Diaper rash. What a pain in the…well, you know what.
As much as I loved using our cute, fluffy little cloth diapers with our son, I have to admit: we have suffered occasional bouts of diaper rash. Not too many, but when we got them they were awful! If our laundry routine failed us, or he happened to have poop against his skin for more than about 1.5 minutes, or I left him with someone who wasn’t used to the frequent changes required when you use cloth, my little man ended up with a red, inflamed bum. I tried my best to avoid it, but I wasn’t always successful…and it broke my heart.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not bashing cloth. We’re gearing up to use it again with #2 – I guess my point is that nobody is immune to diaper rash, and even if it is only occasional, it really sucks. So, what’s a mom to do? When rashes strike, you’ve gotta kick ‘em right away…and Boudreaux’s Butt Paste is your secret weapon to do just that.
You may already know the famous bright yellow box…
But there’s more!
In addition to the Original Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, there is also a new Maximum Strength version with 40% zinc oxide specially made for kicking extreme diaper rash. But the one I’m most excited about is the All-Natural Boudreax’s. Now, I can have the reliable reputation of the Boudreaux’s name in a Butt Paste that’s formulated with beeswax and other natural ingredients. All-Natural Boudreaux’s is a light, creamy formula with a pleasant scent (so important!), and it’s available in both a 2-ounce and a 4-ounce size. This one has an equally recognizable green box…
A Day in the Life of a Diaper Rash
If you’ve ever dealt with diaper rash, you know that tiny bums can go from zero to super angry in a really short time. We had one in particular, which was caused by a neglected diaper change (I never left him there again!), that became so red and raw that our little guy had to spend almost 2 days running around naked just to get it under control. Bathtime was painful, and he just fell apart. I could tell he was trying to be his happy little self, but it wasn’t possible.
Another consideration is the stress on your family. It’s pretty well known that if baby ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy, and getting up for work, staying on schedule, etc. just don’t happen when you’re up all night nursing boo-booed bottoms. I learned after our biggest rash that for everyone’s benefit, a simple barrier layer of diaper cream is always a good preventive measure.
How does diaper rash start?
Diaper rash can be caused by so many things…a wet diaper, change in diet, teething, poor laundry routine. But did you know that sore bums don’t necessarily end when the diaper days are over? These days, I have a different perspective on diaper rash. For the past 6 months, I’ve been the mom of a 3-year-old who doesn’t even wear diapers anymore. BUT, the end of diaper duty doesn’t necessarily mean the end of rashes. Cleanliness is key during the potty-learning process, and sometimes, no matter how much I run behind him and help him stay on top of “things”, my son still ends up with a less-than-clean bum. Especially during those times when he won’t even let me into the bathroom, insisting he’s big enough to clean himself. (He’s not.)
So, in order to curb a hurty butt crack before it really gets started, try using a little dab of Boudreaux’s at each diaper change (if you use disposables, that is. For cloth, make sure to use a liner.) Or, try it at the first sign of pink skin. It nips any stingy pain in the bud before it has a change to turn into a full-blown rash.
There’s a version of Boudreaux’s for every family, so be sure to check your favorite local or online baby goods retailer, or visit ButtPaste.com to learn more. Grab a tube or two, and start kicking rash!
How do you deal with sore bums and diaper rashes when they strike? Share your tips and diaper rash stories here. Other mamas will appreciate your help!