Severe Diaper Rash Burns

Kelly - posted on 08/16/2009 ( 50 moms have responded )

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I have a 10 week old (one of twins) who has had a diaper rash since we brought her home from the NICU. It's not a rash in the classic sense but more of a burn with open sores from the acidity in her liquidy stool. We have been to multiple doctors (general and pediatrician) and we have tried multiple ointments and creams ( nyastatin/aquafor/cortizone, butt paste, desitin, and zinc oxide/antibiotic mixes among others) but noting seems to help. She was even given an oral antibiotic & that helped at first, but then it flared up again. We have an appt. with a dermatologist and are trying to get in to see a gastroenterologist if he will return our call.



We have tried formula but it doesn't seem to matter and we change her diaper very often and have let her air dry on absorbent mats.



Her cries & screams make us feel helpless & we need HELP!!!



If anyone has seen this before and has any advice please let me know.

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D'Lisha - posted on 08/16/2009

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Hi my son was in the nicu for 10 days. He had a pull through surgery due to Hirschsprung's Disease. When we got home his bottom was just like that and the screams were terrible. We tried cream after cream, even went to the er several times due to it breaking open and bleeding. HELP arrived in the forms of Dyflican (meds for thrush and yeast infections, because they can get them on their bottoms too), Also a cream called ILEX skin protectant paste with a cream over it called Proshield Plus skin protectant. You can get these at pharmacies over the counter but you may have to ask them to order it too. Put a thick layer of the ILEX on affected area and then the Pro shield over that. Hope this helps/ It worked wonders for us. Good Luck

Spring - posted on 09/23/2013

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I used polysporin, it worked immediately. it was a tiny rash, about 2 cm long, that started and penaten was not working, the poly worked. No crying and no scarring!

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Rhonda - posted on 08/21/2009

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Hi there...my twins have very sensitive skin also. We tried everything from baby powder, cornstarch, creams, cortisone, etc. Nothing worked on its own. The best thing we used was coconut oil! It works amazingly! Not the one with beta carotene. We get ours from the herbal store. Olive oil works also, but takes a bit longer. The coconut oil made there poor bottoms clear within 48 hours. Now we use Ihles paste on their bottoms with each diaper change as a precaution. It has 25% zinc oxide, cornstarch, mineral oil, lanolin, paraffin and white petrolatum, and is quite inexpensive also. I was at my wits end until we tried this. Good luck. Hope your twin responds well to whichever treatment you try.



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Nancy - posted on 08/21/2009

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My baby was in the NICU for a month i use A&D ointment. It works magic. But you have to put alot if its really bad. Keep the butt very very dry. Change pampers often and when it starts to clear up you can settle down. Also check with a dermatologist just to see if its going to take something not over the counter. I wish you the best of luck and best wishes for you and you little one.

Natalie - posted on 08/21/2009

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I have used paw paw ointment when my little one got sever nappy rash similar to your situation and it worked wonders - also try leaving her air dry but with a bit of filtered sunlight on her as this also helped wonders for us.
I hope you manage to fix it as it really does make for an unhappy baby and a stressed mum

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I used bottom butter but never had this kind of rash. I would suggest changing brand of diapers and wipes asap. i have a cousin who couldn'r wear pampers and huggies wipes gave him a rash. Go naked as often as you can to get air to the rash so it can heal.

Jannessa - posted on 08/19/2009

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i guess it depend where ur from im in australia n use vasaline or paw paw ointment they r cheap n worked wonders on my boy plus the tub lasts for ages. i dont use baby powder cause it irritates it more! let us know wat how it goes :D

Sumi - posted on 08/19/2009

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My daughter had this and it turned out that it was an allergy to her diapers. We had to try 5 different brands before finding one that she could use. To clear up her rash we did baking soda sitz baths and instead of wipes, we used disposable washcloths (we used Huggies Natural Care - cut them up into smaller pieces and wet them to use the soap then rinsed her in warm water and used a towel to blot dry then cold air from a blow dryer). We also discovered she is allergic to the zinc in diaper rash ointments so we switched to vaseline (the non-fragrance kind, not the ironically baby fresh scent vaseline stores stock in the baby section). Good luck!

Paige - posted on 08/19/2009

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if yyou are using cloth, switch to disposable, cloth often can cause nappy rash. Otherwise try doing the opposite. If your breastfeeding, maybe it is something that you eat often and she is havng a reaction to it. Otherwise maybe if normal formular is doing nothing try a specialised formular. your chemist should be able to help. Hope all works out for you. The otehr thing i would say is bepanthen cream, works wonders, it is an antiseptic nappy rash cream!

Jackie - posted on 08/19/2009

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I would suggest using nipple cream. You know, what mothers use on their nipples when breast feeding. A friend told me about it and I wouldnt at first. I decided to use it and the rash was gone the next time I changed my baby butt.

