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 Posted: Sun Apr 25th, 2010 03:42 am
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I learned this from Louise Freeman who was born and spent most of her life here on this farm.

Our first summer in the mountains we were camping out in the barn and our not-quite one year old had a bad case of diaper rash. I'd tried various powders and ointments but nothing was working.

Then Louise took over. She scraped a previously occupied dirt dauber's nest off the back porch wall, broke it up and picked out the remains of the larvae cases.


Next came grinding the hardened mud into powder.


(I have a nifty mortar and pestle, made by the multi-talented Ellen Graf, author of The Natural Laws of Good Luck; I think Louise just used the bottom of a bottle.)



It's ground pretty fine but I'm going to put it through a strainer to get rid of any remaining spider bits.



And voila! As fine as any dusting powder.

I put it on a square of loose woven linen (cotton would do fine -- an old handkerchief is perfect) and tie the fabric into a little bag.



Perfect for powdering a baby bottom -- or anywhere on anyone who's suffering from heat rash --"galded" (galled) in the mountain term.

And yes, my baby's rash was gone the next day.

http://vickilanemysteries.blogspot.com/2009/09/dirt-dauber-medicine.html

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 Posted: Sun Apr 25th, 2010 05:50 am
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Bizarre. What would ever make you dream of putting mud and crushed wasp larvae on your baby's behind?...or on anything else?
I'll skip this home remedy.



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 Posted: Sun Apr 25th, 2010 12:02 pm
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I thought diaper rash was caused by keeping a wet diaper on an baby too long....change the diaper sooner,,,rash goes away,,,right


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(dont forget i'm a 65 year old single man so maybe i am wrong)

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glenn/dallas wrote:

I thought diaper rash was caused by keeping a wet diaper on an baby too long....change the diaper sooner,,,rash goes away,,,right


:smile:


(dont forget i'm a 65 year old single man so maybe i am wrong)

Yes and no.  If you change the baby often, the baby's behind does not get diaper rash.  Once the rash is there, you need to cleanse all the waste material that is clinging to the skin, then apply some water barrier (cream/lotion etc.)  to the area so that the acid in the urine and feces won't irritate the skin further.



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 Posted: Sun Apr 25th, 2010 08:20 pm
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You can also just put them naked on a blanket and let them air the gentle bits off.  That works wonders and it's a good time to take teenager-blackmail, naked-butt pictures.
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 Posted: Sun Apr 25th, 2010 08:25 pm
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Aspiring Lush wrote: You can also just put them naked on a blanket and let them air the gentle bits off.  That works wonders and it's a good time to take teenager-blackmail, naked-butt pictures.
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:spit: Sounds like something my evil mother did.



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 Posted: Sun Apr 25th, 2010 10:03 pm
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Bob Of Burleson wrote:

I learned this from Louise Freeman who was born and spent most of her life here on this farm.

Our first summer in the mountains we were camping out in the barn and our not-quite one year old had a bad case of diaper rash. I'd tried various powders and ointments but nothing was working.

Then Louise took over. She scraped a previously occupied dirt dauber's nest off the back porch wall, broke it up and picked out the remains of the larvae cases.


Next came grinding the hardened mud into powder.


(I have a nifty mortar and pestle, made by the multi-talented Ellen Graf, author of The Natural Laws of Good Luck; I think Louise just used the bottom of a bottle.)



It's ground pretty fine but I'm going to put it through a strainer to get rid of any remaining spider bits.



And voila! As fine as any dusting powder.

I put it on a square of loose woven linen (cotton would do fine -- an old handkerchief is perfect) and tie the fabric into a little bag.



Perfect for powdering a baby bottom -- or anywhere on anyone who's suffering from heat rash --"galded" (galled) in the mountain term.

And yes, my baby's rash was gone the next day.

http://vickilanemysteries.blogspot.com/2009/09/dirt-dauber-medicine.html
I have enough dirt dauber nests in my barn to  become a millionaire. I have thought of other uses.....BARN ART!!

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 Posted: Mon Apr 26th, 2010 12:36 am
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Yea that used to be pretty well known. The normal wet diaper doesn't really cause rash. I guess it would if left on forever. It's mostly poop that causes diaper rash. It can also be caused from the detergent used to wash diapers in or allergies to store bought paper diapers. Lanoline is a great rash ointment unless you have wool allergies.



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