Hi all, DS has had a pinkish-to-reddish tip before, but it comes and goes so I never thought much of it. But today right around the tip his foreskin looks pretty irritated, redder than usual and when I first looked there seemed to be a tiny bit of skin almost flaking off (gone now). It doesn't seem to bother DS at all, it doesn't hurt him to pee (we EC part-time, and he never cries while peeing) and his pee looks normal, but still, it concerned me. Granted, yesterday he was next to a VERY wet cloth liner for a while, unfortunately, because we were traveling and I had no place to change him, so maybe it's a bit of diaper rash? I rinsed his penis, dried it carefully and put some coconut oil on it, wondering it it was some kind of yeasty or diaper-rash-y thing...is this normal? Normal-ish? Should I soak him in the bath tonight? At what point should I worry? Thanks - this foreskin stuff is new to me :)
I wouldn't worry about this, it's probably just diaper rash.
I'd just soak it in plain water, and give him lots of diaper free time--guessing you do this already--and really let it air out. It happens to the best of us, and it make take a few days to go away completely.
Thanks very much, all! It did clear up with air, and a little bit of virgin coconut oil.
Rachel - could you clarify what you mean, paste of probiotics - literally, just a paste made out of probiotic powder?
Then I put this right on the tip. Coconut oil is antifungal too so that was a great idea. For really stubborn yeasty rashes, I have added probiotics to coconut oil and also added grapefruit seed extract, tea tree oil or other anti-fungals.
Hope this helps!