what to do with a really bad diaper rash?

JESSICA - posted on 04/29/2009 ( 127 moms have responded )

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my daughter has had a rash for over two weeks now, i have taken her to the doctors and he gave me a prescription for an infection. the rash/ infection went away within two days but came back two days later but came back worse!! i have used penaten(15% zinc oxide), zincofax extra strength(40% zinc oxide). im taking her to the doctors tommorrow but is there anything someone could advise me to do in the meantime????

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Kamber - posted on 05/02/2009

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ok so this is gonna sound strange! use bag balm. im not sure were you live but you can get it at wal mart, walgreens, pretty much any store that sells meds. it is the only thing i have ever used on my kids! it is AMAZING!!!!!!!! any time they got a diaper rash i used it and within 2 diaper changes it was completely gone! hope this helps!

Natalie - posted on 05/01/2009

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I would suggest warm water with some baking soda - you will be amazed how many things it can be used for!

Shannelle - posted on 05/02/2009

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Rural King carries an Item called Corona, My son had a really bad rash from the rotovirus and this stuff is amazing, sounds crazy but they use it for cows and horses for when the are nursing and get chapped.. I absolutely LOVE IT!!!! yellow jar with a red lid!!

Carly - posted on 04/29/2009

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After a bath let her be bare bum. do your best to keep her very clean avoid bum wipes and use a face cloth instead after every change let her air dry

Jessica - posted on 05/01/2009

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Use the info/tips below. Research them first ofcoarse.. but let me add.. [ditch the diaper]!! Little booties need air, to ease the rash! Dealing with a little bit of messy situations in the mean time, is never an issue.. if it means comfort in the long run! :)

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Aimybaker - posted on 09/18/2013

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TRY WASHING THE BUM WITH WATER..{every time} Wipes don't clean well.. then all ways Dry Well... open dipper time might help to

Melissa - posted on 05/29/2011

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Put some baking soda in her bath. Don't use soap on her bottom, just the baking soda water. Let her dry well then apply whatever cream or ointment you prefer. Getting the barrier between the rash and any wetness is key.

Wendy - posted on 05/03/2009

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How about triple paste. I know you said you have a RX but Nat used to get diaper rash bad and whenever I put triple paste on it cleared up real quick.

Daina - posted on 05/03/2009

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I had the same problem wih my son when he was a baby...i took him to the doctor and he gave me a prescription for a concoction that the pharmacist mixes up that they call baby bum cream...it worked fantastic!!!

Debbie - posted on 05/03/2009

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Jessica, if it is yeast, nothing you buy over the counter will help. You need a script from the Doc for antifungal cream, such as Nystatin. DO NOT USE, triple paste because it has an antibiotic base to it and will just make the yeast grow faster. I would just use corn starch powder until your appointment. Good Luck.

Megan - posted on 05/03/2009

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My daughter just had a thrush infection that everyone kept saying was dyper rash. Our doctor reccomended canasten cream for her and the redness had faded heaps by the next day! Try that and if it doesn't help it wont hurt her, but if it does u will finally know what it is that she has! Goodluck.

Kamber - posted on 05/02/2009

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ok so this is gonna sound strange! use bag balm. im not sure were you live but you can get it at wal mart, walgreens, pretty much any store that sells meds. it is the only thing i have ever used on my kids! it is AMAZING!!!!!!!! any time they got a diaper rash i used it and within 2 diaper changes it was completely gone! hope this helps!

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TRIPLE PASTE



My daughter was born with raw skin between her butt cheeks we got that and worked wonders.......Her diaper rashes were similar and it worked too

Susi - posted on 05/02/2009

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I always keep Maalox (fruit flavor - not mint) in a little spray bottle on my daughter's changing table. I spray some on her bottom and then slather Desitin over the top. It will clear up a diaper rash in a day or two. I also apply Desitin before she goes to bed to prevent a rash. Good luck!!

Lindsey - posted on 05/02/2009

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Butt paste - mix aquaphor and maloxx in a tub and spread on very generously. Also, you can switch every other diaper change between the butt paste and Caldaseine powder - just make sure to cover her face when you put it on. Also, let her be naked as much as possible. Hope this helps! Another thing to consider is if you are nursing she may have an allergy. If she has any other rash, specifically on her face then you may want to try an elimination diet (which is not fun!)

Heather - posted on 05/02/2009

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The best thing that you can do is change her diaper more often and use vaseline and use baby powder to protect her but from getting wet.

Nikki - posted on 05/02/2009

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with my kids I gave them a bath two three times a day so there bottom was clean and fresh also nappy free time put a rug on the floor with a towel under them also amoline cream to help when they have a nappy on with lots of cream on there bum it doesnt burn so badly. but the best i found was the fresh air to heal faster. Also I had a babies zinc cream that helped the healing. good luck you poor thing :(

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Use the Zinc oxide and plain cornstarch. And keep them dry, dry,dry. Also...are you using cloth diapers? Switch to disposables. If you are using disposables, try another brand apsorbent brand.

