David asked me for my advice about diaper rash. And I realized I genuinely haven't given diaper rash more than a passing thought in a few years. Which should give hope to those of you with kids still in diapers–it does eventually end and fade away completely.
But back to diaper rash. From my experience, there were a couple different kinds. One was the red prickly-looking rash that resulted from being too moist. The easiest treatment for that is to change diapers more frequently or give your baby some bare butt time if you can. (If it's warm enough, you can buy a waterproof pad and let your baby just hang out on the pad with no diaper on for as long as you want.) Diaper cream is also helpful and soothing, but I am so not up on the latest and best. (Back when I was diapering the debate was between Desitin, Boudreau's Butt Paste, Burt's Bees, and Aquaphor.) If there have been any advances in diaper cream, please post them in the comments.
The other kind is the rash that comes from the super-acidic poop and pee some kids get when they're teething or sick. Some kids get "drool stool," that has drool in the actual poop, and it's very acidic and smells horrible. It can also cause a fungal infection on the butt. It's very painful, and doesn't look like red prickly rash. Instead it's flat, weepy-looking sores. The treatment for this is antifungal cream that you can get over-the-counter at the pharmacy. It has the same ingredients as athlete's foot or jock itch cream. Apply the cream and try to let your baby's butt air out (easier said than done when your baby's got drool stool) and it should be better in a few days.
Anyone else have any other kind of diaper rash? My kids teethed hard and were plagued with the fungal rash during bad teething periods. Any treatments I didn't mention?