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2-3 days ago our 2-week old infant son started passing 5-7 stools per day, usually during or immediately after a feeding. We are feeding him with Isomil Advance. There is usually some grunt-related effort with this; sometimes it just passes without effort. The stools themselves seem ordinary enough (mustard color and seedy).

What we have noticed is that his rear/butt around the anus is getting red and irritated. We have used desitin for the past few days and it has not improved (nor does it seem to be getting much worse). We used Desitin and have moved to A&D ointment to relieve the redness. We are also wondering if we should stop cleaning with pampers wipes every time and start using a warm damp cloth, or is wiping our newborn with frequent stools going to cause irritation no matter what?


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replied January 11th, 2007
Caring for Your Newborn Answer A2103
The irritation your son is experiencing is probably caused by his frequent stools and washing. If the irritation is caused by diapers, there would be redness and irritation not only around anus but also in the front and on the sides of the pelvis. You can continue using A&D ointment. To exclude any possibility of allergic reaction, you can stop using synthetic diapers for a while and continue with cotton diapers. Further, you can consult a pediatrician about the cause of his frequent stools and a dermatologist if the irritation does not go away.
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