The rash that just won't quit

Jessa - posted on 11/22/2010 ( 88 moms have responded )

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Ok ladies, I am in serious need of help from mom's who know. I am a mother of 4 soon to be 5 so I usually have the whole diaper rash thing under control, however my youngest (just 16 months) has had a diaper rash we have been combating for over 3 months now. He has been to the doctor twice, he has had two big tubes of the nystatin and the nystatin/steroid cream. He has been through a round of antibiotics, triple antibiotic ointment, anti fungal cream, yeast cream, every diaper rash ointment on the market, baby powder, plain cornstarch, baking soda baths and combinations of all of the above including some mixtures of the various creams and things that were suggested online. We have changed his diet, tried no gluten, no milk, etc. We have tried just plane vaseline, this worked for a while with using nearly an entire 13 oz jar of vaseline in a week we were putting so much on to create a barrier, we thought it was on the up and up (had it nearly whipped) and this morning when I opened his diaper, just urine, he was all broke out, bleeding, weeping, and bumpy again.

The doctors don't seem to have a clue what is causing all this and I am currently at a loss and wits end. It breaks my heart to open his diaper and see all the redness and issues. If any of you have ever gone through this please let me know what you found in your experience, we are open to just about any suggestion at this point.

Thank you in advance for your suggestions and help, I know we can't be the only family to go through this.

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Nicole - posted on 11/24/2010

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My daughter has some serious sensitive skin and had the same issue for quite some time i had been battleing a diaper rash for what was endless weeks and a doctor gavve us some antifungal cream that made it worse to where i wiped her bottom and just lots of blood from open sores and her screaming in pain. It broke my heart to where everytime i just bathed her instead of wiping her bottom. my mother is a mary kay consultaant and i was very very reluctant to try the satin hands cream its the thicker lotion its a three step the hand lotion the srub and the thick over night cream.

i ended up using it when all else faild and i kid you not what i had been fighting for WEEKS had cleared in just a few days i used the cream let her roam diaperless for about 20 min add another layer of satin hands and then a thin layer of vasiline . i used the no dyes no scent version of the satin hands. it worked wonders. and i still use it. i learned to dilute jucies and give less tomato products because high acid will make babys bowels and urine highly acidic and cause rashes.

Tiffany - posted on 01/29/2011

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Have you tried researching on the internet to see if the rash looks similar to anything you've found? Just curious, we had the same problem with my daughter and they thought it was a yeast infection. It went on for weeks and nothing seemed to work. I even switched our detergents, stopped using fabric softener and everything. I even let her run around bottomless to let the air just get to it. Finally I took her back and they swabbed it. See the rash was only on her bum and come to find out it was perianal strep. I've never heard of it but it's something that she had to be on antibiotics for it as well as nystatin + steroid type cream. It's just starting to get better now. Not trying to go into disgusting details but this type of rash was something that was around her anus and spread out to her little butt cheeks. I don't know if that helps or not but I've never heard of such a thing until they swabbed her and sent it in! Good luck and I hope you can get some relief for him!!

Ashley - posted on 12/06/2010

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my son had the same thing and it was horrible.i felt so bad for him so my sister told me to cut the juice and use a&d diaper rash creme and baby powder and it cleared up in a matter of days:) good luck

Christinea - posted on 12/01/2010

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They could be a few things.... It could be a food allergy - it does sound like it; It happened to one of my daughter but all had extremely sensitive skin. I used cloth diapers and I washed them myself. I also used soaps like Cetaphil, Eucerin & now CeraVe. They are all very good soaps for extremely sensitive skin. There was a paste that was made but it did have zinc which I did use at times which was called butt balm ... To make Butt Balm, mix one large tube of DESITIN® (4 ounce) and STOMAHESIVE® powder (1 ounce) and NYSTATIN® (antifungal) powder (15cc or 1/2 ounce) together OR 1/2 tube A&D, 1/2 tube Desitin, 1 tube Bacitracin, 2-3 tbsp Liquid Antacid (Maalox, etc.) These are two I would say to try and also there is Boudreaux's Butt Paste that is very good.
In regards to washing the cloth diapers, what I did was wash them in hot water, detergent, a bit of clorox and then rewashed them with a sensitive skin detergent that is fragrant free and then dried them in the dryer without any dryer sheets. I had to do this with my younger two daughters (3 in all) since they seemed to be allergic to the diapers although I tried them all and had the same reaction to them all so I had no choice but cloth ones.
I would highly recommend that you get him allergy tested, the skin prick one (unfortunately) since the blood test one can give you false negatives. I know this b/c I found out that my middle daughter was allergic to so so many foods, all lactose, lactose albumin, peanuts, chicken, oats, carrots, and many more other things even though I had nurse her for a year and a half. That may be the only answer to find out what is wrong with you little guy. I am so sorry that you are going thru all of this - I have been thru it too and it is painful to see them go thru that and not know what to do.
I wish you the best of luck and hope that something that I posted helps :D