Lora - posted on 05/02/2009

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Bag balm or Utter balm works wonders. Wash babies bottom then apply Bag Balm. Should clear it up within a day and a lot cheaper then prescriptions from Doc. Hope this helps.

Becky - posted on 05/02/2009

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My son had such a bad rash that it started oozing and bleeding. Took him to the doctor and he gave him some cream that they give burn victims. That stuff didn't work and the rash became worse. I called the doctor again and he wanted to see him right away. Took him in and had a different doctor this time. He gave us Nystatin. What a wonderful product!!! Healed the rash up in less than 2 days. Once the rash was gone, I started putting Aquaphor (found this product from advice on this board) on him every other diaper change. This provides a great moisture barrier for his behind. I also really goop it on at night before he goes to sleep. He sleeps from 9:30 pm to about 8:30 am...so there is a really long time to go between diaper changes. This stuff is great!! Swear by it. He hasn't had even so much as a little itch since doing this routine. That was back in the early part of January.

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Metanium is amazing. All 3 of my girls have suffered nappy rash when teething, to the point that they bleed. Metanium sorts it out within 2 days.

Lesonia - posted on 05/01/2009

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I know this sounds really weird but if take flour and put it in a skillet stir until it is brown, put it in a tupper ware container and let cool. Poke a few holes and shake it on like baby powder I swear it will magically disappear.

Carol - posted on 05/01/2009

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when my daughter was young she got bad (i thought) diaper rash. Turns out it was yeast infection from coming thru birth canal and it comes back every once in a while. tHE Doctor prescribed Nystantin the only thing that ever worked for her and in a few days completely cleared up. No over the counter stuff ever helped

Elizabeth - posted on 05/01/2009

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Quoting JESSICA:

what to do with a really bad diaper rash?

my daughter has had a rash for over two weeks now, i have taken her to the doctors and he gave me a prescription for an infection. the rash/ infection went away within two days but came back two days later but came back worse!! i have used penaten(15% zinc oxide), zincofax extra strength(40% zinc oxide). im taking her to the doctors tommorrow but is there anything someone could advise me to do in the meantime????



This may sound funny, but it should work pretty well.  It did for me.  When the diaper rash is on her bum, put a waterproof sheet on the crib and put her in bed without a diaper.  She needs to dry out a little.  I used to put my son in the crib with no diaper when he had rash, and it worked like a charm.  No fancy creams, no ointments, just plain old fresh air.

Alison - posted on 05/01/2009

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The best over the counter diaper rash treatment in Corona (not the beer). It is in a yellow tube with red writing on it. All of my friends recommended it and my pediatrician agreed. All it is, is medicated lanolin. You may have to ask the pharmacist depending on where you go.

Jessica - posted on 05/01/2009

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When my daughter had it really bad, which luckily wasn't often, I'd load her with desitin and as strange as this sounds, corn starch. The corn starch soaks up the urine and keeps it from sitting on the area of the rash. It worked pretty well with my little one. Good luck.

Cassandra - posted on 05/01/2009

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I always used Crisco on my kids! My husband and I also watch my niece, she had horrible diper rash. Crisco started to clear it up right away!!!!

Cheryl - posted on 05/01/2009

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Using cornstarch in the diaper like you would baby powder helps to keep the moisture off of the bottom. It works great!!!!!

Amber - posted on 05/01/2009

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I used bag balm on all my kids (5) and it helped out so much! You might have to ask for it at the pharmacy!

Joleen - posted on 05/01/2009

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I think air is the best when it's raw. Natural oils are fine but may irritate. Cornstarch is okay but again if the area is really raw it could irritate as well. As much as possible leave it bare :)

Stefanie - posted on 05/01/2009

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whisk up some egg whites and slap it on with the egg being cold it soothes and for some reason it seems to clear it up in just a couple of days if all creams fail thats what i do and it works like a charm its what my granny did :)

Marci - posted on 05/01/2009

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I would definetly follow up with the doctor again. It could be a yeast type infection, and there is a different cream they can give you for that. We had the same thing happen with our son when he was little and tried everything, finally the doctor told us it was yeast rather than diaper rash. Good Luck!

Rhonda - posted on 05/01/2009

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One of my daughters once had a horrible rash that just wouldn't clear up. Doctor said it was a yeast infection and recommended an over-the-counter ointment for yeast infections. That cleared it up and she never had any other problems like that again.

Rachel - posted on 05/01/2009

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I didn't read all the way through the other post but a good yogurt with live cultures in it will help this rash. Also, if you put the corn starch like mentioned below. If you allow them to sleep without a diaper on or let it air out. This is the problem is that too much moisture is there. It is just like a cut that we have, it needs air to dry up. My husband and I will let our daughter run around about 10 to 15 minutes without her diaper on after a wet, wet diaper if she has been having problems with a rash. If your baby has had any antibiotics lately, especially amoxicillin, this will cause a horrible rash. The yogurt will help especially with this. There are several things that play into a rash too. If she is starting to teeth this can cause SUPER rash also. With this sometime you just have to keep it clean and dry over the time that she is teething. Hope some of this helps.

