After making some good progress with Dekker’s diaper rash this last week, he woke up this morning with yet again, open and raw bumps. He still has red bumps but they were getting sooo much better, until today. Yesterday, diaper changes were uneventful, even playful, but today they were thrashing and screaming again. So back to the doctor we went.
I’m come to a desperate point. I’ve debating switching to cloth diapers and wipes, I’ve debated potty training boot-camp style, I’ve debated daily baking soda baths, I’ve debated waking Dekker up in the night, and I’ve debated taking him to the hospital and getting the strongest stuff available. But as a last straw, I grabbed every prescription we’ve tried and all the info I had and headed to out walk-in.
We were so blessed again, to arrive to an empty waiting room again!! This is probably one of the busiest clinics in the city, but we have been sooo blessed the last three or four times we’ve went. We got in nice and quick and waited for just a couple minutes before a doctor arrived. He was very interested in what we had used and to what extent and how they all panned out. He listened great and read everything I brought him. He honestly said that the cream we had settled on using the most recently was the best move, so that felt good. I’ve been feeling like a total failure, not being able to solve this problem. But apparently that decision was the right now. He pointed out that an ingredient in one of the compound creams actually would have stung his skin on contact 🙁 That made me really sad, so also really glad that I trusted my gut and barely used that cream, even though it cost by far the most! The one cream that we have been using and seeing results with was the right one, but the container said to only use a thin layer a few times per day. He said the reason it isn’t working is because we’re too afraid to use too much. He said the rash Dekker has isn’t a scary looking rash at all and should easily clear up in a few days, but we need to be liberal with it! So he prescribed four times the amount we’d previously been given and said to use it every diaper change in the amount I would use if I were hypothetically using zinc or some kind of barrier cream. Just go hard. So we will, and I am confident this could be the end of it. Of course we will continue naken time and baking soda baths, probably for a good long while because this has been quite a frustrating ride. But we were in and out of the appointment in good time, and on our way to Superstore to fill the prescription.
Being that the amount ordered was four times bigger, the doctor warned us it could cost a decent amount. Not having a drug plan isn’t ideal but we do what we have to do for our kids. We were pleasantly surprised to leave paying $20 🙂 I guess Saskatchewan Health Care has some rule that kids under $15 shouldn’t have to pay more than $20 for a prescription. I’ll take it! So we picked up that, and shirt and some socks for Dekker, and a cute dress for my mom. We were looking for a little potty to hypothetically start the training process but they didn’t have anything! So we decided to hit up Walmart on our way out.
Sooooo glad we did! We found a great potty that triples as a potty, a step stool, and also had a detachable seat that can go on your toilet if you want your kid to learn both ways. After posting my scary potty training post the other day, Facebook consensus seemed to suggest having all the options available, and now I do!
Ya I know, its a picture of a potty, but I’m pretty pumped. It even has a “comfort seat” like toilets that all old people seem to have.
While walking through the baby stuff, we came across the car seats. We love the car seat that Dekker has used since he grew out of his bucket. Its a nice narrow design but he still fits in it great. We really like it for our small car, and we learned when we bought it that its sold all over but every store has a different color option. His is black with green accents. We thought it might be fun if we could get all of our kids the same seat but in different colors. When we bought his, Walmart carried this yucky maroony red that we didn’t like, so we opted for Babies r Us’s green one. Walmart had two colors today, and they were on rollback for just over $100. There was a really nice blue, and a pink. We have never seen a pink. So I confess, we did something super embarrassing and we bought a pink one. We’ll know relatively soon whether or not we’ll need a pink one and if not, we’ll bring it back and likely try to exchange it for a blue one, but I say again, we have NEVER seen a pink one and it was just way too cute to pass up! So it came home.
Our quick trip to the doctor turned into a somewhat expensive trip, but totally worth it! We even got a motion sensor floodlight for our house. There has been a huge jump in petty theft in my town and I’m a little nervous to be away this weekend, so hopefully this will work. Better than nothing anyway.
We felt so good coming home. We accomplished everything we were in the city to do, Dekker was a total champ, being that he was up waaay past his bedtime, and now the house is quiet and we’re ready to hit the sack. Sooo ready.
Hope everyone sleeps well! Thanks for listening to me lament about my baby’s bum and then celebrate silly purchases. I know, I get excited about mundane things these days but at least I’m joyful 🙂