Horrible diaper rash

Stacey - posted on 02/18/2009 ( 320 moms have responded )

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My child has horrible diaper rash from diarrhea. I called her doctor he said it could last up to a week, not to change her diet and to use extra thick ointment such as Vaseline. We are using Vaseline now and we tried corn starch based powder and Desitin. Any other suggestions would be helpful. She is in so much pain she cries so hard and I can hardly hold her down changing her. I feel terrible every time we change her diaper.

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Sherie - posted on 02/20/2009

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Hi, Stacey!  I know exactly what you are going through.  My son recently was in the hospital and an antibiotic cause horrible diaper rash -- each little cheek acually had open sores.  I though they'd never heal!  The only way I could clean his bottom was to coax him to roll over to his belly.  He naturally kind of picked up his bottom and I was able to gently clean.



 



THEN...the nurses actually checked with the BURN UNIT for me!  Great advice that I got was to slather the DIAPER (NOT the bottom) with a zinc-based cream (like Desitin or even Aquaphor).  This way, I wasn't causing anymore tearing or aggrivation of the skin, but when the diaper went on the cream worked it's way into the cheeks.  THIS was a lifesaver!



Then, my MOM (of course) suggested bathing him with baking soda in the bathwater.  At first he wouldn't sit in the bath (a big sink may be a good option too) but when I was able to get him to sit, the baking soda immediately took away the burn of the acid from his rash and he enjoyed his bath. 



It took over a month for those sores and rash to heal, but it was when I did the baking soda baths along with putting the lotion on the diaper instead of the bottom that I really saw improvement.



Also - the Dr. said to give a 1/2 tablet of Immodium disolved in water every other day.  But, that is best recommended by the Dr. based on the cause of the diarreah.  Just slowing down the diarreah helped as well.

Samantha - posted on 02/20/2009

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Hey i know you have had a lot of advice but as a mother of a rash prone daughter the best advice i could give is Baking Soda in water- not alot like a couple inches in the bath tub with lots of baking soda. It works!

Sue - posted on 02/20/2009

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my doctor told me to use hydracortisone cream 1% mixed in the desitin, they work fast when applied together. Coat it heavy so none of the acids get thru. Hope that helps. 

Stacey - posted on 02/20/2009

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I decided to go with what I had around the house. The biggest mistake I was making was not letting her dry out completely before putting Vaseline on. So, air was the best thing for her. We also used cool water with a little baking soda in the bath, she liked that. When her diaper rash was really bad I had to just rinse her bum off under the faucet because everything I tried to use as wipes was to abrasive, even wet rags and cotton balls made her scream. Thank you every one for your help. There were so many things that I wanted to try but, fortunately her diaper rash cleared up.

Yvette - posted on 02/20/2009

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First of all Stacey, I would question the docs prescription if he has not checked the symptom of the rash before prescribing. But if he has and said it would last a week, just try to keep the baby's bottom as comfortable as possible by keeping her clean and dry. you want to let her bottom air dry after each cleansing and then apply the ointment to her bottom. Stacey try sticking to one type of ointment regime or just use vaseline (w/o) any dyes of perfumes (scented). you may also want to try using cloth diapers until she is healed, you may have to change more but cloth lets air to bottom more.



Hope baby is feeling better soon. :)

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Karen - posted on 02/20/2009

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Boy this takes me back. Now 16, my son i think was born with diaper rash. I never used the diaper wipes, they seemed to burn him. I'd use warm baby washclothes to clean him and let him air dry as much as possible then put on straight corn starch on him. It really works to dry it out. It also could be yeast so nystaten (sp) was prescribed by his dr.

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Quoting Stacey:

My child has horrible diaper rash from diarrhea. I called her doctor he said it could last up to a week, not to change her diet and to use extra thick ointment such as Vaseline. We are using Vaseline now and we tried corn starch based powder and Desitin. Any other suggestions would be helpful. She is in so much pain she cries so hard and I can hardly hold her down changing her. I feel terrible every time we change her diaper. Ask a Question!




