D.S. asks from Dayton, OH on January 31, 2008
Diaper Rash with New Diaper
Hi fellow Mommies. I have a question concerning my almost 1 year old daughter. She just learned to crawl at Christmas and my husband decided that since she was crawling now (and is getting bigger), that we needed to change her type of diapers. Originally she was wearing Pampers Swaddlers and was up to size 2-3, which I think is the largest size. Now she is wearing Pampers Cruisers size 3 during the day and Pampers Baby Dry at night. About a week ago she started to get a slight diaper rash (around her bottom) which I just assumed was from a very high temp she had had. Well now she is also breaking out around her vagina. She hasn't has a diaper rash since she was about 8 weeks old. I slather her in Original Desitin and use a homeopathic diaper wash that has always worked very well. I was wondering if she was breaking out in her "front" area because she is on her knees a lot now and the pee is just sitting there in her diaper. I know that the Swaddlers brand had a "dry weave" that kept her dry. I'm not sure if the Cruisers style has that too. Has anyone had this happen when their child began to crawl? Should I go back to the Swaddlers (even though I don't think they go any bigger than size 2-3)? I let her air out when I change her at home, but unfortunatley she is in Daycare during the day and I know that aren't as diligent, nor have the time to let her air out very long. Thank you in advance for any suggestions!
So What Happened?™
First of all thank you for all of your suggestions/ responses. To give you an update- Julia was on antibiotics because she had had bilateral ear infections. She did develop the rash after she was finished with the antibiotics. I started giving her yogurt everyday and using Resinol and Nystatin on the infected area. She did finally go to the doc, who couldn't verify for sure if she had a yeast infection or not, because the rash had begun to clear up. Anyway, I continued with the ointments and she is all better now. She now has bronchitis and is on another run of meds, so I am still giving her yogurt and am using the ointment as a preventative measure. Thanks again for all your help!
J.G. answers from Lima on February 03, 2008
My son, now 2 and a half had a similar problem. He couldn't wear Pampers Baby Dry or Luvs b/c of the colored lining in them, they made him red and itchy. We had to stick with Pampers Cruisers, Huggies, or any other brand without a colored lining. Try not using the Baby Dry at night and see if the rash goes away. Hope this helps.
M.R. answers from Wheeling on January 31, 2008
Without trying to diagnose her, I'd say it sounds more like a yeast infection. Especially with her being ill recently.
Try feeding her some yogurt and if it gets worse, take her to a doctor.
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L.H. answers from Louisville on February 01, 2008
My son had a problem with diaper rash when we switched from Pampers newborn size to Pampers size 1. The rash was horrible, we even took him to the doctor and they gave us two different rash creams to try. Neither one of them helped the rash. Then (I don't remember why) we tried a different brand of diaper. We started using Huggies, the diaper rash cleared up quickly and we haven't had any problems since. So, maybe trying a different brand of diaper will help.
M.M. answers from Cleveland on February 01, 2008
You just answered your question-DayCare!!!!! My daughter is in day care but at a private home now and things are wonderful the level of care is fabulous and her diaper rash is virtually non-existant now. Stick to the cruisers she should be fine my daughter occasionally gets a bit red in the vaginal area too i use a combo of desitin/lotrimin just in case it is a yeast infection. Lotrimin is the anti fungal cream for athletes foot it works wonders and is fine to use talk to your pharmacist if you have a question.
A.M. answers from Columbus on February 01, 2008
My stepson had a reaction to Pampers, but that was ten years ago, so I don't know if they are the same. Trying a different diaper couldn't hurt, but it might not be the problem.
You mentioned a high fever... was she on an antibiotic? That could cause a yeast infection, I dealt with that with both of my daughters. Call your doctor, and in the meantime feed her some yogurt with acidophilus (it helps replace the bacteria she needs to fight the rash). I wouldn't treat it without talking to her doctor first, but once you know what it looks like, you can treat her yeast infection with over the counter meds like Monostat. My pediatrician has prescribed creams for my little one, but tells me it's the same thing.
If you find and fix the root of the problem, you can add liquid vitamin E to her Desitin (it's sold at drug stores, either in a bottle or capsules that you can cut open and squeeze out the vitamin E) to help her heal more quickly.
Hope this helps!
K.B. answers from Cincinnati on February 01, 2008
:) Let me first say I'm a cruisers advocate, and slightly biasis b/c my "father in-law" (Son's dads father, but I'm not with his dad, just close to the family still) has been working on the diaper designs for pampers for a long time now. Cruisers are the best diapers, they tend to cost a little bit more than the baby dry's because they have more absorbant stuff in them. They are basically the same as the swaddlers except they don't have that quilt look on the outside. The quilt look is for the outside of the diaper to be softer so not to irriate the newborns skin. The cruisers should, in relaity absorb faster than the baby dry diaper. Did she go on antibiotics with her high temp? (you didn't mention why she had a high temp). Often times babies, boys and girls, get really bad yeast infections when on antibiotics, and the diaper creams only make it worse not better. Girls are more prone to yeast infections as it is.
Did you change the type of wipe you were using? Even if you didn't change brands, maybe within the same brand? If changing these don't work then maybe try a different switch diapers around, but you are right, swaddlers are only up to size 2-3. They are not made for a baby on the move.
A.C. answers from Dayton on February 01, 2008
I can't say I had this experience with my daughter, but I don't think it's because she is crawling. Urine won't cause the same kind of diaper rash as poop, but I guess she could be chafing. If it isn't improving with diaper rash cream and letting her air out occasionally, it could be a yeast infection. I would ask her doctor about it because she might need a prescription cream. Good luck!
A.S. answers from Lima on February 01, 2008
Hi D.! When my now 9 month old was moving around too much for swadlers, I tried the baby dry and she broke out a little. We switched her to just cruisers and haven't had a problem since. The baby dry diapers have some sort of a different "core" and I think that is what made her break out. I would switch her to swaddlers until it clears up and then just try one of the new diapers to see if you can isolate the problem. Hope this helps!
A.J. answers from Cleveland on February 01, 2008
My second child couldn't wear Pampers Cruisers, I guess they are too air tight and they gave her yeast infections. My daughter had a red shiny rash around her vagina. It cleared up by using Lotrimin cream and by using Baby Dry all the time. Try it and see if the rash goes away. If it is a yeast infection you should see results pretty quickly. If the rash doesn't clear up, then I'd definitely have the MD look at her.