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User - posted on 06/04/2012

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Could he be allergic to the diapers?

What about trying cloth diapers?

He might have an allergy to something acidic in his diet. Try switching to an organic diet?
Keep in mind, food allergies take a weeks and weeks to purge from the system. Stick to the diet for three months to notice a consistent change. and keep notes! Then reintroduce one thing at a time.

I would try changing his diaper in the middle of the night, if you can... And don't let dad change the baby's diaper without first washing his hands. IF you've just pet the cat or the dog and then go and treat a diaper rash, you might cause a worse rash.

Also if you double dip into the vaseline jar when applying it to a bum that still has ecoli bacteria, you are infecting your vaseline jar...don't double dip into the cremes or corn starch.

A little sunshine sometimes helps to dry it up and start healing process, but dryness is the key (I liked using corn starch for bad cases of rash), and that means, once the diaper is back on, constant checking on the hour, or more frequent is best. This way the corn starch doesn't get moist and absorb moisture that sits on the young one's skin.

At night, it's difficult to check every hour, so that's when you really want to use the vaseline barrier. I like A&D ointment because I think it offers some vitamins that help the skin to heal.

I would not use a fungal creme unless he actually has a fungal infection, ask the doctor about that. do not use hydrocortisone on a diaper rash.

Nicole - posted on 01/29/2011

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hun have you tried different diapers, cloth or old generation nappies without chemicals? cut out acidic foods and juices, stick to tea with out sugar and ask the doctors to test for yeast infection. perhaps you could take a picture and ask a specialist peadiatrician to please take a look and help you out.( thats what i did)

Kari - posted on 01/28/2011

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I'm quite suprised that no one has mentioned this very cheap, but extremely effect solution,..EVOO,.. Extra virgin olive oil! I found out this from the doula I had with my third. It has amazing soothing and fast healing properties and works extremely fast. I found it better than even Dr. perscriptions. You can safetly use it on blistered, bleeding areas with no extera pain to you little ones bottom. just put some in a small container and at diaper changes, dip your fingers in and baste her butt! Sounds weird, but I'll never use anything else again it works that well. It also works great at preventing rash!!! Bacteria cannot live in the high fat content of EVOO. Use it for stings, scrapes scratches,.. even as a massage oil for you litle one to help relax. Hope you little one heals fast!

Amy - posted on 12/28/2010

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What diapers are you using? Huggies always gave mine rashes like mad. And sometimes, the only way I kicked it was acidophilus in their drinks and cloth diapers. I heard from someone that chlorophyl [sp?] you can get at a health food store and put some in water and wipe bums with it. Helps fight bacteria and yeast. I also put my kiddos naked in the pack in play [carefully watched and lined with towels.] for naked air time. Also...does he drink lots of juice? Juice would break my kids out every time. Hopefully something helps. No fun for little on or momma.

Janielle - posted on 12/28/2010

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dominic gets diarrhea with a bad rash that seems to last forever when he eats peaches, mixed cereal, cheeses, milk, or has a lot of fruit! he has 2 oz of juice mmixed with 4 oz of water every couple of days, other than that, its water! i gave him 1oz of milk cpl days ago, didnt go well, so were waiting! he can eat yogurt wwith no problem though!?? ive tried doing it 1 food at a time, but its hard! some days he just seems fine, n next, he wont stop pooping n breaking out! the only thing that works for him is vaseline! try n cive him air, too! keep a potty chair handy!

