Is it ok to use baby power to prevent diaper rash?

Shelly - posted on 01/12/2010 ( 77 moms have responded )

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I know they dont recomend using powder but Im constantly battling diaper rash and need some way to prevent it!!!!

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Liz - posted on 01/14/2010

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Forgot to mention that I cut out the wipes and used warm wash cloths instead, also seemed to help!

Amanda - posted on 01/13/2010

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I know a baby rash medication thats absolutely free and everyone here has it :) Your breastmilk can work wonders on baby rashes, pink eye, and other cuts and scrapes. It contains so many good things including stem cells and white blood cells. Just squirt some on the area and allow to air dry. Some time spent out of the diaper helps too. It might also be your diapers or baby wipes. My daughter had very sensitive skin and I eventually switched to all cloth and her rashes seemed to disappear in a week.



Good luck.

Naomi - posted on 01/12/2010

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if it's really constant you might want to look into the source of the rash. Really, baby's bottom should NOT be sore or have a rash, something is irritating his skin and you should find out what.
baby powder (talc) they say shouldn't be used on babies b/c the talc can get into the lungs. but all it does anyway is help keep the area dry for a bit

We use cloth diapers and rarely, if ever does he even get red, that's my recommendation :)

Trina - posted on 01/16/2010

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VASELINE PETROLEM JELLY I can't stress that enough. My daughter had horrible diaper rash, I took her to the doctor several time, she had the worst case that my mother, husband or I had ever seen. I use it everytime I change her, if I see that her but is getting red I switch to Desitin and apply it thick, and next time she pees I don't wipe it off b/c the dr.said that it irritates the skin more when you wipe it off. They told me not to use the powder b/c the small particles that they breath in get into their lungs and cause respitory problems. I swear by the vaseline. She hasn't had a bad rash since. Hope this helps.

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Jessica - posted on 01/18/2010

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You can use the cornstarch based powders ..just not close to baby's face. I use Desitin diaper cream for rash--great.

Zoraida - posted on 01/17/2010

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As long as it has corn starch. Plain cornstarch I use to repair thigh rash. Another thing is if he suffers from it, always use like a desitin product when changing diapers every time making sure you have in the areas that affect him.

Lara - posted on 01/17/2010

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Two comments:

1) Go to your doctor and confirm it is just diaper rash. if it is re-occuring constantly, it may be a yeast infection and need an anti-fungal ointment instead.

2) For true diaper rash prevention, nothing beats Aquafore or Bag Balm applied at each changing.

Sarena - posted on 01/17/2010

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Baby powder is okay, but the moment the baby goes the powder is unless. When you notice a rash (no matter how baby it is) give your baby a warm bath with epson salt. Best thing I have ever done for my 3 kids.

Rachel - posted on 01/17/2010

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Sometimes I do this too. I love Balmax, but it seems like creams keep her butt moist. So using powder when she is dry I find helps with the friction and all that! Hope this helped.

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I used Boudreaux's Butt Paste and it NEVER worked...ALL DEPENDS ON YOUR BABY'S SKIN!!!! :D I have also NEVER heard of anything over-the-counter or prescription working in 30 MINUTES...nothing clears it up that fast and FYI if it did then it probably wasnt a diaper rash

Serene - posted on 01/16/2010

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COrnflour based powder is OK in boys, but girls you still need to watch that you dont get it inside. Bepanthen is THE best, and a product called Perifoam. Its hard to get thouth :( Please excuse my spelling. My keyboard is broken.

Joylyn - posted on 01/16/2010

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when its bad one: bepanthen or sudocream is the best, one apply only on the rushes bout 30 mins it all gone and clear...

but if its really bad then go n see your doctor for the best.

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when its just small rush: if you want, dont put any nappy on for a half a day and see if that will work coz it does on mine, its just a lil bit messy but its worth doing it..

wish u and baby all the best...

hope this help you...

Tara - posted on 01/16/2010

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The nurses told me to avoid baby powder because its bad because your child inhales it when you put it on.

Lora - posted on 01/16/2010

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I have suffered with my daughter having nappy rash and the doctor has suggested 500mls of water to a t a easpoon of bi carb soda to take the acid of the skin. Apply with a face washer instead of wipes. a nother good barrier is corn flour and sudoco cream. I hope this helps

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Talc is EXTREMELY dangerous! Just google it. DONT USE IT!!! Use cream every time you change the diaper--no powder!!!

