My nearly 3-year-old son has a pretty terrible diaper rash. He has recently been ill (as has my husband and myself) with (what we assume was) campylobacter. We drink raw milk, and a few of the other families involved in the co-op were recently sick and tested positive. So, while we weren't tested, all the symptoms match up, so we're guessing we had/have campylobacter as well.
We've been really good at changing him as soon as he poops, but yesterday, we were outside and he didn't tell us he went. We changed him as soon as we noticed his diaper was dirty, but the damage was already done. His bottom is red, red, red, and is bleeding in a few spots. He screams, I mean SCREAMS, when we try to clean his bottom during diaper changes. Even pouring water over his bottom makes him shake with pain and scream.
He won't go w/o a diaper or underpants, so we've been loading up the diaper cream (Burts Bees) whenever we change him.
Other than giving him baths with baking soda and using a lot of the cream, is there anything I can do to speed healing? My heart is breaking for him.
I actually had a rash at one point myself that folks suggested I try diaper cream on and they all stung REALLY bad when you first put them on.
so maybe try something without fragrance.
oatmeal in the bath?
my DS2 has super sensitive skin and we've been thru a LOT of various creams.
hope he's better soon!
He'd had a weird watery poop and was actually burned around his legs... blistery burned. All in an hour. Trying to clean him up was a nightmare of screaming while I sluiced him down with water and sat him on a soft towel to dry.
We used THIS with great results.
Once you spray a few layers on, the rash becomes painfree because the raw nerve endings aren't exposed to the air. It's waterproof so any more nasty diapers aren't in contact with the skin and breathable so the rash can heal.
You don't remove it, just spray on somemore after each diaper change and it flakes off over time.
It was a lifesaver. Great for skinned knees, too.
Does it look yeasty at all? If so there are loads of natural remedies, as well as over-the-counter anti-fungals.
Kate, mom to 7 year old Djuna and 4 yr old Alden. Missing our good friend Hal the cat who died June 2, 2010
His bottom looked a bit better today, and the frequency of his pooping is slowly returning to normal, as is its consistency. (TMI-sorry 'bout that.) If it isn't much improved by morning, I'll try the liquid bandage type stuff and some Lansinoh as well.
Thanks for all the advice,
If the people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny." Thomas Jefferson.
I'm convinced it was a reaction to soy or casein. I removed the food in question (soycheese, which he'd been eating that week) and it never came back (knock on wood).