Kristi - posted on 12/06/2010

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Hi Jessa,
Don't know if someone else already posted this, I didn't have time to read all the way down. I remember a particularly tough diaper rash with my youngest that would not go away. It was awful and very painful for her! I tried all kinds of things, only to discover it was a yeast infection that likely had been caused by a big round of antibiotics she'd been given for a bad ear infection weeks prior. I only found out what it was by going on line and viewing photos of serious diaper rash and there it was. Maybe it would be helpful for you to look at some different kinds of rashes online to see what sort of rash your kiddo is suffering from. Some are bacterial, others friction, etc. Once we were able to pinpoint that, we were able to treat with an antifungal cream that did work in time, but it took a week and did come back a couple of times. We finally licked the problem with the help of a probiotic powder supplement for a short time to help restore her balance from the yeast infection. I hope this is helpful. Diaper rash is terrible. To soothe the area, try applying a cool chamomile tea soaked cloth and letting the area air dry. I hope he feels better soon!

Elizabeth - posted on 12/06/2010

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I only skimmed all the answers, but noticed you said vaseline was helping, Vaseline keeps wetness away. Maybe it's the acid in the urine causing the rash. I would recommend trying vaseline again. You don't have to use a lot. I'd also try not using any diapers for at least half an hour at a time throughout the day to let the air at it. As for cloth diapers, u can make them out of tea towels. However, I found cloth diapers didn't work without rubber pants which would make a rash even worse! If there's a public health nurse in your area, give them a call for advice too.

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my girls are allergic to ALOE. sounds like the rash you've been dealing with. I can't use anything that has aloe in it or they break out in a bleeding blistery rash within an hour or so.



I used cloth diapers for all three from birth to potty - and the few times we did use disposable there was an instantaneous rash.



instead of baby wipes use a wash cloth (you can get tons of them at the dollar store or the thrift store)

Tracy - posted on 12/06/2010

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Hi Jessa,
What type of diapers are you using??? Why I ask is that 2 of my children when ever they wore Pampers they always ended up with yeast infections. The baby powder that they use in the diapers keep feeding the infection. My youngest daughter right now is like your your child with rashes, Our Ped. said if yeast it well start in the creases where leg and groin meet and be beet red and move to other areas. For treatment use yeast cream and to keep treating with yeast cream until three days after yeast infection is gone so that you kill the fungus. If not yeast infection I use a great cream by DemaMed (natural therapeutic products) it's for eczema & diaper rashes. 60 ml tub has a worm on the bottle. I am not sure where you are from, in Canada I purchase it at health food grocery store (Planet Organic or Community Health Foods) It's pricey for 60 ml $26.00, but works like a charm by next diaper change rash is almost gone. Their web site is www.dermamed.com or 1-800-681-2292. I was on their website it's under construction for some items. Good luck with your little one's rash, I hope my info will help you.

Crystal - posted on 12/04/2010

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if he was younger, i would say lay him down on a towel and play with him for awhile with no diaper on, to get some air in there everyday. but since he's mobile and probably won't sit still, i'm not sure. does he sit still to watch cartoons or anything yet? maybe you can try putting his favorite cartoon on, and sitting him naked on the floor on top of a towel. it will just help dry out the rash because moisture is what it thrives on. also, what brand of diapers do you use? a lot of disposable diapers can have things in them that kids can be allergic to. try getting a few good quality cloth diapers, (if you have the $, they're pretty expensive) and if you can't do that, get the organic diapers, i know they sell them at babies r us. they're only a few dollars more, but i would try those just a small pack for a week or two and see if that helps. my daughter has gotten random skin allergies from things she had never been allergic to before, it's always a possibility. good luck, and i hope your little one feels better!

Sarah - posted on 12/04/2010

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we went through this when our daughter was a baby. We had to start using cloth diapers. Something in disposable was the problem.

Deborah - posted on 12/03/2010

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I feel for you and your little one, Jessa. My little man was in the huggies pure and natural for his first 6 months, using the matching wipes and baby wash, with vaseline as a barrier, and I've only used rash cream on him once.
Might your little one have a reaction to something common to most disposable diapers?

Kimberly - posted on 12/03/2010

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it could be juices your giving him my 2 year old gets bad rashes too and when it happens i keep her on a blan diet and keep her drinking water or milk or gaderaid nuthing more the acids in the foods and drinks are very bad for her lil butt but i found keeping to the bland diet and out of a dipper sometimes really helps..yes she might pee on the floor but i rather clean up a lil pee then have to here her scream from the pain of the rash

Heather - posted on 12/02/2010

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It sounds like he has a yeast infection. It can happen to little boys, and is often mistaken for a diaper rash that just won't go away. The nystatin is often used to treat that. But there is this ultraviolet purple stuff that they use to treat yeast in the mouth, I wonder if they can use that there as well. Ask the doctor about it.

