Diaper Rash Issues...What to do?

Jamie - posted on 10/22/2009 ( 48 moms have responded )

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My daughter has had a diaper rash for about 2 1/2 weeks now. We have tried Desitine regular and over night extra strength, baby powder, medicated powder, A&D Ointment, Vaseline, Balmex(turns out she is allergic to it!), and now we are trying the Butt Paste. We had a little success when we used tucks pads but as soon as we ran out it came back just as bad and has gotten worse. The doctor gave us a cream but it didn't help either. It worries me. We keep trying anything and everything possible. Does anyone have anything that they have tried that has worked? Any advice is welcome!

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Trina - posted on 10/23/2009

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Try a different type of diaper or wipes she could be allergic to them my daughter had the same problem an come to find out it was the diapers she was wearing. U can try to use cloths diapers just untill her rash gose away.

Lynne - posted on 10/23/2009

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Buy some cloth diapers...not like FuzziBunz, just the simple cloth prefold kind you can find at Babies R Us (they come in packs of 8 or 12, if memory serves). Every time you change your baby, once you're done cleaning her, be sure to completely dry the diaper area with a clean, soft cloth diaper before you put the new diaper on. We did this for our son and he never had a problem with diaper rash. I've passed the advice on to several friends with new babies, and they've said the same thing-- dry bottom=no rashes.



Another thing to consider...have any new foods been introduced in the last few weeks? The only times my son DID get a rash on his butt was after he had baby food with mangoes in it. It took me two or three rashes to figure out what was causing it.

Sylwia - posted on 10/22/2009

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i used for my daughter always the lunar eclipse diaperoinament.she never had a real rash.you can order it online,it really works.it is like a salve.it shoothes rash and dryness.protect from bacteria and moisture.i ues it with every diaperchange.it is hemophatic.the have lot of nice items for baby.www.lunareclipse-babies.com

Andrea - posted on 10/22/2009

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This is very old fashioned but it does work. Try a couple tblsp. of white vinegar in a cup of water. make the solution and keep. dab on everytime you change the diaper . use a clean napkin or paper towel with each use.( Maybe its allergic to the wipes or diapers.)

Try not to use to many creams the skin can't tolerate it at this age.

Neicy - posted on 10/22/2009

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old remedy a box of argo corn starch (in supermarket) add a lil warm water and make a paste put it on the rash dont use wipes, use a white wash cloth and warm water, no soap for at least 3 days to the infected area. after it begins 2 clear up (which should b after 2 applications of the paste) sprinkle it straight from the box on the butt and use this rather than powder, good luck and let me know how u make out.

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Bernadette - posted on 09/12/2012

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hello..i just read your post.that is a most common problem for any babies..theres are many type of allergy too.maybe you should try to clean and change the diapers more often.for me hygiene is important.tq

Olivia - posted on 10/25/2009

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The daycare director, who was a peds nurse, told me that alot of times these bad "diaper" rashes are actually a type of yeast infection. I thought she was nuts, but was willing to try anything for my one. She told me to just use an over the counter creme used for yeast infections. I was so surprised after one application that it started to get better, and was gone in a few days.
I asked my daughters dr, and he said it wouldn't hurt anything to try. If it's not a yeast infection then it wont work, but it wont make it worse.

Sam - posted on 10/25/2009

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Hi there, I have a 5 month old son who had never suffered from nappy rash untill recently but his first one was an absolute DOOZIE of a rash!!!!! We tried everyting and just could not clear it untill I, very scepticaly I might add, tried an old wives remedy. Firstly do the obvious and give nappy free trime as much as possible but the bigest thing we did was to clean his bum with rooibos and chamomile tea (sometimes marketed abroad as red bush tea) just made up as normal black tea and left to cool and used on cotton wool pads or gause squares, then apply egg white to the affected area (just seperate the yolks and discard then beat the white till it just starts to froth and apply using clean hands like cream or with a cotton wool pad) once this is dyr and it doesn't take lon, apply cornflour or arrow root powder. It cleared my sons rash in 3 days and I ahd been at my wits end untill I tried it! Now I use the tea insteaqd of baby wipes as a preventitive measure and it is cheeper to as you can make up a batch and put it in the fridge and just change the soultion in the bowl every day and if it flares up again, I will not hesitate to use egg white again! Incidently just for interest, I have since discovered that the egg white remedy was used in hospital back in the 70's to tread bed sores and ulcers with amazing results! Hope this helps. ;)

Kim - posted on 10/24/2009

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when Sudocrem wouldn't work fast enough for me - i found Bepanthen. now it's all i use. works within 24 hours. it's gentle and it gives moisture too. a lot of creams and powders make the area even more dry & sore, meaning a longer healing time. Bepanthen is made by Bayer.

