HELP!! DIAPER RASH!!

Brooke - posted on 01/27/2011 ( 49 moms have responded )

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Do anyone have any tips for bad diaper rash?? My daughter is so upset and I am heartbroken that she is going thru this pain... :( I guess her babysitter didn't properly wipe and clean her and now it's bad over the course of a morning.. How does that happen? Please help :(

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Kari - posted on 01/28/2011

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I'm quite suprised that no one has mentioned this very cheap, but extremely effect solution,..EVOO,.. Extra virgin olive oil! I found out this from the doula I had with my third. It has amazing soothing and fast healing properties and works extremely fast. I found it better than even Dr. perscriptions. You can safetly use it on blistered, bleeding areas with no extera pain to you little ones bottom. just put some in a small container and at diaper changes, dip your fingers in and baste her butt! Sounds weird, but I'll never use anything else again it works that well. It also works great at preventing rash!!! Hope you little one heals fast!

Kimberly - posted on 01/30/2011

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All of those creams are so full of chemicals, they don't work on everyones skin. Air does. I know I have said this before, but it was before I read everyone elses responses. Clean that bottom with warm water and a non deorderant soap, and let it air dry. I promise it will work.
Keep us informed to what you did and what happened.

Jessica - posted on 01/29/2011

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If the rash isn't getting better with treatment, it may be yeast diaper rash. You can get a prescription cream from your daughters doctor or you can use the womens over the counter cream for yeast infections. There are many reasons for yeast diaper rashes, it could be due to teething or medicines.

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Check her diet. She might be having a reaction to something or she might have a yeast infection. Also ditch the wipes and use water and some soft cloths, change the diaper as soon as it's wet! Make sure her bottom is completely dry before using any kind of creams. If you can let her go without a diaper for a few hours in a warm room every day till the rash is over. A great way to do this is put your baby on a blanket and let her have some tummy time. I highly recommend aquafer cream. I wouldn't blame the babysitter right off! Most diaper rashes are caused by food allergies, yeast infections or acidic urine. Not wiping properly usually causes a Urinary Tract Infection, not diaper rash. Having been a nanny and now I'm a mom of two, I'm sure your babysitter is just as concerned as you are!

Tara Lee - posted on 01/28/2011

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I have a question...Is the rash blistering or bleeding? If it is, DO NOT put anything on it...when she "pees" or "poos", rinse her of in the shower or sink, do not wipe, it will only hurt her, pat her dry with a soft towel, and let her air dry...put her on a blanket bare bottom as long as you can to AIR DRY the rash...After it heals enough that it is not blistered or bleeding any more, then apply a bum rash cream (I like Penaten) until the rash is gone...I found this works very well...my youngest had a urine infection and it literaly burnt her skin and this is what my doctor told me to do and it worked...
I have found with both my daughters, that not putting any cream on them when they don't have a rash and no powder ever, pervents rashs...they very rarely have rashs...my oldest is 2+ years old and other than that one bad rash, she's had maybe 3/4...my youngest is only 2 months and so far has not had one...
Good Luck!

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Deana M. - posted on 02/01/2011

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definitely try to keep it dry as best you can. let her go without a diaper for a lttle at a time if you can and ise powder when you do put a diper on. For us, whatever ointment has the highest percentageof zinc oxide was best. I think the desitin creamy was 16% if I remember correctly. And when you do bathe her, try to make the water a little cooler than it usually i. Tubby time is my babys absolute fave but when that warm water hit her tushy it was like someone was tortuing her. Good luck. i know how awful is for you too mom!

