Crap Casserole
A Quick Exception to the No "Dear Baby" Letter Rule

Two Weeks

SOME RANDOM SEMI-RELATED THOUGHTS AND MILESTONES WITH NO NARRATIVE STRUCTURE WHATSOEVER, JUST BECAUSE I AM DETERMINED NOT TO WRITE ONE OF THOSE "DEAR BABY" LETTERS THAT EVERBODY ON EARTH DOES.

Two weeks ago today, I had a baby. We named him Noah because we liked it, and as Diana pointed out, the only Noahs most people know are "the Bible guy and Hot Doctor Carter."

His middle name, Corbin, is the Latin version of my maiden name. It was Jason's top choice for a first name -- a choice I vetoed strongly because of Corbin Bernsen and also because I suspected Jason really liked it because The Fifth Element is one of his favorite movies, the big adorable nerd.

Img_1366Noah has sandy brown hair that's getting lighter and blonder by the day.

His eye color continues to be a mystery.

He has a very pronounced overbite that he got from me. I'm sorry. I'm living proof that it can be fixed by middle school, however, so that's a plus.

He has a very deep dimple on his left cheek.

His umbilical stump fell off too soon and had to be cauterized. It's still icky but it looks like a nice little innie belly button is forming beneath the ick.

He has a small birthmark on his left arm that oddly, was not there at birth.Img_1379

He smiles a little when Jason strokes his head. He screams when I do it.

He weighed 10 pounds, 1 ounce at Wednesday's doctor's visit -- he's gained back everything he lost and then some. I was officially declared the superstar...um, lactater of the lactation practice.

The pump has now been downgraded to necessary evil to a use-for-convenience-sake kind of thing, i.e. when Mama wants to drink some delicious wine.

Img_1368Although he's over his birth weight, he looks nothing like the fat, rolly-polly newborn I had at the hospital. His body is long and lean with just a few little chubby spots, although he does seem to have like, six chins.

Orange juice makes his tummy very, very mad.

My thrush symptoms are all but gone, and his mouth is spot free. The only persistant sign of the infection is the horrible, stubborn rash on his bottom.

I have started saying "bottom" instead of "ass" or even "butt."

Things That Have Been Tried On The Evil Diaper Rash That Have Not Yet Worked, And Any Suggestions Not Found On This List Would Be Appreciated:

1) Desitin (Creamy AND Regular), Balmex, Dr. Bordreauxhoweveryouspellit's Butt Paste
2) Perscription-strength butt paste.
3) Centany ointment.
4) Gentian Violet.
5) Apple Cider Vinegar solution (which to be fair, was only tried once, but my GOD, THE SCREAMING)
6) Cetaphil and warm water instead of baby wipes.

Img_1298The Thrush Incident has us sterilizing everything that comes within a foot of Noah's mouth or my boobs and washing our hands constantly, like creepy Howard-Hughes-In-The-Aviator constantly.

Also, why didn't anybody tell me what an awful, awful movie The Aviator was? I feel like I should have been warned. I was at least warned about A.I. so it was my own fault for wasting like, five hours of my life watching THAT ponderous piece of shit.

The problem with Netflix is that you need to mail movies back before they'll send you more, which is unfair because that means I'm expected to go to an actual mailbox which is really, really difficult all of a sudden.

My shoes fit.

My wedding rings don't.

My tummy is going down, but is still a mushy little pooch of overextended flesh.

My pre-pregnancy jeans still don't fit. Damn mushy pooch.

I went to The Gap and bought a pair of Emergency Fat Jeans two sizes above what I used to wear. When I got them home I realized I'd forgotten to test them while sitting down, which, OW.

Img_1371And HOT DAMN. I FEEL FAT AND HIDEOUS. I know I should suck it up and get some goddamn perspective, but I can't right now. Chalk it up as another deep personal failing on my part.

I really, really love my diaper bag. SO THERE.