Anastasia - posted on 01/16/2010

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Not using powder ? Did someone actually tell you that ? How foolish, you do whatever it takes to keep your baby comfortable. I have never seen any ill effects from using it. I do on my 18 mo old always. Have you considered the idea of an allergic reaction to the type of diaper your using ?

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You can't prevent diaper rash. Babies have such delicate skin and its inevitable. Just make sure to change more frequently even if the diaper is a LITTLE WET...CHANGE IT ASAP it helps alot. I also recommend 100% CORNSTARCH (IN BAKING ISLE) it works FANTASTIC. I have used it since day 1 on my son and it helps with the occasional diaper rash he gets.I also use Pampers Cruisers and love them more than other CRAPPY Brands. You can try papmers SENSITIVE Diapers and Wipes

Ashley - posted on 01/16/2010

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My 7 month old has never had diaper rash either. We used pamper swaddlers for 6 months and just changed to pampers cruisers last month. I never put any kind of lotion on him (except after baths so his skin doesn't dry out) and we use pampers sensitive wipes. These diapers feel so much better then huggies or luvs (which I find to be rough) so they aren't rubbing against his skin. They may be more expensive but I've saved by not having to buy diaper rash creams. Plus I change my baby almost too much... but again no diaper rash!!! If you still need a solution.... I've heard cornstarch is the best to clear up and prevent future diaper rash (but the post before says it could cause yeast... and studies have shown that's not true...so you have to decide what you believe and go with it) good luck! but please don't use baby powder because it can cause pneumonia if it gets in their lungs.

Sherwood - posted on 01/16/2010

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My10mo has never had a diaper rash, I wipe her with flannel wipes with a squirt of water and if there is any redness I use Burt's bees, baby bee ointment or alba unpetroleum smeared onto her skin. I used Burt's powder, which is corn starch, my lactation consultant told me the corn starch can create an environment for yeast so I stopped using it. The Johnson & Johnson baby powder is made from talc and has been found to be very bad for baby's lungs. I suppose if you had to use it you could figure out how to put it on with no dusting it into the air. The hospital told use a few times not to use baby powder.



I also occasionally will use the hair dryer on low if there's any irritation and I'm sure to let her air dry every time before I put the new diaper on.

Tracey - posted on 01/16/2010

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In new zealand we use cornflour mixed with water or on its on sprinkled on bubs bottom and nappy for really bad nappy rash. I am not sure wot you call it in america (cornstarch maybe) we use it to thicken stew etc. I also use Tui bee balm & pot of gold baby balm they are both made in new zealand if you are interested in looking up there web site email me. I hope that is helpfull as my little has had nappy rash from the time he was born.
good luck
tracey

Khiara - posted on 01/15/2010

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My daughter had a diaper rash that she acquired from Pampers. I switched the brand to Luvs and used desitin and baby powder. Within a week or two the rash was gone. I hope this information helps you.

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I have used Triple Paste, Desitin, Boudreaux's, and A&D rash creams & Huggies Shea butter wipes. My son has only had very mild cases of diaper rash and Boudreaux's butt paste worked the best...but it really depends on your baby, their diet, and Mommy's preference on the rash cream, for example, a thick paste or a light cream or an ointment.

Kate - posted on 01/15/2010

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Hey, Balmex the original strenght works really well for diaper rash. It has 40% zinc oxide.

Sara - posted on 01/15/2010

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idk why they call it baby powder when you not suppose to use it on babies.....try using aquaphor

Ashley - posted on 01/15/2010

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I was told to try not to use baby powder. It's really not good for your baby to breath it in. If you have to use it, use a talc-free kind and put it in your hands first and pat it on their bum. I use diaper rash ointment whenever my baby's bum starts to get red. He hasn't had diaper rash yet, although he is only 3 months old!

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The most common reason for diaper rash is an allergic reaction to something in your baby's diet. Instead of finding the best cream to use, I would ask your doctor and possibly either have a allergy test or start looking at what he/she is eating. If your baby is on milk formula, he/she might be allergic to it and need a soy alternative. If he/she is on breast milk, I would look into what else could be causing the reaction. The most common foods that cause a reaction are cow's milk, peanuts, eggs, soy, etc. I would ask your doctor. My son was allergic to milk formula and when we switched to the soy formula, his rash cleared right up. It was amazing and I felt terrible for not catching it earlier. Hope that helps! Good luck to you.