Kristian Amber - posted on 02/01/2011

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We've also switched to Free detergent. Not due to pregnancy or anything, but my boys' skin is very sensitive to certain perfumes and stuff, so I had to stop using fabric softener too. But with the cost of the Free detergents I have also found a great website to make my own that is also "baby safe". What I like about it is how easy it is to make and you use so much less than you do with the commercial liquids. Only 1Tbsp for regular loads and 2Tbsp for heavy soiled loads. And for our fabric softener, I now just use some white vinegar in the downy ball and let it go! My towels and stuff come out so much softer, and on the off chance you forget about your clothes in the washer (pregnancy makes me scatterbrained, lol) they don't get the mildewy smell as quickly.
Also, I thought of this yesterday after I made my post, for little girls, stay away from bubble bath! My younger sister used to get the worst yeast infections, bladder infections, kidney infections, urinary tract infections, etc, and we couldn't ever figure out why. Well, months later, and lots of painful tests for her, we found out it was because of the type of bubble baths we'd been using. It had caused so many problems with her that it was impossible to potty train her before 4-5 years old. And even after that she'd still have accidents since she wasn't aware of when she had to pee except at the very last minute.
My mom and I switched her to homemade bath bubbles, if she got a bath, we started having her take showers instead, and it finally went away. She's almost 17 now and hasn't had any problems since.
Even though my boys love the look of the commercial bottles of bubble bath, I keep telling them no, and we make our own. The doc told us it was worse for girls, but I'm not risking it!
I agree with the other moms, it does sound like a yeast infection, after you get it cleared up and whatnot, I'm not sure what kind of juice you might give your daughter, but try to stay away from Juicy Juice. All of my naturalist doctors and the nurses I've been to have told me that that is the worst drink to give, for one its so high in sugar, but also because the type of poop they have later can cause really awful diaper rash. I asked them if I diluted it 50/50 with water if that'd be okay ( I was on WIC and it was one of the only juices I could get), they said I could try but not to be surprised if they still got one. So, alas, I finally found a store with a better selection of juice, I still diluted it, but in the long run it ended up being better for them.
I really hope she starts feeling better soon!
Susan-- where did you find the recipe for homemade bagbalm??? I saw that and got really excited! It had crossed my mind to make my own at one point, but again, pregnant and scatterbrained!
If you could let me know what the ingredients are and where you got the recipe, I love finding new ones, that would be awesome!
Thanks!

Jodine - posted on 02/01/2011

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my baby had bleeding nappy rush it was a bit crusty i got told it was a form fungal/yeast infection if normal cream isnt working try daktozin ointment really works.

Mellisa - posted on 02/01/2011

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With my kids I have been through plenty of rashes. What worked for us very good, is after cleaning the area with wipes put vaseline over the rash, it acts as a barrier after that put desitine on top of the vaseline. Hopefully this helps! Poor baby. Also try some Tylenol to comfort her a little with the pain.

Susan - posted on 02/01/2011

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I also used bag balm with my babies. My son got rashes so bad we switched to cloth diapers and he never had them again. Also switch to FREE detergents. My son is almost 3 now and yes we switched to cloth diapers, the rashes went away 4ever, we have 2 lines of cloth diapers both baby and adults, and now because I read this post:) I'm going to come up with an all natural type "bagbalm". The wonders of ADHD!! Good Luck and please everyone look into all the HARMFUL chemicals in disposables. Diaper Rashes just made the news just months ago as being epidemic. Susie from CushytOOsh ♥

Anita - posted on 01/31/2011

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My daughter had an allergic reaction that caused her little bottom to bleed. I used Dr Smith's diaper ointment and he bottom looked like she had a mild diaper rash by morning and by the end of the day it was all cleared up!

Chasity - posted on 01/31/2011

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Beaudreax Butt paste is by far the best I have used on all 3 of my kids! It soothes and makes a noticeable difference in just a few hours. If the pain is bad enough a little Tylenol should help :)

Sarah - posted on 01/31/2011

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Sometimes my daughter would get diaper rash and nothing I did would make it go away. I took her to the doctor and found out she had a yeast infection which looks like a diaper rash and got special meds for it. So if it doesn't go away maybe that is a thought to try.

Kristian Amber - posted on 01/31/2011

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I love bag balm also when it comes to diaper rashes! It is very oily, but it was the only thing that worked for my boys, especially when my oldest had a rash so bad his skin started peeling! Later found out it was due to the juice I was giving him and the fact that my ex hubby wasn't changing his diaper nearly as often as he should.
Definitely wash in warm water and mild mild mild soap, if you can let her air dry and then use your ointment. Bag balm is kind of a pain to get off, especially on the hands, but it works wonders! I have never heard the EVOO idea before, but with this baby, if she gets a rash and I can't find bag balm here, then I will definitely give it a shot!

Also-- when my oldest was a toddler, he decided that the bag balm would make great finger paint.... sigh.
So needless to say, trying to get it off the tile, the carpet, our cabinets, the fridge, etc, was a nightmare! Try and keep it out of kids reach to save yourself some ridiculous cleaning time! LOL! As he was my first and I didn't think he'd be interested in messing with our diapering area in the living room where I kept everything together, he'd never seemed interested before. My youngest boy did the same thing years later, only with butter... Yea, that was fun too.

