Boyish Charm

Let’s Talk About Bums

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I’m sharing #JOHNSONS in my life as part of a JOHNSON’S® sponsored series for Socialstars™.

You hear all kinds of stories about things that have no relevancy to your life. You ignore them. Not part of your life. Never going to be part of your life. And then it happens.


When I saw that angry red rash on my little guy’s hinder parts, I panicked.

Blame it on new mom hormones, but I felt like a heat bubble burst inside of me and immediately my face was flaming. I looked more red than my baby’s bum.



I thought diaper rash only happened to babies whose mothers didn’t care enough to frequently change their diapers.

I cared. A lot. I was a good mom…wasn’t I?

Oh-so-carefully I wiped baby’s bum with a warm washcloth and let it air dry. I grabbed my new-mom manual and looked up rash. It said I needed an ointment.

I remembered receiving some in one of my baby shower gift bundles. It was one of those gifts I didn’t think I’d ever need. Where was it?

With repentant cooing I slathered my recovered diaper rash cream all over the offended terrain. In anguish I re-read what the manual said about diaper rash.

It’s the most common skin disorder of infants. Yes, leaving a wet diaper on too long can cause it, but I didn’t do that. Friction, irritation, a candida infection or allergic reaction could be the culprit—skin sensitivity and chafing is not unusual.

And then the best news: Diaper rash usually clears up with simple home treatments of air drying, more frequent diaper changes and protective barriers.

Right then the small tube of diaper rash cream was my favorite baby shower gift.


Since that experience both of my sensitive, fair-skinned boys have had their little bums slathered with JOHNSONS’S® DESITIN® products on several occasions.

Now my good-mom supply drawer always has either DESITIN® multi-purpose ointment (good for minor cuts and burns, too), DESITIN® maximum strength original paste (strongest treatment available without a prescription) or DESITIN® rapid relief diaper rash cream (creamy and smooth).


This more experienced mom knows it’s much better to be prepared for stories with a happy ending.


You just wouldn’t want your roaring dinosaur to look like a flaming dragon.

Melodee Fiske

Melodee is a mom of two energetic and independent boys who fuel her need for coffee. She is a foodie who loves creating and photography so has combined her passions to share with the world. When she’s not behind the camera, she’s giving piggy back rides, building car tracks or running to Target…again.