Diaper Rash troubles

Diane - posted on 01/20/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone,
My son is suffering his first bout of diaper rash right now. He had the stomach flu last week and that seemed to really kick things off, his stomach has since settled but we can't get the rash cleared up. There are a number of spots which are so raw that they occasionally bleed. We have been giving him about 2 hours of pants-free time a day and using barrier cream. Any advice would be appreciated!

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Heather - posted on 01/28/2009

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My daughter had diaper rash that was pretty bad about a month or so ago to the point where her little tush was bleeding as well. We used neosporin to heal the open areas then used desitin creamy on the areas that were not opened, she healed up in about a week.

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Thankfully my little guy has never had any diaper rashes. I think we attribute it to using all natural wipes & diapers. We use Nature Baby (available at some Target stores). Once we had to buy store brand wipes, and his bottom immediately became red. In that case, we used Burt's Bees diaper ointment, which always clear up any redness within a few hours.

Rebekah - posted on 01/28/2009

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Hi Diane, not sure is paw paw is the same as papaya.  If your friend is still in OZ she can purchase the ointment from any large chemist/pharmacy.  It is a large Red tub 200gm size (that lasts me around 3 months) It is called - Lucas Papaw Ointment.  I love using natural products whenever i can, it is good that this one is so good.

Diane - posted on 01/27/2009

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Levi's bum has cleared up completely now, thanks for the advice everyone, I have saved this is case there is a next time

Diane - posted on 01/27/2009

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Quoting Rebekah:



Hi Diane






I am in Australia and not sure if you can get this product.  My family have always used Paw Paw ointment on a daily basis as a nappy rash cream.  I have used it every day on Georgia since she was born and she has had no issues with rashes or redness even after her vaccinations which cause diorreha  for a few days. 





Is Paw Paw what we call papaya? I seem to remember it from a Donna Hay recipe. I have a friend in Australia right now, I'll have her look for it.

Christina - posted on 01/27/2009

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This is probably too late but i'm posting it just in case anyone might be able to use it.  On new years day Mycah came down with Rotavirus which is kind of like the stomach flu.  Vomitting and Diarreha.  Anyway the diarreha can burn their butt when they have Rotavirus and you have to wash their butt with soap and water everytime they go.  Our doctor told us most children will get it once before they are 3 and not even know they have it.  This may have been the issue with your son. 



In the US their is a vaccine for Rotavirus but it only covers 6 of the 13 strains (the most common ones).  Hope this helps someone in the future.



Also, the doctor said some people say it has a very distinct and foul smell (vomit and poop) and I definitly agree in Mycah's case.

Rebekah - posted on 01/27/2009

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Hi Diane



I am in Australia and not sure if you can get this product.  My family have always used Paw Paw ointment on a daily basis as a nappy rash cream.  I have used it every day on Georgia since she was born and she has had no issues with rashes or redness even after her vaccinations which cause diorreha  for a few days. 

Sarah - posted on 01/26/2009

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I know it's not necessarily a diaper rash cream, but Aquaphor cream worked wonders for my friend's son.  Maybe give it a try.  Good luck.

Mary - posted on 01/26/2009

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We have yet to have any major diaper rash problems w/ our 6 mo old. I credit it to the diapers we use (pampers) and to boudreaux's butt paste

Diane - posted on 01/25/2009

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Quoting Katyna:



Quoting Diane:




I think you may have hit on something here, we were using an anti-fungal for a few days (dr's orders) but then stopped as we thought it was just a short term preventative measure. We'll see how things look in the morning, I took the advice of several and slathered on the Penaten today. 








Thanks everyone for the thoughtful advice, we really appreciate it!









Hi Diane,






See how you go now you've stopped using the anti-fungal cream, if the rash returns in the next day or so, start with the anti-fungal again, and continue for around 3 days after the rash is no longer visible, as the fungus can still be in the skin. The rash is the reaction/infection to the fungus, so you normally continue for a couple of days after the rash has disappeared to ensure the fungus has been terminated.






