In June Brooklin and I traveled to Pampers Baby Care Headquarters to discuss the then recent, diaper rash scare. While there I learned quite a bit about the brand I’ve trusted for so many years. I will be very clear from this point I so reviews on this website but I’ve never reviewed or been given any sort of compensation from Pampers.
What I found interesting is the fact that (this is proven) every time Pampers changes it’s diapers customers call in with complaints. No one likes change especially when it comes to moms and our children. Pampers has kept records since they started making diapers years ago. You can see statistically the number of complaints grow as a new diaper is released. Ever wonder why there is an Elmo on every diaper? Moms complained that their children would only wear the ones with Elmo on it. It’s funny because even as much as a character change can spark a huge debate.
So when Pampers started to receive complaints they were already aware this would happen. Even though the new Pampers Dry Max is made with the same exact ingredients complaints came in about diaper rashes. Only once it hit social media via Facebook did the word “burn” become thrown into the mix. Pampers has been making diapers for generations, their business is babies and as a customer I would never trust my child’s bum to another brand. So was Pampers putting babies at risk with this new Dry Max technology? The truth is, they sought answers and pulled in some of the brightest minds to take an unbiased view at the new diaper.
Here is where my own use as a real mother using a brand I’ve always trusted comes into play. Last month Brooklin suffered an ear infection, and major allergies set in. The doctor prescribed antibiotics but with the allergies we’d come to find out it wasn’t strong enough. Two weeks later Brooklin was put on an even stronger antibiotic and I was given a warning from her doctor. Diaper rash and possible infection can happen, antibiotics do that. I didn’t put much thought since both my children never have gotten a rash from an antibiotic. Both have done rounds, and with Kai being 5 she’s had them more times than Brooklin.
Sure enough diaper rash set in and I started my butt paste with constant diaper changes. I of course have been using Dry Max since it’s premiere so I knew it would go away. Usually her rash goes away within two days of doing the paste. Of course we were busy preparing for BlogHer and right before I left I noticed three red bumps. They were deep red and seemed to be up more towards her leg. I thought they looked odd and thought back to all the Facebook posts. I asked myself, was it the diaper? What am I doing wrong here? With all the commotion I didn’t think too much about it and kept doing my butt paste regimen.
Two days after arriving in New York my MIL called and said Brooklin was unusually grumpy. She too didn’t think too much about the diaper rash and took Brooklin on a long car ride. Brooklin was acting strange my normally overly happy child screamed the entire drive. My MIL also noticed she’d scream at points throughout the day. At this time the rash had gotten worse. Much worse, and after talking with her super crunchy friend she suggested she put her on a probiotic. After being on an antibiotic she thought her body could use it. And somehow over that day the topic of yeast came up, grown women it was bound to.
The next day my MIL says Brooklin has to go to a doctor and be seen. Her rash was not better and Brooklin was grabbing at herself, and just wasn’t doing any better. Sure enough that next day the doctor diagnoses Brooklin with a yeast infection.Every time she went to the bathroom it hurt so bad that she was screaming. Needless to say she got a prescription and the next day Brooklin was already in better spirits. By the time we came home Brooklin’s infection was gone.
This is where it all came back to me. My meetings at Pampers included a session with two doctors. One knows children and knows skin. He saw the pictures posted on Facebook and as a doctor came to this conclusion1. those children have yeast infections and skin infections 2. yeast infections causes deep red irritations 3 those children should have seen a doctor sooner 3. it’s not the diaper
I as a mom can see where the concerns come from. Brooklin should have been taken to a doctor sooner, but life happens. I as a mom thought I was doing my best. I thought I had everything right and I knew what I was doing.
I can tell you as a mom, a real mom with a baby who has been through it that the
Pampers Dry Max diaper did not cause the rash. And that’s okay.