What is the best way to get rid of a rash? When nothing is working?

Jennawade - posted on 06/02/2010 ( 107 moms have responded )

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My all most 1 year has a had a bad rash for about 2 weeks. I have tried everything, I mean dipper rash cream and also got something from the doctors. And it seems to not go away, the rash is like really red and it is all over her area. I don't know what to do, because I am getting sick of taking her to the doctors and nothing they do is working. I mean could she have an allergy to her pee or something. Because that runs in my boyfriends side of the family. Please help me.

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Khiri - posted on 06/08/2010

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TRUST ME 24 hours OR LESS with COLLOIDAL SILVER CREAM OINTMENT. forget what all these other remidies do, this stuff is like MAGIC i kid u not

Pamela - posted on 06/08/2010

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try putting some flour in a frying pan and scorchin it then put it on the diaper rash
it will take the heat and the redness out
my daughter is 2yrs old now and has suffered alot from really bad diaper rash that she is really red, it is hot and her skin cracks , and bleeds
the only thing that ever worked was scrochin the flour
something that my grandmother told me
it sounds like an old wifes tale but believe me it works , well it did for my daughter

Sarah - posted on 06/02/2010

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I know it's an old remedy, but corn startch really does work.

Was she on antibiotics for anything? My son gets a yeast infection whenever hes on antibiotics, it looks just like a diaper rash, but there is usually a little bit of white stuff and it can smell. If u think thats a possibility, there are special creams ur dr will give ya.

Danielle - posted on 06/08/2010

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Our pediatrician gave us a homemade diaper rash cream recipe:
16 oz box cornstarch
2 ox bottle Vitamin E Oil
13 oz jar Vaseline

Mix together and store in vaseline container. Gets very messy when mixing! Hope this helps!

Dorta - posted on 06/08/2010

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Ok, this might sound strange. But stop with the wipes... use a face cloth and water, no soap. when you use the wipe you smear the poop and pee in to the rash. then use cornstarch baby powder. Should dry out quick. Hope this helps

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Christina - posted on 06/08/2010

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My daughter got a horrible rash. My uncle is a doctor so we called him. Along with the red all over she had small bumps that he said were a yeast infection. He said to use an ointment called A&D (is a creamy vaseline like gel, creates a barrier between her skin and the pee/diaper) and to go get Lotrimin (the athletes foot cream, since athletes foot is a form of yeast infection). I put the A&D Ointment on and then a small amount of the Lotrimin on top of the ointment. She cleared up in 2 days. Only use a small amount of the Lotrimin and over the ointment. Worked for us. Good luck in helping your baby!

Denise - posted on 06/08/2010

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My daughter had that. it was a yeast infection. but after that healed she got a rash turned out for that rash it was my diapers i used, so all i can use is HUGGIES the one in the red bag/box.
maybe it could be her diapers that's causing it to start
just an idea good luck

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Penaten cream. Works wonders my kids never get bad rashes. I use it with every diaper change. My friend uses yeast infection cream if the rash is really bad.

Gloria - posted on 06/08/2010

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My kids were always getting diaper rashes and i was told to use Lotramin or Tinactin. Yes, anti-fungal cream for athlete's foot. OMG! It totally works and it kills the rash quickly. I recommend it to anyone.

Jennifer - posted on 06/08/2010

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Lots of post here so not sure if this has been said or not or if it has healed yet but if she gets one again or still has the yeast infection then put some plain yogurt over the area and cover with a diaper. The probiotics in the yogurt kill the yeast. You can also feed her some of the baby yogurt to help keep the yeast infections from coming back. I know this might sound weird but the science behind it is sound and it has worked for me. Hope your little one feels better.

Khiri - posted on 06/08/2010

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DON'T put baby powders, DON'T put any purfemed creams or soaps on her and DON'T use nappy rase cream. Just go to your local healthfood store and purchase some COLLOIDAL SILVER cream ointment, within 24hrs or LESS it will fully dissapear :) Keep using the stuff till its clear and then like i did, just replace the use of nappy cream with the colloidal silver. It really works !! And its all 100% naural and only $22. i hope this has helped,, and if u could give me some feedback that would be great thaks :)

Shameka - posted on 06/08/2010

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My son had a diaper rash and i was using everything including the old remedies, but take your baby to the doctor so they can look at and tell you exactly where it comes from and the proper medicine to put on it.

