Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The worst diaper rash ever

Baby's been pretty lucky thus far in his fourteen months - he's really only had one episode of diaper rash thus far, despite the fact that he seems to have somewhat sensitive skin. That is, until this week...

He woke up Monday morning with the worst diaper rash I've ever seen (given that Baby is my only child). Poor kiddo's bum was totally red and every time I touched it, he would recoil and scream and cry. Poor little guy. Being a first-time mom, I called the pediatrician, who recommended a thorough course of Nystatin cream and Balmex/Desitin/Triple Paste/Boudreaux's Butt Paste. After he grilled me.

Oh yes, he grilled me. Question after question about what he'd been eating, and he asked me at least ten times if I'd given him citrus (despite his warning at Baby's twelve-month-old appointment to stay away from citrus). I sure hadn't. And neither did Husband. So what has caused the trouble?

I have run through my head a million times what I could possibly have fed this poor child that would cause him such agony and I'm at a loss. The only new food I can come up with that he had was my special homemade buttermilk pancakes on Sunday. Which did indeed have buttermilk in them. And I know that if I'm out of buttermilk, I can "make" buttermilk for recipes by souring milk with lemon juice. So maybe the buttermilk disagreed with him?

Then Husband came home from work today and remembered that Baby had spaghetti-O's for dinner Friday or Saturday night, and tomatoes are citrus, so perhaps that was the problem. He has had them before, though, so that doesn't quite add up for me. Baby is feeling better today than yesterday, though his bottom is still awfully sore and red. He's nowhere near as crabby, though.

If only I could figure out what caused this whole mess. Husband heard from his dental hygienist recently that when a baby's molars start to come in, they release some kind of chemical that can cause pretty serious diaper rash. Has anyone else ever heard of this? It sounds like an old wives' tale to me, but who knows? That would explain things, since a molar poked through Baby's gums last week...


Mrs. C said...

I'm sorry to hear about your little baby's bum! I'm not a mommy so I have no advice for you, but I just wanted to say sorry to hear he was feeling so bad!!

Let me know what you figure out and I'll put it in my noggin for future reference :)

ModernMom said...

Hey! Don't knock yourself out trying to figure it out. It could have been the molar, the teeny bit of lemon, but probably was just dumb luck. The one time my babe ended up with the really super sore behind the best thing I did was to give her as much naked time as possible. Just an hour here and there can make the healing time so much faster. Good luck!

Margo said...

My daughter has had the same problem.. Try a long bath, and then letting him roam diaperless for a while.
It can really be anything. Could be teething, or even if he had a little bit of an upset stomach. Their stomachs are so sensitive, and almost anything can set them off sometimes. He'll feel better in a day or two..

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Elizabeth said...

Diaperless, hmm, maybe I'll have to give that a try. I wonder what he'd think of that, we've never tried that before.

Thanks so much everyone for the ideas and the well wishes. Baby woke up this morning with a much smaller amount of red on his bottom, so hopefully whatever we're doing is working!

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