Newborn Rash

Teresa - posted on 04/28/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My newborn grandson, 13 days old, has a severe diaper rash on his bottom. It is very red, raw and bleeds if touched. The doctor prescribed ointment and said it should clear in a couple of days but it hasn't. Does anyone have any suggestions or home remedies?

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Cathelijn - posted on 04/28/2009

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My daughter had a diaper rash as well around that age and we tried everything, we also got a cream from the doctor to put on it twice a day. I would change her diaper every 2 hours ( even night time) and made sure the area was dry sometimes I would dry it with a hairdryer :-) and then put on vaseline so that any wetness stays away. Also don't use the babywipes use cotton wool and water to clean. I also tried to keep her out of her diaper as much as possible so it will dry out. I would put a towel on her plastic changing mat and let her sleep on that. It took about 7 days to clear and I now still put vaseline on her and she has never had it again.

Danna - posted on 04/28/2009

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It depends on the reason for the rash (yeast)...but I always used A&D ointment, it heals almost anything on adult or child...walmart has a good generic that is really cheap. Use it with every diaper change and when changing him let him air dry as much as possible...it helps alot. Also, try to avoid wipes with fragrances. They tend to make it worse. The natural wipes are more gentle or you can use damp clothes for cleaning.

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Annette - posted on 04/29/2009

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That happened to me when my baby was two weeks old. What worked for me was to leave her without diaper for like an hour every day to let the area get dry. Then I woud use petroleum jelly and put the diaper back on. The rash disapeared in a couple of days.

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Cynthia - posted on 04/29/2009

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is he breast fed or formula? If breast fed he might be reacting to something you are eating. I couldn't drink anything citrus(orange juice, lemonade, ice tea with citrus in it, lemon tea, etc) or acidic fruits (kiwi, strawberry, pineapple) with my first and same thing with my second. It made/makes them both have extreme diaper rash. But once I gave up citrus juices or other acidic fruits during the first few months they were great. I just ate differnt less acidic fruits such as peaches, mangoes, nectarines, and bananas, etc. otherwise it sounds like your hands-on bum care for your little one is right one track. Hope this helps and good luck.

Teresa - posted on 04/28/2009

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Thanks so much. She has tried the A&D and a couple more creams plus the prescription ointment with no luck. We'll try the vaseline and see if it helps and try letting it air dry a little longer. It does look somewhat better today. It isn't as moist looking. I forgot to add when I asked the question that no baby wipes have been used since he got the rash in the hospital while in NICU and they told us not to use them. Just clear water poured over his bottom with gauze pads or a baby washcloth with no rubbing the area, just blotting lightly. The slightest rubbing makes it bleed. Thank you so much for your replies and advice.

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