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Cleaning Baby's Neck...

Hi Mamas! I was just wondering if any of you have any tricks for cleaning those pesky folds in baby's neck... My little one seems to collect ookies there and is not exactly patient when I'm trying to clean there. Plus, it's usually red. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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I used baby wipes to wipe the area. Once it was dry, my pedi told me to put a little diaper cream on the area. Worked like a charm!

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Keep it dry! We use the cloth diapers for burp cloths, so we just keep one tucked under her chin while she's feeding, and have one probably in every square inch of the house for the spit ups (she has reflux). I put good ole baby powder in her rolls every morning and evening, especially if its been a bad spit up or sweaty day. Sometimes though, she does get a little infection/rash there, and my doc told me to use cortisone 10 and lotrimine (anti-fungus) until it clears up, then back to the powder.

I know that the folds were so deep that even laying him on his back I couldn't really get into all the folds. I found that if I put him on the bed for some tummy time and then kneeled on the floor and got the folds from underneath while his head was up I could work a wet washcloth in. LOL! Good luck!

Hi AM
My grand daughter has the same issue- her mom used the baby wipes or a cloth with mild soap and water- then she used baking soda for the redness- it works- baking soda is a great healing agent for the redness- and it helps keep it dry to prevent more irration.

Lay him on your legs (you sitting in a chair) and let his head fall back so you can get access. He will most likely enjoy the new perspective on the world and you can get a washcloth in there. Use a dry one afterwords and maybe some diaper cream so the redness doesn't get worse.

As one person recommended use your fingers lathered up and then your baby should get undered you doing that and then you can introduce the washcloth. For the redness, I just took my 8 month old in because baby powder wasn't working anymore, and the doc recommended hydrocortisone 1%, after bathtime.

I used baby wipes to wipe the area. Once it was dry, my pedi told me to put a little diaper cream on the area. Worked like a charm!

oh yeah little fat baby neck is the hardest thing to get to! What I realized is that it was getting red because I wasn't getting it totally dry due to all the squirming during dry off time. I started taking a small toy and holding it over my baby's head and just back a little where he would have to lift up his chin to see it and reach for it, as soon as he did I would swoop in and dry that neck really good. That got rid of the redness problem really well. :)

Do as Allison said and then put some babypowder with cornstarch in it under the neck. this will help keep heat rash and reddness away..
Good luck..

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