Either way, I hope my article can help. I have 4 little boogers, and every last one of them, despite my greatest efforts, managed to get at least one diaper rash during their diapering years – so I know a thing or two about rashes. Plus, being the owner of a cloth diaper business means I get a lot of emails from moms in the same boat - sending me pics of their little ones diaper rash to see if we can guesstimate together as to what that thing is.
Below is a culmination of the types of diaper rashes I’ve personally experienced and witnessed over the years. Chances are, your rash is on this list.
A red, flat and blotchy rash. This one kind of looks like your cheeks do when you’ve gotten really hot or severely embarrassed. It usually appears all over the bum and if you see it, it’s a clear indication that you didn’t get all of the detergent out of your diapers when you washed them. Or, in my case, you used a tad bit too much Biokleen Bacout and didn’t rinse it out very well in the wash, so the live enzymes are just happily chewing away at your little one’s bum. Yep – not a great mommy-moment for me. To get rid of a contact rash, do these 4 things.
This one is pretty easy to spot. It will appear red, cracked, and scaly looking. If it’s really bad, the cracked areas will bleed and may even ooze with puss. Some babies will also scratch it, but some won’t so don’t necessarily use that as a gauge. The main thing you’ll want to look for here is the location of the rash. Eczema tends to occur in the folds of the skin – so places like in the crack of the bottom and the crease between the groin and thigh are common. There’s also a type of eczema that appears as tiny, raised bumps on the rump (I could have said “bottom” but “bumps on a rump” seemed pretty funny while I was writing this). These bumps may or may not be scaly looking, but they will appear close together like a rash (even a heat rash if you’ve ever seen one of those). Eczema can be a little tricky to get rid of. While no one knows the true cause of it, at the highest level its an allergic reaction to something internal. So the good news is that there is nothing wrong with your diapers. The bad news is that getting rid of it requires a bit of trial and error. Most physicians will want to prescribe a topical steroid cream to get rid of it. And, in my case, also suggest giving your baby an antihistamine to “suppress the immune system”. Honestly, that freaked me out so I sought out more natural alternatives. Natural things that have helped me, and other moms, clear up eczema include the following:
This one looks similar to the contact rash but tends to be isolated to a certain area – usually the butt or the groin area. In mild cases it will just appear red and blotchy. In more severe cases it will actually look like the skin has been burned and have a white, opaque area in the center of red, irritated skin. This happens when baby’s bum has been in contact with urine for an extended time. I’m purposely vague here because “extended time” varies by the child. For some kids, “extended time” could mean 2 hours. For others, “extended time” could mean 8 hours like in the case of an overnight / nighttime diaper.
This one looks similar to the ammonia rash but tends to be isolated to the buttocks area, even the anus hole. A rash here is a clear indication that your child has eaten something way to acidic like citrus fruit, dairy or tomatoes. Or in my case, vitamin C gummies when they were just 18 months old even though the container said not to give it to a child under 2. Yep, I did that. In any case, this one is fairly easy to get rid of.
This last one is my favorite. Not really. It should be called the “yeast beast” because this thing is truly a beast to get rid of. It looks like really bad acne all over the bum. And while it is similar in appearance to the bumps that appear from HFMD (hand, foot and mouth disease), the cause is entirely different. First, a little bit about the birth of yeast. All along our GI tract (from the roota to the toota as my mom would say) there is good and bad bacteria – a “force” if you will. Taking an antibiotic kills both the good and bad bacteria, creating a “disturbance in the force”, leaving room for all kinds of germs to flourish. One such “germ” is yeast, a gnarly little fungus that grows whenever there is moisture and warmth – and what better place for that, than the bum. To eliminate a yeast rash you must do 2 things:
Say it with me… “Yeast spores, if not destroyed, will simply create more yeast.”
So what’s a parent to do?
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If your little has a yeast rash - "hugs mama". I'm sorry you and your little have to deal with this. The good news is that you're in good hands with this article. I've battled yeast rash at least 3 times that I can remember and each time I was able to get it to clear up in about a week with no trip (or copay) to the doctor's office using 3 simple steps.