Julia - posted on 10/24/2009

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Hey the solution is cornfour believe it or not!! Works wonders only thing that worked for my son. The creams just feed nappy rash. Curash also works really well too apparently although at 1.52 a box cornflour is a cheap and awesome option. I use with every change and no more nappy rash.

Ashleigh - posted on 10/23/2009

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Have you tried Sudocrem? it's a zinc cream which barriers wee from getting to there skin. It takes my sons rashes away within a night of applying it, i usually use curash wipes and johnsons cornstarch powder too and it seems to help alot.

Becky - posted on 10/23/2009

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I used A&D ointment, then layered over it thick with vasaline, and then dumped a ton of baby powder all over. It coats it really well and heals and protects the bottom from any more poop/pee to irritate it. My boys' diaper rashes went away in 2 days. It works great, and is a cheap start!

Marcy - posted on 10/23/2009

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Triple butt paste is great!! Works very fast and she will be better in no time.. My son always got bad rashes and that took it away fast.. Good Luck!

Alyssa - posted on 10/23/2009

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My son gets pretty bad diaper rash when the dr puts him on antibiotics. I tried everything the first time he got it. Then I found Triple Paste, it works wonders. My dr also told me that Lamisil the athletes foot cream also works.

Kerry - posted on 10/23/2009

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i know this will sound funny but use a tea bag. wet it and wipe it over the nappy rash. the tea will come out of the tea bag onto the nappy rash area. make sure you can see the tea liquid coming out. And by the next day the rash should be go. If not kepp on using it till it is. My boy W gets bad nappy rash and I used this.... by the next day it was gone. A friend of mine who use to be a mid wife told me this. I now sware by it.

Jessica - posted on 10/23/2009

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my son has a bad diaper rash that began to bleed.i asked about it on cafemom and someone told me to put neosporin on it and it has stopped bleeding but has yet to go away.i also tried different creams but nothing helped.

Becky - posted on 10/23/2009

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Thanks Doshia, I'm not sure why he reacted that way either! He was really sensitive to the diapers and wipes I think maybe it was just all too much, he goes without a diaper most of the time now and we are taking that oppurtunity to introduce the potty, going as well as expected ( he's only 10 months)

Erin - posted on 10/23/2009

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also, i forgot to mention that if you never see any improvement or if there are actual sores you might wanna swing into the dr's office...it could be a yeast infection and easily treatable with those creams...

Crisanne - posted on 10/23/2009

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Wash it with hypoallergenic soap and water and dry it with soft cloth by patting and don't put anything on it. let your daughter wear loose cotton panty or nothing at all (expose the area to air) at day time. at night time, place underpads from waistline down and let your daughter wear loose cotton panty, just make sure to change it with clean panty everytime she wet. This will help the diaper rashes dried-up by air. keep the area clean and dry to prevent infection. I hope this will help your daughter.

Nadia - posted on 10/23/2009

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Jamie my son has gotten bad rashes twice and both times i've used Lotrimin and i've also used Hydrcortisone cream 1%. It works best if you clean the area with warm water and a cloth. Dry the area well then apply the Lotrimin or the cream. I was a bit skepitcal about the Lotrimin at first but it really worked. Best of luck.........

HOLLY - posted on 10/23/2009

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You might try Triple Ointment paste. It is what the nurses in the NICU told my sister-in-law when her daughter had bad diaper rash. It is sold at most grocery stores. Also, when you go to wipe, don't use regular wipes. Run a sink full of warm water and let her soak. Then use a soft cloth to clean her. Sometimes the wipes irritate it worse. I feel so bad for you. Hopefully this will work.

Linda - posted on 10/23/2009

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Butt Paste was the only thing that worked for my kids. My kids have really sensitive skin. My son kept diaper rash until he was potty trained. I used wipes with no scent or additives (like lotions) and kept changing diaper brands until I found the best one for him. That made the rash "better" but like I said it didn't completely go away until later.

