August 07, 2008,
T.R. asks from Dublin, OH on July 19, 2008
Diaper Rash & Swimming
Hello all - My one year old has a pretty bad diaper rash and I am wondering if it is ok to put her in the pool? Will the chlorine irritate the rash further?
So What Happened?™
A friend suggested Bordeaux's Buttpaste. That and some powder healed it right up. The doc said that the chlorine wouldn't hurt, but not to have her sitting in a wet swimmie for long.
S.S. answers from South Bend on July 21, 2008
When my three year old was a baby she had diaper rash really bad. A friend of mine recommended Dr. Sirlin's ointment from Merrill Pharmacy. I tried it and it works! By the next time diaper change, the diaper rash is gone. Be careful though if you get it on your clothes, it will stain. I highly recommend the ointment.
Good Luck To You.
C. answers from Cleveland on July 21, 2008
Just and FYI: if your daughter's diaper rash is little red bumps, it may be a yeast infection and you need some Nystatin sp? cream. Talk with her doctor if that is the case because normal diaper cream will not make it disappear. My daughter has one now and she went swimming over the weekend with no problems.
D.I. answers from South Bend on July 21, 2008
Chlorine may help the rash clear up depending on what type of rash it is. If it is just a regular diaper rash I would go ahead and put her in the pool and see what happens. Yeast infections on a baby's bottom looks similar to a diaper rash but it wont clear up on its own. I would call her doctor and see what he or she suggests for sure though. I don't see where the chlorine would make it any worse. I know when I get a heat rash or poison ivy the first thing i do is head for my pool and the chlorine helps to dry it up. You may also want to find out whether or not the rash is a diaper rash or a yeast infection.
I am 31 and have been married for almost 12 yrs. My husband and I have 3 boys ages 10,7, and 4.
S.K. answers from South Bend on July 20, 2008
No it won't hurt the rash, it could help it.. I think that airing the rash out as much as possible and using the johnson and johnson baby powder w/ aloe works the best. Believe me I have tried everything and I got the best results w/ that. Is your child drinking too much juice or sugary things... sometimes when I didn't dilute the applejuice as much my on got it bad. I have come accustom to always using the baby powder (not cream) w/ every change and he hasn't had a rash since..
L.S. answers from Columbus on July 21, 2008
S.H. answers from Indianapolis on July 20, 2008
I'm not sure if the pool water would cause your daughters rash to sting or hurt. However, chlorine will only help the rash to dry out. I remember being a kid, and when we got poison ivy we were always told by the doctor that chlorine helps rashes dry out, and it helps with cuts and scrapes too. Once your daughter is done swimming, I would immediately take her wet swim diaper off though. That could definitely be irritating. Maybe even let her run around without a diaper on after swimming to air out a little. Hope the rash heals soon!
H.G. answers from Columbus on July 20, 2008
hello! as a mama to a toddler girl who has had dozens (seriously!!!) of diaper rashes, i would suggest not swimming in chlorine. it will irritate the skin more & the wet diaper will also irritate the skin. if you really really want to go, try some 'diaper off time' after swimming up to about half an hour (meaning, no diaper, let your kid run around half naked-or fully naked-& chase them around with a slew of paper towels to clean up little pee spots :o) or before swimming, you could put on a seriously thick layer of aquaphor & desitin. usually, if my daughter has a rash, we just don't do swimming...but it is a bummer to miss out.
hope this helps a bit. really, if you have ANY more questions about diaper rashes, we have become sort of 'lay experts' in this area over the past 22 months, so feel free to ask any other questions about them.
K.P. answers from Cleveland on August 07, 2008
I would think that the chlorine would most definately irritate the rash even further and sting it too it would probably be best to keep her out of the pool and stick to plain water until it heals...hopefully this helps