Clare - posted on 05/01/2009

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Hi there my twins had bad nappy rash i used vaseline as it gives a waterproof layer and it really worked

Juliet - posted on 05/01/2009

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My daugher has been tested for everything as she get diarrhoea all the time and therefore gets really bad nappy rash, she has been on everything under the sun for it and nothing has really worked, the one thing that has worked is a natural product here in New Zealand Called Lucus Papaw ointment which is an extract from the Papaya fruit it is brilliant, honestly as my daughter has been on everything from steriods to the usual creams, anti fungal creams, you name it she has been on them and this has been the only thing that works, it was all cleared up within 3 days and hers was really bad, red raw with sores!!!!!! The one I have is made in Australia but I am sure there are other brands out there, just make sure it is the Papaya one, they use it in the Islands for treating burns, insect bites, cuts, rashes, everything. I now use it for all sorts on my family, I swear by it and even have a tube in my handbag! Good luck. Juliet

Dominique - posted on 04/30/2009

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sounds silly but try jock inch cream, worked for my son got rashes all th time

Diane - posted on 04/30/2009

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After a bad bout with stomach virus, my sons bottom was horrible. Pediatrician recommended that we create a paste with Maalox(store brand is cheaper) and corn starch. Apply to area. Use a hair dryer set to cool to blow dry the paste onto the area. That way diaper doesn't stick to it. Use only warm water to clean the area when needed and reapply as needed. Rash improved within hours. Maalox neutralizes acid which is irritating the rash. Corn starch absorbs moisture.

Shannon - posted on 04/30/2009

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make your own cream use pure corn starch and vaseline mix together to make a paste also allow some time without diaper so air can get to affected area.

Jenny - posted on 04/30/2009

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Wel... it's not scientific but it worked for my boys and my nieces... My grandmother told me to brown some white flour in a cast iron skillet and use it in the diaper as you would use baby powder. Good luck- its no fun!

Charity - posted on 04/30/2009

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When my daughter had a really, really bad diaper rash my home town pharmacist said to use a mixture of bag balm and milk of magnesia. I used this on my daughter it took the pain away and cleared up the rash quickly.

Shawn - posted on 04/30/2009

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cornstarch is a great diaper rash and auquphor? aquaphor? it works great you can get at walmart/ target it works awesome! my son got lots of diaper rashes and thats all i used!1

Valencia - posted on 04/30/2009

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Ok I was looking to see if anyone suggested burnt flour it works wonders actually heals with in hours, You can use a frying pan to burn the flour just keep stirring, there will be some lumps and iy stinks bit you can mix a little scented corn starch or pwder for that, and make sure it has cooled off before applying, but I guarantee you it will work within hours. WE have been using it forever and every time someone brings their child to us with a diaper rash they are always astonished at how quickly it works.

Valencia - posted on 04/30/2009

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Quoting Sheryl:

well there is a home made remedy that i got froma friend of mne, and it really worked for my 2 kids is called burnt flour, all you need is flour and a meatloaf tray (the tinfoil ones) put it on the stove its like cooking flour until its a tan color, let it cool and the use. it worked on my girl and it cleared the next day. the best remedy i have ever used and its a money saver.  Ok I was looking to see if anyone suggested burnt flour it works wonders actually heals with in hours, You can use a frying pan to burn the flour just keep stirring, there will be some lumps and iy stinks bit you can mix a little scented corn starch or pwder for that, and make sure it has cooled off before applying, but I guarantee you it will work within hours.


 

Christine - posted on 04/30/2009

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My son suffered from repeat rashes and doc told me about triple paste.BEST stuff in the world you can pick up at any pharmacy where you get prescription. GL

User - posted on 04/30/2009

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The corn starch is your best bet. I was a medical asst in a peds office and for years this is what was recommended. You can even buy regular corn starch and mix it with liquid maylox forming a paste....put desitin on first then put the mixed paste over top. The desitin is going to resolve the rash while the cornstarch and maylox neutralizes any acid that could be causing the rash in the first place !!! good luck !!!

Amanda - posted on 04/30/2009

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My son gets diaper rash infections quite often, try a thin layer of triple antibiotic ointment, then on top of that some yeast infection cream, works for him. Also instead of buying pricey diaper rash ointment, I use plain vaseline.

Sheryl - posted on 04/30/2009

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well there is a home made remedy that i got froma friend of mne, and it really worked for my 2 kids is called burnt flour, all you need is flour and a meatloaf tray (the tinfoil ones) put it on the stove its like cooking flour until its a tan color, let it cool and the use. it worked on my girl and it cleared the next day. the best remedy i have ever used and its a money saver.

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