Last week I came home from work one day to see our French bulldog’s tush less like a dog’s rear and more like one of those monkey’s with the giant red behind. Oddly enough, my brain first went to diaper cream – was it a reaction to something I’d put on him? And then I realized no, it wasn’t a reaction because I don’t put diaper cream on the dog (not yet, anyway). I called our vet and my suspicions were confirmed: he had a badly infected anal gland. The vet’s first suggestion was to put hot compresses on the gland in order to get it to rupture. After spending a few minutes contemplating how I would get the squirmy 30lb dog to let us put warm compresses on his rear, it dawned on me: cloth doggie diapers!
We didn’t end up needing the doggie diaper, though it was tempting. I’ll spare you the details on how an infected anal gland was cleaned, but let’s just say the dog now has his own “diaper” cream and I’m glad humans don’t have anal glands to get infected.
Unrelated to the dog’s rear end, our son now has a case of yeast diaper rash that is annoying me to no end. At first it responded well to Angel Baby Bottom Balm, which I absolutely adore. We got some CJ’s BUTTer for daycare (they love it, by the way) but that hasn’t done much. The pediatrian recommended Lotrimin, which hasn’t seemed to do much.
I’ve spent hours scouring the internet for treatments and hours washing, rewashing, and “airing out” anything related to the baby heiny. The most common words in our home right now are “tea tree oil”, “GFSE (grapefruit seed extract)”, “vinegar”, and my favorite, “lotrimin” (aka, the stuff for jock itch. My 5 month old has jock itch? Oy.).
We don’t seem to be making much progress but I’m hoping soon, because there’s a lot of extra butt maintanence going on here lately. Ironically, the baby was a monkey for halloween – perhaps he was going for his turn at being the red-butted monkey? I’ll be excited when all butts in our household are back to normal, that’s for sure.