does corn startch really help for diaper rash?

Amanda - posted on 10/18/2008 ( 29 moms have responded )

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does it really work? is it good for babys?

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Pam - posted on 11/05/2008

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My son used to get severe diaper rash to the point of bleeding. The doctor suggested that we use Mylanta and corn starch. It totally worked. The mylanta would take the sting out of the rash by cooling it. It was the best discovery, saved my son a lot of pain.

Katryna - posted on 12/30/2011

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my mum in law told me to use corn flour, and it has helped a little bit so faR, i only started using it today :)

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letting the baby go with out a diaper for as long as possible after a bath will heal it up very fast unless it is a yeast infection or has turned into a staff sp? infection than you need meds for that. when my son has a bad rash that has sores i put neosproian sp? on it to help the sores heal faster but i night i coat it in destin.

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Tanya - posted on 11/05/2008

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YES it really does.



But the MIRACLE cream that i found cures EVERYTHING is the little tube of canestan you get for yeast infections in women...this cures every bum rash with usually one application...sells for 6 dollars at any drug store.

My kids all got yeast rashes and not knowing i would go get the perscriptions filled for strong creams one was 223$!!! i soon learned with my daughter (my 2nd child of 5) canestan does the exact same thing for a lot less...works AWESOME on pimples too!

Carie - posted on 11/05/2008

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the best thing for a diaper rash, i know it may sound weard but i always used that antifungal cream for althletes foot it works way better then desitin.

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Audrey - posted on 11/05/2008

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I agree with Kerry Duty. The liquid maalox is fantastic!!!!! Our friend years ago could not get rid of her daughter's diaper rash. Her doctor suggested the maalox. Awesome advice that has been working for years. The only negative about powder the doc did not want us to use because the child had asthma.

Tenisa - posted on 11/05/2008

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I have never tried corn starch, but I have used Crisco shortening (in the can) for diaper rashes. I have used it on my kids as well as my daycare kids and it works great. It puts up a great resistance to moisture, during a time when the area needs to stay dry.

Annie - posted on 11/05/2008

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yes it does. I apply it before my son goes to bed at night,by morning time it looks so much better.

Amber - posted on 11/01/2008

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Coconut Oil

I know that wasn't the question ;) You can find it at most whole food co-ops and natural health food stores. It has MANY uses, its all natural and good for you!

Cari-Ann - posted on 11/01/2008

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I use corn starch on their bottom and sometimes in the bath tub and it works great. Some diaper rashes are a yeast infections, which our doctor recommended we treat with chlotrimazole (generic athletes foot cream). This works wonderful also for treating. For bad rashes I typicaly put on chlotrimazole and then a diaper cream to protect them from additional mosture.

Miriam - posted on 10/31/2008

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my favorite diaper cream is the Weleda Diaper Care...has cleared up any rash with or without open spots in one to two diaper changes and it is an all natural product.

Jessica - posted on 10/31/2008

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We like to use cornstarch for most changes. Other than that, I use "ozonated olive oil" I think it might be kind of hard to find, but it is basically just solidified olive oil. All natural, no petrochemicals, and it doesn't stick to the skin like some of the heavier zinc creams. I found it at Kidalog (in Canada) you can google it.

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Some baby powder is simply corn starch with perfume. Once you have a diaper rash mostly or all the way healed, put powder on every time you change a diaper, that way even wet ones won't affect the skin as much either.

Danielle - posted on 10/29/2008

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my grandmother swears by corn starch. my mother swears by baking soda.

the last rash my daughter had was terrible... shes 16 months old now, so i couldnt let her air out like i used to before she was walking.... and plus her pees now are huge.. so if she goes on the floor its a huge mess, not just a wee puddle.



i found this rash cream called "ilhes paste" i was looking for anything new, the good ol' penatin wasnt cutting it. we asked the pharamsist and he said to try it. the first use helped alot.. and by the second or third diaper change the rash was gone. a few weeks later she got a stomach bug or something, diahreah like mad for three days. her poor little bum was soo red and she would scream during diaper changes. i stopped using baby wipes (even though we use the sensitive ones to begin with) and started cleaning her with a luke warm washcloth instead) and every change i would load up the ihles paste. (its 28% zinc oxide, and good ol' corn starch!) though she was still sick for three days and the rash didnt completely subside until after she was done poopin.... it didnt get near as bad as it probably could have. she has a bath every night.. just part of her routine, and every night i would put about half a cup of baking soda in the tub with her... neutralizes the burning from the rash. she loved it... it seemed to be the only place she was comfortable! so i guess a combo of everything works.

