Help with diaper rash!

Mandy - posted on 08/03/2009 ( 51 moms have responded )

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My daughter has a horrible diaper rash, its going on three days now, she hasn't ever had a rash that didn't clear up quickly with diaper rash cream. Any suggestion? I have tried petroleum jelly, desitin and Aquaphor diaper rash cream.

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Vicki - posted on 08/10/2009

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YUCK! i'd avoid all petroleum based products. if the rash isn't due to a reaction from a new diaper or product on her and just a diaper rash, the best stuff i've used is from Earth Mama Angel Baby and called Bottom Balm. it's all natural. a little goes a long way. i've had the same jar for almost 9 months. it's always cleared any rash or even dry skin spots. the other option is to use a zinc product.

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You probably are using diaper wipes and not letting the skin completely dry before applying the creams or jelly. Try dabbing her with a towel and leave her open to the air as much as possible. Applying the cream to wet skin traps in the moisture and actually causes fungus like yeast to grow. If it is red and puffy, this is already happening, and you will need an antifungal cream prescribed to apply, but again, on dry skin! P.S. Thought you might like to know that I am a nurse.

Emily - posted on 08/09/2009

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Our paediatrician recommended hydrocortisone cream under the diaper ointment (we use Isle's Paste but Desitin is good too). It's worked like a charm. I'd see your doctor if it's not clearing up.

CJ - posted on 08/07/2009

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I just finished going through this with my daughter, when the rash is real bad it can take awhile to clear up. My daughter's lasted 4 days, and it was her first time having one as well. Make sure you're not using wipes, use a warm wet rag instead, also, put something down and let her go without a diaper for 5-10 min after cleaning her bottom, so she can get completely dry and it's also good to let it get aired out (after my dad suggested this to me, her rash started clearing up much faster), I also found that desitin seemed to dry out her skin after using it so much, A&D original ointment worked really well, it helped clear up the rash, and kept it moisturized as well. I also found that the first couple days when her bottom was really hurting, letting her sit in the bath in a couple inches of warm water and play with her toys a couple times a day made her feel much better. Hope this helps.

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Crystal - posted on 08/12/2009

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The diaper rash cream that i swear by is Boudreaux's Butt Paste. It fights diaper rash and protects against wetness. It has a light almost cocoabutter scent. I use the butt paste on my baby after every bath every night and he has never had a rash. He has had a reaction to Huggies brand diapers. Do you think it could be the diapers you are using?

Joanna - posted on 08/12/2009

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You can use suddocream (not sure if this is the correct spelling) IT is a truly amazing product, u can also use potato flour its an old remedie and it works!! Petroleum jelly is not recomended by hospital staff because it stores bacteria under the jelly and the skin cannot breath, it can do more damage than good. The hospitals do give petroluem jelly for Newbies because of the first poop, it is much easier to get it off the bum but once the babys intestines clear it is not recomended to use.

Brianna - posted on 08/08/2009

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A nurse once sugested to me to use LANOLIN - the stuff that you put on your nipples while breastfeeding. It works fantastic for diaper rash and also chapped noses from colds. However, if the diaper rash is from a yeast infection - then you would need medication like A&D. Also, we do use the Bum Genius cloth diapers at home which mean a lot less diaper rashes! But, if my baby does get a diaper rash - we have to use disposables b/c the cloth diapers will get destroyed with diaper creams.

Denise - posted on 08/08/2009

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try a yeast infection cream. my son gets these horrible rashes and we tried EVERYTHING. finally, we took him to the doctor and she said it was a yeast infection

Kiesha - posted on 08/08/2009

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Dr.Bordeaux's Butt Paste.....I am a vebal advocate of it... I was told about it before my 2yr old was even thought of. (try 3 years before she was born) Most pediatricians recommend it too!

Christine - posted on 08/07/2009

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I have 2 suggestions - 1) triple paste, its a little more pricey than some of the other creams but its worth it. 2) for a super BAD diaper rash I use Lotrimin for athletes feet I know it sounds very strange but I had a prescription for lotrimin for my sons diaper rash, it wasnt covered by insurance so the pharmacist told me to get that cause it was the same thing, Im telling you, you could see a huge difference in 1 diaper change, I swear by it!