I had that problem too. I would give more water instead of juices and change the baby every hour. If you can leave the baby without diapers so the fresh air can get to her bottom. Only wipe with warm water, no baby wipes

Carmen - posted on 02/20/2009

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oh my gosh you have to try this cream called.. burdeuxs butt paste ( i think i spelled beurdeuxs wrong!) but it is pronounced burdose, my grand daughter had a severe rash so bad it bled, and the butt paste worked in 2 days!!!

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Quoting Stacey:

My child has horrible diaper rash from diarrhea. I called her doctor he said it could last up to a week, not to change her diet and to use extra thick ointment such as Vaseline. We are using Vaseline now and we tried corn starch based powder and Desitin. Any other suggestions would be helpful. She is in so much pain she cries so hard and I can hardly hold her down changing her. I feel terrible every time we change her diaper. Ask a Question!




I recommend Bedrouxs Buttpaste.fantastic.will clear it up in a day or so.really...

Erika - posted on 02/20/2009

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Well, my doctor said to cut out milk, instead give slices of cheese if your child is old enough to eat solids you also try feeding her rice cereal. Wash her bottom after every stool with plain water and apply Triple Paste, it has cornstarch and other stuff and is super thick so it stays on. Good luck.

User - posted on 02/20/2009

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If the doctor has not actually seen the rash, you don't know if it is just diaper rash or if there is also a yeast infection. If she is in that much pain, you need to have her seen. Canesten (sp?) makes a vaginal cream and a foot cream ( for athlete's foot) that I used on my daughter when she had a diaper rash with yeast.

Heather - posted on 02/20/2009

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When my little one gets diaper rashes from the runs I usually clean her in the tub. Baby wipes were the most painful way to clean her up and washcloths alone were not much better, but soaking in the tub and lightly cleaning helps a ton. She has extremly sensitive skin and the only cream that works for her is A + D ointment. This clears it up in a couple of hours. She is allergic to the zinc in Desitin. Good luck.

Brandy - posted on 02/20/2009

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My daughter reacts the same way when she has a rash. There have been times it looked as if her little bottom would bleed it would be so red. the only thing I have found that works and fast is soaking her in a tub of luke warm water with vinagar in it. Not a lot but about a half cup to a tub of low level water. Just enough to cover her bottom. then I let her air dry and cover her bottom with a THICK coat of vaseline or Mary Kay Extra emollient Night cream. It is very thick and acts as a barrier between the skin and any wettness. Works over night for my baby.

Stephanie - posted on 02/20/2009

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My advice: stick to Vaseline only - don't switch back and forth between Diaper rash cream. Also, don't use baby wipes when changing - use that soft, thick paper towel they have out there (Viva?) and water only. The soap in the wipe makes it burn. Both my boys went through this as babies. Hang in there!

Courtney - posted on 02/20/2009

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Looks like you have a lot of reading to do before you get to this message, but I have been there, done that!  It makes you feel horrible to have to hold them down.  I'd suggest letting it air dry as much as possible.  THEN ignore everything the pediatrician told you about ointments.  You need to get some doctor to prescribe you Nystatin ointment.  Put a little of that over the infection with some unscented Vaseline or preferably the old Bag Balm in the green can over that.  Put it on whenever you change the daiper.  Something else that sometimes works for bad rashes that aren't yet infected - is medicated Johnson's baby powder.  Good luck!

Linda - posted on 02/20/2009

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Hi, i would really avoid wipes as they tend to have perfumes and chemicals in them. Penaten cream worked for both of my children. Or there is a similar product called Ihle's paste, comes in a little tub. My mother-in-law untroduced it to me. Great stuff. Good Luck, i know it's not fun times!!

Stephanie - posted on 02/20/2009

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We always used Boudreau's Butt Paste. It is a thick, ugly brown paste but it always worked and worked fast. It can be found at WalMart in the baby section.

