Nappy Rash but very bad

Kathryn - posted on 06/01/2010 ( 111 moms have responded )

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Mia has such bad nappy rash and it just seems to be getting worse and I do not know what to do...she started with the rash when her teeth started cutting and she had a runny tummy but now it is just getting worse and her care taker just told me her bum is even bleeding...I feel so helpless!

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Catherine - posted on 06/03/2010

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My daughter had something similar the only thing that worked for her was petroleum jelly (vaseline), it puts a barrier over the rash. Or I have been told also that corn flour works as well. If that doesn't work I wouldn't delay in getting her to the doctor, like others have said on here thrush cream would clear it up (my sister used that on her daughter)

B. P. - posted on 06/03/2010

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If you haven't switched diapers or creams it could be a yeast rash. In that case the only thing that will get rid of it is an anti-fungal cream like lotrimin. Put that on with a layer of vaseline on top at every changing. Yeast rashes look like red bumps and can bleed. Also if you use cloth diapers you may nedd to strip your diapers and switch detergents.

Ksenia - posted on 06/03/2010

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If you feel like it is not getting better, or is better and then worst again, it is most likely a yeast infection +/_ bacterial infection. So please don't wait too long to see if it gets any better, my older son had that happen and then we ended up needing three different medications (one of them steroidal cream) to clear it up.

Esther - posted on 06/03/2010

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it might be a yeast infection my youngest got one when he was teething and my doc said to try monostate 7 cream on him cleared it right up

Nadia - posted on 06/03/2010

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stop using any kind of wipes on her, you can instead use a wet tissue/toiletpaper, or moisten it with a small amount of sorbolene cream. I have also found curash nappy powder to be the best. (all this info is taken from the fact that i am a child carer and mostly work with bubs) nappys can also be a big problem. i have found that huggies are the best for prevent nappy rash although i have a girlfriend that has to use cloth nappies exclusively cause her little bub started reacting to these as well. With any luck it is due to teething but she may be unfortunatly sensetive in that area and you will have to be diligent with your treatment. I hope all goes well.

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My son has the same problem when he cuts teeth and it seems to go away as soon as the tooth has popped completely up. Try to keep it dry and put diaper cream on really thick...I mean REALLY thick. It seems to do the trick for me. If it still doesn't go away then take her to the doctor.

Melissa - posted on 06/03/2010

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Boudreaux's Butt Paste!! it goes on thick and helped clear my son's really bad rashes the best.

I like the idea of egg whites and coconut oil to keep it natural too. We always gave him a bath after poopy diapers to prevent rubbing the sore skin and let him air dry as long as possible as others have said.

Hope it's not a yeast infection- but check with your doctor. If it doesn't clear up within a day- move onto the next thing- every baby responds differently to stuff.

Kelly - posted on 06/03/2010

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My son was born with Imperferate anus which means he was born without an anus. Since his surgery to create one his bum has had a rash like this everyday (going on 4 months now) it is very common for his condition. All of my advice is what the hospital has told me to do. You can try the 40% zinc oxzide cream that to be honest didnt help a whole lot. we were given in the hospital a cream called Proshield Plus Dimethicone Ointment it has silicone in it. It seems to work the best so far. you cant find it in stores so check it out online it costs about $13.00. Also if she has perdicitable bowl movements and your confident to leave her un diapered for 10 minutes after a change it would be good to let it air dry then apply any cream. I find this is a major issue for Jacob. when you change and put the cream on you are locking in moisture from the wipes... on that note try using just water to clean her. The wipe can be hard on the broken skin. I know how hopeless you feel it is an ongoing battle for me and just as it seems to be getting better it starts to get really bad. Good luck!

Anna - posted on 06/03/2010

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Try mixing diaper rash cream with some liquid antacid. We learned that trick from a family friend who is also a doctor.

Michaela - posted on 06/03/2010

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On my son, I just use pure corn starch, no baby power. The corn starch is good at drying out any extra moisture on the skin. Be sure to change her often.

Joelle - posted on 06/03/2010

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You could try some baking soda in her bath water, as much air time as you can handle, washclothes, rather than wipes (even if you get the sensitive wipes and rinse them out first - better than using regular wipes). Try different creams - Bag balm (used for cow's utters) works great (my dr. let me in on that little trick) cornstarch works good too. If all else fails, take her to the dr.s - they have magic cream that will clear up the rash quick (and it could be a whole different issue, like yeast infection or something) Good Luck! New teeth are hard enough to deal with...diaper rash on top of that has got to make it hard.