Elmarie - posted on 06/08/2010

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In South Africa you get a cream called sudocream. that has helped when my little one gets rashes now and then but it has never been severe. usually if I see a little bit of redness I put that on and on the next change its gone. Also try maize flour I've heard that that also works

Shannon - posted on 06/08/2010

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My son had something simular about 2mos ago... turns out it was jock itch (more commonly known as a yeast infection) believe it or not, an OTC anti fungal cream (doctor gave me a script and they pharmacy gave me the OTC cream) and corn starch in between treatments was what finally got rid of it... that and a bottom wash after every poopy diaper... but we tried 3 different brands of diapers, 4 different types of diaper cream, air drying, spitz baths... you name it we tried it... it would start working then come back with a vengence after 3 or 4 days... if the doc didn't say anything about it possibly being that, ask them if it could be a yeast infection and see about trying a treatment for that...

Kristy - posted on 06/08/2010

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Try let your daughter year old go without a nappy for as lond as possible. Several hours a day. Go outside and play. Air and sunshine is great. If you are using disposables try a cotten.

If you are not getting help from your doctor, go see another Doctor. Or see you Family Health Care Nurse, try a Peditrician.

Megan - posted on 06/08/2010

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My son is only 3 weeks old and had a pretty bad diaper rash. His pediatrician gave him nystatin ointment. It is used to treat fungal skin infections. We have been using that 2x a day and straight vaseline on all other changes. We also switched diapers to the organic cotton with aloe... His rash is almost cleared up and it has been about a week. We also try to give him at least 30 minutes of breathing time (haha watch out for the pee!) a day. I felt helpless because before we saw the doc it just seemed to be getting more and more bumpy and irritated. Its worth a shot! Hope that helps!

Nohblee - posted on 06/08/2010

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Probably is the allergy thing then if it runs in the family on his side. But i would have thought it would have occurred earlier if that was the case. Try avoiding giving her citrus so orange juice or lemon juice or anything with citrus and also mandarines and oranges should be avoided. I dont know if this is availible to u as i am in australia but my son has experienced a rash much the same and i was told to use pinetarsol which is a soap alternitive based on pine tar (your pharmacist should know whats availible to u) and use no fragrances and also use an ointment that is made up of liquid paraffin and white soft paraffin in australia this product is called dermeze ointment and is very much like vasoline which by the way NEVER USE VASELINE ON HER NAPPY AREA. it contains petroleum which will dry and burn her further. I didnt use any soaps or anything on him for about 7-8 months and i was covering him in the ointment about 2 to 3 times a day for the first couple weeks then once a day from then on in. He actually has exzema and it started in the nappy area. I also used antihistamine to stop the itch if it was itching him and hydrocortisone cream. His now only occurs on his face. Another few creams i have used sucessfully are paw paw ointment, plain zinc, B.O.Z ointment and amolin which is a combination of calamine almond oil salicylic acid and zinc oxide. Change her hourly even if she feels not even wet and use only saline solution and cotton wool balls instead of wipes. It's alot of fussing but it will be much purer to help her skin stay clear from irritants.

Hayley - posted on 06/08/2010

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Unvita works gr8 4 nappy rash. it coulb b t nappies? mayb try changn nappies. and watchn what u r eating. try not 2 have anythn citricy. f that doesnt work try toilet training, or jst try nt hav a nappy on her al t time. otherwise mayb go c an allergy specialist?

Rosie - posted on 06/08/2010

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One doctor told me to mix desitin, baby powder and milanta (hee,hee) Yes the stuff for acid indegestion. Mix it till it's a lil creamy. Stop giving her juice for a while, give her pedialite or gatorade, her pee might be too acidic. Or ask the doc about muprocin, i think that's how it's spelled, it's like a kind of cream for a rash caused by yeast. My son used to get rashes all the time and those are the methods that worked best for me. Plus let her run naked if you can, when they got rashes, moistuer is the enemy! Hope i help.

