how do you get rid of THE WORST diaper rash?

Amy - posted on 11/20/2008 ( 128 moms have responded )

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My son had had a really bad diaper rash for the last two weeks. He is breast fed, so I have been eating super bland, nothing out of the ordinary, I have stopped giving him juice and fruit, Ive tried:

-A&D

-A&D mixed with Milk of Magnesia (what the Dr. Suggested)

-Cornstarch and Vaseline

-A little vinegar in the bath

-Baking Soda in the bath

It is very irritating and itchy to him and he has scratched which has irritated it more...I've really had enough already, any suggestions would be great. thx

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Tiffany - posted on 04/27/2009

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Boudreaux's Butt Paste is the diaper rash cream I swear by. But maybe it is not a "diaper rash". My son had a bad diaper rash that wouldn't go away no matter what I did & it turned out that he had a yeast infection that they prescribed nyastatin for.

Terry - posted on 11/26/2008

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He may be having an allergic reaction to his diaper, or the plastic is containing too much heat inside the diaper. My daughter could only wear cloth diapers, with NO fabric softener in them. (Drove me nuts trying to figure that one out!) LOL You can also try leaving a diaper off as often as possible, such as napping. Just place a diaper Under him. Cover his bottom with a blanket for warmth. Air flow helped mine better than any medication. Also, rule out that it is not a yeast infection on the skin. Try some yeast cream such as miconazole.....

Melanie - posted on 04/10/2011

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It may sound silly but an antifungal cream, that you can get over the counter from any pharmacy (Drug store) my son suffers bad diper rash when he is teething and the antifungal cream works a treat.

User - posted on 04/27/2009

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Bepanthen Antiseptic cream is the best thing you can use, make sure it is the antiseptic one, and with in a week I bet with 2 or 3 applications a day it will be almost better

it is good for everything sore

you can buy it from supermarkets or chemist

Kelley - posted on 11/27/2008

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The fruit and juice could be very acidy. Put some Penaten cream on the rash. I used it on my son who will be 12 (LOL). It is good for any other types of skin irritations too not just diaper rash but the common use is for that. It sounds like it needs to dry up and I don't think the vaseline is a good thing. Put some cornstarch on him after the Penaten cream. Just a little on his bottom. Just so you coat the cream. I think it should work for you. Poor little guy. I wound't use the vinegar either because that would burn. Let me know if this works! Good luck!

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Tiffany - posted on 04/27/2009

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Boudreaux's Butt Paste is the diaper rash cream I swear by. But maybe it is not a "diaper rash". My son had a bad diaper rash that wouldn't go away no matter what I did & it turned out that he had a yeast infection that they prescribed nyastatin for.

User - posted on 04/27/2009

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Bepanthen Antiseptic cream is the best thing you can use, make sure it is the antiseptic one, and with in a week I bet with 2 or 3 applications a day it will be almost better

it is good for everything sore

you can buy it from supermarkets or chemist

User - posted on 04/27/2009

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Bepanthen Antiseptic cream is the best thing you can use, make sure it is the antiseptic one, and with in a week I bet with 2 or 3 applications a day it will be almost better

it is good for everything sore

you can buy it from supermarkets or chemist

Natalie - posted on 04/27/2009

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I would check that its not a yeast infection first... but if not, i use lucas's papaw ointment on my baby boy! I put it on real thick! And let ur bubs bottom air as much as u can...

Anja - posted on 11/27/2008

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My son has had the same rash, and tends to have very sensitive skin. The trick I have found that works best is using cloth diapers, no wipes, using Burts Bees Diaper Ointment (any with zinc in it, and without mineral oil/petrolatum should work), and letting him lie naked in a warm place. Good Luck!

Carolyn - posted on 11/26/2008

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I tried so many things and what worked the best was Caldesene. It is a powder in a pink bottle that you can get over the counter. Typically any drug store will have some behind the counter so just ask the pharmacist for it. If they don't have any on hand they are usually able to order it. It has a scent to it, so I was sure it wouldn't work, but after trying everythign else, even prescription ointments and a completely restricted diet for myself, this is the only thing that helped my daughter!

Nicole - posted on 11/26/2008

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Bert;s Bee;s wax makes a diaper rash cream, its the most incredible cream. My son has horible escema and rashes and this is the only cream that works for him, Good luck.

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I know this probably sounds corny, but try frying flour in a pan until it turns a light brown color. Don't spray the pan with anything. Make sure the pan is dry. It won't take long. It has been many years since I've had to use it, but it worked for me. Give it a try.