Laura - posted on 06/03/2010

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have read a few replies but so many lol in the uk we have sudocrem which we use mostly but we have also used bepanthen and metanium which have worked but she was in hospital a few months ago on some very strong drugs and antibiotics and decided to teeth at the same time her bottom was almost bleeding the only thing left to try that the nurses could think of was vaseline, it wouldn't treat the area but protect it by providing a barrier and within 3-4 days only a very small patch was left i also met another mum in there who's doctor prescribed a thrush cream but do check with your doc first :)

Rebecca - posted on 06/03/2010

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Terri is right about the yeast infection cream. But it only helps if the rash is actually a yeast infection and not diaper rash. My son had bad diaper rash once and at his check up I told the doctor it hadn't gone away in 1 1/2 weeks of me using Butt Paste, and he said it was yeast. He said you can tell because it was in the crease of his leg, not just on the surface of the skin. But the bleeding does sounds more like an irritation to runny BMs.

Terri - posted on 06/03/2010

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Speak to ur doctor first, but I wazss told to use yeast infection cream on the diaper area. Diaper rash can be caused by yeast, I heard it works miracles!!! but never had to try it personally. ALso I have heard rave reviews for the skin fix cream for baby bums!

Anne - posted on 06/03/2010

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cornstarch. I have 4 kids and it works wonders. Put some in the bath water and let them soak for a while. Also put some right in the diaper.

Amanda - posted on 06/03/2010

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My Son is JUST like that. Never a rash until he started teething and the ones he gets while new teeth are comming in is HORRIBLE. None of the regular diaper creams worked. ratio-Nystatin helped a bit but not completely. He would still get open bleeding sores :-(. I took him in to the dr. a few days ago and she prescribed a special cream with zinc, a steroid and anti fungal combined with a little bit of topical antibiotic. We put that on 3 times a day and let him sleep diaperless and let him run around after we give him a bath and after we take a diaper off to make sure he's completely dry before putting a new diaper on. He's almost completely healed now. No more crying when we change him. So try letting your little one air out as much as possible and if that doesn't solve it see your dr.for a special cream. HTH

Caroline - posted on 06/03/2010

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Get your hands on some Earth Friendly baby red clover cream it's amazing! The red clover is a natural anti inflamatory and works a treat. Plus, use washable nappies they're way better for babies bum.

Katie - posted on 06/03/2010

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i had the same problem!!! what worked for me was using burt's bees diaper cream (IT IS AMAZING!!). pricy but it works wonders. i also switched diapers to pampers sensitives and air out her bottom daily (let her lay on a cloth diaper for about 30 min after her bath before putting on a new one). she was bleeding too and i had tried sooo many diaper creams and had been using huggies, but burts bees really does do the trick, it's about $10 and you can get it at target, walmart does not carry it. good luck, let us know how it goes.

Emma - posted on 06/03/2010

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Be as natural as possible, I always used fragrance free stuff and natural nappies and wipes as possible and shower/bath items too and we never had much of a problem. She still has a natures own nappy pants on at night and is 3 and is in pants in day. Air there bottoms as much as possible and dont use anything harse, like talc, the cornstarch sounds good though.

Jodi - posted on 06/03/2010

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Hun, My lil girl Summer is the same, she gets seriously bad bleedin nappy rash coz her eczema.

Wen nappy rash breaks the skin, quite often thrush gets in, and so u need a nappy cream of the docs that u store in the fridge that has anti fungal or summit in it. Her nappy rash is nasty, bleeds, looks like bacon and some times spotty blotchy looking xxx

Bianca - posted on 06/03/2010

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my son of 12 months recently had a rash which started as nappy rash as he is teething, and quickly turned to a fungal infection very painful he also had very runny poos which did not help the situation make sure you get on top of it takes a little while to clear up!

Likie - posted on 06/03/2010

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If her diapers are scented it mite be the problem so go for non scented ones.A good remedy which works really well for me is applying cornflour paste on the rash with every nappy change..which should be more regular until the rash clears.its natural so unlikely to have sideeffects.just mix a bit of water to the cornflour and apply.