Latiesha - posted on 02/20/2009

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My son had the same problem i worked and daddy stayed at home during the day and worked at night. Well the diaper changing thing daddy didn't catch on to well. I just applied the same things but like any rash it will continue if it is not aired out so we left the diaper off at night and put him under a towel. A few days later no Diaper rash.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/20/2009

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A few times my kids have had rash that bad and when the Dr. saw it said that they had yeast and prescribed an ointment. If the rash has lots of red bumps it may be yeast.  Did your ped see the rash?

Jamie - posted on 02/20/2009

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THEY HAVE CREAM CALLED BUTT PASTE IT WORKS WONDERS WHEN MY KIDS GET A BAD RASH I PUT SOME ON N IT SEEMS TO CLEAR IT UP IN 1 DAY LET ME KNOW HOW IT WORKS OUT

Tamisa - posted on 02/20/2009

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Have you tried BUTT PASTE? it worked great on my daughter. Better than anything else I have tried.

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Forgot to mention, I was also told to use vaseline, but I didn't find it worked, it actually made the rash worse!

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Hi Stacey, when my son gets a nasty diaper rash I use ishle paste (not sure where you are from but I'm from montreal, canada and I get it at Jean Coutu), it really works wonders and it's better than zincofax. You can get it at any pharmacy (buy their personal brand), make sure you apply it on really thick and when you giver her a bath, add some baking soda...works like a charm. Both combinations are a miracle and the rash will be gone in a few days. My son would get it so bad that it would become raw skin. Hope this helps!

Kristy - posted on 02/20/2009

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Try to let her air out as much as possible, but also, use wet washcloths to wipe her off. Baby wipes may burn. Also, bathe daily. It might be a yeast infection...you can try lotrimin on her bum if it doesn't clear up after a week. As for diaper rash cream - triple paste works great! I'm a firm believer of Desitin Creamy. Good luck! Hope she feels better!

Laura - posted on 02/20/2009

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I have used equal parts of creamy desitin( not the stinky thick kind), Lotrimin AF(anti fungal foot cream, and Mylanta. This is called Miracle Butt Cream. Works well. Also instead of all of the stinging creams like desitin and A&D ointment I use Nupercainal.It is a hemorrhoidal a topical ointment. Doesn't have the zinc oxide that stings. Also could try to change diaper brands. Pampers have a lot of perfumes. I went with a cheaper one during the day and Pampers at night only. Air dry is important before you put any creams on. That will lock the wetness in and that is not good.

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boudreaux's butt paste!! it works wonders!! my daughter would get really bad rashes due to the diaper's we were using! it cleared up within a day, just pack it on there! hope this helps & good luck!!!

Trina - posted on 02/20/2009

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My son had horrible diaper rash that came on rather quickly and wouldn't go away even with frequent changes and most of these recommended creams.  I found out that oranges were just too acidic for him, right after I saw a hole in his onesie the size of a grapefruit!  The acidic feces had eaten a hole through the material, and was doing damage to his sensitive bottom.  Anyway, I tried all these creams, and found Eucerin Aquaphor healing ointment to be the quickest remedy, in combination with avoiding oranges and pineapples.

Jeanette - posted on 02/20/2009

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Our pediatrician had us use an anti-fungal cream prior to putting on ointment. We also added lots of powder in the diaper and used petroleum jelly when a rash was really bad.

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I thought my daughter had a bad diaper rash and I tried every cream, but it never went away. Turns out it was a yeast infection/bacterial infection...try canestan cream if its a yeast infection or if it's a bacterial infection the doctor can prescribe something.

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Stacey,



We have always had great luck with Bodreaux's Butt Paste.  Funny name but works amazingly well.  However, occasionally, the diaper rash can become a yeast infection.  If this is the case, cornstarch is only going to make it worse.  You will need to see your doctor to get a Rx for some Nystatin.  My son always gets a yeast infection when he is on an antibiotic.  Nystatin clears it right up.

