Join Date: Dec 2001
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Hmm... after all the yeast comments, I looked up yeast diaper rash on Google images. No, that's definitely not it. Whew. I also did a little more reading (once I was in Google), and I found some pretty useful information (I'd say the best was at Dr. Sears' site and Wikipedia, of all places). I think the problem is a contact rash or a friction rash, so we're going to try a few different things, including doing a vinegar rinse on the dipes (to remove any last traces of alkaline detergent residues), lots of dipe-free time, wiping her with a water-dampened cloth after every dipe (to remove any traces of urine... increases skin pH and leads to irritation), and giving her a good coating of vaseline or a zinc-based cream (Desitin) after *every* change.
FWIW, we started the last 2 (flannel wipe every time and coating every time) last night, and she looks fabulous this morning. She's a very active baby for a 4 monther, and I think all her wriggling, kicking, rolling, and tummy time are increasing the friction in that area, and if the skin is sensitive, we get redness and rash.
Thanks for all the suggestions. FWIW, she has a WCC this coming Wednesday. I will ask her ped about it if she still has the rash. (But he tends to think that all rashes are "cured" by disposable dipes, which always seem to *cause* problems for my kids.)