Shanaaz - posted on 06/03/2010

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My son used cuddlers for a month and got this very bad nappy rash, don't want to post it on fb but if you give me your email I'll send it to you. Took him to the doc who supplied "VIACORD" and told me to buy ELIZABETH ANNES CORN STARCH POWDER.. I put it on at 10pm the evening, viacord on bum and threw corn starch in his pampers diapers, the next morning it was dried out and within a few days it was gone. All that's left was the ugly scars which you can barely see now.

Eileen - posted on 06/03/2010

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This happened with both my kids. They had developed an allergy to the nappy brand they were wearing. it started as a small, seemingly normal rash and just got worse over time... specially if they had runny tummies, till the point where there was blood. we changed them so often thinking we werent changing them enough. Within a few days of wearing the new nappies the rash was gone. we used warm water and a gentle soap to clean their bums instead of wet wipes and put baby powder on the rash to assist it to dry. left them for 5 minutes after every nappy change to just lie in the nude.

Kelly - posted on 06/03/2010

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I use zinc and caster oil or bepanthon! It's like a protector and cream within a few days the redness goes down and the rash fades!

Melissa - posted on 06/03/2010

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couple of suggestions caz my son is prone big time to diaper rashes and bad ones.. use pampers sensitive wipes.. if we use any other wipes when he has a rash he screams bloody murder.. also luvs diapers are horrible!! we had tryed them and they gave him a horrible rash and then i checked online and there is pages and pages of women saying the same thing about luvs so stay away from them we use pampers but never had a problem with huggies just pampers work best for our son...and those diapers that are supposed to keep your baby dry for 12 hours there not good either the have a material on them that also brings out rashes....most importantly go to your babys dr. our dr. gave us a prescription cream that with insurence costs only 10 dollars its called VUSION OINTMENT and it's a god send just make sure the dr. gives u refills caz its really good but the tube they put it in tends to leak a little but.. no matter how horrible the rash this stuff will make it go away..hope i helped:)

Tammy - posted on 06/02/2010

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Try putting vasoline on her rash through out the day even at night, the pee will not be able to afect the rash and it will help it heal. Also i would sugest not giving a warm bath everyday while she has the rash due to bacteria grows in warm areas and thats what the rash is, is a bacteria. You may want to take her to see the doctor to make sure it has'nt turned in to a bacterial infection due to the open sores. good luck:)

Zaynab - posted on 06/02/2010

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honestly i recommend you stop using wipes and everytime she needs a change put her in the bath and wash her

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For the past 3 months my daughter has had THE worst nappy rash EVER. Seriously, it has stumped our GP, the naturopath and even the dermatologist!?!!

The rash started when her first molar was coming through. Now that her last molar has come through the rash is going away on it's own.

I don't know if that's possibly what's happening to your bub but I just wanted to share as it's always a possibility hey. :)

I hoep you get some answers soon. It's so frustrating isn't it when you see your poor darling in pain from this terrible rash but can't seem to find a way to get rid of it!!!

We tried EVERY cream known to mankind I swear (even prescription creams from the doctor and dermatologist and naturopath!) But NONE of them worked. The only one that even came close to working was paw paw ointment.

It seems in our dautgher's case it ended up being teeth related.

Alisha - posted on 06/02/2010

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That will happen around teething time. The best stuff I used on rashes was Lanolin which is for women's breasts during breastfeeding but it is safe enough for the baby to eat during nursing so you can use in on diaper rash (nappy rash). It is somewhat expensive but worth it if the bum is bleeding. It will get better! Otherwise just find the thickest A & D ointment rash cream at any store and put a lot on, I mean so you can't see any skin and very thick too. That will protect the skin so it can heal. A lot of baths too with probably no scrubbing on the sore area.

Faith - posted on 06/02/2010

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egg whites work great, also coconut oil works really well, its an anti fungal. I use it on my son's rash when he cuts teeth and its usually clear in a few hours. Make sure its organic cold press kind so theres nothing added to it

Anna - posted on 06/02/2010

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sometimes it is the type of diaper you get i noticed the same thing with my daughter she ended up blistering she was doing ok with the type of diapers i had her in untill she got diarreah then she just started blistering and it was because of the type of stuff in the diaper that i was using on her once i changed her diapers it cleared right up i had her in pampers but she couldn't take it so i have to be careful now on what kinds of diapers i put her in

Kendall - posted on 06/02/2010

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Let her air out as much as possible. Change her as soon as possible and let her air out before putting on a new diaper. If the wet wipes are hurting her, use plain water and a wash rag OR rinse her butt in the sink without rubbing if you can get away with it. Try the cornstarch and try boudreaux's butt paste. I found that the butt paste was easy to put on, sticks to even bleeding rashes, and didn't burn. It also cleans off easily without caking(cornstarch may cake on making you have to rub hard). Be careful with creams like Clotrimazole Topical Creams because they can burn like you wouldn't believe. And if it's not a yeast infection, it's not going to help and may even make it worse. But yeah, the best thing...let her air out as much as possible!!