Erin - posted on 10/23/2009

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I agree...Triple Paste saved my son's butt!!!!

but, you didn't say how old she is and if she's eating solids? I realized that blueberries were the culprit of the horrid, repeat rash. We've cut them out and now he's much better. Also, we cloth diaper which helps and I did let him go diaperless all day once...that was fun :) haaaa make sure too that you don't use any wipes on her behind for a while...use a washcloth w/warm water and DRY her off thoroughly before you cream and rediaper. Otherwise, cornstarch is better than baby powder...talc is awful for babies. It can be inhaled and can cause breathing problems...so, use it very carefully.

Carmen - posted on 10/23/2009

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The cheapest most effective thing that I have used is pure cornstarch from the supermarket it works wonders and it really works. let me kow if it helps.
Good Luck I know diaper rashes are always a concern.

Melany - posted on 10/22/2009

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Ok this might sound wired but take some flour put it in a frying pan and burn it then once it cools down use it on her diaper rash it really does work this is a little remedy my grandma passed 2 my mother then my mother onto me. I hope u find something that helps best of luck.

Lisa - posted on 10/22/2009

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My son had a very bad diaper rash that lasted despite all the normal things that always worked before... I ended up trying every kind of Desitin, Beaudreax's Butt Paste and triple paste among others. In an effort to stop it, I also switched to cloth diapers... and I took to using a blow dryer to blow his butt dry between every diaper change (on low heat setting of course.) And as for cream... there is a diaper rash and thrush treatment by a company called Motherlove. ( Here is the link: http://store.motherlove.com/mm5/merchant...)It is more of a salve than a cream... this worked wonders for my son... he has been rash free for months now, and if he starts to get a little pink, by the next diaper change it is gone. Hope this helps and that your baby feels better soon!!!

Anna - posted on 10/22/2009

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everyone has great ideas, but mine were very sensitive to juices. always broke them out with in seconds after going to the bathroom. And my oldest was very sensitive to the brand of diaper. And for my younger daughter she got it so bad one time my mom suggested lotrimin. Yea i know its for jock itch, but i tell you it cleared it up and thats all that mattered, cause like you said the dr's prescription wasn't working. And if you put to much diaper rash cream on it can do the opposite effect of what it is suppose to do and act more like a sandpaper to the bottom that a soothing cream. but the oatmeal baths and air drying are also good options , and try NOT to use baby wipes, just a wet wash cloth, baby wipes have chemicals to preserve them and can intensify the rash. hope you found something that is helping.

Dj - posted on 10/22/2009

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My youngest started getting a diaper rash just after being born. Someone mentioned that maybe it was the brand of diaper I was using (I thought Pampers was the BEST since thats what they give you in the hospital) I was also told that the more expensive the diaper, the more stuff they put in it (chemicals, etc.) so I bought the cheapest brand I could find. It worked for about a month, but the rash came back. She really seemed to be allergic to the diapers! So out of pure desperation, I invested in cloth diapers. I didn't have a lot of money so I didn't buy the cloth all-in-one diapers, I just got plain old cloth prefolds and some velcro waterproof covers. I immediately noticed a huge improvement with her rashes (just be careful what soap you use to wash them) and I've been using cloth diapers ever since. Started when she was nearly 3 months old and now she is turning 2 next month. Seriously, if you have ANY more questions about cloth diapering, just ask. I don't want to ramble on too much more but I have soo much advice about what I've learned since I started it. Truly one of the best decisions I have made about my kids. Besides that, can you imagine how much money you would save? Cloth can be a one time investment, and then you're done spending money on diapers! Even if you use a cloth diaper service (they wash and deliver them), it's cheaper than disposables.

Jessica - posted on 10/22/2009

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Have you been to the dr?? It could be a yeast infection & if it is, only a prescribed ointment will clear it up.

Sheena - posted on 10/22/2009

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When I change my son, I wipe him with Huggies baby wipes with Shea Butter & aloe and I use baby power with pure cornstarch.

