The rash has never gotten "bad". That's because I treat at every single diaper change. If I miss treating, for any reason, the redness gets a little bigger and a whole lot brighter.
My pediatrician (well...the NP at my pediatrician's office) was going to call in an oral Rx. My Genius Brother said it was time for me to get his magic topical Rx. I decided topical was probably better than oral - especially since my brother is a genius and all - so I had him text me the "recipe" and the NP called it in for me.
The compounding pharmacy was going to charge over $50 for a small container of Dr. Dork's Super Magic Butt Paste.
Now, I love Rex and all. But $50 out-of-pocket for butt paste?! (Medicaid doesn't cover most compounded prescriptions.) I committed to doing a better job of treating with the OTC stuff that I had and making sure that the barrier cream I applied was thick and covered everything. (MGB said that the reason the OTC stuff wasn't working was because the barrier cream wasn't working well enough. He also suggested that I switch diaper brands two weeks ago. I did that and got really good at covering Rex's rear with cream.) I declined on the Rx.
The rash remained. It didn't get better. So I went shopping on Amazon.
This is where it gets a little funny and awfully embarrassing.
I've used Dr. Dork's Super Magic Butt Paste before. There was a small period of time, when TT and Bart were little, that I lived in the same house as my brother and his family while Mr. Amazing worked at a temporary job in North Dakota and then at another temporary job in South Carolina. My brother had some for his kid (the same age as Bart). I borrowed it. The Magic Butt Paste works really, really well.
So I should have been thinking when I wrote the recipe down. But...I wasn't. The recipe calls for:
15 grams of ostomy paste
4 oz. of zinc oxide
30 grams of nystatin powder
I ordered all the ingredients off of Amazon.
I started to mix the recipe together. I put the ostomy paste in first.
Then I realized I hadn't really thought things through very well.
15 grams of the paste wasn't going to be enough of a base to absorb 4 ounces of zinc oxide powder and 30 grams of nystatin powder.
(hangs head in shame)
But...I had been to the Wal-Mart (said with a redneck accent) and had just bought a new tube of generic Desitin. Four ounces on the nose. I moved the ostomy paste to larger container, squirted in the zinc oxide CREAM and added 30 grams of the nystatin powder.
Now...does anyone have a good recipe for homemade Desitin or sunblock? I've got a lot of zinc oxide powder to use up somewhere.