I’m a bit overdue for this post — the “three months” part of the title is quickly becoming dated — time to write! We’ve made a good bit of progress since my first Elimination Communication (EC) post. While he’s still most definitely in diapers, Gabriel pees and poops on his potty regularly when we’re at home, and we’ve had some 24-48 hour stretches with only one or two wet diapers 🙂
I’m not amazing at reading his pee signals (if he’s giving them), so pee catches involve putting him on the potty at regular times: when he first wakes up, right after a meal, if he’s hanging out and it’s been awhile since a pee, etc. Poop signals are easier to read, but I still hesitate to interrupt a good feeding to rush him onto the pot.
The biggest issues at present? Diaper rash and the daycare dilemma.
Given the amount of diaper-free time The Dude has, and our use of cloth diapers, the diaper rash caught me off guard. After a weekend of intense air time helped, but didn’t heal, the irritated skin, I began to fear a yeast-based diaper rash. If you wish to avoid seriously disturbing photos, do NOT do a Google Image search for “yeast diaper rash.” You’ve been warned.
Unfortunately, I conducted the aforementioned search, and freaked out, sure that, despite looking nothing like most of those photos yet, Gabriel’s cute little bottom was doomed. I talked to the nurse at our pediatrician’s office, and based on my description, she recommended an OTC anti-fungal cream. Despite my preference for more natural alternatives, the possibility of the rash intensifying scared me into compliance.
Unfortunately, after a week and a half of the cream, plus a few natural remedies in the mix (cleaning with apple cider vinegar; applying tea tree oil and coconut oil), I question whether we’re making much progress. Although the general trend seems to be that it’s looking slightly better, it varies, and mommy’s not happy!
We’ve also switched to a different laundering method for our diapers, somewhat based on the method here, which means, for the time being, we’re using the gas dryer instead of the line to dry the diapers.
The biggest factor with the rash’s persistence may be the area where we have the least control — daycare.
The Daycare Dilemma
I really appreciate the caregivers’ willingness to work with the cloth diapers (I’m pretty sure Gabriel is their only CD baby), and they do a decent job of keeping him changed and dry, but they are still the weakest link, and, therefore, the major culprit in the ongoing diaper rash, at least in my mind.
Given how well Gabriel’s doing on the potty, it seems unfair to have two (and soon to be three) entire days where no one offers him the potty. Two weeks into daycare, I tentatively brought up EC with the caregivers. Not interested 😦
Solution: Potty him myself. I’m fortunate to be in a situation where I can go over and feed him while he’s at daycare. Offering him the potty while I’m there just makes sense, though it does add some extra time to the feedings.
Perhaps a well-established pattern of me offering the potty will lead to less wet and poopy diapers for the caregivers. Eventually, this may pique their interest in EC and offering the potty themselves. A girl can hope, right?
For more on EC, especially part-time EC, check out this article.