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Whatever you do, DON'T USE WIPES while she's rashed! It's extremely painful. I'm a pediatric nurse and what I've learned from work is to use something like Mylanta which is a white and chalky adult antacid. You put it all over the rashed area just like diaper rash cream and let it dry then put her diaper on. It protects her skin and neutralizes the acid from the poop so it won't further irritate her skin.
What I used for my 2nd baby and swear by is Gold Bond medicated powder for babies. It seemed to take the redness out within a diaper change. That stuff is great but I'm not sure about using it on a girl- if you do just be careful of the amount so that it doesn't get inside her pp.

Alexis - posted on 01/30/2011

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My son got a really bad diaper rash from having the runs all day and the daycare didnt want to change him anymore because of the rash or put on ointment without a written consent...so what I did was put him in a warm bath, no scrubbing of the area. I then put some aloevera with lidocane on his bottom....if there are open sores I would wait and just keep it as dry as possible, in fact instead of wiping after a pee pee diaper put her in a warm bath and let her air dry or pat dry with soft towel. To help take away the actual rash you can try butt paste. I really like it.

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butt paste, or an anti fungal like for jock itch. it worked for us just apply a small amount and it should clean up,. good luck nuttin like seeing your baby hurtin' :( ps cool water too

Kimberly - posted on 01/30/2011

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AIR is the best thing. Don't know how old she is, but if she is walking you can still take her diaper off and run around for about 15 min. If she isn't walking, put a towel under her and keep her diaper free until she wets herself, clean her up and do it again. This always cleared my sons up. That ointment they have on the shelf today, doesn't always help. It keeps the pores open and they need to dry up.

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My son had bad diaper rash only a couple of times, we use A and D ointment and babypowder, you put an even layer of the ointment and then sprinkle the powder and it should clear up in about 4 hours, or so. But like Gena said wash her first, dry her off, then put the ointment on, We also have something called Bag Balm made for animals and it clears it up fast! lol. and it's ok for the baby too.

Stifler's - posted on 01/29/2011

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I used to just let Logan roam around with no nappy on for half an hour.

Stacy - posted on 01/29/2011

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Hopefully it's cleared up by now, but if it happens again, I've found that the petroleum based diaper ointments help the most. Using the night diapers for a while helps (they're more expensive, but more absorbant) and making sure his bottom is completely dry before putting a new diaper on. If you're daughter isn't crawling yet, you could let her play on a towel without a diaper for a while too.

Shelby - posted on 01/29/2011

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Butt Paste. it is the best.. Desitin never worked.. aquaphor works well also.

Katherine - posted on 01/29/2011

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my daughter had really bad diaper rashes and the pediatritian suggested bag balm and lots of frequent diaper changes, it worked and it went away. it too was blistering and that was from the jusice too much acid.

Brook - posted on 01/29/2011

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My kids have very sensitive skin and get rashes very easy, i have 3 kids and i have used bag balm for all of them. My mom used the same thing with me. It works wonders it doesnt burn them and has worked. But yes wash her with warm water and mild soap let her run around without a diaper let it air out, then apply. Just be careful it is oily so make sure she has a diaper on. I know it may sound old fashion or a litte silly but it has worked wonders for me. Good luck

Maggie - posted on 01/29/2011

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Believe it or not ladies that diaper rash is caused by yeast. The yeast leaves the body with the poo and infects the surrounding skin. My daughter got a bad diaper rash a few times when she soiled her diaper at night. I used canestin cream, the same stuff women use for yeast infections and it cleared up within a day.

Jenna - posted on 01/29/2011

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We have just used Triple Paste for my 16 month twin girls and it worked great for the both of them. It is the best stuff we have found so far and it definitely sticks very well to the rash to clear it up right away. Good Luck!

Kristi - posted on 01/28/2011

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ugh poor thing.. we swore by A&D and desitin together.. works really well also Aquaphor hope she feels better soon

Alicia - posted on 01/28/2011

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aveeno baby makes an oatmeal bath. it did wonders for my daughters really bad diaper rash. it cleared it right up after like 3 days of trying everything. she hurt so bad she wouldnt sit without crying.

Felicia - posted on 01/28/2011

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My son used to get diaper rash so bad it would bleed and blister. I couldnt get the cream to stick to his bum, but I would just coat his diaper where his bum would go in the cream and them just put a big glob in his bum. Changed him as soon as I knew he peed or pooped. The only cream that would work is the purple desitin. He has been given Rx creams and they didn't work. Good Luck!!

