. So we stopped using the wipes altogether. We went with a roll of Bounty and water. Works very well. Despite having solved the underlying problem, we totally will never go back to wipes. The paper towels work just as well and can even be pre-wetted, placed in a wipe container and carried on-the-go like real wipes.
- Be UBER-Dry with Cornstarch. So, it’s hard to stay dry all the time when you’re sitting in a diaper. Not that I really recall my own experience because it’s been like a hundred years, but bodies just get hot, sweaty, and diapers are just right there…but one way to dry that area out without damaging sensitive skin is to sprinkle some cornstarch on that bum. You might not believe this, but baby powder is basically just corn starch. So, you can do either, but I figured I was working on a tight budget and I had no baby powder but I did have cornstarch in the pantry…not sure I’ve ever cooked with it, but on baby-butt it works like a charm to get the wet out.
- Go nekkidy for a day. This might be the cheapest of the potential options. We found it very difficult, because once you release baby from the confines of her diaper, she is suddenly really happy to widdle everywhere–and poopy too. So you need to be prepared. We were not, sadly and a pair of mommy’s favorite pants were toast. Poopy and khaki do not mix. But, if you can wrangle the nekkid-baby, this might just dry that rash out.
I really hope this helps, if your kiddo is in the seriously-itchy-zone. It can really make them fussy and unhappy. And if they’re always red/itchy/raw/tender…well, just think about it if that was you. Ick.