Amanda - posted on 01/15/2010

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The nurse practitioners at my doctors told me to use corn starch instead of baby powder because it's safer for thier lungs....but you really don't need either... for diaper rash I found Balmex cream to work the best. When I change her I let her dry cmpletely somtimes even drying her with a dry wash cloth then apply cream and her rash went away within 2 days! Now everytime I change her diaper I clean with babywipes and then pat dry with dry cloth... no more rash.

Lindsey - posted on 01/15/2010

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My son had such bad diaper rash from some medicine he was taking that his bottom was peeling and bleeding. I tried every diaper rash creme I could. A friend suggested Resinol. It is absolutely wonderful. You have to ask the pharmacist to order it, but it is over the counter. It is primarily used to put over burns and minor cuts but it cleared his severe diaper rash up in one day. The active ingredients are Petrolatum 55% and Resorcinol 2%. It was a life saver.

Amanda - posted on 01/15/2010

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Using baby powder is not recommended because the excess powder may be inhaled by the baby and if too much is taken into the lungs it will form a thick sticky substance and cause respiratory problems. I have found that using Desitin with every diaper change is wonderful at preventing diaper rash, I have two children an 8 year old and a 1 year old. I used Desitin on both of my girls the entire time they were in diapers and neither one of them ever suffered with a diaper rash. Good luck to you, I hope this info helps :)

Kat - posted on 01/15/2010

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I had once used powder in my knickers before going to the hospital as it was urgent & I didn't have time for a shower & wanted to freshen up. The MW gave me a talking to. I know she wasn't one bit concerned I was going to inhale it. It is because in females it can get inside our vagina & this can cause many a bad issues. Do not use powder on girls especially.
As for nappy rash, I have found using cotton pads & clean water to be a huge help in clearing up & prevention. I only used wipes when out. I use Sudocreme as a barrier cream. This has worked well for us.

Tara - posted on 01/14/2010

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I have tried every rash cream I could find with my son. The girls never had rashes like he gets! My favorite for regular use is Balmex, although udder cream is pretty awesome too. when all else fails... NEOSPORIN! I don't use baby powder anymore because in made my daughter's butt worse the one time I tried.

Rebecca - posted on 01/14/2010

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All these cremes people are recommending, contain many ingredients which have been "linked" to cancer, so let's not be naive. Cornstarch powder is not going to cause lung cancer. And ladies, let's remember that not all moms are in the UK/Canada/Australia/US/wherever you are. Instead of recommending just a brand, please include some details about what's in that creme -- for example, "Burt's Bees diaper creme with 15% zinc oxide and also beeswax, etc." This will help all moms compare what they are using. A link to the website is also helpful!

Rebecca - posted on 01/14/2010

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We use cloth diapers and cloth wipes, we switched to the most gentle detergent possible (all natural, biodegradable Charlie's Soap), and we were still having rash issues. My MIL kept saying "use powder" but I had heard not to because of breathing issues and talc is definitely a no-no, but corn starch can make yeast grow. Anyway, after we had the rash looked at by my son's doctor, and we treated for yeast (which helped a little bit, but didn't get rid of it completely), I finally started using the cornstarch powder VERY CAREFULLY!! I keep it away from his face, try to keep him from sticking his hands in it (very tricky with a wiggly older baby!), and it really does help keep his bum dry and reduce rashes!

I say, if nothing else works, try it, very carefully. But please realize that MOST babies suffer irritation from disposable diapers -- they have so many bad ingredients: bleached paper (all kinds of toxins), plastic, petroleum gel, perfumes, etc. You may not find relief until you consider cloth diapers.

Good luck!

Liz - posted on 01/14/2010

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Aquaphor cream worked wonders for me with my little guy and frequent bum changes. I also put oatmeal in his bath to soak and left his little bum bare for awhile to let some air get at it. Good luck :)

Jackie - posted on 01/14/2010

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Baby powder causes cancer in the lungs and i believe in the reproductive organs of females. So lets be clear here its NOT okay to use baby powder you shouldn't have it in your home at all for anyone to use.



Corn starch in the diaper area and baking soda in the bath are the cheapest most natural treatment for diaper rash you can find. They will also help pervent diaper rashs. I would make a point to figure out what is causing the diaper rash. Allergies to food or even soaps/lotions/baby wipes are very common causes. I hope that helps.