I was recognized by a reader at Panera, and by my neighbor across the street. It's weird, yet awesome. Except that I always hope they aren't thinking about my nipples.

Not that I could blame them, because I have talked about my nipples a hell of a lot lately.

If anyone else out there gets nipple thrush, I highly recommend the apple cider vinegar solution -- one tablespoon vinegar and one cup water, apply with a cotton ball after feedings. It'll clear things right up (well, at least when combined with Diflucan and a prescription cream) and is less messy than that Gentian-Violet-Smurf-Nipple-Purply-Blue stuff, which I cannot stand.

I'm terrified to let Noah grow up.

When I think of sending him out in the world where other kids will be mean to him...where his feelings will get hurt and I cannot make it better...where some adults think nothing of hurting children...where I cannot protect his little heart and body from All Bad Things...

I start to shake with anxiety because MY GOD, my love for this child. It's off the charts.

Well.

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(I'm...um...also anxious because apparently it has been decreed that we all must give up lip gloss and go back to matte lipstick for fall, and I'm not sure I'm up to it, emotionally speaking.)

Comments

Lucky

I have never commented here before, but I do have a diaper rash cure that has worked for some. Old fashion shaving cream, the one your dad uses in the metal can. It works wonders at drying out the rash. Just a suggestion

Jen W.

I love the picture where it looks like he's waving from underneath his little blanket. And the last picture? so adorable.

Jamielynnlynn

Oh Gosh the last picture is so cute I almost started crying. Or maybe it's because I am due for Depo and hormones are a little crazy. Or Maybe because I am due for Depo and suddenly wishing for a Noah, but really not yet but still, awww.
And as if I have to say it: treasure him in his so small and wonderous self and when he's so tall and in his cute teenager-ish self, treasure him then too. Damn babies, Kids, Life- Grow up and Gone too fast. Enjoy this time, meeting your little bundle of personality.

baseballmom

He is so dang cute...he doesn't have that plucked chicken newborn thing going on at all. Nystatin rocks, the rash will disappear immediately, a prescription is necessary though.

Amber

CUTEST BABY EVER :)

Big Gay Sam

my GOD what a beautiful baby.. I can't stop saying that. I know it has something to do with the C-section but still.. he's gorgeous!

Frema

Little baby in little baby jeans!

I just cannot stand it.

Frema

Just in case it wasn't clear, I totally meant "I cannot stand it" in a good way.

cs

i am not a mother, oh no, so probably 95% of you will scream at this, but apparently one really great solution is NOT TO USE A DIAPER AT ALL.

it's what more than 50% of the world's population already does. some americans are beginning. you pay attention to your baby's signals when he wants to go, help him learn those signals early, and no more rash or diapers.

sez the new york times:
"For families who practice the technique, the advantages are many: savings in the cost of diapers, which can reach $3,000 a child; less guilt about contributing to the 22 billion disposable diapers that end up in landfills every year; no diaper rash, and a nursery that doesn't reek of diaper pail. They also note that age 2, a common age for toilet training, is a time of notorious willfulness and a terrible age to start teaching any child anything.

Most important, they say, is an increased emotional bond with the baby, forged by the need for the parent to pick up on subtle signs and act on them quickly. Proponents of the practice use the phrase "elimination communication." "

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/09/nyregion/09diapers.html

oops long comment.

Alexis

CORNSTARCH on the butt after changes worked excellent for my babes.

Ashley

Ok well that kid is definitely yours because wow, he looks like you. Also, very cute.

And I saw the story on the whole non-diaper thing on Good Morning America and um, yeah. More power to those people.

Leave his bum naked for a while during the warm afternoons. That stuff propogates easily in warm, damp diapers.

Jen

Adorable is now spelled N-O-A-H.

And hello? Matte Lipstick??? I'm so not jumping on that bandwagon, for it is headed straight to hell.

yammer

We had horrible rashes with Brady and the key was the air drying. It worked better when his BM's were on a pretty predictible schedule. The best thing was to put him down for naptime on a towel to catch any accidents and then let him sleep au natural.

