If you’ve read my post on butt creams I talk a little bit about what I like to call The Dreaded Acid Bum. This not just your average rash that clears up in a day or so. It is the mother of all diaper rashes, baby basically looks like his bum has been dipped in acid and just doesn’t seem to go away. The worst part is it seems to come out of nowhere. Everything looks great one diaper change and awful the next. Looking back on that first year it took me way too long to learn some of the tricks that actually helped, and we all suffered for it. So without further ado, here are some of the things I wish I would have known the first time around.
Look for the source of the problem.
Sometimes you can pinpoint what is causing the rash. This one is important if you have a history of food allergies or intolerances in your family. Look for patterns, does baby get one after you introduce a new food? After they eat dairy? Too many peaches? If you suspect it, keep a food diary and give your pediatrician’s office a call. It might also be a stomach bug, a specific fragrance or lotion, a change in diapers or wipes, or even teething. With my son he almost always cuts a tooth within a few days of the acid bum showing up.
*Note: If you are concerned your child is having a severe allergic reaction, please seek medical care immediately.
Stop using baby wipes for a few days.
Your baby wipes may not be the direct cause of the acid rash but they can make it worse. Get some soft rags and a spray bottle and just use water for a few days until the rash is healed. In my case, my son does usually just fine with our brand of baby wipes but we do switch him over to cloths and water during the bad rashes.
Let them go diaper free for a bit every day.
Let them run around outside, keep them on a blanket, whatever you gotta do. Let the rash dry out for a bit every day will help it heal faster. We found that holding our baby with his tummy on the forearm and bum to the sun for just a few minutes was effective.
Make sure baby’s bum is completely dry before applying butt cream.
This is especially important because applying a barrier onto a wet bum can actually seal in the moisture and make the rash worse. Let your baby’s bum dry out for a minute or two after every change before applying a barrier cream. During the really bad rashes I like to use Triple Paste. You can find links to my favorite butt creams here.
Watch for yeast infection of the skin.
This isn’t always the case but it’s something to watch out for. Babies can develop yeast infections on the skin around their bum if the environment is right. If you suspect this, call your pediatrician. You can usually speak to a nurse who may recommend clotrimazole an over the counter antifungal cream, or depending on the severity may want you to come in for a prescription.
Clotrimazole Anti-Fungal: http://amzn.to/2clV44n
Make your own antacid butt cream.
I know many mom’s who swear by this. You can make your own 50/50 mix of Aquaphor or a Zinc Oxide cream and Maalox liquid (stay away from the mint flavor). The Maalox is supposed to help neutralize the acid and stop the burn.
Aquaphor Healing Ointment: http://amzn.to/2c1OSzk
The baking soda bum bath.
Another option to help calm down the acid is mixing a little bit of baking soda and water, then dip their bum after diaper changes. Again, always let the rash dry completely before putting on any cream or a diaper.
Here’s hoping this helps make your little ones a little more comfortable. As always if you are concerned make sure to give your pediatrician’s office a call. Wishing you all the best of luck and speedy healing to your beautiful babies!
*Disclaimer: Always consult your pediatrician or a medical professional with questions or concerns about the health of your or your child. I am not a medical professional and do not claim to offer medical advice of any kind. Any recommendations made on this site are from my personal experience and/or those experiences of other moms like me.