Thursday, April 23, 2009

Because We Didn't Have Enough Problems As It Is

We hit a new milestone in our household. Connor has officially developed his first ever case of diaper rash.

I'm not sure exactly how we've managed to go without having any all this time-- probably we've managed to avoid it thus far due to our lotion regime in managing his eczema. But now, due to the solid month of GI issues Connor has been experiencing, we are apparently making up for lost time.

The poor kiddo has got it bad. Not only does he act like the super sensitive no-scent soft wipes I'm using are actually Brillo pads and his anti-diaper rash cream is composed of acid, but he doesn't want to sit down at all. This combined with an extremely sore tummy made for a very sad day-- and night last night, as every time he uses the restroom it makes everything flare up down there.

Due to little sleep last night and extreme screaminess today, he wore himself out pretty well. We set him down (gently) in his chair as both of us needed our hands free, and five minutes later he was out. Hopefully he'll sleep through the night and feel better in the morning.

We kept him on the ibuprofen today, which seemed to help a little bit, but I really wish the little guy could catch a break. It's been a rough month for him.



Carrie said...

I can't even imagine the amount of little pain and torture that is for him! Poor little man!

Sweet Lorraine said...

Poor little fellow. :[

On a largely unrelated note, his shirt is ridiculously adorable.

Kristin said...

The last time we had one of those we alternated between diaper cream and vaseline. While it still took several days to clear up, it seemed the vaseline kept the site from drying out and mostly pain free.

Good luck!

J. said...

way back when I was a nanny a mom i worked with used vasleine on top of diaper cream as it gives the cream more of a chance to work. Oatmeal in the tub can also be soothing on sore bottoms. Hope he is on the mend soon.

Julia O'C said...

Good grief!

Emmett has extremely sensitive skin and gets diaper rash from time to time. The very best thing for Emmett's rash is fresh air! Sometimes I just line the bath with some old towels and let him hang out naked in a (dry) bath for 10 minutes or so. I think when the rash is dry, the ointment doesn't sting as much. It definitely heals faster if I give him some naked time.

Poor Connor. Poor YOU! I hope this new issue clears up soon.

Julia said...

Yikes -- I was afraid that would happen. My Ben isn't very prone to diaper rash (I used to say he had a bullet-proof butt), but diarrhea brings it on. Our pedi said that a really good lotion or even ky jelly might be preferable to either petroleum jelly or the zinc-based diaper rash creams, if only because it cleans up more easily and with less abrasion. That's what she said, but we stuck with dessitin. I like the suggestion of naked time in a padded tub. Whenever we try to give Ben naked time, he manages to pee on the carpet! Anyway, I'm sorry for Connor's discomfort, and I hope it clears up soon.

Connor's Mom said...

Thanks for the suggestions! We'll have to try them out and see if they help.


Anonymous said...

No kidding! Poor little man SO needs a break!!!!

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