We tried every rash cream out there, Burt's Bees worked the best but the only thing that truly got rid of the rash was the air. You might even trying changing brands of diapers since he could be reacting to something in them but I would definitely try the air drying to get rid of the rash quickest.

Lori

The Vermont Country Store sells Bag Balm. It is a very petroleumy product Farmer Brown might use on his cows' udders were they to get icky. It worked wonders, and my mechanic husband uses it on his battery-acid burned hands. Same tub after 12 years (the Bag Balm, not the husband) because you never, EVER get to the bottom of the tin.

Dawn

My daughter has an identical birthmark, also on her left arm.
Beautiful baby !

Nicole

For the diaper rash, try this it works like a charm!

Put on the white diaper ointment, and then pour on alot of cornstarch of baby powder, it makes a barrier between the skin and the urine, which give the skin time to heal. Warning, though,,it's a bitch to wash off!! But it works!! Trust me

Chris

You had an opportunity to name the baby Corbin Dallas Storch and you let it slip!? Oh the humanity!

Nicole

For the diaper rash, try this it works like a charm!

Put on the white diaper ointment, and then pour on alot of cornstarch of baby powder, it makes a barrier between the skin and the urine, which give the skin time to heal. Warning, though,,it's a bitch to wash off!! But it works!! Trust me

Nicole

For the diaper rash, try this it works like a charm!

Put on the white diaper ointment, and then pour on alot of cornstarch of baby powder, it makes a barrier between the skin and the urine, which give the skin time to heal. Warning, though,,it's a bitch to wash off!! But it works!! Trust me

Mary

A little on the homespun side of solutions, but people in my family have sworn by it forever and since there are so many of us it may actually qualify as a scentific study.

Dust his "bottom" with a little browned flour. Yes, regular white flour that you throw into a skillet & lightly brown. I know - I would be skeptical too, but it works.

Good luck with the gorgeous new peanut & congrats!!

Mary

A little on the homespun side of solutions, but people in my family have sworn by it forever and since there are so many of us it may actually qualify as a scentific study.

Dust his "bottom" with a little browned flour. Yes, regular white flour that you throw into a skillet & lightly brown. I know - I would be skeptical too, but it works.

Good luck with the gorgeous new peanut & congrats!!

natalie

That last picture...too cute!

Miss Ann Thrope

my friend completely eliminated those bad bum sores by always using Caldesene powder at every diaper change. You may want to try it. It really was a godsend...and it was all my idea, heh.

http://www.medshopexpress.com/789942.html

Miss Ann Thrope

my friend completely eliminated those bad bum sores by always using Caldesene powder at every diaper change. You may want to try it. It really was a godsend...and it was all my idea, heh.

http://www.medshopexpress.com/789942.html

Fuzzy

Oh, The Fifth Element.. wicked cool. We briefly considered Corbin too (suggested by the movie), but it didn't make the final list. And then we had a girl and so of course, dropped all boy name candidates

Our best for rash has been air dry (I sometimes use the blowdryer, keeping my hand near her bum to make sure she doesn't get burned. She LOVES the dryer - will stop crying immediately). I never put a dipe on her until her butt feels totally dry. I do get pee'd on or worse sometimes, but it's worth it. I also use the butt paste at night to protect. Her rash cleared up in about 36 hours and hasn't come back. Good luck!

Dawn

Flanders is awesome!!

Fuzzy

Oh, The Fifth Element.. wicked cool. We briefly considered Corbin too (suggested by the movie), but it didn't make the final list. And then we had a girl and so of course, dropped all boy name candidates

Our best for rash has been air dry (I sometimes use the blowdryer, keeping my hand near her bum to make sure she doesn't get burned. She LOVES the dryer - will stop crying immediately). I never put a dipe on her until her butt feels totally dry. I do get pee'd on or worse sometimes, but it's worth it. I also use the butt paste at night to protect. Her rash cleared up in about 36 hours and hasn't come back. Good luck!