Nerissa - posted on 06/07/2010

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My son just got over having really bad rash and what work for us was first we would put Lotrim and then put a good amount Destin after the Lotrim.

Melissa - posted on 06/07/2010

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have you thought that maybe the rash is a yeast infection, i thought my son had a terrible rash but turns out it was caused by a yeast infection and we needed a special cream for it

Nicole - posted on 06/07/2010

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My daughter had a pretty bad rash on her bum. My pediatrician recommended using Vegetable Oil Shortening (Crisco). I used it and it worked! Good luck.

Alexandra - posted on 06/07/2010

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My son had bad eczema on his face and head and I used Calendula cream, which is also available for diaper rashes. If nothing is working I would give it a try, it's all natural and cleared up my boy's face in a day and a half when we were using the medication I got from the doctor for a week and a half with zero results.

Jessica - posted on 06/07/2010

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1. make her drink water pee might be too strong

2. have you changed the daipers or were they the recalled ones

3. maybe try to let her go with out a diaper (watch her closly) the air will dry it out

4. corn startch

5. allergy to milk has this rash started after you gave her milk

6. too much juice

this is all that I can think of that should help.

Lexi - posted on 06/07/2010

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I've had the best luck with something called Triple Paste. I too tried everything else with no change. It also helps to lay them with their bare bum in the sunlight for 5 or ten minutes at a time to help the rash dry out. Has your doctor confirmed that it is not a yeast infection? You can try an antifungal cream if it's a yeast infection.

Karen - posted on 06/07/2010

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my son used to always get a rash on his area and i tried everything but my mam told me of an old paste there used use years ago and it works like magic .. u get it in the chemist it called lassar's paste.. try it

Sara - posted on 06/07/2010

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cornstarch if i t dont go away with that then it the diaper change her diaper and it has to be pure cornstarch

Angela - posted on 06/07/2010

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My son was the same way.. .he would start to bleed when it got really bad and NOTHING worked for me. Finally I found my own remedy that finally worked for me and it's only 5 easy steps!



1.) Give baby a bath every night while he has a rash. Make sure to wash the butt with antibacterial soap like Dial.

2.) It sounds funny but blow dry his butt on COOL-high! You have to make sure the butt gets completely dry or it's never going to heal. (the raw spots might just keep oozing, but that's fine) Sometimes it's hard to tell if their butt is dry because their skin is so soft. But that's why you blow dry it! It also speeds up the process!

3.)After blow-drying, pat on Desitin, or Butt Paste, or the junk from the doctor, or Burt's Bee's.. it really doesn't matter. What is does is makes a barrier on baby's DRY butt so that wetness wont keep irritating it...(again don't worry about the raw spots, if the cream wont stick to it the first night or two)

4.) Then I dump Pure Cornstarch Baby Powder on the butt and in the diaper. It's a must! It dries up the bloody spots and it soaks up any other oozy-ness from the raw butt. Load it on!

5.)Then lay baby down to sleep for the night.. Do this for about 2-3 nights and the rash will be gone!

Crystal - posted on 06/07/2010

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theres this stuff called bag balm its a back in the day stuff, it works better than anything ive ever tried, its in a green metal can..idk who all carries it, but i think its hard to come across. my mom works in a drug store so she can order it...but its awesome.

Nicole - posted on 06/06/2010

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Maybe it's the diapers. That happened to my 10 month old. He used Huggies from day one then about three months ago it started to give him rashes. I also had the same problem with my now 2 year old. If nothing else ask the doctor for a zinc cream. That helped when my 2 year old was a baby and had a horrible rash. hope it helps

Rachel - posted on 06/06/2010

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Aquaphor and pinxav (pink salve) both u can get at walmart I use them on my son

Cassie - posted on 06/06/2010

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you should have tested for a yeast infection not like the kind you get when your older something to do with food my girls use to get that theres medicine they can give her....or staff (spelled wrong way i'm sure)-thats what happened with my friends daughter. they thought it was a diaper rash the doctor gave her diaper rash cream didn't go away so she went to another doctor and they were the one who said it was a staff infection-and for a rash i use BUTT PASTE thats awesome