Bergandi - posted on 10/28/2008

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i agree w/ the last mom, burts bees is great for sensitive skin but corn starch is all natural so i am sure its great too. someone told me to mix baking powder w/ water to make a paste and leave it on a bare but for a few minutes and its supposed to equalize the acid in the skin. i am not sure cause i havent tried it but u could try a small spot and make sure it doesnt hurt or burn before using the whole mixture.

User - posted on 10/28/2008

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Another good ointment is Burt's Bees Diaper Ointment. It sounds crazy but my oldest child couldn't have anything with acid....Juice, Spaghetti, Apples, Oranges....anything without becoming blistered.She went to daycare so it was a pretty frequent thing. Burt's Bees Diaper Ointment made the blisters go away by the next 1-2 diaper changes....I now have a 10 month old and am still using the first and only 2 oz bottle of the ointment....I promise it works that well.

Brittney - posted on 10/27/2008

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I actually put corn startch in her bath tub. It makes her skin soft and helps with her diaper rash. :) Just putting it on her bottom did not help me until I put it in her bath water.

Melissa - posted on 10/27/2008

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Works really well. Both on keeping it from being to dry and just to keep from getting irritated. I do childcare and almost all my parents use it. And i did on my son.

Faith - posted on 10/25/2008

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The best diaper rash cream ever is called Resinol. Here in Iowa you have to ask the pharmacy for it. Sometimes they have to order it. But I worked in a daycare here and everyone had it for their kids so i bought some and i tried it and its the best thing ever and i put everything else i had in the trash. It lasts for ever cuz they get even a little bit red and you use it once and the rash is gone its actually quite amazing!

Belinda - posted on 10/25/2008

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What i do that works best for my daughter is I use desitin or another diaper rash ointment at least once a day to prevent diaper rash, then I use baby powder (which is mostly corn starch anyways...so you could substitute this and use corn starch, it would be cheaper.) My daughter rarely gets a diaper rash even when teething.

Kerry - posted on 10/25/2008

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What worked best for my son, was applying liquid maalox on the rash by dabbing some on with a cotton ball, letting it air dry for about a minute and then put on the butt paste. It has always cleared up the rash by the next diaper change.

Melissa - posted on 10/22/2008

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I prefer Beaudreux's Butt Paste. Don't think I spelled that right but I like it better than desitin.

Monique - posted on 10/21/2008

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Corn Starch really does work and if you can 'air out' the bottom for at least 5-10 minutes with each daiper change even better. I have also used lighly beaten egg white (good on both bad and not so bad nappy rash) and grated potatoe (squeeze out the juice onto the bottom - DO NOT USE WHEN THE SKIN IS BROKEN). I have also found that wipes with aloe vera and willow bark are very soothing and do not irritate the rash like the normal ones do (no alcohol in them).

Laura - posted on 10/18/2008

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Ditto to the reply below. Cornstarch is good for babies which is why many companies have removed talc from powders since it was found to be harmful. I switch between Desitin and Balmex in conjunction with powder when I put a diaper back on the baby to throw as much at the rash as I could!

Melissa - posted on 10/18/2008

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It depends on what kind of a rash it is. If it is a really bad one with open areas, my kids screamed if I put on diaper rash ointment. So I would put on vaseline and cornstarch baby powder. I have heard other just putting corn starch on plain and it has worked just fine too. Then when the open areas heal up some, then start putting back on diaper rash ointment. That is what has worked for me.

Martha - posted on 10/18/2008

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I found that it worked very well to prevent diaper rash. It is mild and natural, so it is good for babies. But if your child actually has a nasty rash, then I think the best thing is to expose the area to the air as much as possible (depending on the age and activity of your child), and then I used Desitin when I re-diapered the baby.

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