Tuesday, July 18, 2006


Daniel has a nasty diaper rash. I’m not sure how as we are so anal retentive (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun) about changing his diapers often and we apply Vaseline or ointment after every change. I think it might be something he ate (we recently tried watermelon and blueberries for the first time).

Anyway, the rash has a few little open sores that are bleeding a bit. It breaks my heart every time I change him.

So librarian-mom to the rescue! I figured I could Internet-research for some easy and effective home remedies (in my mind something along the lines of “mix corn starch with water; apply”).

Here are some of the gems that I found - proof that you can find comedy on the Net without even trying. Note that the bolded parts are exactly what appeared on various sites:

“Mix 2 drops each of essential oils of sandalwood, peppermint (Mentha piperita), and lavender (Lavandula officinalis) in 4 tbsp. of a carrier lotion or oil such as sweet almond oil; gently apply the lotion to the reddened area of skin.”

or how about

"Here is an ointment you can make at home:1 tbsp. each: dried chickweed (Stellaria media) leaves, powdered marsh mallow (Althaea officinalis) root, and powdered comfrey (Symphytum officinale) root.1/8 tsp. goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) root powder.1 cup sweet almond oil.1/4 cup beeswax.*In a cast-iron pan, heat the herbs in the oil for 5 to 10 minutes. Don't let them burn. Add beeswax and let it melt. Strain the mixture through cheesecloth into a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Refrigerate until solid. Apply when you diaper your baby. The rash should improve after three or four applications. Discard after two months."
-My kid’s ass is on fire, so what I really want to do is drive all over Edmonton looking for dried chickweed, sweet almond oil and powdered comfrey.

Put your "naked baby on a lambskin or near a sunny window."
-For the love of God, why?! Is this a home remedy for diaper rash or how to turn your baby into Hugh Hefner?

“Use vinegar in the bath water and let the child soak for about 10 minutes - fill tub to waistline, and add bout 1/4 -1/2 cup white vinegar.”
-Don’t know about you, but if my butt was raw and bleeding I’m pretty sure the last thing I would want to do is soak it in vinegar!!!

“2 to 3 ounces of cranberry juice given to older infants will leave an acid residue in the urine, helping lower pH and reduce irritation.”
-I included this one only because I though Dr. Ange might enjoy reading about yet another curative power of cranberry juice.

“when changing a babys diaper put the unwrapped tea bags in his/hers diaper when they pee in there diaper the tea bags will realese a chemical that heals the rash with in 1 day you can reuse the tea bags just put them in a clean diaper but beware it WILL turn the babys bottem brown”
-Does anyone understand this at all!? Is it Engrish? I’m not sure. Perhaps if your baby’s bum is stained brown you just don’t notice that it’s red and bleeding. The “you can reuse the tea bags” part is more than a bit scary, no?

“you need to put baby powder and shortening together in a same bowl until it is thicken then put it on the babys bottom use every diaper change and u will see the difference in first diaper rash......use it especially when the babys bottom is red and crackin it will improve it after first diaper change”
-First of all, is “crackin” really the best choice of words here? Secondly, does this make anyone else think that the song “mama’s little baby loves shortnin’, shortnin” means something else altogether?

If you have any rash remedies that don’t involve tea, vinegar or Barry White please let me know.

And finally . . .

Some of you have asked me what pregnancy and childbirth are really like.This site explains it the best in my opinion (yes, ladies, newborn babies really do “jazz hands” as they exit the birth canal!). http://www.planetdan.net/pics/babies/


At 6:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't necessarily laugh at the shortening/baby powder one. Laura is a big believer in the curative powers of lard, having applied it to a rash of her own when nothing else was available (or working). I'd try it... seriously... I'm not kidding.

At 10:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK Shannon - I just might try it.

However, if anyone has cured a rash by sunbathing nude on a lambskin rug, please don't tell me about it =:)

At 1:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am not qualified to give parental advice but i read somewhere that the rash may actually be a product of anal retentiveness. all these cleaning products may be drying up Daniel's skin, hence the rash. the article recommended bathing every second night. now, since this definitely won't cut it with you (given Daniel’s tendency to defecate under the oddest circumstances), try milder cleaners (natural soap, etc.).
hippie in disguise

At 1:56 PM , Blogger Momily said...

Dear HID,

Currently he only gets bathed about every 2-3 days (i had read that too, and don't subscribe to the philosophy that babies need to be bathed every day). i also don't understand the bath as a calming part of the "night routine" as he loves his bath and it really riles him up.
Anyway, while I do own a million and one cleaning products it's not like I apply lysol directly to my kid's rear. Vaseline, zinc lotion and baby wipes are pretty much all that touches his bare skin.


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