Kyle - posted on 12/02/2010

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Have you tried just a bath with warm water - no soap of any kind? It helps my little one with rashes and dermatitis. Good luck to you - hate to hear your little guy is in such pain :)

Tracy - posted on 12/02/2010

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I had a never ending diaper rash battle with my son when he was little. Like you, I tried all the creams and "remedies" and nothing seemed to work, permanently at least. What ended up working was changing the kind of diapers we used (I was using swaddlers and then cruisers which were irritating his skin) I switched to baby dry and it got a lot better. The other thing I did was stopped using so much diaper cream/vasaline, I think I was actually drying out his skin too much. I was overly cautious about making sure to wipe him after every change and I cut back on how much I cleaned him (still made sure he was cleaned of course). In the end, I think I was actually drying him out and causing a rash. He's now 29 months and hasn't had a persistent rash in almost a year. He still gets the occasional rash, but it's usually gone within a day or two. As with all kids, I can't be sure if it was because of something I did or if he just "out grew" the stage. Good luck, I know how horrible the never ending rash can be.

Amy - posted on 12/02/2010

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My son had a bad rash when he was young as well. I don't think it was as bad as yours but our doctor told us to go to Walmart pharmacy & ask for Resinol. You have to ask for it though. It's behind the counter. It's normally used for the elderly in combating bed sores. It is thick & pink & forms a moisture barrier between baby & wetness. Smear it on the rash every time baby needs a changing. Also, use warm wash cloths to wipe or pat baby clean. The wipes seem to enrage a rash for some reason...even the hypoallergenic/dye free/perfume free kind. Hope this helps!! I'll never use a diaper rash cream again! Both my kids are Resinol babies!

Angela - posted on 12/02/2010

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I was going to suggest cloth diapers, but noticed yousaid you can't afford to switch right now (totally understand). Try the essential oil Tea Tree mixed with some olive oil and put on his behind. Tea tree is a natural antibiotic as well as antifungal. You should be able to get it at your local Walmart in the herbal supplement section (I know ours sells it there) It's around 8$. Just make sure you dilute it with the olive oil, maybe a ratio of 1:1 would be fine to start, then back off to 1/2:1 when it gets better. Just to warn you Tea Tree doesn't smell the best, but it's a wonderful healer! Also, let his bottom air out a bit if you can. Good luck

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My youngest had a horrendous diaper rash for about 2 months last year. Red, bumps, cracked skin, bleeding, the whole thing. I tried lots of stuff, lots of home-made concoctions. A friend then told me about this cream that you only get behind the pharmacy counter. I thought I still had the container, but I don't. It's a bit pricey, but it was a miracle worker. I wish I could remember the name of it. I'm sure if you ask the pharmacist, she would know what it is. Two months of diaper rash disappeared in less than 5 days. It was amazing! The cream is really really thick. Very hard to spread on, so I basically just plastered it on her butt. Another great cream is Pinxav (pronounced Pink-Salve). This is also really really good. You can get it from behind the pharmacy counter at Walgreens/Target also. It only costs about $3. If I figure out the name of that other stuff, I'll post it back on this thread. Oh, and you don't need a prescription for this. They just keep it behind the pharmacy counter for whatever reason. I'll keep searching for the name, but I'm sure if you call them and ask they should be able to help you. It comes in a container, not a tube. Good Luck!

Gina - posted on 12/02/2010

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Ok...I have two suggestions, both of which may cause you to think I'm nuts. One is RAW MILK. I have a friend who's kid had the same thing. She put her on RAW Milk and it's gone. If you tell me where you live I can point you toward a legit farm in your area. Here's #2. Breast Milk on the the rash. Since you are pregnant, perhaps once your newborn arrives you can try it. Or, you can subscribe to a breast milk bank. If you want to consider these things let me know. People have some unfounded concerns about Raw Milk so I can help you with that if it scares you. I have been giving my kid Raw Milk for almost a year now. It's all about being educated so you know the product.