Dacia - posted on 08/19/2009

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My daughter had some open sores, my mother-in-law got us Aquaphor from Eucerin. It worked well for me. I put it on her sores and let her dry for while, wiped it off and then put diaper cream on when I put the diaper on. Good luck!!

Dyan - posted on 08/19/2009

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Try the Emu oil or I used Lotrimin! (it's for athletes foot and jock itch.) worked for my kids. Good luck!

Tiffany - posted on 08/19/2009

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We switched to Pampers sensitive wipes and diapers for a while. When the rash was really bas we didn't use wipes we washed his bum over the sink with johnsons baby soap and dried well. The Dr said to leave a diaper off for as long as possible to get air down there and Also to mix neosporin and Original desitin. The rash was gone within days!!!

Kelly - posted on 08/19/2009

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My daughter is now 7 months old and she still gets a sore bottom like that Have tried several dif creams, most just make it worse. Had the doc tell me to try using an antifungal cream and it orked wonders. now if she even starts getting pink i use it and within an hour or two its cleared up. Turns out she is very prone to yeast infections. has been since bearth. If that is ur baby problem and it helps... just for the recor.. if ur baby starts getting a white filmy mouth.. Yogurt is the way to go. the bacteria in it works wonderful. have heard yogurt on the bottom works too but i just cant see myself putting yogurt on her bottom. But u could try it. =) I am a dedicated user of the antifungal cream though. Hope it helps

Nicole - posted on 08/19/2009

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Try polysporin, My son had a bad diaper rash that kept bleeding and I tried some poly on it one day and it worked wonders

Kate - posted on 08/19/2009

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I work in a nicu and also have worked with older bubs as a nurse and when nappy rash is that sore we clean with water and soft gauze and air it out as much as possible. we use Conveen Critic Barrier Cream its a green tube and then put stomahesive powder over the top to cake it on. regular nappy changes 2 hourly at least. this is recommended by the wound and stomal nurses at work... hope it helps a bit!

Amanda - posted on 08/18/2009

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brown flour you put flour in a pan and you brown it let it cool and put in in the diaper when you change it it help dry it

it may sound different but it works on my son and my sister 4 kids hope it helps

Crystal - posted on 08/18/2009

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I am not sure where you live at, but you may ask your doctor to prescribe the same thing they ended up using on my son to get his to go away. He was in the NICU for 27 days and he was on two different very strong antibiotics for over a week and had horrible diarrhea. They tried zinc oxide and it didn't work. His bottom was very red and raw, and was bleeding. They called it a "lollipop" treatment. It's the same thing they use on patients who have the colon bags. (I forget what it's called) We had to give him a sitz bath once or twice a day and let him air dry. Then they had a lollipop looking thing that you wiped on his bottom everywhere that it was inflamed once a day. Then you used a powder. I have it but I'd have to look at it and see what its called, and then put desitin on over it. Every diaper change you used the powder and desitin, and within 24-48 hrs, it was improving drastically! They sent me home with everything but the lollipop thing, just in case, and I've only had to use it a couple of times when we first changed his formula after coming home. I don't remember what it was called again, but the doctor in the NICU highly recommended it and it worked. He would cry everything he farted because he would end up having a BM. It was horrible. I've never seen a baby with that bad of a "diaper rash".

Donna - posted on 08/18/2009

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use cornstarch instead of anything elsein a day or 2 the rash will be gone I promise this works

Alla - posted on 08/18/2009

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TRIPLE PASTE medicated ointment helped with my baby's rashes and my sisters have used it as well on their children...It really helps... ;-)

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im sure you heard but ill write it, every diaper change, use soap n water very soft cloth to cleanse thoroughly, and you can use baby oil. oil is a healing agent. so use baby oil .and the baby ointment with the vitamin in it. hope this works. poor babies. try to rush and clean the diapers right away when you notice they need a change. pee or dirty.

Jessica - posted on 08/18/2009

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try different diapers. maybe she is allergic to them. same thing happened to my neice

Marcia - posted on 08/18/2009

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Hi Kelly



Sorry to hear about your baby. I've read that persistant nappy rash changes into trush so be careful that you're not given the wrong info by your doc if they're not a paediatrician (baby doctor). They'll know everything there is to know about babies and the upto date conditions, but in the mean time I think you should buy some organic cream called Hypercal. It's great for healing skin problems and even though it says it's to be used on cuts and grazes but I used it to speed up the healing. I've used it on Aaron's nappy rash and then put Bepanthan nappy rash cream ontop. Within a few days it's almost gone, and it had it a week. When they start teething it's the worse time for more frequent runny poos, and Aaron's got one and half teeth right now, and he's not a suffer of nappy rash normally.

I make sure that after I've used the wipes at his nappy changes I use cotton wool pad to dry up the excess moisture and then I put the Bepanthan on, and he'snot had rashes.



