13-month-old keeps getting rashes on bottom!

Meagan - posted on 05/13/2010 ( 36 moms have responded )

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We've tried everything from Desitin to Cortisone to oatmeal baths to prescribed medicated creams. We even tried using non-scented wipes (sensitive), lotions, and body washes and he still keeps getting rashes on his bottom. His doctor said if they continue he might need to see a dermatologist but I'm worried that even that won't help. Any advice on what we should do and has anybody else's child been thru the same thing?

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Lindsay L - posted on 05/21/2010

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Yes!!!! Sometimes my little man David gets really bad ones.
I found the best thing for them. It may be hard to find, & you might have to look around a bit. Walgreen's is your best bet.
It's about 8$ but it's well worth it.
Here is the name. Lansinoh for babies. Diaper rash ointment.
It has Lanolin in it which seems to help a lot!
It comes in a purple tube, like a toothpaste tube.
It works Great!!! You have to try this stuff!!! :+)
I hope this helps you.
Lindsay :+)

Maggie - posted on 05/27/2010

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Do you use cloth or disposables? This can make a difference. plenty of air is always a good idea, but even this failed to clear up my son's terrible nappy rash. The only thing that made a difference to our son was switching to cloth nappies made from bamboo. Bamboo has antibacterial properties and even just using them at night made a big difference to my son's bottom. Bamboo is a completely natural fibre and is really eco-friendly too, but the downside is that it does take longer to dry than other fabrics. A friend of mine found that nappy liners containing silver helped her son's nappy rash. I also switched to washable wipes (you can make your own by cutting up an old towel) so the only chemical i put on my son's bottom was water. It is also worth investigating if there is any other underlying cause, such as thrush, or food intolerance. Remember every baby and every mother is different, so you may have to try several things before you find the right solution for you. It is worth persevering though.

Lekha - posted on 05/25/2010

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wipes is nt good in thz cndtn..bttr avoid..n try...SUDOCREM..antiseptic healing cream...itz too good..chk in the pharmacy..or itz evn avlbl in the supermarkets...

Kim - posted on 05/24/2010

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Like most of the other moms said, try changing diaper brands. i found the generic, store brand work better than the pricey ones anyway. also try Butt Paste!! Sounds weird, but they sell it at walmart and babies r us, it comes in a paste and a spray. Worked wonders for my little grandson

Kristine - posted on 05/24/2010

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My son used to live in desitin because he always had a diaper rash. We went into the doctor and they also suggested a dermatologist, then said to try calmoseptine first. So, when it would first flare up we would start off using calmoseptine (they sell if over the counter at target pharmacy)..we have also used bag balm which really helps (used for cow utters mostly but highly recommended for diaper rash). I also switched to cloth diapers and he has never had another rash and we no longer have to use any of the above! Good luck :)

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Leana - posted on 05/31/2010

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I also went through this rash thing, but our solution was probiotics (Reutri drops) cause it is the high acid levels in the poo that causes this. My son has been on this for about a month and we are sore bum free!! The best for bums is plain vaseline, sudocrem and milk salve (the kind they use for cows) oh and cornstarch powder if necessary. Running around bare bum is also good.

Ivy - posted on 05/30/2010

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My daughter has a sensitive bum as well. I noticed that when I use wipes during her teething time, the rash appears. I have a medicated cream from the doctor that helps after a few days. Also what helps is using water and a cotton ball to clean her bum. When she has a dirty nappy not wet, I use wipes but after I am done, I wipe her down with water and cotton balls to get the chemicals off. Another thing I noticed is that wipes often make your baby's skin look clean but there is still traces left which I have seen on the cotton ball. Your son may have a fungus, but he may also be affected by the chemicals in the wipes and teething. Let him sit on a potty or lay him on the mat to get some air to his bum.

Alita - posted on 05/29/2010

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i used alot of things zinc oxide worked on a rash but when my daughter was first born i had to use an anti fungle cream because the rash got to red. if those dont work try corn starch. and another thing ive done was putting on the zinc oxide cream with baby powder on top

Daniela - posted on 05/28/2010

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My little one gets a bad nappy rash on his bottom every time he cuts a tooth. I find that avoiding wipes and just washing his bottom with cotton wool and warm water, thoroughly drying him afterwards and using Bepanthem nappy rash cream really helps. Also, if your little one is prone to exzema, using an emollient in the bath can help a lot. I use Dermol.