Melissa - posted on 12/02/2010

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I only scanned through the thread, so I apologize if I repeat something or if I missed anything. Do you use baby wipes or some sort of wet wipe during diaper changes? They can cause rashes that seem to be near impossible for doctors to diagnose. I know this, because our household went through that, and we spent months suffering before one dermatologist finally mentioned the wipes. (The fourth dermatologist we saw, and the sixth doctor.) For us, it was the Cottonelle flushable wipes that caused a rash for multiple family members, but the likely culprit in them is found in many baby wipes as well. The rash you describe sounds really similar to the one we battled around here. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE65...

My third child also has a sensitivity to some diapers - I can't use any of the Pampers that have the Dry Max technology in them on him, as an example. We did use cloth diapers once upon a time, and they can be great, though we stopped them for reasons of our own (not sensitivity issues) and I now buy the Seventh Generation ones because he has no issues with those. When he got really nasty diaper rashes, I used Calmoseptine on him - it's a great barrier cream that I've had a lot of success with, though you have to order it online or get the pharmacist to order it for you. It's not a prescription, but if they have it they tend to keep it back there.

My fourth child is also sensitive to some laundry detergents, though they tend to give him an all-over eczema-like rash, not one like you describe.

If it's just localized to the diaper area, I would suspect something being used down there, whether the diaper, wipes, some sort of cream/ointment, or something else. I know the wipe thing never even occurred to me when we had that issue, since we'd been using those around the house since my oldest potty trained and I didn't realize you could build up a sensitivity to them over time that can possibly cause the nasty rash we had around here. But since stopping the flushable wipes around here, everyone who had a rash has cleared up. I've now just been really careful to make sure products used around here (whether wipes, laundry detergent, lotions, or something else) don't have the ingredients mentioned in the article, since we seem to have a sensitivity to them. Heck, since buying shampoo without them, any dry scalp issues have cleared up around here too.

Anyway, I really hope you figure out his rash soon! Good luck!

Jill - posted on 12/02/2010

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I just went through this with my son (#5) Never had problems with diaper rashes then one day I noticed a rash on the inside of his thigh, thought it was irritation from diaper so I put on destine. Next day rash was all over. Went to doc they said it was fungus so they put him on nystatin steroid cream that made it worse. Found just plain corn starch worked better (and I mean alot not just sprinkled on but dumped on). I would use AD ointment on the actual diaper rash primarily in the creese of leg and butt area but cheeks and everywhere else cornstarch and switched him to cloth diapers (no rubber pants) while he was at home. Still did not go completely away but helped tremendously, went to docs again and they thought the nystat cream was holding heat in and switch us to the nystat powder. That seemed to work. Also, to clean we placed him in the tub and washed down every time not convinent but soothed him. He now just has a small patch that is not inflamed on the inside of his thigh. Good luck, I know he is miserable and it breaks your heart, just know you are doing all you can for the little one.

Jane - posted on 12/02/2010

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Is it possible that the baths and wipes and soaps are making his skin too dry? Have you tried just cleaning him with warm water and either a clean, soft cloth or those little cotton, disposal facial pads, then patting him dry with another dry, soft cloth and letting him air-dry a little and reducing the number of baths he has? Two of my boys have eczema and we have to limit the number, length and warm temperature of their baths so that we don't dry out their skin and aggravate it. I hope you find SOMETHING that works. I feel for his pain and your worry!

Natasha - posted on 12/02/2010

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Have you tried a normal vitamen e lotion or eurcurin. ( however u spell that?) my daught went through the same thing and they thought it was u yeast infection. Nothing worked untill I tried those and when she had it on i left her diaper off. Thank goodness no accidents. Good luck. Have you tried the clear destin with baby power with the cornstarch in it?

Natalie - posted on 12/02/2010

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hi my son has the exact same problem and so did i as a baby (according to my mum)
have you tried hydrozole cream? my mum would combine cortizone cream hydrozole cream and qv together or without the qv and she reckons that worked a treat.
hope that helps :)

Aubree - posted on 12/01/2010

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I have had this problem with my little one when she was younger. I took her to the doctors and tried all kinds of different creams. The doctor told me that if there is no rash then there is no need for a cream he also told me not to use powders, as they may cause skin irritation. However he did suggest a cream that works wonders for my little one and it is called "Triple Paste''. You can buy it over the counter in a tube or a jar. I have found that this cream works wonders and is fast acting on getting rid of diaper rash. Good Luck and I hope your little one gets better.