SaRaH - posted on 01/14/2010

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I used it, you can buy it with corn starch in it...and it really works well....just try not to let the baby inhale it.

Andrea - posted on 01/14/2010

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anything powdered (especially powder itself) is very bad for the respiratory system--even for grown folks!! my ped says absolutely do not use it.even the baby powder container i have has a precautionary statement on it. boudreau's butt paste is like gold as far as i'm concerned. dd had several bad rash/sores on her bum that cleared up completely in about 3 days.

Alison - posted on 01/14/2010

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You are supposed to use cream for a dry diaper rash and powder for a wet diaper rash. If you can find something called Critic-Aid Clear IT IS THE BEST. A little expensive ($18 a tube where I live in Canada) and kinda hard to find but Im telling you...but this on your baby's bum and the rash will go away I PROMISE. I use it every day on my daughters bum to prevent her from getting a rash.

Ericka - posted on 01/14/2010

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i used cornstarch. the same stuff that is in most peoples pantry. it is all natural and my daughter is allergic to diaper creams. we found that out the hard way and in 3 days at most of using cornstarch and she was fine. never got any infections. so from then on if she started to get a bit red i would sprinkle some cornstarch on her and never had any more bad diaper rashes. but if you are having a really bad time with diaper rash it could be that your baby is allergic to the diapers or the chemicals that are in them. try switching to a different brand i use pampers because my daughter has sensitive skin and i have friends who had to use cloth because their kids are so sensitive to the dyes and chemicals in diapers. there are cloth, all natural disposable diapers and every brand is a little different, just a thought.

Megan - posted on 01/14/2010

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You are never supposed to put any kind of powder in the diaper of a baby girl. That said it wont help much for a boy either. Use A&D mixed with Desiten. That is what they use in a lot of hospitals. My Aunt is a nurse and says it's the best. You sqeeze a little A&D on your finger then a little desitin and rub it on. It is smooth and silky and really works.



What kind of diapers do you use? I know they say that all diapers work the same.. Blah Blah Blah. But I have found that all cheap diapers including Luvs cause more diaper rashes. I only use Pampers, but Huggies are good too. Everyone I know that uses the cheapest diapers their kids have diaper rashes all the time. My kids hardly ever had them. Pampers hold the pee away from the skin better than anyother kind.

Bobie - posted on 01/14/2010

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vaseline works well for everyday use to prevent rashes.zincofax or any zinc oxide cream is good for actual rashes.

Darylann - posted on 01/14/2010

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Johnson's pure cornstarch baby powder has worked great for my son, as well as Desitin. I haven't had to deal with any bad diaper rash with him though, just some mild redness from time to time.

Christel - posted on 01/13/2010

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From what I understand they say NOT to use baby powder cause it can interfere with a babies breathing. Gentle wipes and keep trying different creams, don't be afraid to ask a pharmacist and if all else fails call and ask the pediatrician. Baby might need something more. I would say no to the powder.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/13/2010

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I've only had problems with diaper rash once, so far. And it was when my son was about 2.5 months old. Used destin to get rid of it. After that, to dry the area I used baby powder with cornstarch and haven't had any problems since. IT did take quite awhile to get the rash initially undercontrol....because daddy wouldn't change diaper as often as mommy or grandma. Once I got it through to daddy that indeed, his son did have diaper rash, the diaper was changed more often. and walllaa baby didn't have a sore bum after that.

Erica - posted on 01/13/2010

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Ask your doctor about underlying dermatitis (eczema). Then your doc can tell you what to use like hydrocortisone. The rash might never go away if it's like an allergic reaction unless you treat it as one. They make gels now that turn to powder after they are applied so the baby won't inhale any dangerous dusts from the powder.

Monica - posted on 01/13/2010

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Cornflour is great for nappy rash and nappy free time. Its amazing how well 1/2hr with out a nappy on can help bubs lil bum :)

Melody - posted on 01/13/2010

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Powder is not good for a new babys growing lungs and my daughter has never had a diaper rash so not sure what to use but I do use good old vasaline every night to prevent a rash and well its working.

Sally - posted on 01/13/2010

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I use curash powder all the time, to prevent nappy rash from starting. I don't know what all the worry is about with powder??

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