Miss Ann Thrope

my friend completely eliminated those bad bum sores by always using Caldesene powder at every diaper change. You may want to try it. It really was a godsend...and it was all my idea, heh.

http://www.medshopexpress.com/789942.html

Lisa Lindstrom

This is NOT a standard diaper rash. Trust me with 3 kids of experience and as a nurse that with a yeast infection rash, you need an anti-fungal cream on his tush. My mom in in pharmaceuticals and gives me some for free, but you can make your own with *clotrimazole* mixed in with Weleda tush cream, or other similar cream. The petroleum based creams with hold this rash in and cause the area to be slightly warmer than it should be. So, no aquaphor, or other see through pastes. You can ask your pharmacist to order some Smith & Nephew products, which are made for adults with incontinence who get similar rashes. They work great on babies, too, as both groups have tender skin. The cleaning spray they have is the BEST.

Email with any questions. I'm all the way over in Georgetown and could have my arm twisted to meet you somewhere for an ass cream exchange. I've got an unlimited supply (thanks mom!)

Lisa L.

Lisa Lindstrom

I should have previewed my last post- oh well. The clotrimazole is available in your local drug store, and Weleda at Whole Foods. This will clear it up in 12-24 hours- SWEAR.

Lisa L>

Dee

ButtPaste is the best ... also let them be free I say ... no diapers - no wipes - just a little bit of water to freshen them up and nothing else ... good luck!

amalah

So I woke up this morning and thought, "Hey, I wonder if the Internet has any diaper rash suggestions for me!"

And then I came here, and nearly fell over. Holy crap.

Thanks for all the suggestions. Like Lisa said, we're (unfortunately) not dealing with your normal garden-variety diaper rash -- it's a yeast/fungal/thrush rash.

He's getting Nystatin orally, and the prescription butt paste we got is that Dr. Smith's concoction a few people have mentioned. So far, no effect at all. Grr.

But I'll try straight Lotrimin on a diaper change or two today and see if that does anything and let him air dry for awhile.

And I will never, ever let him forget that I got over a hundred strangers on the Internet involved in the care of his rashy butthole.

amalah

So I woke up this morning and thought, "Hey, I wonder if the Internet has any diaper rash suggestions for me!"

And then I came here, and nearly fell over. Holy crap.

Thanks for all the suggestions. Like Lisa said, we're (unfortunately) not dealing with your normal garden-variety diaper rash -- it's a yeast/fungal/thrush rash.

He's getting Nystatin orally, and the prescription butt paste we got is that Dr. Smith's concoction a few people have mentioned. So far, no effect at all. Grr.

But I'll try straight Lotrimin on a diaper change or two today and see if that does anything and let him air dry for awhile.

And I will never, ever let him forget that I got over a hundred strangers on the Internet involved in the care of his rashy butthole.

cas

For the rash: nakedy bottom time. Clean up bottom and then put him on a towel, maybe in the sunlight streaming through the window? and just let him be free. Added bonus: you get to look at his nakedy bottom.

Also, a product tip from one mama to another, if you want to absoultely die from the cuteness...Noah really needs some of these:
www.babylegs.net

Ninotchka

He is so gorgeous. And how jealous am I that he takes a paci! Anna Sofia simply won't. Grrr. Keep up the great work, Amy. You don't know me from Adam but still, I love that our babies are so close in age. :)

xtine

I know absolutely nothing about rashy baby buttholes but I do know that Noah is seriously the Cutest Baby Ever!

Sarah

In the second-last picture, Noah is totally waving at you. I know people say that babies can't really see at that age, and their smiles are more like grimaces, but HELLO! Noah is shaking his little arm at you to tell you he loves you. Aaawww. I am completely down with the sappiness. If you change your mind and want to start writing Dear Noah letters on your blog, don't worry too much about what people think. The most important thing is whatever you want to say.