Heidi - posted on 11/26/2008

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i found using paw paw (comes in a red container) was the best (i live in australia not sure you can get it in the us but im sure you might be able to get it online.) it is all natural and has many uses i found that it help. my little one has eczema has it helped comntrol that as well i also use it on my cracked lips...

Jen - posted on 11/26/2008

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I really like SudoCream (I live in Canada but I am sure they have it in the US too) I put it on my sons diaper rash and then put a layer of vaseline over it (so when he pees it is protected and doesnt wash off). Also like a lot of other mothers have said to let them "air out" for a while, laying on a towel if possible. Also, when you diaper change, try to use any antibacterial soap to cleanse his bum with and then make sure its dry. Apparently, the antibacterial agent also kills the bacteria that causes a bum rash. It works and it was recommended by a naturopath.

Jennifer - posted on 11/26/2008

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try Utter Balm. It smells gross but it works. You can get it at Fleet Farm or Farm and Fleet. I'm sure Walmart even carries it. It worked wonders on my son.

Kelly - posted on 11/26/2008

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When my son is teething i use Vaseline and Baby power. When he gets a rash just because i really like Paladin. Paladin you have to get from the pharmacy. If you ask for it they will give it to you. Paladin is thick and hard to wipe off when its on the butt.

Beth - posted on 11/26/2008

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My daughters have extremely sensitive skin so bleeding diaper rashes are not uncommon here. We do a little baking soda in a warm bath and sit them in it. It dries up the rash. I then use a combination of Triple Paste (it's hard to find but the best diaper ointment I've used and I've tried them ALL) and Baby Gold Bond Medicated powder. The triple paste can be found at Walgreens. I usually put the ointment on and then follow that with the powder (just be careful to shield babies eyes and mouth). It takes a few days for the REALLY bad rashes but all of ours have started to improve after taking these first steps! For the itching I use baby Eucerine cream...it's like vaseline but way better... Good luck!

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When I had my second daughter, I was told by a very close friend to try cornflour, and believe it or not, it was the absolute best thing I used. Because it is a drying agent. just sprinkle some in your child's nappy and some on the bottom too and you will be surprised how good this stuff really is. And best of all, cheap as chips. Goodluck.

Amy - posted on 11/26/2008

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I know you asked how to get rid of it, but to AVOID getting one, this is what I did. I used wipes every time I changed my son's number 1 diaper and put Desitin Original cream on him. On number 2 diapers, I cleaned it with a wipe first, them I took him to the bathroom and washed his bottom in the sink with a wash cloth and baby bath wash. Then dried him off and put Desitin original on his bottom and diapered him. He is almost 9 months old and has never had a diaper rash. I think it's b/c I rinse off his bottom every time he poos. Hope this helps.

Shannon - posted on 11/26/2008

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my son had a terrible diaper rash, he was bleeding. The dr. & pharm. said to use Lotrimin Cream followed by hydrocortisone cream with every diaper change. i also use mineral oil and cotton swab to wipe with during this time. Regular wipes would burn him.

Liana - posted on 11/26/2008

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During my residency in pediatrics, we always made a wonderful mixture for severe diaper rash and I use it for my daughter now. We called it Butt Paste, but it bears no relation to Boudreux's Butt Paste.



I just get a plastic container from the pharmacist for mixing and storage. Then mix together:



* 2 oz A & D ointment

* 2 oz zinc oxide ointment

* 1 oz Maalox or Mylanta

* 1 oz bacitracin



I keep the recipe on my blog: http://lianaandmason.com/dollhouse/2008/...



I would only move to a prescription Nystatin ointment if the rash shows no improvement in 24 hours.



Hope this helps!

User - posted on 11/26/2008

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Also, make sure you are changing diapers at least every 2 hours. I set the timer on the stove so I didn't forget. Don't wait until you smell something.

User - posted on 11/26/2008

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One of my children had this problem. She had very sensitive skin. We consistently used A&D ointment and baby powder with every diaper change and we had no more problems. I am a cake decorator so we called it greasing and flouring their bottoms!

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My daughter has gotten horrible diaper rashes in the past and what we did worked wonders! DON'T use baby wipes on your child's bottom when he has a rash. Use a warm washcloth to clean it or even rinse his bottom off in the sink with warm water. We let her soak in a warm bath and that helps. Exposing his bottom to the air will help a lot too and after we bathe her, we either let her air dry, or use a hair dryer on the cool setting to dry her bottom. It really soothes it! We use butt paste on her bottom and we use powder after every single diaper change. I don't know how old your son is but if he is old enough to eat baby food, yogurt can help a lot! I would suggest taking him to the doctor to get it checked if it isn't going away! It may need special attention. You don't want him to be miserable. GOOD LUCK!