I hope this works, and if it does just keep using the Bepanthan, cause it's ace.

All the best.

Rene' - posted on 08/18/2009

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RESINOL, RESINOL RESINOL!!! I CANT TELL YOU JUST HOW GOOD THIS STUFF IS OTHER THAN FOR YOU TO TRY IT. WE HAVE TO GET IT AT THE PHARMACY BUT YOU DO NOT NEED A PRESCRIPTION. IT IS WONDERFUL. MY DAUGHTER HAD WHAT SOUNDS LIKE YOURS HAS, LOOKED LIKE BLISTERS THAT WOULD BUST OPEN AND BLEED I WOULD LET HER CRAWL AROUND WITH NO DIAPER TRYING TO HELP UNTIL I FOUND THIS....LET ME KNOW.

Sam - posted on 08/18/2009

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our little girl can only be in cloth nappies other wise she gets a nasty rash, we tried sudocream and it works wonders!

Chantelle - posted on 08/18/2009

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Had the same problem and found just by bathing your baby in a bit honey flavourd herbal tea is good, can also use camomile tea, helps to relax the broken skin.

:-) hope it helps

Jaime - posted on 08/17/2009

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After delivering our nurse told us to put alittle baby shampoo on a wipe or wash cloth. Give a quick wipe and it gets them clean and fresh. It takes all the residue off which causes less irritation! So far it has worked like a charm and he smells so clean!

Kristen - posted on 08/17/2009

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my son had a severe diaper rash when he was about that same age that was also from "acidic stools". it looked almost like popped blisters and would even bleed when i had to try to clean him off with wipes. he would scream and i felt aweful. when i took him to the dr he told me it was from the formula he was on which was nutramigen. he gave me a precription for 2 different medicines to switch using the opposite one every diaper change and also put the regular diaper rash cream over the prescription ointments. the dr first told me not to change formulas and just try the ointments. the ointments really helped but i decided to go ahead and change him to alimentum and within 2 or 3 days with using both creams and switching formulas his rash was all cleared up. i dont have the names of the ointments handy right now but if you are interested in knowing send me a message and i will definitely try and find the bag with the left over ointment in it. i know i was desperate to find somthing to help.

Cherie - posted on 08/17/2009

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awwe poor baby...my baby has had a bad diaper rash and I have used "Butt Paste" and seriously most of the rash was gone by in the morning...U can get it in any store Wal-mart or Walgreens..I hope it works 4 ya..

Krystal - posted on 08/17/2009

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I would use corn starch. It will take out the burn and it absorbs the wetness. It keeps it from spreading

Lynlee - posted on 08/17/2009

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Our son suffers from sores on his butt like what you are describing, on and off for about 18 months. We used cloth nappies and eventually figured out that it was probably a bacterial rash. We fixed it by washing the nappies in hot water instead of cold and using flannels to wipe after poo and wee instead of wipes. He has been fine for the past month!

JENNIFER - posted on 08/17/2009

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instead of all of the ointments and creams try BABY POWDER. it worked for my son

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Wipe her with warm rinsed out wipes and use an old bedsore remedy. Mix equal parts desitin, A&D, and liquid mylanta. It works over night on my daughter, good luck

Aisling - posted on 08/17/2009

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hi my twins were the same the white of an egg works really well as a barrier and cleared thier little bums up better then all the creams i bought it really works!!!!!! corn flour is good too but not as effective also loads of free nappy time

Sara - posted on 08/17/2009

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For sores like that you can use Maalox (not the mint kind, it will burn). Just spread a good amount of Maalox on her bottom and dry it (you can use a fan, hair dryer, etc to help it go faster). After it dries, put some vasaline over it, the maalox will help it dry up. I thought this was weird, but my mom who has been a nurse for 40 years told me they use it on patients to help with bedsores and things, it helps to dry the sores out.



Also, my coworker's daughter had problems with horrible rashes on her bottom and it turned out to be a milk protein allergy...hope it gets better soon!

Kimmy - posted on 08/17/2009

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My son had a bad diaper rash like that. My doctor told me to use mylanta on his but to reduce the acidity of his stool and urine and to use antifungal cream to get rid of th rash

Hanna - posted on 08/17/2009

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virtually every baby goes through a bad case of diaper rash. my son started having one around 3 weeks because he started moving around and kicking and his butt cheeks rubbed together & caused blisters (literally blisters -- looked like an open wound that didn't bleed but was always wet). what i did was the following;

1. stop using baby wipes until the rash goes away and rinse him under warm water when changing diaper or alternatively, carefully pad town with a wet washcloth.

