So my baby has ringworm on her bottom. We took her to the doctor and actually the doctor just called it a fungal infection, but it looks like classic ringworm. She told us to put lotrimin on it and that was really all she said about it. She didn't say we needed to keep the baby away from any one else or anything. So the other day we were supposed to go swimming with friends who have a baby the same age as dd (6mo) but I suggested we go to the park instead because I didn't think being in a wet swim diaper would help with healing the ringworm. The mother told me she would prefer we didn't get together at all until the ringworm cleared up. I explained that it was only in one spot on her bottom that is totally covered by her diaper and her clothes so it wouldn't be coming in contact with her child or even with any surfaces her child would be in contact with. But she still was uncomfortable. But now I'm wondering if the baby shouldn't be going anywhere at all. I mean if the other mom's at kindermusik class knew she had ringworm would they make us stay home. I really don't feel like anyone else is in danger since it is so well covered, but am I wrong? I'm starting to feel very depressed at the idea of having to stay home with her everyday until it clears up. The article I read said that the kind of ringworm people get on the body (as opposed to the scalp) is only mildly contagious and you just need to avoid contact with the rash and any blankets, clothing or other surfaces the rash has touched. So I haven't told anyone else that she has it because I'm afraid they'll not want to hang out with us either. The whole situation has me feeling very depressed.
Also I've been putting the lotrimin on the spot (its about the size of a dime) during every diaper change since Tuesday(today is friday) and I haven't seen a change is there anything else I can try?
Thirdly, we use cloth diapers and I want to make sure I'm washing them properly so the ringworm doesn't come back from using the diapers. Is there anything special I need to do to the diapers to make sure the ringworm doesn't stay on them?
Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Jennifer, mama to darling dancing Juliette, and sweet baby Jameson