Tuesday, 5 November 2013: Two Hundred and Eighteen Days Old.
I think it’s time for a nappy rash update.
The ongoing no-nappy routine has been long and tedious; after every wee Ayla’s bathed and dried and new cream put on. Then I remove, rinse and wash the dirty linen/clothes/mat before replacing it with clean stuff.
At night time, Ayla wakes up after every wee so I’ve been getting up to do the routine in the dark but adding in a change of bedding and new pyjamas.
And then when we go out it’s a matter of packing countless cloths, wraps, changes of clothes, wipes, face washers and creams.
It’s also important to note that on top of all this our washing machine is broken and can only handle a quarter of a load at a time.
Regardless of all the hassle over the past three weeks though, it’s been worth it to see a difference no matter how slow the results have been.
But I’m now thinking Ayla might have some kind of allergy (instead of an infection) because as soon as her wee touches her skin the “rash” flares up, almost instantly.
Everyone has been so wonderful in providing me with advice and support and I’m grateful for the group effort (go Team Baby Ayla!)
Wednesday, 30 October 2013; Two Hundred and Twelve Days Old.
Ayla and I ventured out to the shops for supplies today…. We’re in for the long haul.
It’s been two weeks and still Ayla’s nappy rash hasn’t cleared. We’ve been back to the doctors a couple of times but she assures me we’re doing everything we can.
So, in order to get some sort if normality back I stocked up on baby undies (I think they’re supposed to be nappy covers) and a couple of t-shirts.
Up until now I’ve mostly dressed Baby Ayla in pretty little frocks, but a shirt and undies are much easier for on-the-go changes now that Ayla’s nappy-less.
And of course Ayla was a good girl so she got to pick out a toy as well… It’s really not hard to spend a hundred bucks when your shopping for baby!
Friday, 18 October 2013: Two Hundred and One Days Old.
It’s been over 36 hours without a nappy now and all is going well.
Ayla had the best nights sleep in ages last night; instead of waking every two to four hours, she slept eight hours and then another four.
I felt like a new woman this morning and I’m sure Ayla did too. Her rash was looking MUCH better and her morning smiles were proof.
But as the day wore on and got hotter, so too did the nappy rash.
We had a lunch date to attend so instead of nappies I dressed Ayla in tiny cotton underpants that I changed after every wee.
Ayla was the epitome of bravery and dignity the whole time. She didn’t complain or bat an eyelid when I stripped her down in the dress store, or when she wet herself at sushi… She was happy and smiling and glad to be alive.
I think Ayla’s been enjoying all the naked time, and I know she’s loved the fun new positions and activities we’ve been doing to minimise the damage caused by impending accidents.
I feel like I’m making it up to her, slowly, and it’s good to know she’s on the mend, but its such an awful uncomfortable thing that I wish I could snap my fingers and take it all away.
Thursday, 17 October 2013: Two Hundred Days Old.
Ayla’s had a nudie-bum all day today, and she’s gonna stay that way until we get this darn nappy rash under control.
The rash has been there in minor since I first blogged about it weeks ago, but this morning it flared up and spread to Ayla’s gorgeous chubby thighs.
It’s so awful to see my flawless and precious Baby Ayla tired and in pain because it hurts to wee….
So after a quick phone consult with my mum this morning it was off to the doctors for Ayla and I, hoping to find a safe, quick, cheap and effective solution.
But alas, the doctor declared the rash was indeed “very bad” and prescribed a course of creams to knock it on the head and ease Ayla’s discomfort ASAP.
As much as I tell myself that nappy rash is normal, and common, and part and parcel of living in the tropics, I still feel guilty.
There seems to be countless – literally countless – remedies, solutions and preventative measures out there to keep Ayla’s bottom as smooth as a baby’s should be and I’ve gone and selected the few that didn’t work.
I’m so sorry baby!! Mummy’s gonna make it better soon xx