Lisa - posted on 05/27/2010

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I had the same problem with all 4 of my kids. I found that letting them run around naked was best while at home. I went through all the presribed ointments and creams too. the one that I found worked the best and didn't irritate the skin is called butt paste ( it is in the baby section), yes that is the name. I found it at wal mart but i have seen it at many different places it is thick so it gives good protection for the skin. give it a try and see if it works for your little one.

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I have a theory that bottoms ought to have air. About twice a day when my grand son is here, he gets to roam free for a few minutes. He walked more easily, and was more cooperative when I did re diaper him. His mother keeps his skin very clean, dry and satiny smooth. [Sure, he has tinkled once or twice, but not a problem ... cleans up easily]. Teething seems to compound the skin thing, though the docs can't say so. More water in the diet? Add acidic foods? Maybe add yogurt? Change brand of diapers? Change milk formula? Good luck, Megan.
Grandma Tandy

Ikea - posted on 05/26/2010

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have you tried johnson & johnson rash cream. that works good. if he teething that could be it also.

Mary - posted on 05/26/2010

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I would be suspicious of an allergy. Either to something that is touching his skin or to something that he is eating. Try taking things away one at a time to eliminate possible causes. i.e. Try a different brand of diapers, or soap, or laundry detergent. If those don't work then try taking certain foods out of the diet. Know that you will probably have to avoid the food for a couple of weeks to be certain it is completely out of the system. Good luck!

Brandy - posted on 05/26/2010

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I had heard that sometimes desitan made it worse so I got online to see what I could use from home, I have ended up using Witch Hazel letting it dry and then put on a layer of Bag Balm (it's in a green metal tub). And it is miraculous.

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My daughter had the same problem and we ended up discovering that she was allergic to the chlorine that is used in disposable diapers. I suggest you try either using the chlorine free diapers or cloth diapers (we used cloth and they are not as bad as most people think). She cleared up completely within 2 weeks. Good luck!

Zabrina - posted on 05/26/2010

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But the Cortisone cream don't work so I used my daughter eczema oniment for his bottom and it went away. Now you will have to get that oinoment from the dermatologist. That's were my daughter goes

Zabrina - posted on 05/26/2010

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Hey this is Zabrina sorry to here about the rash, but did you guys try a&d Ointment my son had a rash and the A&D ointment cleared it right up. My son has Eczema and that is what it could be. My daughter has it to so I have a hand on what I can do and use. But I will tell u this his doctor said he really can't go see a dermatologist yet because he wasn't old enough so they gave him some Cortisone cream is what they will give to them until they get older

Meagan - posted on 05/25/2010

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I also wanted to add for the gurls who asked if he tried anything new-he has been eating more fruits & veggies but nothing really new other than peaches, strawberries, & berries. We did just start using Pampers Cruisers Dry Max when before he was just using Pampers Cruisers so maybe that could have contributed we'll have to see.

Meagan - posted on 05/25/2010

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Thank you everyone so much for all ur advice and ideas...so far I've tried letting him run around naked for a lil bit and it seemed to help. I also tried cortizone and the redness went away a few hours later. Sorry it took me awhile to get back to you I was away. I will keep you posted on how well all the tips worked thanx again :)

Michelle - posted on 05/23/2010

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my baby only have rashes if her poop stays longer on her butt coz we didn't know that she already pooped. but i normally put vaseline everytime i change her diaper to prevent from having rashes just in case we won't be able to change her diaper right away coz sometimes she pee a lot and poop 3-4 times a day. i hope your baby's rashes will go away soon.

Molissa - posted on 05/22/2010

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mine has. It's usually an assortment of issues. My doc said to use cortizone cream mixed with aquaphor and rub it on instead of desitin. Some rashes can be made worse with it. And every few changes, I have to put aveeno lotion on his bottom to keep it nice and pretty. It really seems to help. It also could be heat rash depending on where you live. You might try to let him run around naked every once in a while. Make sure you give him a bath every day, that seemed to help alot too. Sometimes the poopies have alot of stomach acid in them if they're runny and it can actually burn their skin. I hope this helps.

Kylie - posted on 05/22/2010

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My 14 month old gets nappy rash when she has too much cow's milk or milk products. She is fine on formula. I will try increasing her cow's milk again when she is a bit older.