Also, The Fifth Element was a great movie. But if I remember right, Corbin was the bad guy, wasn't he? I am glad you got a veto on that one as first name. Noah reminds me (yes Diana) of Dr. Carter, a much better role model.....if I really believed that children grew up like the characters on television they share a name with..

(hanging head in emabarrassment here)

Ali

I'm not sure if someone else has mentioned this already (I didn't read through all the comments, sorry), but try udder cream. My aunt used it on both of her kids, worked like a charm.

Ali

I'm not sure if someone else has mentioned this already (I didn't read through all the comments, sorry), but try udder cream. My aunt used it on both of her kids, worked like a charm.

Franci

Than last picture...oh my....that baby's beautiful.
Congratulations for that two weeks' milestone of baby development.

Franci

That last picture...oh my....that baby's beautiful.
Congratulations for that two weeks' milestone of baby development.

HollowSquirrel

Noah is adorable. My due date was yesterday. Noah is at the top of our names list...but at least you're several states away so they don't get confused. As for the rash, have you tried Aquafor? My mom is a pediatric nurse practioner and highly recommends that, as well as only cleaning the bum with water (or Cetaphil, I'm sure is fine). Good luck!!

christina

I believe several have already recommended Lotrimin AF, but I'm going to recommend it again.
Worked like a charm on my baby's bum.
Noah is a gorgeous baby. Good job parents!

Karen

Definitely try A&D. It's a strange, clear cream that is oddly greasy, but I'm pretty sure it cleared up diaper rash quickly.

Parenthood is amazing and scary and exhausting. It can't be explained, but it's so wonderful. Hug Noah and cherish these moments. Mine are all teens and hugs are few and rare.

Love your blog.

Jessica Morgan

My son also got and still gets very bad diaper rash and the doctor told us to try Lotramin Anti fungal cream. Now that is all we use and it goes away in like an hour or two. Hope it helps!!! :-)

Lisa Lindstrom

I should have previewed my last post- oh well. The clotrimazole is available in your local drug store, and Weleda at Whole Foods. This will clear it up in 12-24 hours- SWEAR.

Lisa L>

E.

Hahaha, GANG SIGNS! I love it. In the overalls... he's all about representin' mommy's comfy uterus.

He is the cutest thing... he looks like a 3 month old, but he's all sweet and noodley and floppy like a new born. WILD.

Brighton

What a beautiful baby! For prevention of diaper rash we always used Crisco. It works.

Scarlett Cyn

Amy, Noah really is absolutely beautiful. He is so.... hugable! Poor little guy with the ouchy bottom! (See? I said Bottom also, not butt or ass) I feel for you and for him.

I'll toss my assvice in (wait, it isn't really assvice since you asked for suggestions, is it? Oh GOOD!Whew!)

Anyhooo, Johnsons & Johsnsons Diaper Rash cream. It looks like zinc oxide, smells bearable, and clears diaper rash up like a miracle.

Another suggestion, is that many, MANY moons ago, I had the same issue with Arianna, and I finally hit upon the J&J/Huggies combination. Why? Because at the time, Huggies was the only diaper on the market with the cotton-like weave instead of plastic. Made a WORLD of difference. Give it a try. I hope it works for you.

From the bottom of my heart, I am really so very happy for you and Jason.

Much love (and a bunch of hugs and kisses for you all!!) from the cripple in the leg brace & crutches,

Scarlett Cyn

Arianne

Holy cow, 149 comments? Cool!

My baby just recovered from that kind of rash a week ago. We used Arbonne's Herbal Diaper Cream. Fantastic, natural and doesn't smell like crotch.

What kind of diaper bag do you have? Pictures please!

J

Try a little breast milk on the diaper rash. It's a cure for everything, baby acne, clogged tear ducts. It might just work.