Lynn - posted on 12/01/2010

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I have 4 kids and lots of friends who have been through the same problem. Just a few questions and suggestions....
Have you tried a different brand of diapers or cloth? If you use cloth what detergent do you use?, do you double rinse? and don't use fabric softner. Also try at least an hour of "air" time - no diaper!

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Oh yes also try not using wipes if you do just using a wet washcloth. You could also do an Aveno oatmeal bath. It is good for allergies :)

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I would recommend using some Eucerin NO diaper cream/powder just the Eucerin for awhile see if there is a change if not you may need to switch diapers sounds like it could be an allergy. Maybe try the off brand diapers I heard Targets are the best off brand. Hopefully this helps :) Let me know

Juniper - posted on 12/01/2010

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Hi, I didn't read all the posts so if this has already been mentioned sorry for the repeat. :)
I ran a day home and had 1 little guy that came in the morning with blisters on his bottom from such a bad diaper rash. 1st when the skin is broken you DON'T put anything on it.
-Use cloths with warm water instead of store bought wipes with chemicals.
-Sounds funny in a way but have you had a diaper rash since being a baby? A dry, chemical free bum is the best for every child. Only put the diaper cream on when there is an unbroken rash to heal and prevent further rashing and irritation. After you change his diaper let him dry off in the air a bit before putting on the next diaper.
-What kind of diapers are you using? switch to a purfume free diaper if your aren't already, cloth even.
-How a diaper rash starts is when a diaper gets missed being changed asap especially when there is urine and a bowel movement at the same time. This being due to a chemical in the urine mixing with a chemical in the poop that cause an acid that burns. Urine alone can't do this. Urine mixed with perfumed diapers or diapers with chemicals to help keep your child drier longer can irritate the skin.
-I have found that Penaten medicated is the best. It is found in the baby section but is actually used for any kind of skin irritation like minor burns, scalds, sunburn, dermatitis and eczema to name a few.

I would have the little guy all week and the diaper rash would go away with in a day or two and then when he would come back after the wknd he would be blistered again. My only guess was that he wasn't being changed as quickly at home. (Not a bad Mom just busy with other things my job was changing diapers so didn't miss them as easily :) They took him to dr's and such they ckd allergies etc... nothing just that he had very sensitive skin compared to other kids.

Hope this helps and that you can get a nice dry bum on that little guy! Remember less is more, if he has broken skin dry him out even get a hair dryer on low and cool-warm air to dry his tush and leave the diaper off for it to heal. Some kids sweat more, causing a wet bum, and that adds to irritation. Good Luck!

Kellie - posted on 12/01/2010

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My oldest was the same way I switched diaper brands and it worked had something to do with the bleach they use :)

Beth - posted on 12/01/2010

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I used to babysit a little girl who had TERRIBLE bleeding rashes too. 2 things we found that helped was only using generic diapers and my hubby's aunt the pharmacist gave us TRIPLE PASTE when our first child was born and it is AMAZING!

Dawn - posted on 11/30/2010

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I'm sorry your son is suffering from this horrific never ending rash.
I babysat my friends' son for a night and had given him strawberry yogurt for breakfast. When I changed his diaper his butt was as red and sore as can be. It was awful. His mom said he had had strawberry stuff before, and never had a reaction, so she didn't think twice about the yogurt causing it. She gave him something strawberry again (after he had cleared up) and he broke out the same exact way. Strawberries were in fact causing his horrible rash!
I hope you find the cause soon or it may be time to do some early potty training.

Angela - posted on 11/30/2010

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You need to stop whatever is causing the rash, otherwise it doesn't matter what nappy cream you use, it will come back. My daughter had very sensitive skin as a baby, and could only wear the most expensive brand of nappy which is Huggies here in Australia. I know people are saying cloth is the best, but in my opinion they don't draw the urine away from the skin like a good disposable does. Anyway, just what i have found. I would loved to have used a cheaper nappy, but seeing my daughter after 2hrs in one, screaming in pain, from the reaction was not worth it! Hope you can work out the problem soon :)

Nina - posted on 11/30/2010

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Hi, sounds like your little one has been through a lot! Both my kids have eczema. I have switch to a free and clear detergent and that is mainly done the job, but if your winters are cold that brings it on too. My 16 month old had a bad rash and my doctor just suggested to use polysporin as there can be a lot of bacteria on the bottom. Only other advice is use a brand of diapers without clorine used such as Teddy's Choice from the Loblaws chain in Canada. It may not be the gluten at all. Look to slowly cut things out of his diet or if you have the strength start him on an elimination diet and put him back on foods slowly. Personally, I would take this kid to a respected naturopathic doctor in your area.