Tiffany - posted on 02/20/2009

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butt paste is the best thing i have ever used and it gets rid of the diaper rash faster

Tara - posted on 02/20/2009

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I totally understand where you are coming from. My daughter use to get them really bad, but not often. At one point I was practically crying because I felt so bad for her. My peditrician told me to get Lotrimin AF it is an antifungal cream. Put it on once a day. At night it's best. It will dry up really quick. You will see a difference right away. Use A & D ointment between changes. Your daughter will appear dry after the extreme redness is gone, almost like a sunburn that is going away. This works so well, that when i see an onset of a rash I automatically put it on. Redness is gone the next morning.It is always on my changing table. Good Luck

Beth - posted on 02/20/2009

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balmex works well, thick layers, also letting the air get to it is really good, a few times a day put her on blanket that you dont mind her peeing on (just in case)& take her diaper off & let the air get to it.

Carrie - posted on 02/20/2009

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i don't know if your still looking but when my little girl got diaper rash bad our dr. told me to use MICATIN cream it for athlete's foot & jock itch.. but it works great her rash was gone in 24 hours.. good luck i hope it gets better soon.

Carrie - posted on 02/20/2009

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i don't know if your still looking but when my little girl got diaper rash bad our dr. told me to use MICATIN cream it for athlete's foot & jock itch.. but it works great her rash was gone in 24 hours.. good luck i hope it gets better soon.

Dawn - posted on 02/20/2009

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Quoting Stacey:

My child has horrible diaper rash from diarrhea. I called her doctor he said it could last up to a week, not to change her diet and to use extra thick ointment such as Vaseline. We are using Vaseline now and we tried corn starch based powder and Desitin. Any other suggestions would be helpful. She is in so much pain she cries so hard and I can hardly hold her down changing her. I feel terrible every time we change her diaper. Ask a Question!




Stacey,



Try Dr. Smith', my son and daughter both had horrible diaper rash.  You would touch their bottom and it would bleed.  This stuff works great.  I got it walmart in the adult medicine section.  It's a white jar with blue writing.  Hope this helps.

Cheryl - posted on 02/20/2009

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A & D is the best ointment to use. I would also try to let her go without a diaper at all if you are home, to let her bottom air out and dry out. If too much moisture is in there, it also makes the diaper rash worse. This only works if you are at home and able to really watch her without a diaper on!

Lori - posted on 02/20/2009

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Quoting Stacey:

My child has horrible diaper rash from diarrhea. I called her doctor he said it could last up to a week, not to change her diet and to use extra thick ointment such as Vaseline. We are using Vaseline now and we tried corn starch based powder and Desitin. Any other suggestions would be helpful. She is in so much pain she cries so hard and I can hardly hold her down changing her. I feel terrible every time we change her diaper. Ask a Question!




My littlte girl at 5 months has had two horrible diaper rashes. My doctor gave me a homemade cream which helped a little, a prescription miracle cream which one time made it worse but helped the second time and a suggestion to use lanolin creme which is the breast creme you use for cracked nipples. The lanolin helped tremendously and I would never use anything eles again. Target, walmart, walgreens, cvs, grocery stores all carry it. Not lanolin diaper rash creme but the actual breast lanolin creme.   

Adrienne - posted on 02/20/2009

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Hi, I'm a mom of 3. My youngest has eczema, and because of it he used to get horrible diaper rashes too. K-Mart sells a diaper rash cream that's really thick and pasty, which worked pretty well some of the time. If he was raw (he sometimes would even blister and peel), I used Neosporin or some other type of antibiotic ointment. Also, when my oldest was little, we used Bag Balm on her tough rashes.



If these don't work, your daughter's doctor might be able to prescribe a cream called Nystatin. It's a thick yellowish cream in a tube, and it helps a lot for eczema or yeast-based rashes especially.



I know how it breaks your heart to hear when your baby screams like that! I just hope my suggestions help you! Good luck!

Amira - posted on 02/20/2009

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Try using Zincofax, my daughter had a bad rash and it was gone in less than a week.Also, it's very important to dry before using any kind of product since you want to make sure that there is no moisture. try leaving her without any diaper for a while in a warm place. good luck!

