With Darcey being baby number 3 I thought that by now I’d know what I was doing, well apparently I seem to have forgotten quite a few bits on what it’s like to have a newborn baby.
I have never known a baby poop as much as she does, I’ve got a tracker app on my phone to record feedings and changes, or I’d be even more clueless. This little girl has about 10 -12 dirty nappies a day. So affectionately she is sometimes referred to as ‘poop monster’. How can someone so small really need to go that much?
I spoke to the midwife and health visitors when she was first born and they were happy with this as clearly her digestive system is working and she getting the milk and sustenance that she needs from me.
Now I have no problem changing nappies, even if she does only have them on for a few minutes occasionally before looking at me and pooping again. What I do have a problem with is nappy rash. Poor Darcey has had an awful rash since she was a few days old and this has been going on for 7 weeks now. Some days it looks better than other’s but we just can’t get rid of it.
What I’ve tried;
Nappies – we were given different brands of nappies from Pampers, Aldi and Lidl. I’ve heard that there can be chemicals in the nappies that can cause a rash so have tried each of these brands for a short period of time exclusively to see if that helps. No improvement what so ever.
Wipes vs Cotton Wool – I didn’t really want to do the whole cotton wool and water thing again and was recommended water wipes by a friend. They are allergy tested and midwife approved for use on newborns. I sometimes use normal baby wipes to clean up messes and seen as how good they are at removing stains perhaps not best to use on newborn skin. I stopped using the water wipes for a week and used cotton wool exclusively, again no improvement. My GP also said he’s impressed by the water wipes and that I should continue using them.
Creams – I’ve tried Burts Bee’s, Sudocream, Metanium and Canestan (under GP advice). The rash is still there. The GP advised to slather her in Metanium at every nappy change to act as a barrier and I’ve been doing this.
Really don’t know what else I can do to clear this up as it looks so sore.
Anyone else had similar problems and found a solution I haven’t tried?
Any other nappy brands or creams you can recommend?