Jaycie - posted on 01/28/2011

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mix hydrocortizone cream with your fav. diaper rash cream and then apply liberally then top it off with baby powder,,, it will form a type of paste so that when the baby pees or other then it will not just come right off, also being that the area is sensitive blot instead of wiping and let air dry after bathing,,,,

Katie - posted on 01/28/2011

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The best butt cream i have ever used was called: Pinxav. You can get it anywhere. My son would get a bad butt rash so i would put it on him at night....when he would wake up in the morning. It was gone!!!!!

Michelle - posted on 01/28/2011

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When my son would get diaper rash I would mix desitin and A & D ointment together and put it on his booty. I would start seeing results anywhere from a few hours to by the end of the day. Once in a while I would use stuff called "butt paste" thats also good stuff

Cassie - posted on 01/28/2011

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I swear by Beaudreax's Butt Paste. Anytime my son gets rashy or broken out I just put a dab on and its better by the next change, I usually apply it for a day or two and you can never tell it was there. If its not better after a day or two I would call the Dr, my god daughter used to get terrible yeast infections, but to the untrained eye it just looked like diaper rash.

Tiffany - posted on 01/28/2011

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I have 3 daughters all of which have sensitive skin and kept a diaper rash. I a friend of my would keep my 2.5 yr old and she'd come home with a diaper rash everytime. Come to find out she was wiping her with the brand wipes she used on her kids not the sensitive skin ones I sent. The only thing that keeps it away is to soak her bottom in buttermilk. It doesn't matter what kind of buttermilk. Wipe and clean her good. Warm the buttermilk to room temperature. Pour some in a pan. I use an old hospital pan. Just let her sit for 5 to 10 mins. After put her straight in the tub for a bath. She should be better in a few hours. This is an old recipe from my grandmother but it works. If you see this helps you can do it as often as you like. I always did it 2 times a day.

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My son as well got a very nasty rash and I had remembered a mix I had seen on the Dr's. It worked great and my Dr said it was a great mix as well.
Equal parts of:
A&D Cream, Lotrimin, and Beaudreax Butt paste. I would mix enough for several applications and put it in an air tight container. You need to coat her very good. Like icing a cake...lol and do this every time you change her. You should start seeing results by the 1st changing. I did and he didn't scream with it burning him like he did with every thing else I tried. I hope this helps her. I haven't had a problem since I used this mixture :)

Jessica - posted on 01/28/2011

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I found that for my son when he got bad diper rash I Would apply Sudicreme and Vaseline this helped the healing and kept any other urine or poop to touch the area that is rashed i also made sure that he was changed constantly to avoid making it worse insted of better... Hope this helps :/

Irene - posted on 01/28/2011

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My daughter gets nappy rash aswell, just to take the sting out of it i get a face cloth of cold water and put it on her bum just dab the affected area and maybe squeeze a small bit of water on the bum dry it and put cream on as normal she won't thank you for it when ur doing it but it takes the sting out of the rash nd should clear up

Jenny - posted on 01/28/2011

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my 6month old daughter got a real bad diaper rash. we kept putting cream on it (which worked for our son) but it would only make it worse. we tried a lot of different creams and different wipes.
in the end what we did is this. for about a whole week we just used water to clean her bottom - i would quickly put a couple cups of whater in a bucket and get a face washer, dip it in the water and wipe with that. then i would get a dry face washer and dry her down with that. then put a clean diaper on.
this got ridd of it 100%, we saw improvement in the first day of doing this. definatley the way to go. and now we're back to using normal wipes like we used to and she's fine.

Tiziana - posted on 01/27/2011

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My son as rarely had a diaper rash, at bed time I always put some vaseline and baby powder on his bum and never had a problem. Did the same thing when we switched him to whole milk he got a real bad rash he could barely sit. I gave him a bath, let him air dry applied vaseline and powder and in the morning it was practically gone.

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Make sure to bath her in warm water with super mild soap. Before you apply any creams you have to make sure she is clean. Change her very frequently as to keep all the urine away from her raw skin. If possible let her air out a bit without a diaper. I would tell your babysitter, you want your daughter changed every hour, you don't care if the babysitter thinks she needs it or not. Count the diapers before she watches her to make sure. The is a form of child neglect if you ask me. Hope your little one feels better soon.

Anne - posted on 01/27/2011

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Both of my redhead kids had recurring serious diaper rash. The only thing that worked when it got really bad is a mixture the pediatrician recommended: equal parts lotrimin, hydrocortisone, and mupirocin (prescription.)

Heather - posted on 01/27/2011

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Go get penaten right away! Should take away pain in abiut a day. Beat the babysitter

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