Big Gay Sam

Good lord how the opinions and advice are coming out of the woodwork. Or should I say closet? Come on folks. I'm sure she's read every book in print about baby care. She'll do what every mother has done in the history of the world. She'll get through this. :P

daaaaamn that's a gorgeous baby!!!

JustLinda

Anti-fungal creme on his little bottom will kill the yeast. I would alternate between Lotrimin (for the antifungal) and then some Cortizone which would help the skin heal. Worked like a charm and the ONLY thing that worked on yeast/thrush for me.

doula mom

Try a different prescription strength anti-fungal cream for his tush.
The (fungus) aka diaper rash is resistant to the one you have.
Frequently let his tush breath without a diaper (keep a cloth diaper or bath towel with a waterproof pad underneath on your lap).

Kirsten

So how is it that you are able to write such a clever, fantastic entry at this point? My little guy was born 10/1 and I am SO TIRED I find myslef crying for no reason other than that I am SO TIRED and holy shit my husband is going back to work on Monday and how on earth can I do this by myself and how will I have time to shower or eat or pee even... If it weren't for your blog I'd really lose it. Sorry, no advice on the diaper rash - I'm winging this thing minute by minute.

Lesley

Sounds like you're all doing fab. Your son is simply beautiful and I just wanted to say I love reading your updates, especially as my first born should be with us in a little over three weeks... Well done for keeping your sense of humour through all the ups and downs.

xx

warcrygirl

Aw crap, over 150 comments! Well, I'm not reading through them all to see if someone else has suggested this for the diaper rash:

At each diaper change make sure bottom is dry. Drizzle baby oil over irritated skin. This creates a barrier to keep it from getting worse and you don't have to run on tender skin. Continue with warm baths if you get a really messy poopy diaper and, if you can, let him go sans diaper to get some air to his little bottom.

I never had thrush so I can't help you there. And you're only TWO sizes larger? So. Jealous.

Anne Glamore

I KNOW this solution sounds nutty, but I was adventurous (and desperate) enough to try it, and it worked.

Buy liquid Mylanta (cherry- not mint). Slather on butt and let dry. Cover with thick layer of A & D ointment, apply diaper.

Good luck! I'm shitting about the matte lipstick, too.

Anne

queenmommy911

OK, totally unlurking for this one and didn't read all the 50 gazillion comments above to know if you've already gotten this tidbit.

Breastmilk is *the* greatest cure-all EVER! Sounds crazy, but put some on that poor little hiney at each diaper change and watch the magic.

Oh, he is a doll! I hope that mean old rash goes away quickly!

lolismum

Triple Paste Diaper Ointment. It's the best ever. You can order it from www.anyotc.com
And DO NOT use baby wipes, cotton balls and warm water is what we have always used on my daughter.
Good luck.

lucinda

Well, at number 161, I'm pretty damn sure you're not going to read this, but... my baby got a horrible case of diaper rash several months ago. I called the doctor's office and they said to get Lotrimin AF (Athlete's Foot) and put it on the rash area, then cover it with a thick layer of Desitin. Repeat as needed and go without a diaper as often as possible (not very often in her case, since we were on vacation). Lo and behold, it TOTALLY WORKED!

Sabine

He's so beautiful, and has such an expressive and animated face for such a little babe!

Matte? Really? I'll just have to be "out" then.

DoctorMama

For those who are cheapskates like me: the least expensive way to buy over the counter antifungal cream is to get a tube of the vaginal yeast cream (store brand). It's about a third the cost compared to when it's packaged as athlete's foot cream. We call it "toe-vagina-butt cream" in my house, and it has cleared up every diaper rash within a day. (Takes longer for the feet or the cooch, fyi.) And it doesn't burn.

DoctorMama

Oh, and I'm with you on the Dear Baby letters.

Kelli

I 2nd (3rd? 4th? 10th? Couldn't make it through ALL the comments) the Lotrimin. The generic brand will do. The trick is to keep using it for a week or so after the rash goes away. Yeast is persistent and it will keep coming back!

