This post is sponsored by WaterWipes and Mommy Bag Marketing. Although I received product and financial compensation, all opinions are entirely my own. I use the product described below to help alleviate my own Little Monkey’s diaper rash, and recommend its use!
The Little Monkey has a very sensitive GI system. First, he had severe GERD for the first year of his life. Shortly after turning one, he developed chronic ear infections, and he ended up being on antibiotics for 6 months. Consistently. His poor little GI system was, excuse the pun, gutted, and he had really horrible, well, diarrhea. He also got Thrush. Now, he’s on the mend, but whenever he gets on any antibiotics, he gets diarrhea and thrush within a day. Thus, we’ve had A LOT of experience dealing with some really nasty diaper rash (and Thrush), and I thought I would share. Particularly, I wanted to share some information about a product that we have used that really helps reduce the discomfort of diaper rash—WaterWipes.
One of the best ways to deal with nasty diaper rash is to get ahead of the problem, and there are several ways to do this.
- Keep The Bum Clean! Increase the frequency with which you change your baby’s diaper. I know this sounds like an obvious first step, but getting the nasty wetness and poopiness quickly off of the baby’s bum is really critical.
- Be Liberal: Liberally use your favorite diaper rash cream, each time you change By liberally, I’ve learned that this means making sure that the entire bum is white. (Now if the baby has Thrush, diaper rash cream won’t work, and you’ll have to call your pediatrician for a prescription.)
- Bath Time: Allow the baby to soak in long warm baths. We like using these additional baths to read stories. Now that it’s getting cold, a warm tub in the middle of the day can be a nice relaxing treat before naptime.
- Coritsone Cream: We have been told by our pediatrician that for discomfort, we can use 0.5% Coritsone cream to reduce pain of the diaper rash. We use this under the regular diaper rash cream. (I would encourage you to check with your own doctor about frequency of application and appropriateness for you own child.)
- Pain Relief: Again, consult with your doctor, but if the rash is really bad, a dose of ibuprofen or acetaminophen might help your little one feel better.
- Know when it’s time to get professional help! Call the doctor if the diaper rash cream isn’t working—it could be Thrush, or if the red area is blistering or becoming wounds. They have other tricks up their sleeves.
- DON’T USE TRADITIONAL BABY WIPES! I’m making this point last because it is really critical to get this point across. Traditional wipes use chemicals that can make a baby’s bum hurt even more. Even the sensitive or organic ones! Instead, I would encourage you to use or warm washcloth, or, even better, try WaterWipes, which are natural baby wipes. The are the only baby wipes on the market that contain no harsh chemicals.
If you haven’t heard of WaterWipes, let me tell you a little about this awesome product. I heard that they were great for dealing with and preventing diaper rash, but I was a little skeptical. However, what I have learned is that the Little Monkey doesn’t scream from discomfort when I use them. They are gentle enough to use on his tender, soft bum, even when it is red and sore with a horrible diaper rash. Further if you have other sensitivities like eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis, you can safely use WaterWipe without any negative effects or discomfort. This can be a real lifesaver when needed to deal with sensitive skin, regardless of the reason behind its sensitivity.