CarrieAnn - posted on 10/22/2009

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With my kids when they would get a diapper rash that lasted for more than 3 days I would use straight baking soda on them and I would just pile it on. It helps to keep the bottom dry. Also if you can get some chux pads that they use in hospitals (can get them at walmart in pharmacy) let her lay on one with out a diapper for a little bit every time she gets changed through out the day its like a sore it needs air to breath and heal. Hope this helps ya

Chanda - posted on 10/22/2009

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Desitin Creamy has worked a lot better than butt paste for us. My daughter had this problem and to start with she was allergic to the diapers we had bought so you might want to check that out. Also, I know this might sound weird but it could be eczema. My childs started on her bottom. But while your daughter has it, you could use a cleansing soap we get Oxygen soap from our local piggly wiggly and it is the only soap my daughter can use. Hope some of this can help you.

Kelli - posted on 10/22/2009

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Aveeno oatmeal bath and followed up with some fresh air and then triple paste. That took most of it out and then had to get some clotromazole (Lotramine) to finish it up. I would recommend alternating between the triple paste and lotramine. Good luck with the diaper rash, my little girl had one for almost a month (open sores and all) and trust me we tried it all.

Mandy - posted on 10/22/2009

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i have used liquid Maalox and aquaphor cream (from any store) and you combine them both in a container and mix them together and put it in the fridge to harden a little and then use that every time you change her and then put back in the fridge and it will start to clear up within 2days i did it all the time when my oldest was little especially when it was summer hehe...let me know if it works :) Good Luck

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Quoting Becky:

My son had diaper rash really bad and the baking soda in the water worked really well, but the baking soda directly on the rash made it and all emergency in pain. Had to hose him down, stung his poor little bum:( I use the Teddy's choice zinc oxide, none of the other creams would work and he screamed when I would put the thicker cream (penaten) on.



Hi.  I'm so sorry that happened to your little one!  We used it without that kind of consequence.  I wonder why....  I'm really glad you found something that worked for you. :)

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Both of my daughters had really bad diaper rash that eventually turned into a yeast infection. I took my oldest to the Dr. and they gave me a antibiotic and it went away for awhile and the came back with a vengence. The only thing that worked was baths with epsom salt, let them air out as much as possible cause yeast grows in damp dark places. Also using an antifungal cream will really help you can get it at any grocery store. Good Luck!!!

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Corn starch worked great for our daughter. She had diaper rash for 2 weeks and couldn't get rid of it. We was just like you we tried everything and this was the only thing we found that worked. Let us know if it works.

Jamie - posted on 10/22/2009

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Thank You everyone for your comments. I will let you know how it goes and if it gets better or worse. Thanks again

Becky - posted on 10/22/2009

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My son had diaper rash really bad and the baking soda in the water worked really well, but the baking soda directly on the rash made it and all emergency in pain. Had to hose him down, stung his poor little bum:( I use the Teddy's choice zinc oxide, none of the other creams would work and he screamed when I would put the thicker cream (penaten) on.

Christina - posted on 10/22/2009

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Triple Paste butt paste...works wonders...Its doctor recommended and takes like only 2-3 days to clear

Jessica - posted on 10/22/2009

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I learned that if every time you change the diaper rash or no rash put lots of baby powder. My baby has not had a rash in a year

Krista - posted on 10/22/2009

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Try to let her be diaperless as often as possible. If what your dr. gave you is an antifungal like Nystatin, try mixing it with Desitin or anything else with Zinc Oxide in it when you put it on her (check the different brands in the store..they higher the percentage of ZO the better. I found one with 40% at Hannaford). Good luck.

Felicia - posted on 10/22/2009

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I tried the same thing with my daughter. The doctor told me to use Lotrimin or clotromazole (generic brand) because it will draw out the infection. Its mainly used for athletes foot but it worked for my daughter. U can buy it in any drug store. Hope that helps

Jess - posted on 10/22/2009

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plain 'ol air dry for about 15-20 minutes after baths & diaper changes. that worked for me anyways. good luck!

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Hi, I'm not sure if this will help at all, but have you tried changing her diet a little? Is she drinking a lot of juices that will produce acid that might burn her skin? My son had terrible rashes for a while and there was just too much acid in his body, so we cut back on the juices until it cleared up. Also, some older home remedies like baking soda might help. You can put it in her bath water and let her soak in it or just put it directly on the diaper rash. It'll draw the sting out. Diaper rashes sometimes are exaggerated by wet ointments. The baking soda will help to dry it up and begin to heal. Oatmeal baths work the same. Good luck to you!!!

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