Julie - posted on 06/02/2010

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My daughter had a horrible rash, and no matter what I did, it would only get worse. I would recommend changing diaper brands. Get the rash looked at by a doctor. It might be a yeast infection. That is what my daughter had, and the prescription got rid of it quite quickly. If it is a yeast infection, corn startch will only make it worse. Apparently yeast likes corn starch. Good luck. :)

Kelli - posted on 06/02/2010

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The Egg whites work awsome!!! when my son was a newborn he had crazy bad diaper rash ( bleeding!) - dont use wipes - use a warm wash cloth to clean the area - then apply layer of egg whites ( have to blos on them to let them dry!) :)

Emma - posted on 06/02/2010

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i used metanium cream on my babies and its one of the best on the market for nappy rash!

Rebecca - posted on 06/01/2010

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I'm with Tamara on the Boudreaux's Butt Paste. I love it way more than Desitin, but that's just my preference. Everyone is absolutely right about the air. I leave my son's diaper off for an hour or so when he has it bad. And we do cloth diapers, so with every fresh diaper he gets baby powder (talc free, cornstarch only) generously rubbed all over to keep him as dry as possible, and frequent diaper changes so he's not sitting in pee. He had a bad bleeding bottom last week because of a sick tummy and I let him air out, then put Butt Paste on him, and it healed within a couple days. (PS: don't mix baby powder and Butt Paste!)

Kerry - posted on 06/01/2010

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yeah just the egg whites huni xx its the best thing ive used x and hollys bum bleeds my partner used to ask why was changing her so often but im a stickler for red bums i hate them and my daughters nappy rash can come on within half an hour xx and within a day or 2 the egg whites work even better if its the last change of the night xxx

Tamara - posted on 06/01/2010

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oh, and for baby wipes look for an alcohol free, hypo-allergenic, unscented variety. the chemicals that are used in scented wipes can make it worse as well the less irritants that come into contact with the skin the better. .

Tamara - posted on 06/01/2010

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leave the diaper off for as long as you can. get some diaper rash medicine and put it on it every time you change the diaper. the best thing to do is make sure it gets lots of air so it can heal. and not leave a wet diaper on her for a second longer than you absolutely have to. the ammonia in pee really irritates a rash. especially when it's that bad. The rash ointment i use on my son is Beaudroux (sp?) Butt Paste. It really clears it up fast but pretty much anything will work if you apply it regularly.

Jessica - posted on 06/01/2010

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Oh yeah no wipes at all, just a warm wash cloth until it clears up the wipes will sting like a dickens and make it worse. And if you shop at wal-mart the cream you can get is the equate brand called Clotrimazole Topical Cream 1 % USP anti fungal

Jessica - posted on 06/01/2010

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Best advice I was ever given as a mom, and this is the only thing I pass on to mothers I know that have trouble with diaper rash. Use a cream called Clotrimazole Topical Cream it is used for things like jock itch,ringworm or even althetes foot you get it in the pharmacy just ask for it, same stuff comes in the canesteen yeast infection kit. Just the cream is what you want, put that on babys bum first than use a diaper cream like zincofax I found that worked best put that on next. Something with a high zinc content. Also if you are using Pampers diapers there is perfume in these diapers if you can change to something like huggies or something that doesn't have perfume because that will make the diaper rash even worse. Hope this helps. This advice came from my pediatrician and worked very very well. Hope this helps.

Jennifer - posted on 06/01/2010

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aveeno diapers rash cream worked much better than desitin for us. also, you can break open vitamin E capsules and smear that on and that works wonders. the best treatment i think is AIR. let him goes diaper free after each change for a couple minutes...put a wash cloth over him if you're worried about him peeing.

also, try using different diapers or use warm water and a soft cloth instead of baby wipes.

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