E.

I keep going back and looking at the last pic of Noah with his eyes all open and like, "Hi Mommy and Daddy," like he has totally figured things out in his 14 days outside the womb. He is beyond belief cute.

I want to use that picture for my IM icon, but people will be all, "OHHH, who's the cute baby?" and I'll be all, "Uh, I dunno, I have no idea who these people are," and they'll be all, "Freak."

So I'll just have to keep sneaking peeks.

paintingchef

Well. I don't have any children. But tonight I watched my little baby sister walk down an aisle and become someone's wife. So yes. Growing up happens. And apparently I was blind to it until this afternoon. I have no suggestions for the thrush. Just something that you may not think that you want to hear but I'll tell you anyway because its the train of thought that I have right now.

Two weeks ago, aside from seeing all of your own dreams come true, you also gave birth to the answer to someone else's hopes, dreams, and prayers.

Kelly

Well, I'm sure it has been mentioned, but what the hell, right? Didn't see Aquapor (get behind the pharmacy counter) or good ole corn starch powder. Johnson's and Johnson's makes a "corn starch" powder. I poured that on after Desatin and usually things cleared up over night.

Sounds like you are getting the hang of things. Like there was ever a doubt!

Jody W.

Here's another idea if you decide to eschew baby wipes. We used those soft cheap baby washrags and warm water for the first year. We had tons of them, and Oxyclean helps with any stains the baby poo leaves. I also went through the thrush thing, but my idiot doc wouldn't prescribe enough Diflucan. HATE THE NINNY PUMP!

capello

My youngest son is allergic to everything (and I mean EVERYTHING). The only hiney-remedy that works on him is super duper diaper doo. And an prescription for oral nystatin helps a lot too.

bon

Looks like y'all have the advice that ya need to clear up the kids can....

just want you tah know that it could be worse -the "bottom" thing? After two kids I have been reduced to saying "bummie."

viperwife

I've just found your website and find it hilarious. I have nothing amusing to add, but wanted to tell you to try cornstarch for the diaper rash. My daughter had it bad, so a couple of shake, shake, shakes of that miracle powder and her little patootie was clear and soft as...well, a baby's bum.

gretchen

THIS is the only thing that works (on diaper rash, that is...) it's expensive, and hard to find, but totally amazing, and worth every penny--Triple Paste. One application, and that ahem..bottom..is new again. You can google it.

http://www.medichest.com/triplepastemedicated-8336.html

Good luck!

jamie

No idea if this has been mentioned, but what worked with ma boy was tea. Plain old brown tea, like red rose or the no name equivalent. Brew up a big ole bowl of the stuff til it's nice and dark (I use like 6 tea bags) then soak his little bum in there... when it's cool enough, of course! (Like I needed to tell YOU, super mom of the world that!) And you can soak an old cloth or facecloth or something in it, then just put that in his diaper for an hour or two. Works beauty. Tea is an antiseptic so it helps the hurting almost instantly.

My apologies if one of the 170 odd people ahead of me told you about this! :)

jamie

Oh yah, and, someone told me to just rinse the baby wipes out under warm water... still wet, still disposable, but none of the nasty chemically things.

MoMMY

It may have been mentioned (and I'll never know because 175 comments - my God woman!) but pure cornstarch baby powder works like a dream. Also, if nothing including that were to work you may want to try Lansinol. Yes, the stuff that you put on your nipples. BTW, it also works for that chapped face thing kids get when they lick their face right above or below the lips.

Krissa

It's probably been mentioned but I obviously haven't read, and don't plan on reading the million comments, but my pediatrician's office recommends 1/2 and 1/2 mixture of Maalox and Aquaphor solution. I haven't needed it yet, as A&D works great for us, and she screams hysterically at any of the white stuff (desitin, huggies, etc. etc. etc.)

Good Luck and Congratulations!!!

Northern_Girl

Ok - too many commets to wade through this early in the morning. But I did want to pass along the magic that is "Bert's Bees" for baby bottoms. Works on everything.