Dana - posted on 08/07/2009

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The best diaper rash cream I have ever used is Weleda Calendula Diaper Cream. You can find it at Whole foods. It clears up diaper rash faster than any other cream I've tried. Good luck.

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Yikes; don't use cornstarch!!! Yeast thrives on cornstarch. Commercial disposable diapers are loaded with chemicals. Try cloth instead. Or a great alternitive try NATURE BABYCARE biodegradable diapers. They're chlorine free etc, affordable, awesome product...highly recommend. Olive oil works for rash too.

...Yet another reason to avoid antibiotics. I suggest probiotics for baby to get the healthy flora back that antibiotics destroy. Good luck!

Ruth - posted on 08/07/2009

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My oldest had this same problem, and my mother-in-law told me what worked with her 9. Take some flour, put it in a frying pan, then cook at about med. heat stiring until light brown. Allow to cool, then sprinkle over sore bottom. And if that still doesn't help make a paste with the petroleum jelly and burnt flour.

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If it is diaper rash, rosebud salve works wonders!! Its an old remedy, but I tried it and my son's diaper rash was cleared up the next day.

Sierra - posted on 08/07/2009

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My son had diaper rash for 3 weeks! We went to the doctor twice, once we were given Bactroban ointment, because his poor little bum was bleeding! And the next time, they told me to use original desitin, and not wipe it off, just use a spray bottle with water and blott dry - no wiping. Now our routine is as follows: When at home we use cloth diapers, a small spray bottle with plain water instead of wipes (the wipe off the water with the diaper or a terry cloth), and use a hair dryer on low to dry the skin before applying desitin. We ended up switching to cloth diapers, and avoiding use of wipes. the cream we used didn't seem to make any difference. I think he is sensitive to the chemicals in disposable diapers and commerical wipes. I use them when we are out, but he is really irritated after a few hours, even with frequent changes.

Hope that helps!

Jaime - posted on 08/07/2009

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I have tried everything too...finally a friend gave me Shaklee's new organic diaper rash cream and it finally work and no reaction...my bfed daughter was on a prescription and now off of it bc of Shaklee.

Yanick - posted on 08/07/2009

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Quoting Mandy:

Help with diaper rash!

My daughter has a horrible diaper rash, its going on three days now, she hasn't ever had a rash that didn't clear up quickly with diaper rash cream. Any suggestion? I have tried petroleum jelly, desitin and Aquaphor diaper rash cream.



First you prob only put cream or jelly when she has a rash, right. Why? the same way u put tooth paste on your toothbrush, everytime, you do the same with her bottom. every diaper change you put p.jelly and when she has a rash put creams. dont leave wet diapers on her for long periods.



ALWAYS use babywipes or wet wash clothes, remember she is still sensitive down there. WIPE SOFTly please. good luck. 



 

CJ - posted on 08/07/2009

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It really depends on the baby, mine can't use pampers diapers(makes her bottom red), or any wipes or diapers that are scented(her bottom turns bright red), and boudreauxs caused little red bumps, and the one time I used cornstarch baby powder it dried her bottom out so much it was bleeding.

Mattee - posted on 08/07/2009

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Have you tried Boudreaux's Butt Paste? I know they sell it in most drug stores. It works awsome, and wipes off really easy so you don't have to wipe her sore bottom too much. But she may have a yeast infection or be allregic to the brand of diapers you have been using.

Jessica - posted on 08/07/2009

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The best thing is to leave her diaper off as much as possible. You didn't say how old she is, but if you can put her on her belly and slather her little bootie up with Desitin and just let her hang out for a while it will really help. My 6 week old son had a horrible rash from being on antibiotics. Desitin original creme and time without a diaper are what cleared it up. My doctor also told me to put a lamp near him so it would shine on his little butt and keep it warm (helps it heal) - but just make sure it's not too hot!

Michelle - posted on 08/07/2009

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butt paste is in stores at least here! I like A & D... it seems to work well for prevention and clearing it up.

Amy - posted on 08/07/2009

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We had to stop using wipes and now use a damp face washer. The only time my little one has nappy rash is when we use the wipes (if we are out and about).