Danna - posted on 11/26/2008

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We had a lot of success with Lamisil and baby powder. The A&D and vaseline kept our sons' skin too moist. Frequent diaper changes are a must, even if he is just a little wet. This helps keep moisture away from his skin as much as possible. Good luck!

Tara - posted on 11/26/2008

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I didn't read through all the posts but I sell a product line called Arbonne and I believe our diaper rash ointment is the best on the market. It is a direct sales company and you can check it out at www.arbonne.com. If you don't know of anyone or are a little leary about contacting someone, send me your address and I will send you a sample to try. I have many friends who swear by it and it is pure, botanically based and very gentle to babies. In fact our company pulled the baby products last summer because one baby had a break out and reformulated it so I know it is guaranteed to not cause him a reaction. Good luck!

User - posted on 11/26/2008

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When my daugther was very young she had a rash forever and nothing was working so I decided to try the Weleda diaper cream and finally it was gone the next day!! Good luck!

Shannon - posted on 11/26/2008

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I have tried all of the ointments and creams and I stand by Desitin ORIGINAL as the best! None of the other ointments work like the original one, not even Desitin Creamy. It must be the Original in the purple tube or tub. My son had a terrible rash about two weeks ago and is skin was so raw it even started to bleed. I cleaned it really well in the tub with warm water and baby wash, then patted dry, applied the Desitin Original and diapered him up. When I changed his diaper the next morning, it was almost healed. My son now tells me to "be real gentle" and "put Desitin" everytime I change him! HAHA!

Tami - posted on 11/26/2008

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Check into that yeast infection thing. I was astonished to find out my son had it. Go figure. It is very common. Budreaux Butt Paste also works... As well as taking diaper off for a while. Maybe they can potty train at the same time. Should be fun until you have to clean up the mess! LOL!

User - posted on 11/26/2008

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Aquaphor helps for diaper rash and any kind of burn or irritation, plus its thick like vaseline so it doesn't rub off the second you close the diaper.

Juanita - posted on 11/26/2008

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try the cetaphil soap it helps with dry skin. their is a product from airbonne it is a company like avon that has a wonderful diaper rash cream even worked on chigar bites on myself to relieve the itching.

Tracey - posted on 11/26/2008

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My daughter had the most dreadful nappy rash when she was young an all chamomile cream called Kamilosan cleared it up within hours. Dont know if its for sale in the US but ask your pahrmacist for a pure camomile cream and give it a try.

Shauna - posted on 11/26/2008

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The best stuff that I found was a cream called "Butt Paste" or "Butt Cream" (I can't remember). It was so thick and it stuck on them instead of sliding off. It got rid of the rash within a couple of days.

Laura - posted on 11/26/2008

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My mom's magic cure was always Neosporin and plain cornstarch. My son had a bad rash when first trying veggies and this helped a lot. Also, if it might be yeast, try cutting out all sugar and lower your carbs for a few days, the yeast won't have anything to eat and go away.

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Like others said, it may be yeast. Try Monistat or Lotromin. Also, an additional tip for after the infection is gone, try calendula creme http://shop.weleda.com/item_detail.aspx?...

as a soothing wetness barrier for diaper changes as opposed to vaseline and desitin. I never had to use desitin, for it's a treatment, calendula smells good and is easy to wipe off and doesn't get all gunky in the creases.

Lisa - posted on 11/26/2008

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I thought one of my twins had a diaper rash, but it turned out to be impetigo. They go to a babysitter. Anyway, we had been fighting this rash thing for awhile. The dr. put her on an antibiotic and told us to use a 1/4 a cup of reg. bleach to a tub of bath water. He said this would dry it up the quickest. Within 24 hrs..it was sooooo much better. Like I said, only one of the twins had it. She has very sensitive skin. I changed back to Pampers from Huggies. I also quit using the diaper wipe warmer and just used the Pampers Sensitive Skin wipes..without them being warmed. She always kept a rash before, (not bad), but since I've made these changes..she has no rashes. I also heard the use cream diaper rash med. not ontiment. Cream lets the air to the skin in better.

Shelia - posted on 11/26/2008

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Brown flour dry in a skillet! Nuts? No, this really works. Just brown the flour and put it in a shaker and use it like baby powder. Hope this works for you!!

Oliviaj - posted on 11/26/2008

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CORNSTARCH.... I would just sprinkle it on like you do baby powder...with in a few hours it starts looking better

Stacey - posted on 11/26/2008

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Boudreaux' Butt Paste and a thick layer of Maalox seem to work well for us. The BBP has one of the highest %'s of zinc oxide that I have found. Good luck!