(PS - Noah is flawless, but you already know that. Congratulations.)

beth

Aquaphor is the miracle for diaper rashes. I never had to use it for my two, since their diaper rashes were never quite that special, BUT my SIL uses it for her son and it works like a charm! Also, I use it on my daughter's face and arms, because she got her daddy's skin, unfortunately.

kt

my youngest constantly had a diaper rash and it was painful. 1st, make sure it isn't a yeast infection (yeah, i know yeast infection with a boy? but it happens!) If it is, you'll need an anti fungal. If it is not, try this. Now, DON'T FREAK because it says it is for animals. Seriously, don't freak. My daughter's diaper rash would not go away with any of the above mentioned remedies. Try this. It is so thick and gooey it totally works. I have eczema on my hands and still use this stuff because it ROCKS!! http://www.bagbalm.com/

Melissa

A&D Ointment

Works SO good on so many things, including diaper rash!!

Ally

For the tush. Lotrimin AF twice a day (as it's probably yeast). The rest of the time, equal parts Aquaphor and Maalox (yes, the heartburn medicine). It takes a lot of stirring, but mix it until the liquid Maalox is well-incorporated. Apply liberally.

And, our secret weapon is a probiotic blend called Udo's choice, made specially for infants and toddlers. A half teaspoon dissolved in some breast milk once a day keeps the butt clear.

Ally

I just skimmed the posts. We did the hairdryer thing too, although when I told our ped, she smiled and said, "bless your heart."

Daria

Caldesene (sp?) powder is magic! Try it now!!!!!!

Kate

Clotrimazole - generic lotrimin. You can buy it at Wal-mart, Walgreens, any place with "wal" in the title, or a drug store.

Nonny

If your baby gets nappy rash pur egg white on it, just rub it on with some cotton wool whenever you change his nappy. When it dries it forms a barrier and when he wees in his nappy the urine can't sting the affected area, it stops him being uncomfortable and it heals up quicker. It worked wonders with my wee boy.....genuis i am!!!!

Debbie

For diaper rash, plain yogurt, preferably with active cultures. Internally helps (though Noah sounds too little), but externally works wonders. Air as much as possible. Hope it clears up soon!

chris

After the rash is gone - Aquaphor - it is cheaper than the other stuff and is the best thing in the world.

Cari

I haven't read through all of the comments so I apologize if this has already been suggested... but his diaper rash could be a staph infection. My oldest son had a staph diaper rash at his two week check-up. The ped prescribed a prescription strength antibiotic ointment for it and it cleared up right away. Unfortunately, my son was prone to them for the first two years but we just made sure to have that cream on hand. Hope he's doing better.

Kathleen

I really, really love my diaper bag. SO THERE.

Speaking of pretty pretty things, ... I just read about this site called Bag Borrow or Steal that sounded like fun... hey, we rent movies and books over the internet...why not chic handbags, too?

Helen

Five Flower Remedy and/or Rescue Remedy cream

It's one of those Bach Flower remedy things.

It's a miracle cure for diaper rash and also, bizrrely, for chapped lips. I know, that sounds insane, but it's true,

My dear babe had the diaper rash from hell. nothing worked. I was in Whole Foods, someone recommended it. I tried it. In 2 HOURS I could see the difference!

jill

hi! i have commented before - that you are in tremendous mindset to be blogging like you do. he is gorgeous my heir has a similar "beauty" mark on his thigh!

for bad diaper rash - i use Aquafor - you get it in the adult lotion and cream aisle. it's from eucerin people. sp? in fact the 19 month old is sporting some right now on his tush...

good luck...

julie

sorry for all lower case letters, i'm holding a baby in one arm as i type. try mixing milk of magnesia w/ corn starch - it makes a thick soothing butt paste!

Genuine

I think you should try Windex!

Actually we have used Bag Balm. Really, that part is not a joke.

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