Christa - posted on 08/06/2009

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I have five children...two had severe diaper rash. Crush a rolaids antacid tablet and mix it with some Desitin or Balmax and spread it on your baby's buttocks. You will be surprised how fast and how much it helps. Give it a try.

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My kiddo has sensitive skin issues. We stopped using wipes a few months ago - just do cotton balls and water, then pat dry and a couple of minutes of bare butt time worked like a charm! Practically no rash since then. Good luck!

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I know you've heard everything under the sun by now and you've been to the doc. However, I am POSITVE that the best thing for any diaper rash is cornstarch. It's an old remedy, but it's the best there ever was. My daughter is on Lasix, the medicine that makes you pee, for a heart condition and this works great for her. It worked great for my whole family, and now I tell everyone. Ointment burns, but cornstarch cools. Even the hemorrhoid suppositories are made of it! It's about a dollar, but it's priceless!

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We tried EVERYTHING!!! Prescription, non prescription, everything. over the counter, etc... Make sure it's not a yeast infection ( take the to the doctor) The last thing we started using was Bag Balm, worked pretty good! Get it @ Walgreens!

Debra - posted on 08/05/2009

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Have you asked the Dr.? My sons have had it really bad but it was a yeasty rash so she prescibed me a cream for it. and just one time use it was gone.

Rachel - posted on 08/05/2009

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I haven't personally got the chance to yet. I'm expecting this September, but my sister-in-law and a few other women I know use them a lot. They don't ever seem to have a problem with leaking. There a quite a few brands out there (Little Caboose, Fuzzi Bunz, Bum Genius, Oso Cozy, Happy Heinys, Baby Beehinds, Kissaluvs etc.. etc..) the list goes on. There are quite a lot of different styles, but to look at them they don't appear any different than a disposable except for the huge variety of color and patterns. They can be quite fun, and there are a lot of different assesories you can get for them, or not if you aren't interested.

Mandy - posted on 08/05/2009

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Do you use cloth diapers? And if so do they leak often? I took her to the doc. it was a yeast rash from an antibiotic she took a month ago, so we ruled out the diaper thing but if cloth diapers end up cheaper and still work well I'm all for saving money any way possible!

Rachel - posted on 08/05/2009

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Also keep in mind the brand of diaper you are using. My Mom couldn't use huggies on any of us (5 kids) she had to use Pampers. If you keep having trouble you could also try cloth diapers. Have a look on the internet, they aren't the square nappies that everyone used to use. They require a little more maintenance but in the long rung they are chemical free, the cost overall is less, and you can use them for the next child.

Rachel - posted on 08/05/2009

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If you let the baby "air out" so to speak every once and a while during the day. It will help the baby's bottom to dry out and sometimes that helps. Another great cream to try is Peniten.

Amanda - posted on 08/05/2009

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I had to use bag balm that you can get at walmart or cvs that is used for cow udders. It is the only thing that cleared up my sons diaper rash. He had a diaper rash for 4 months and the only that cleared it up finally was the bag balm.

Mandy - posted on 08/05/2009

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Thanks everyone for all the advice, I did take her to the doc. and it ended up being a yeast rash caused by the antibiotics she had a month ago. ( Didn't even think about that it had been so long!) He was wonderful and gave me ointment and told me no wipes, lots of yogurt and naked time as much as I can handle.

Rachelle - posted on 08/05/2009

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Call the dr. Some thing could be causing it. My daughter NEVER had diaper rash until she was teething..but if cream isn't clearing it up- call it in!

Maria - posted on 08/05/2009

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Juice with added vit C can cause diaper rash even when you drink it while breastfeeding, it happened to my son. When I had juice he would get a rash.



If it is a yeast infection you could use NYSTATIN.

Ashlee - posted on 08/04/2009

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my son (now 9 months) got a really bad diaper rash when we tried huggies we normally use pampers. Well after 3 days I called the doctor and he said to make sure we were completely drying it at least 3 times a day either just airing it out or a fan. Then applying a zinc oxide cream (we use peneten). You want to be careful with what you are putting on their bottoms especially under a diaper certain meds/creams etc react differently when applied under a diaper with no air or light.
Good luck

Angie - posted on 08/04/2009

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This is what I did for my daughter and it was so much better the next day...

I put olive oil on first and then I used Cornstarch...keep repeating and hopefully it will clear up for you...

