Because of all of this, I should have known better the first time I put that Huggies diaper on her little butt. Since she was born, we've used Pampers diapers. We received Pampers Swaddlers at baby showers and loved them, so we just stayed with that particular brand. Now, she's in the Cruisers. I usually buy the diapers when I go to town, but we ran out the other day. I sent my husband to the grocery store to buy more, and he came home with a package of Huggies. They're a few dollars cheaper, so I was hoping they would work.
Upon changing the first of the Huggies diapers, I noticed a deep red rash. It was different than a typical diaper rash. It covered the entire area, was dry, and wasn't broken up into separate bumps. I simply can't stand my daughter having diaper rashes. I don't want her to be uncomfortable or irritated, so I constantly change her diapers and keep the area clean and dry. When I saw the new rash, I cleaned it, let it dry, then covered her in Desitin. That usually does the trick, but it didn't work this time. I repeated this process each time I changed her diaper, and it was only getting worse. Her diet hadn't changed; she hadn't been exposed to anything unusual. After about two days of this, I decided it had to be the diapers. I found a few Pampers in a diaper bag and used those until we could get back to the store. After 3 of the Pampers diapers (and the cleaning, drying, and Desitin), the rash started to get better. It's been about 24 hours now, and the rash has improved significantly. It had to be the Huggies.
I don't know if it is something in the Huggies diapers or the fact that my daughter is just used to the Pampers and reacted poorly to the switch, but I won't be using Huggies again. I'm not saying Huggies diapers are bad or that you shouldn't use them. I'm sure there are babies out there who are allergic to Pampers as well. Just consider the diaper allergy as an option if your baby suddenly develops terrible diaper rash and you've explored all other causes and treatments.
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