2. buy a cream that contains camomile or shea butter and use that on the rash

3. buy a diaper rash cream -- you might need to buy several to see which one works best on your baby (and unfortunately those aren't cheap) but the one that i found worked best (in combination with the healing one) is A+D with zinc oxide (the white one) because it doesn't get absorbed and creates a nice thick layer on top of the wound so that it doesn't get irritated further. alternatively, if you're in Europe, Nivea Baby Cream (the one in a metal blue jar) works miracles too -- same principle -- it doesn't get absorbed, but creates a protective barrier giving the skin an opportunity to heal.
4. buy bigger diapers and slightly bigger clothes -- especially for a boy, it's good to have room down there for the diaper to expand when the baby pees without sticking to the skin and irritating it. in the long run, this practice will also help you avoid other problems down there (as my doctor told me, boys grow out of clothes and diapers different from girls, so while with girls you can go by weight to determine the size you need, with boys you really need to put one on and make sure there's room to move around & expand). if the diaper gets full & it starts getting all squashed up, it's time to get bigger clothes.

5. after the diaper rash goes away, i can't stress enough how important a good lotion is to lube down the baby down there. the one i found that works miracles is huggies with shea butter -- it works miracles & if you register at huggies.com, they'll send you coupons for it too so you can buy it for about $2 and works so much better than johnson. ever since i started using it, my son pretty much stopped having diaper rash and if he does get a little redness because his daddy still doesn't know how to put the diaper on correctly, i put some on and it goes away within 3-6 hrs.

i hope this helps. good luck!

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corn starch- if it is yeast or bacterial the corn starch will only feed the rash and make it 10x as bad. If you think about trying this I would suggest asking your Dr. just to be sure. That was the one thing I wa sdoing wrong some of the baby products have that in it and fragrence and those 2 things will make it spred like a fire. Our lil gal 's spred down her legs.

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My son did the SAME thing when he was born and plain old Vaseline did the trick. I was online, in the doctors office, did the Desitin, Butt-paste and the actual 'butt cream' over the pharmacy counter, NOTHING, but the cheap generic vaseline worked with airing him out in 3 days. I cried over my son's butt looking so bad because I knew it had to be incredibly painful. I felt so bad and there was NOTHING I could do. I couldn't change him any more often and tried everything. The vaseline was my last resort and it worked. GOOD LUCK!!!

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Yes it sounds like a bacterial infection and or yeast. Most diaper rashes are just that. We also had to be put on dyflucan but what really worked for me was gentian violet (A dye used in microscopy as a biological stain and in medicine as a bactericide, fungicide, and anathematic,) you can get it at most stores with a pharmacy. Now it can be used orally to clear thrush and it can be used on the skin as an antiseptic but it clears up bacterial and yeast infections it will turn the skin a blue color for a few days but it works! I would call your Dr just to let them know what you are doing and see if they agree. Our Dr. told me to use it when out lil gal for a bad case of thrush and nothing cleared it up we did a bunch of oral meds that did not work. But Then our Dr said this is the last resort try this 3times a day twice a week and bamo it worked in the first week. Now I use it on her bottom when I see any rash in addition to destine cream and she has not had a prob since then. :)- Good luck and God bless! Let us know what works:)-

Candice - posted on 08/17/2009

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i was going to say yeast infection too. open sores usually makes me think yeast. easy cheap fix is water with some vinegar in it (more water than vinegar or it will hurt). avoid treating the open sores but try that on the other areas and see if it helps. if it does you can put a little on the sores too. any yeast infection topical cream will help too.

Brooke - posted on 08/17/2009

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when my daughter was only a few weeks old she had the same thing.. 2 huge sores on each side that bled. We used creams and it cleared up for a while but then it came back soon after. The best thing we did was to change her wipes from those curash ones to the cheapest ones we could find and we used olive oil.. trust me give it a go, it worked wonders for us. I wont bother using anything else :-) goodluck!

Katy - posted on 08/16/2009

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My baby had a similar thing. My doctor told me to do air dry/hair dry. Let the baby sit without a diaper as long as you dare...then use a hairdryer on cold setting with your hand against their skin so you know how hot it is to completely dry the areas. Then we did a layer of neosporin/polysporin, then nystatin, then desitin or diaper rash cream. Basically there needed to be 1/8 of of the cream layers between the skin and the diaper. Cleared him up within the week. It worked great for us.

Cassie - posted on 08/16/2009

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there is a herbal store in az that has 2 great ointments that could work. you can contact them about it. i know that they had something like this on their website about a little girl that had the same problem. go to http://www.mobuherbals.com the ointments that would help is the s.o.s. and the x-tracting. call them they will help you out 1-877-396-6628 they back their products too so if it doesnt work you can send it back and get a refund. i used to work there.

Sunny - posted on 08/16/2009

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I would suggest trying emu oil. It works really well with cuts, grazes, rashes etc so it may just work with the sever nappy rash. It must be terrible for bub and you, I really feel for you.

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