Friday, April 25, 2014

Rashes and their cousins

LO has been plagued by rashes.. its horrible to see perfect pink skin marred by ugly red blotches. and unfortunately my efforts to help seem to have worsened the rash sometimes before making it better. 
so here's a crash course for the future me. 

slight red spots and rough areas seen after a day out in cold wind. likely caused by the wind and dry skin. 
fix - don't apply anything, just warm compress to open the oily gland pores. applying thick greasy stuff as protective barrier just makes things worse and then you will end up using the HC 1%. if it gets really bad and thick scaly or thick rough hide like or burnt skin like then use the HC asap for 3 days 2x a day and no more. then continue using the hot compress whenever possible. the face will fix itself

scaly red purplish burnt skin like rash. skin will be peeling away. dont let her scratch it. looks like extreme extreme dry skin.  
fix - no oily glands avail on the neck, so hot compress will only dry out the skin. apply aveeno eczema cream if its an eczema patch that looks like dry skin patch. if it gets worse, then its not eczema and maybe yeast rash due to drool. apply nystatin or coconut oil or lots of sunlight. though i dont know how you make sure the bottom of the chin area gets sunlight. just keep the drool away, saves you a lot of pain. 

likely eczema and dry patches of skin. looks like round patches of dry skin, reddish. more reddish under hot water so seen clearly when bathing. 
fix - apply aveeno and thin coat of vaseline on top of it.

Diaper rash
normal diaper rash should go away overnight or in 3 days max. if it persists, then its a yeast infection. don't let it spread. stop using cloth everything immediately. 
for normal diaper rash, use diaper rash cream or triple paste. 
for yeast - apply a combined coat of nystatin and triple paste for every new diaper change. make sure the area is fully dry before applying the cream. leaving it free is not super helpful if not getting fresh air and direct sunlight. 
can apply a diluted soln of tea tree oil + grapeseed oil (to kill spores). 

triple paste apparently has corn starch which feeds yeast, but then it seems to be helping right now. AR: to ask Dr about it. barrier comes from zinc oxide , so stronger concentration of zinc oxide should help. try calmoseptine. 

been fighting this damn yeast rash for 2 months now.

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