Heather - posted on 05/21/2010

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i dont know if this will help or not but my son started getting rashes too. All I had to do was cut his juice in half with water...no more rashes :). You could just be giving him something to eat that is making him have a rash. Did u try different diapers as well? Did you switch him to milk or anything like that recently? Untill u find out what is causing the rash...let him run around without a diaper for a while each day to get some air to the area. Also, when he has his diaper on....change it ASAP when it is wet or dirty. You will go through a hell of a lot of diapers but its worth it keeping the urine and poo off of him!!! good luck. Oh yeah and baths help a lot.

Suzi - posted on 05/21/2010

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I took my baby to a dermatologist and he gave me elecon cream, it doesn't have cortisone in it coz apparently that can make it flair out more. But my son had it all over his face and body to the point it was bleeding ask your dr about it as gp drs can prescribe it also. Also use dermaveen ointment in the bath that along with elecon should get rid of it, it saved my son.

Jennifer - posted on 05/21/2010

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What diapers do you use? I have heard reports that the new pampers are causing chemical burns in some kids. You could probably google it to find out.

Has your dr. given you prescription diaper cream? My dr. gave us a rx for some stuff & it works great. The pharmacy has to mix it & I have no idea what it is.

Natasha - posted on 05/20/2010

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My baby had a bad rash that would not go away when he was on an antibiotic we were treating it as a rash when i reallyt was yeast we purchased lotromin antifungal in the orange and black can his bottomed was clear by the next day. hope this works for you.

Trudi - posted on 05/20/2010

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Try using Lucas PawPaw Ointment. I use it for everything. It is great. It if wont go away I would go and see a dermatologist though. I wouldnt use baby powder at all, babies dont acutlaly need baby powder.

Jen - posted on 05/19/2010

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My son gets horrible "diaper" rashes when he eats something he doesn't tolerate well. For example, I fed him pineapple, which he loved!! But, his butt flared up so horribly I had to let him sit in the bathtub to feel better! He also has that reaction with tomatoes, peas, and he used to with cow's milk! He's becoming more tolerant as he develops!

Melanie - posted on 05/17/2010

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My daughters have both had yeast infections on their bottoms and we use an antifungal cream which is similar to what women use when we have vaginal thrush. Also here in Italy they are superfocused on food allergies and immediately try to find a connection between the sore bottome and something they've eaten, for example does it get worse when he eats a particular food? My friend's little boy used to get a sore bottom when he ate tomatoes for example. It's a case of trial and error, try eliminating food which could cause a rash and see if it gets better.

Janelle - posted on 05/16/2010

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When my bub gets a sore rashy bum we let him run around with a bare bum as much as possible. We also keep it dry (frequent nappy changes and super absorbent nappies (Huggies)) as well as use a really good barrier cream. We use Sudocrem which is great!

Dominique - posted on 05/16/2010

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I use several things. What kind of diapers do you use? It could be something with those if it's a new kind? I use Desitin but in the purple tube it has a higher zinc oxide % and every diaper change I slather it on. What does it look like? Does any of his skin look raw? My daughter did have a yeast infection on her bottom which caused spots on her butt that would be raw and they gave me a special cream called Clotrimozle and I use that with a mix of Desitin. Also you can use A&D or Aquaphor as a barrier to protect his skin.

Vanessa - posted on 05/16/2010

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my mum told me that back in the olden days they used vegetable oil as they didnt have anything else. i used this on my daughter as she had the worst rash ive seen and the next day there was nothing there. sounds silly but the best thing ever :) good luck

Lisa - posted on 05/16/2010

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Try putting cornstarch on his butt. i know it sounds weird but it actually works better than baby powder and lotions. i had the same thing keep happening and when my Grandma told me I laughed at her but it worked. Good Luck!

Kelly - posted on 05/14/2010

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my littel girl is going thur the some thing and i still do not no wot it is now and she is one

Samantha - posted on 05/13/2010

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let your baby run around naked for as long as possible and when you diaper your baby slather on the vasaline and change the diapers frequently, good luck!

Jessi - posted on 05/13/2010

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my daughter is the same way..but its cus she is allergic to most diapers and creams...the best thing i can tell ya is just to let him run around naky bum...the air always seem to help and by trying so many different creams and diapers it is probably irritating it worse(i was so worried about hers i tried tons of stuff) it only made it worse...so like i said just let him run around naky for a few days on and off and it should start to look better!



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