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This has to seem really stupid, but here it goes. I have two boys, worked in a daycare in college and kept my neice as an infant. Well, now I have a 3 wk old little girl and am having trouble getting her clean after a poopy diaper.<br><br>
The other baby girls I ever changed have more solid, not breastmilk poop. My DD is now only pooping once a day and it is a huge mess. It fills her diaper from back to front completely. Needless to say there is poop inside the folds of her labia. I have such a hard time getting it out. I'm afraid of hurting her in such a sensitive area, but I can't leave it there. I am using cloth wipes (homemade from flannel pjs) with dr bronners and water. I worry if this could burn/irritate her there, but water doesn't seem to be enough to get her clean. I have even found poop still in there after a soak in the tub. Today I actually tried my peri bottle! Any suggestions????
 

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I was going to suggest a peri bottle, but you already tried that. Did you get her cleaner with it? If so I would continue with that. I have 2 girls and I had more trouble with one than the other at that age. I find that the wetter the wipe, the better. And I really like California Baby Diaper Area Wash. It's a spray that is gentle and non-burning. I spray directly on my dd and wipe/dab with a wet baby wash cloth. It works very well.
 

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with my dd I sometimes had to move folds around to get her clean. i was always very careful of her vagina/urethra area though. That's usually when I put her in the tub. Don't worry, as long as you're not in any way forceful, it's hard to hurt her. I do second using a little gentler soap though.
 

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I wouldn't wash my own vulva with Dr. B let alone the vulva of a newborn. I find it's more about the gentle wiping, spreading apart the labia with my fingers (thumb and pointer, usually) than soaps or detergents.
 

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Yeah, the stuff is really stronger than I thought it would be. It burns your eyes worse than any other soap, I think.<br><br>
I am only using one squirt of the stuff (already watered down for my other kids bath soap) in about a cup of water for a wipe warmer full of wipes. But still... I would like something better. Plus I am worrying about the wipes staying fresh, but thats a whole other subject.
 

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I used a homemade babywipe solution of water + a cap of apricot oil + squirt of Burts Bees or Calif Baby babywash. It was plenty gentle for DD.<br><br>
During this short phase before solids, I would just swish DD in the sink or tub if I didn't feel like she was getting clean enough.
 

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I made my wipes with two layers of flannel, and I think these are often too bulky to get DD clean. I think a cheap, thin Gerber washcloth gets in her folds easier.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I made my wipes with two layers of flannel, and I think these are often too bulky to get DD clean. I think a cheap, thin Gerber washcloth gets in her folds easier.</div>
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I love the gerber washcloths for wipes, they are perfect.
 

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I agree with the cheap thin washcloths. I have a locally made very mild foaming baby wash. I wipe away as much of the poop as I can with just a wet cloth, put one pump of foam on her, wipe it around to get the rest of the mess off and a last rinse with another wet cloth.<br><br>
I do gently spread her labia and wipe away any stuff that's gotten in there. If it is really deep I wash her under the tap. Even at 10 month the whole area is so tiny that I am afraid of hurting her by wiping too hard or trying to clean to deeply.
 

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Thanks everyone. She is now pooping like every other day, so I am just giving her a bath afterward. I guess I am lucky my boys at this age NEVER had a pee only diaper!!!
 

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I would run the tap of the bath tub, get it to a nice warm temp, drape her over your arm and use the other hand rinse the area. This is a bit more convenient than a full bath and the poop is rinsed away in the running water. You may even be able to pull it off with only undressing her from the waist down.
 

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You might even try EC with her if she's only doing it every other day or so. As long as you can tell before it's happening. Sometimes they're very stealthy!<br><br>
I think we started it around 4 weeks, so it might be worth a try.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would run the tap of the bath tub, get it to a nice warm temp, drape her over your arm and use the other hand rinse the area. This is a bit more convenient than a full bath and the poop is rinsed away in the running water. You may even be able to pull it off with only undressing her from the waist down.</div>
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We washed dd's bum in the bathroom sink after every poo until starting solids - still do it if she's had a messy poo. In the beginning it was a bit of a production with full undressing, but we got pretty good at it and after a while it was no big deal. Here's our method:<br><br>
Strip from waist down and tuck up any hanging onesie ends. Palm baby's chest, grip with your fingers around her side/under her armpit, and lean her belly along your forearm. Run water in the sink to a comfortable temp and stick baby's butt under the tap. Use free hand to wash in all folds and crevices.<br><br>
The peri bottle is also a great idea (esp if you don't have a sink convenient to the changing table) but I would stay away from any soap or wash solution. Water should be plenty as long as you can see what you are doing.
 
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