Amira - posted on 02/20/2009

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Try using Zincofax, my daughter had a bad rash and it was gone in less than a week.Also, it's very important to dry before using any kind of product since you want to make sure that there is no moisture. try leaving her without any diaper for a while in a warm place. good luck!

Charlyn - posted on 02/20/2009

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Don't use wipes! I know it takes longer but use luke warm water to wash her bum and pat it dry with a soft towel after every bowl movement and then use Butt Paste (or whatever bum cream you have) The warm water is much easier on her skin and the soaps and chemicals in the wipes can dry it out, make it worse and they sting!

Amanda - posted on 02/20/2009

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I have read some of the replies and they all sound like great ideas. You can also try to rinse the wipe under warm water it get everything that is in wipes out because that can sting their poor little bottoms when they have rashes. I work with toddlers and have one of my own and that seems to work. Also I would ask your doctor if he would perscribe a cream for you. My daughter is prone to rashes so her doctor gave me a cream.

Ashley - posted on 02/20/2009

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my son was always getting diaper rash from diarrhea. we gave him a tea bath. just fill up the kitchen sink with very hot water and a few tea bags. let them steep for about 10 min - that way the water cools off too. not sure what the tea actually does, but my son was always much better afterwards.

Ashley - posted on 02/20/2009

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my son was always getting diaper rash from diarrhea. we gave him a tea bath. just fill up the kitchen sink with very hot water and a few tea bags. let them steep for about 10 min - that way the water cools off too. not sure what the tea actually does, but my son was always much better afterwards.

Nicole - posted on 02/20/2009

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Poor little one! I personally would try pure corn powder....it did wonders for a friend of mine when her daughter had a nasty rash. Also, just try changing her as frequently as possible and use a warm wash cloth or unscented sensitive wipes. Penaten is great but I am sure you have tried it.

Maybe even leave her diaper off for a while if you are willing to risk it!

Jennifer - posted on 02/20/2009

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give her a bath in luke warm water and add corn starch to the water so it gets pastey feeling thats what we did for our daughter and put the corn starch in her diaper like it was powder make sure its not a yeast infection cause we had a bad rash that was actually a yeast infection and need special cream my baby is sleeping but i will check to find out name of cream we used it was a prescription

Danielle - posted on 02/20/2009

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What works for my baby's diaper rash is either triple paste or a diaper creme called Butt Paste.  Load that on and then put the corn starch on top and it will go away.  Try letting the diaper off for awhile when you change her also.  That helps too.

Krystal - posted on 02/20/2009

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My daughter go the worst diapaper rash I had ever seen while having diarrhea on a roadtrip.  It went up her back and she to screamed when I changed her I took her to the doctor and they said to try and keep her naked (easier said than done).  She was so uncomfortable my husband went on line and read about Triple Paste Medicated Ointment, I had never heard of it and figured it would be just like Desitn but he went to the drug store and bought and it worked great!  It took a couple days because the rash was so horrible!  But I would really reccommed it, it is really expensive though. We bought a big tub (1lb) for $30 its lasted a long time and when we are out I will for sure buy it again.

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If the diaper rash doesn't clear up soon, see if your pediatrician will test your little one for Strep. My daughter had a horrible rash on her bottom right when we started potty training. We attributed it to the daycare center not cleaning her well after a bowel movement. She had no other symptoms accept for a little diarrhea. The rash became horrific and we took her to a urologist and then the ER and everyone said it was just diaper rash with a little yeast. I finally got her to her pediatrician (2 hours from where we live) and they did a strep test and it was positive. She had NO symptoms (sore throat/cough... nothing), but one shot of penicillin and she was better in a week. Best of luck. Hope your little angel is better soon.

Karen - posted on 02/20/2009

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I always come back to the original Desitin (not creamy) and put it on as thick as you can every single time.  Nothing else seems to work as well as that for me. 

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