Jody-Ann - posted on 06/06/2010

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My peadiatrician told me to use Petroleum Jelly/ Vaseline and in no time the rash was gone. just make sure her booty is really dry before puttin it on

Robyn - posted on 06/06/2010

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This is not a question, rather a bit of information. I have seen a lot of moms posts on here about their ch8ildren getting bad diaper rashes that wont go away. Theyve tried penaten, sudocream, even gotten prescriptions. my best guess is that its a CHEMICAL BURN. im also guessing a lot of the moms use pampers diapers too.

Pampers recently brought out the new babydry diapers. Origionally they put the new babydry liner in the regular pampers diapers and didnt tell anyone. This has caused chemical burns on babies, including my own. Ooozing sores, bleeding, and intense pain. We went through 6 prescriptions and 6 weeks of intense tears. Pampers of course is denying th allegations against it, but who wouldnt. Try switching diapers ladies. Huggies, noname, whichever.... and dont use wipes, or at least wash them off first, the stuff in the wipes agravates it and burns even more on a very tender area!! my daughter suffered a lot of pain, and i hope this reaches at least some!!!!

Melanie - posted on 06/06/2010

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Try switching to natural diapers-my friend's 20 month old got bad, bleeding diaper rash and it went away immediately when she switched to Huggies Naturals. They're expensive, but they work!

Becci - posted on 06/06/2010

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My son had that alot when he was a baby and it turned out to be thrush. He got it in his mouth as well it was terrible. I found fuller's earth cream worked wonders for every littleniggle he had down there

Cherelle - posted on 06/06/2010

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okay, my daughter will be one in a week, nd she gets them when she is teething...what im using is an 'old folks' remedy of 'fried flour'....sounds crazy bt its working. the rash had gotten so bad tht my bby was bleeding nd i completely freaked out!!! bt go ahead nd fry up some flour nd sprinkle it on her, BUT dnt wipe it off w/ a wipe, yu have to put her bottom under cool water

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My 8month old has been on antibiotics, and it messed up his stomach really to the extreme, yoghurt didn't help. Hy got nappy rash so bad that he couldn't even sit on his bum. In afrikaans they call it 'melksalf', they used on cows nipple's. It has pure lanolin in. I've put it on, the next day, the nappy rash was 90% gone. In the olden days, people used the cream alot for cracked heels etc. Yes, and use baby powder, it absorbs most of the wetness. I found that corn starch dries out the skin. You can the cream buy it at vet shops etc.

Jackie - posted on 06/06/2010

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I almost forget. If she drinks apple juice stop giving it to her. Apple juice can actually cause yeast infection in little girls no matter how diluted it is.

Jackie - posted on 06/06/2010

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Corn starch does help. Soak bath helps but in your daughters case with the yeast infection she needs to keep as dry as possible. Unfortunately she also needs a barrier cream so keeping her dry may be a problem. After her bath let her air out for a while without a diaper. My daughter had the same problem and I had to switch her diapers. Huggies was what she was using as well and I had to put her in Pampers. They have corn starch in them.

After her bath let her air dry for a while then put corn starch in the diaper itself. The best things I've found were Aquafer, Beaudreaux's Butt Paste, and plain ole A & D ointment.

Hope your poor lil girly gets to feeling better. I know how it feels to not be able to help them. Mommies are suppose to fix everything.

Bernadette - posted on 06/06/2010

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have you tried an anti-fungal cream? I use one called Daktozin, which is a mix of nappy rash and anti-fungal, which worked wonders, when no amount of regular cream would work. Turned out it was a fungal rash, not a nappy rash. I also found though, that it was worse when I used a cheaper nappy than the ones I had previously been getting. They didn't seem to lock away the wee as well as the more expensive ones, and therefore she was sitting in it for longer and getting a bit of urine burn too. In the end, it didn't work out any more expensive to switch back to the pricier brand, as they don't need to be changed quite as often since they lock away the moister so much better.