I'm qualified in Senior First Aid, and I'm a registered Home Day Care Provider, so I encounter this quite frequently. Glad I could be of assistance  :)



 



This is what we ended it up doing and it just cleared up completely today-whoohoo! I'll be sure to keep with the anti-fungal cream for a few more days, I really appreciate the help.





 

Danielle - posted on 01/25/2009

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I give my son baking soda baths and put triple paste on his toosh. It works really well.

Erika - posted on 01/25/2009

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My Daughter gets diaper rashes really bad everytime she teeths. I have found putting her bottom in a bath with a little dreft then rinsing really good clears it up b the next morning. It works because Dreft uses enzymes to eat away at organic material and wipes and cotton balls don't. Also the first night  after the bath put some towels in the crib like sheets and let the baby sleep naked so it will dry out. Towels are washable but a happy baby is priceless.

Katyna - posted on 01/25/2009

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Quoting Diane:



I think you may have hit on something here, we were using an anti-fungal for a few days (dr's orders) but then stopped as we thought it was just a short term preventative measure. We'll see how things look in the morning, I took the advice of several and slathered on the Penaten today. 






Thanks everyone for the thoughtful advice, we really appreciate it!





Hi Diane,



See how you go now you've stopped using the anti-fungal cream, if the rash returns in the next day or so, start with the anti-fungal again, and continue for around 3 days after the rash is no longer visible, as the fungus can still be in the skin. The rash is the reaction/infection to the fungus, so you normally continue for a couple of days after the rash has disappeared to ensure the fungus has been terminated.



I'm qualified in Senior First Aid, and I'm a registered Home Day Care Provider, so I encounter this quite frequently. Glad I could be of assistance  :)

Sierra - posted on 01/21/2009

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my son just got over this,



i talked to my doctor and she said bath, lots of moisture, i would sit in the tub an play with a ruber duck with him, slash and play with him for an hour.. than i would let him air dry and put loads of zincofax  (or penatin) on him, and it cleared up with in about 4 days after i talked to my doctor. try it out



hope it works, good luck

Anne-Marie - posted on 01/21/2009

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My daughter got a tummy bug about 2 weeks ago and it took a week to clear up, now she has been pooing up to 5 times a day, almost every nappy is dirty, and as a result she has a VERY red sore bottom the last 2 days. Last nite i put her in the bath and it must have really hurt so bad cos she cried like id just put her in a tub of boiling water! It was all i could do to not burst into tears myself . We normally use Sudocream or Curash and cornstarch powder but these dont seem to be helping. I have two worries, one is how much she is pooing and the other is the rash, Im fairly sure she is cutting two more teeth down bottom but the top two havent appeared yet, I had initially thought the pooing was because she was teething. Anyone have any ideas??? or had similiar experiece? we are trying to give her as much nappy free time as we can, using the cornstarch & Curash creams but im worried more about how much she is pooing....

Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2009

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Try Sudocrem. My daughter had a terrible rash and it worked great. A friend's little guy's bottom was chapped and bleeding. She used it and said it was a life saver.

Fay - posted on 01/21/2009

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hi Diane, I have a couple of suggestions. My daughter had problems with formula and my son got a diaper rash bad when he was little. I used to use corn starch. You can also use Aveeno diaper rash cream. It is kind of expensive,but worth it. After a day itshould be gone. If not she could have an infection. My son had got a yeast infection from diaper rash.Good Luck hope it helps

Stefanie - posted on 01/21/2009

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The only thing that I found that works is Utter Cream. It is in the Pet aisle in like a WalMart store. I works very well even if the spots are raw and bleeding.

Diane - posted on 01/21/2009

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Quoting Katyna:

Oh, and if bub seems very distressed at nappy change time, have a look at the barrier cream you are using. Some fungal infections react to zinc-based barrier creams, and it can burn their little bots. I had this very thing happen to my daughter less than two weeks ago.


