Severe Diaper Rash on my Little Girls Parts

Andrea - posted on 01/23/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My 21 month old girl has terrible diaper rash...I mean bad! And of course it hurts when she urinates/or moves her bowels. She tells me immediately, and we have started a milder version of potty training. I am using Desitin on the affected area, but is there something else? I feel stupid taking her to the Dr with diaper rash, but what if it's something else. What are the symptoms for a UTI?

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Sarah - posted on 01/24/2009

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my daughter always had really bad diaper rashes, she would cry all the time, my mom told me to use flour, what u do is burn the flour in a fry pan, it will stink when burning, let it cool and throw a bunch all over the rash, it protects when there peeing and it works really fast a day or two, ever since i used the flour i won't use any creams anymore, it works believe me

Stephanie - posted on 01/24/2009

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I would reccomend budreaux's butt paste or Aquaphor by Eucarin it's vasline type cream. those both worked for my kids, better than desitin, balmex and A&D. I use the A&D regularly but break out the butt paste or aquaphor for really severe rash. if it doesn't clear in a couple days with dilligence and attention I would take her to the doc cause each of my daughter had severe rash that turned out to be fungal and required rx cream. good luck

Jacquie - posted on 01/24/2009

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Hi Andrea. Our doctor told us that there are three kinds of nappy rash. We have had nappy rash problems with both our girls and he told us that if the skin didn't respond quickly then it was best to try one of the other creams. I'm in New Zealand so the creams are probably called different things but one that worked the first time when nothing else would was 'Pimafucort'. The other brilliant one was 'Micreme' (it has hydrocortisone in it). 'Canestan' is also good - this is the same thing that adult women use for thrush.



I would definitely get the Dr to have a look especially if you have access to one who is clued up about children. 



Something else you had do in the meantime is try and remove acidic things like citrus fruit from her diet as this raises the acid level in the urine and makes it sting more.



In terms of UTIs (our little one has kidney problems so I'm always on the look out for this!) - high temperature, increased irritability, pain when urinating - sometimes it hurts them when they sit in the bath because the water stings.



I hope this helps. I know how distressing it can be and how powerless to help you can feel.

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Andrea - posted on 01/25/2009

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Wow! Thanks to everyone who responded with such great advice and encouragement! This group really brings results, and nice Moms to share advice with both to and from!

The diaper rash WAS in fact a yeast infection and required an anti-fungal cream, but it has cleared up as of today. We are keeping on with the potty training since she has decided she likes the pretty pink potty, not to mention the M&M's she gets for using it!!

Deena - posted on 01/25/2009

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I took my daughter to the Dr. because all the creams I tried did not work. She had what looked liked pimples the Dr. said it was folliclecytis. They told me to use an antibacterial soap and a antibacterial ointment and also start potty training. If it looks like yeast a good antifungal cream works.

Jennifer - posted on 01/25/2009

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I learned with my kids that a bit of "air time" also helps.  When you can, after changing a diaper, and making sure they are dry, just let her run around without any pants onno diaper cream or anything.    Even if it is for 15 minutes, just let air get to "her parts".  A few times a day and you will notice a change quickly, it will be less irritable.  We have gotten in the habit with out 21/2 year olds to have "naked time" every night before diapers and bed.

User - posted on 01/25/2009

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My son had severe diaper rash when he was a couple of months old.  He was on antibiotics and they caused him to have diarrheaa.  I called the dr because he was actually bleeding. The dr gave me the following advice which worked by the next moring.  1) until rash is gone do not use baby wipes.  Use a paper towel w/water and ensure that area is dry.  2) Desitin will help prevent but not get rid of rash.  Use A & D ointment.  Put a very thick coat on the rash area. 

Lisa - posted on 01/25/2009

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Boudroux Butt Paste in the yellow tube is the best!!! We had similar issues at one point- the nurse suggested using cotton balls soaked in Baby Oil/Mineral Oil to wipe- it was the only thing that didn't  make her scream when I cleaned her. They also had us use Lotrimin AF under the Butt Paste a couple times a day because bad rashes are often fungal. It worked like a charm!!

Liesl - posted on 01/25/2009

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I thought my little girl was big enough to use normal family soap and it ended up being to strong for her.  So I went back to using baby soap on both my girls.

Suzanne - posted on 01/24/2009

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My daughter is the same age as your little girl. About a month or 2 ago, I took her to the Dr b/c she was a bit red down there but it wasn't too bad. It turns out that it wasn't a rash but the area was getting irritated from wearing diapers. The Dr suggested starting to potty training her. He also suggested patting the area when you wipe w/a wam cloth instead of the wipes. A&D ointment, Balmex & Desitin are all good to use. Her Dr said vasseline is good too. I knew this baby that had a very bad rash in that area & it turned out to be a yeast infection. I would def. take her to the Dr. You don't want it to get worse or have her being uncomfortable. There's many people that take their kids to the Dr for a diaper rash so don't be embarrassed.

Jessica - posted on 01/24/2009

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Andrea, don’t hesitate to take her to the DR... BUT a few things I have tried. 



1. 2% Hydrocortisone Cream for the Dr? Or over the counter and then put Vaseline over it or a diaper rash cream. 



2. Neosporin and desitin...



3. DO NOT use wipes; use a wash cloth on her bottom. 



I think as moms we hurt more for our girls because we feel the pain too!



 

Catherine - posted on 01/24/2009

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you really should take her to the doctors,sounds like she's in a lot of pain.And when she goes on the potty try wipping her with none purfumed wipes and try leaving her nappy off while in the house,letting her run free,little ones love that.Hope this helps you. :) GOOD LUCK.

Amanda - posted on 01/24/2009

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Sometimes the nappy rash can become fungal, and the doctor can prescribe something stronger to reliieve the baby's pain quicker.



Might not be a bad idea to take her.  Not sure, but in Australia we have something called BOZ Ointment - it is FANTASTIC!!  It has saved my life on numerous occasions, so might be worth a try if you can get your hand on it.



xoxo Amanda

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