Jennifer - posted on 08/04/2009

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boudreaux's works wonders usually. also johnson & johnson's has a pretty good one called 24 hr care or something like that that's a pretty good back up....

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I don't want to come off as an extreamist, but it is never a good idea to use petroleum jelly on skin, especially a baby's!!



Since our skin is the largest organ in our bodies, and a delicate infants is far more likely to absorb any chemical/synthetic/toxic and potentially harmful substance she comes in contacts with.



Duh...research!! Petroleum jelly is a mixture of semi-solid hydro carbons from petroleum. These derivatives have been proven to cause, amongst other things, CANCER!! As well can cause skin irritations for some.

Try a natural/chemical free cream or remedy instead. For instance, ingredients such as calendula are known for their natural healing qualities.



Petroleum jelly and other similar commercial remedies create a barrier on the skin that can lead to trapped moisture, leaving a breeding ground for more bacteria.



Skin needs oxygen to heal!! Try taking baby's diaper off and letting her "breathe" for a while.



If you suspect a yeast problem, California Baby Diaper Rash Cream is a great product because it also contains anti-fugal essential oils. If that doesn't help, contact a naturopathic or homeopathic dr, or another holistic-minded physician. These types of docs will help if your interested in natural health/healing alternitives.

Mandy - posted on 08/04/2009

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the doc cant see us til the morning, what does a yeast infec. look like in an infant? Is mylanta a liquid or powder? She is learning to drink from a sippy cup and I guess I have been giving her a lot of juice but no loose bowel movements so I didn't think it was bothering her do you think her urine is acidic?

Amanda - posted on 08/04/2009

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mix aquaphor and mint flavored mylanta

the aquaphor softens the skin, the mylanta neutralizes any acid, and the reason for the mint flavor is just to make it feel better, as a first time moom I though I was doing a good thing when I gave my son lots of apple juice [bad idea] the acidity made him bleed :(. I mixed up this solution that my dr gave me and it worked great, I have used it for all 3 of my kids for all diaper rashes no matter how mild.

You should make sure that it is not a yeast infection though.

good luck!

Lindsay - posted on 08/04/2009

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We had great results with A&D ointment. It was cleared up within like, a day. Hope your little one gets better, that's a miserable feeling for them!

Beverly - posted on 08/04/2009

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Now, I don't want to offend anyone , so please no bashing...but you should never use Petroleum Jelly, that locks moisture in and if the baby's privates are already inflamed and you use it it also locks heat in causing it to become more irritatedand burn. You would never use that for a sun burn...



When my fiest son got them I read on a mommy blog to dry their butts and tee tee's with a hair dryer (on low and constantly moving). It dries them up after wipes, heats up the area that moisture is being held then apply your zinc oxide ointment (diaper rash cream)



With my secondson, he got a diaper rash 2 days old stll in the hospital and we figured out that he is allergic to the chemicals (bleach ad cholorine) in the diapers. We switched to 7th Generation, about the same price as your traditional diaper. In LA where I live they're $11.99 for a pk of 40.



Hope this helps but do see the DR, just as a precaution.

Erin - posted on 08/03/2009

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vasilaline and plenty of air always works for my kids, if you have somewhere that you can lay her out without her diaper, the fresh air will do her wonders

Laura - posted on 08/03/2009

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Talk to your doctor but in the mean time you could try balmex it doesn't work for everyone. If you take her to the doctor and it is a diaper rash and nothing else you could try asking for butt paste it is a thicker cream by prescription only and looks like cookie dough it worked wonders on my son he had reflux with very acidic diapers. Hope this helps!!

Amelia - posted on 08/03/2009

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maybe it's a yeast infection...it can be confused as just a diaper rash, take her to the dr.

Kara - posted on 08/03/2009

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I'd call the pediatrician and talk to the nurse. With my son, I made sure he was completely dry before I put any creams on him. Also try switching nappies. There are some good ones that don't have all those nasty chemicals and really help prevent rashes. I use the Nature Babycare diapers. Not sure if they have them where you are-I'm in the UK!

Mina - posted on 08/03/2009

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Maybe she should go to the doctor and get something. After it clears up, use petroleum jelly every time you change her diaper. It will help to prevent any more rashes

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