Michelle - posted on 11/26/2008

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I agree with a previous poster.. lots of tummy time and what worked for us is olive oil and cornstarch. we use cloth diapers so diaper rash is minimal in any case, but when my daughter caught the flu with horrible diarrhea, that's how we cleared it up. Good luck!! OH, and I was changing the diaper every 30 - 45 minutes when we weren't doing tummy time and washing with a mild soap without perfume (aveeno).

Mandie - posted on 11/26/2008

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Use a hairdryer set on a low setting and thoroughly dry his bum. Then use some diaper cream. May take a couple of days but it really does work and he'll like the warm air!

Kristy - posted on 11/26/2008

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All three of my girls had/have extremely sensitive skin. The slightest bit of moisture and warmth in the diaper would cause a severe diaper rash. They would get very irritable from it. Little raised bumps would appear sometimes followed by sores. Our pediatrician said it was a yeast rash and has prescribed prescription Nystatin. We put this on the diaper area twice/day for 14 days. I like to put this on followed by a layer of 40% zinc oxide ointment then a layer of baby powder. because they're skin is so sensitive, Ieven whe there is no rash, I apply the ointment/powder combination with each diaper change. Since doing that, we've had much less frequent outbreaks!!

Andrea - posted on 11/26/2008

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Hi: My daughter had an EXTREME case that lasted forever and ever-we went to the Dr. and he gave her Miclo" cream. MIRACLE CREAM. I'm sure that there is a formal medical name for it but he understood what I was asking for when I told him about it.(was referred to me by a friend).

Good Luck

Julia - posted on 11/26/2008

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TRIPLE PASTE!!!! DR. SMITH'S and constant changings. My daughter had a super bad rash from day care not changing her, I bought Triple Paste and Dr. Smith's, they work great, between those and changing as soon as I felt any wetness it was gone in less than 24hrs.

Lucille - posted on 11/26/2008

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Hi Amy, if you live in South Africa, find someone or a shop that sells Annique products and use their bum cream. Or if you can't find then use rooibos tea cooled to wipe your babys bum with. This works like a charm, my child was also boob baby and also had a bad rash especially when she teethed and none of the other creams worked except for Annique.

Tara - posted on 11/26/2008

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Two words: scorched flour put the flour in a frying pan and stir till it turn brown let it cool then use it like powder sounds wired but it works.

Kelli - posted on 11/26/2008

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A friend of mine turned us on to vitamin E oil. That's it nothing else. Within 24 hours you will see vast improvement no matter how bad the rash is. We have twins and it has worked everytime. Good luck

Joyce - posted on 11/26/2008

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my son came down with TERRIBLE diaper rash and what worked was dabbing on mylanta, drying it with a fan (or blowing on in for a minute) and then putting neosporin on top of that. we did it until he was red, but all abrasions were gone, and then switched to just neosporin until it was almost totally gone. we finished with AandD or Desatin.

Stephanie - posted on 11/25/2008

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We use Boudrou's Butt Paste (not sure of the spelling) that you can buy at WalMart. It is a bit pricey but has proven to handle any type of rash my two kids have ever gotten and does it in a relatively short time frame. I recommend it to all of my fellow moms.

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Genetian Violet liquid is good if it is a yeast diaper rash. Check out www.drjacknewman.com on how to use it. I had to ask the pharmacy counter for it.Call around first to find out who has it :) Try the diaper and wipes thing too My son had this problem from the day he was born till he was about 3months when I changed his diapers and it went away. Good luck!

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not sure how old your son is but there might be a few factors to consider here....

have you switched brand of diaper?

have you switched brand of wipes?



when my son was first born someone gave me huggies wipes with shea butter...and they irritated my son so badly. I had to use sensitive or hypoallergenic wipes and the pampers sensitive diapers. Before switching to the sensitive wipes, I did use a wet terrycloth rag for a few days as recommended by my doctor. Nothing worked in the way of ointment or cream except Triple Paste....i put that on him after every messy diaper and every bath. He has gone rash free since he was 1 month old and he's now 9 months.

Kellye - posted on 11/25/2008

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My son has been fighting diaper rash since he was born. First make sure his behind is good and dry before doing anything. My doctor suggested cleaning with soap and water and then blow drying on the cold setting to make sure it was good and dry. We have tried every kind of cream from prescription to store brand. The lotrimin works great but does take a few days and Dr Smiths diaper cream is the best. Hard to find and bit more expensive but if used at every change it makes a big, big difference. We now use cornstarch powder instead of blowing him dry now that he is older! If it continues much longer I would take him to the doctor. We got a compound prescription that works wonders!

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