F - posted on 06/06/2010

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Stay away from any powder with talc, it's structure is very close to arsenic.... Really, it is best to avoid all powders, inhalation is terrible for babies. Even if you think it's just a light dust in the air any residue is still potentially harmful. As for creams, try Weleda, you can find it at health food stores. It works wonders and is fine for baby. Your babies skin is her/his largest organ and every single thing you topically apply makes its way into the body. Please be gentle.

Amanda - posted on 06/06/2010

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I agree, I would try cornstarch. If nothing works, I would consider taking her to see a different doctor for a different oppinion.

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This may sound really odd but it could be related to a couple of things I've encountered while raising my three children.

It could be the brand of diapers. Pampers recently changed the type of absorbent material in their newer version of crusiers (I've heard other parents voice the same complaints).

I've noticed my daughter's skin is a little more irriated than usual since switching back to Pampers because Huggies was leaking all the time. I'm going back to Kirklands brand after this box is over.

Could be the brand of wipes you're using too. The more natural you go, the better off you and your daughter are.

You could try this homemade baby powder recipe that has worked well for my boys in the past.

1 cup organic oatmeal (finely ground in coffee grinder or blender)

1/2 cup corn starch

and 1/4 to 1/2 cup french green clay (you can purchase at a soap supplier like Wholesale Supplies Plus...is where I purchase)

French green clay is AWESOME when it comes to clearing up skin conditions/issues.

I mix it all together and sprinkle a little on after every diaper change.

I use the powder mix until rash is gone; worst case scenario 4 days to 1 week.

I change the diaper frequently...wet diapers = irritated skin even more so with diaper rash.



Also could be allergies to food or a cleanser your using on her. Try rinsing her with water instead of a cleanser and maybe soy milk instead of cow milk for a bit till she's cleared up.



All in all it's her body's way of tell you something is irriating her delicate skin and you're gonna have to play detective.



Good luck

Silvana - posted on 06/05/2010

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i found out that my daughter was reacting to oatmeal so i stopped it...try have her "air out" with her onezie oranyway without her diaper and have it kind of heal itself...

Beverly - posted on 06/05/2010

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Just make sure she is always dry. I think that is the best way to stop those rashes. And please use gentle mild soap and wipes on her using gentle strokes when cleaning.. her skin is very sensitive and if nothing works, check with a dermatologist. I hope your child is sleeping good though, with those rashes.

Audrina - posted on 06/05/2010

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malox an corn starch in even proportions mix them in a sealable container an put on everytime you change diaper or bathe until it clears it works like magic

Andrea - posted on 06/05/2010

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if she is still on a bottle try to cut it out at night or even a cup, that might help slow up the potty usage at night and then she won't be sleeping in a wet diaper all nite or u could always try potty training also. but corn startch should work because it dries up a little better then babypowder.

Ruta Jane - posted on 06/05/2010

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My one-year-old son had the same thing a couple of weeks ago. for him I think it was the acidity of his poopoo because of extra saliva from teething. I stopped using baby wipes (even the sensitive ones) and only used a really soft damp cloth, and made sure he was super dry before i put on A & D diaper cream. I also changed his diet to bananas, baby oatmeal with applesauce, chickenbroth with baby rice, saltine crackers. After about 4 days or so I started seeing improvement in his poor tushie. I hope this helps! Good luck!

Elizabeth - posted on 06/05/2010

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My mom gave me this hint and it always worked within 24 hours. Every time you change a diaper, either set the baby's behind in warm water for a few minutes or put a washcloth soaked with warm water on her diaper area for several minutes. Pat her dry thoroughly and coat the area with vaseline. If it looks red and crusty (like a yeast infection), use antifungal cream instead (my doctor told me to do this when a rash wouldn't leave). Seriously, this works every time!

Tabatha - posted on 06/05/2010

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CORN FLOUR I FOUND IT WAS THE ONLY THING THAT WORKED I TRIED ALL RASH CREAMS AND MY NANA TOLD ME AND OLD REMEDIE WORKED WITHIN A WEEK

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