I think you may have hit on something here, we were using an anti-fungal for a few days (dr's orders) but then stopped as we thought it was just a short term preventative measure. We'll see how things look in the morning, I took the advice of several and slathered on the Penaten today. 



Thanks everyone for the thoughtful advice, we really appreciate it!

Diane - posted on 01/21/2009

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Quoting Katyna:

Oh, and if bub seems very distressed at nappy change time, have a look at the barrier cream you are using. Some fungal infections react to zinc-based barrier creams, and it can burn their little bots. I had this very thing happen to my daughter less than two weeks ago.


I think you may have hit on something here, we were using an anti-fungal for a few days (dr's orders) but then stopped as we thought it was just a short term preventative measure. We'll see how things look in the morning, I took the advice of several and slathered on the Penaten today. 



Thanks everyone for the thoughtful advice, we really appreciate it!

Katyna - posted on 01/21/2009

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Oh, and if bub seems very distressed at nappy change time, have a look at the barrier cream you are using. Some fungal infections react to zinc-based barrier creams, and it can burn their little bots. I had this very thing happen to my daughter less than two weeks ago.

Katyna - posted on 01/21/2009

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Be careful with using barrier creams. If the rash doesn't budge within 2 to 3 days, chances are it is a fungal infection, and if that's the case, you are just locking it in and making it worse by using a barrier cream, as the skin can't breathe and this is where the fungal infection will thrive. If after 2 - 3 days of barrier cream and rash hasn't budged, try Canestan cream. If the rash is really bad, mix Canestan and Dermaid 0.5%(hydrocortisone). You will notice the rash clearing within the next two nappy changes. These are Australian creams, if you need more info on the ingredients, let me know. Hope this helps.

Mary - posted on 01/20/2009

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Both of my daughters get very bad butt rash, to where it blisters and bleeds. With my first daughter we used a brand called Corona, its actually a cream that you put on horses when they cut themselves, you can get it at any tractor supply or home of economy. Now with Miley, we use A&D creamy. It has the highest amout of zinc in it, which is what clears up the butt! Hopw this helps!

Jeanette - posted on 01/20/2009

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i swear by balmex , iused it with the twins when they were babies and i use it now for little david . he started eating solids and he got a little red and welty , i put balmex on two times and it was cleared up and i use it every diaper change now and no problems . also when the twins were small , if they got a stomach bug i would put ( i know this sounds strange but it works!! ) about a tablespoon of mylanta in their diapers and when they pooped it didnt hurt the rash already there and seemed to help clear things up along with balmex .

Melissa - posted on 01/20/2009

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Penaten is a great barrier cream. I have found paw paw ointment to clear my daughters nappy rash well and quickly. Fresh air is always a great idea for healing. Good Luck-hope it clears up for him soon.

Alisha - posted on 01/20/2009

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I know this is alot of work... BUT IT WORKS! When I brought my daughter home from the hospital she got a horrible rash and we didn't even know why. But I mixed in a container Corn Starch and desitin and every time she pooped or peed I would take a bowl and put luke warm water in it, wash her with it... then take a blow dryer to her every time I cleaned her and put that mixture on her and she cleared up in no time. It was the remedy my grandmother gave me. :) And it worked like a charm. Hope it helps!

Katherine - posted on 01/20/2009

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my son was in exactly the same trouble flu started it and now i think he is teething so we stop using baby wipes when he is sore , and use cooled boiled water and cotton wool balls , we were using sudocream but found this didnt stick to the blistered or really sore bits , the dr prescribed daktacort but i found this didnt work either then i spotted drapolene and tryed that and it has been brilliant it has cleared it up nicely , it sticks to the sore bits and funnily my mum sed she used it on me but didnt know it still existed lol ! hope this helps because i feel so sorry for them bless them x x

Karaleen - posted on 01/20/2009

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My girlfriend who has a 5 month old just went threw this, she said she used all the cream out there, but Penatin cream was the one that worked. She said even better than the presciption stuff. Maybe try that.

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