Severe diaper rash! HELP!!!!!!!

Kristine - posted on 06/28/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My 28 month old has awful diaper rash. It seemed to appear after I used a different brand of wipes on her. I switched right back to the old brand and kept using the zinc oxide cream I normally use on her, but it didn't help at all. I've tried using Desitin and also anitbiotic ointment for kids, neither have helped. It looks a bit less red and she tells me her "bum feels better now" but it's still awful looking. I'm going to go to the doctor on Thursday f it isn't improving. Any treatments you find have worked for your little ones? Thank you in advance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Krista - posted on 06/28/2011

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The only thing about cornstarch is that you want to be 100% sure that it's NOT a fungal rash before you use it. If it IS a fungal rash, cornstarch will make it worse (you're basically feeding the fungus.) If you're 100% sure that it's just a regular diaper rash, then a tiny bit of cornstarch patted on the bottom can help. What I do is pat it on, and then wipe it off with a clean, dry baby washcloth. That way, it gets rid of any residual moisture, but it won't make the diaper cream cake up.

Crystal - posted on 06/29/2011

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IT will take some tome to heal. try cleaning with water afterwards and let it air dry a bit several times a day.

Kendra - posted on 06/29/2011

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My oldest got bad diaper rash a lot and things that would clear him right up are . Lay him on a cover without a diaper on let the air get to the rash. sometimes lay them were then sun comes in but not too much sun also I used corn starch a lot it worked every time

Miam - posted on 06/29/2011

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Petroleum jelly helps to protect the skin from absorbing liquids. Hope she gets better.

Tara - posted on 06/29/2011

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What worked for us was coconut oil - you can get it at any natural foods store. It is a natural antifungal so if the rash is a yeast rash triggered by the different wipes that should take care of it. If it is an allergic rash it is unlikely anything will work until you see your doctor because you may need to use some kind of antihistamine cream.

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Krystal - posted on 07/17/2011

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Sudo cream. My daughter is pron to diaper rashes, blood blisters and all, and when that happens, I load her up with the sudo cream, and within a few days it clears right up.

Kristine - posted on 07/12/2011

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Thanks ladies. I ended up going to the doc and he gave her this antifunagl/antbacterial/steroid cream. All he said when he looked at the poor kid was "Oh. My. We must correct this". It's cleared it up quite a bit, still a ittle red, but much better!

Cassie - posted on 07/07/2011

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put about 1/2 cup of baking soda in the baby's bath water and let the baby soak for about 30 mins. works great! very cheap! will not harm your baby!

Debra - posted on 07/01/2011

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My daughter suffered from horrible diaper rash. Turned out to be a reaction to dyes iin the diapers when she moved up from newborn to bigger kid style diapers. Try dye and ink free diapers, there are organic and also cheap ones that happen to be free of colors. Good luck!

Tammy - posted on 06/28/2011

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Karen - Most baby powders are now made of corn starch instead of talc. Sorry, that's what I thought was being referred to.

Karen - posted on 06/28/2011

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tammy - corn starch is not the same as baby powder - it's highly recommended by many doctors (mine is one of them) for diaper rashes. it's not recommended on new borns because of the potential to inhale, but not such a worry with older babies/toddlers. not saying that there aren't other things out there try (and that do work) but this is one that's usually in your cupboard already and doesn't cost a fortune.

Tammy - posted on 06/28/2011

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P.S. Stay away from corn starch (aka baby powder). It's only a preventative, not a cure. Plus, it's very easy to inhale it, thus can cause respiratory problems. It's also very messy!

Tammy - posted on 06/28/2011

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This happens to my daughter every once in a while too. I am having a terrible time toilet training her, that's why at almost 3 she is still in diapers.
Anyway, are there little pink dots all over, that look like red/pink pin pricks? It could be an external yeast infection, caused by too much moisture on the skin. There are two ways to cure this. If you have a yard, let your little one run around without a diaper on. Put a pair of thin cotton undies to protect her and if she pees or poops clean her up immediately. Or you can treat her medically with an antifungal, that is normally used for treating athlete's foot: Nystatin (Mycostatin), clotrimazole (Lotrimin), and miconazole Micatin, Monistat-Derm) are topical over-the-counter ointments.
To prevent this in the future. Change her diaper more often and always apply perollium jelly (zinc oxide works too, but you can smell it a mile away). Good luck!

Karen - posted on 06/28/2011

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corn starch!! load it on, my whole family swears by it - i've seen it clear up some nasty rashes

Krista - posted on 06/28/2011

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The big thing that helps my son with diaper rashes is making sure that his butt is dry, dry, dry before putting the cream on. I dry his butt with my hairdryer (set on low, and with my hand shielding the airflow, obviously).

I got a good cream from my local pharmacy, but behind the counter. It's the same formula that our children's hospital uses. You may want to ask your pharmacist if they can mix up a hospital-grade cream.

I once was out of diaper cream, and in a pinch, used Elizabeth Arden Eight-Hour Cream. It actually worked surprisingly well!

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