Sandra - posted on 11/30/2010

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Having children is like doing brain surgery without a guide, isn't it? I am sorry that you and your child have to go through all of that. I would take him to a pediatric dermatologist to see what is wrong with him. I hope that my post was helpful and that the other moms could help you as well. Oh, I almost forgot, did you trying using Bordreaux buttpaste? I am not quite sure how to spell that, but that worked best for my children. It has a sandy grit to it that helped with some nasty diaper rash. They sell it at Walmart and Target and it comes in a yellow tube with a picture of a baby on it.

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at about 3 months of age my daughter developed a rash all over her body. Between her legs was red raw and would sometimes bleed. For a year and a half I tried everything I could think of to no avail. Finally, about three months ago, I had a filter put on the tap. I tried bathing her without any soap and surprise surprise, rash gone in 3 days. My doctor says it could be something in the water but is more leaning towards johnson and johnson bedtime bath as the cause. I have just started using Aveena on her and there is no rash so far. try filtering or boiling the water before bathing. Sometimes tap water can contain toxins or added chemicals that maybe upsetting your child. cheers.

Julie - posted on 11/30/2010

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Rashes start on the INSIDE... trim his diet back to one thing a day and add one thing a day and then go from there.
Cut out juices and milk and go with water in bottles...
MAYBE add yogurt to the diet every day... and see what happens -I am willing to bet it disappears!

Heather - posted on 11/30/2010

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Try a very qualified natropath. I had the same problem and found that it was a internal fungal thing (a bit like the cause of thrush). The more sugar (and carbs that break down to sugars) the worse he became. One doctor thought he had a tropical disease, it got so bad for a while! Once he had little or no sugar for a while, we managed to get it under control. He is 8 now and as long as he doesn't have too much sugar, he is eczema and rash free. Ban all juice and processed drinks immediately. Fizzy on their birthdays maybe. It helped ENORMOUSLY!

Tristian - posted on 11/30/2010

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I have 4 children as well and never had to deal with it... but maybe you should change the type of diaper, and have a friend who's son was allergic to what is inside the diapers so she had to use cloth diapers with the plastic training pants over top

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my younger son had the same issue not for as long but the only thing i can use on him is a prescription medicine called vusion---it's fantastic, i got the prescription from a dermatologist, that's got to be the worst feeling when all you want is to clean their little bottom and they're howling in pain
we tried the vaseline at first and then it was to the balmex, a &d ointment, then triple paste(which helped if it was very slight) but after it got full blown it was terrible. the nystatin made him scream as soon as i put it on....i think that the trick with the vusion is that it has a very high zinc content-good luck i really hope you can use it.

Shauna - posted on 11/30/2010

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Have you tried a Silvadene? My kids are allergic to zincoxide which is usually the ain ingredient in most diaper rash ointments so we have to use siladene; it's usually used on burn patients but it works wonders on diaper rash! You can also mix it with an anti-fungal cream to combat an fungal issues that may also be a culprit in some rashes.

Hope that helps. Good luck, love!

Shauna
Mum of 9 beautiful kids!
Layton, Utah

Diana - posted on 11/30/2010

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try mustard oil. My doughter had a rash that looked like her bum was burned. My friend gave me some mustard oil to try and it cleared up with in a week. So now everytime she gets a rash I use it and it clears it up.

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have you tried skin fix I love the stuff you can even use it on everything and I mean everything cleared my friends babies rash up in no time safe on everyone.

Colleen - posted on 11/30/2010

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Buy "Pinxav"....It is the best stuff on the planet..It gives your child instant relief. When applied, it gives a cold feeling immediately so the rash no longer burns. This stuff will change your life. It is sold at Drug Mart. If you don't have one by you, google it right now.

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Have you tried yogurt? I know a lot of doctors tell you not to give your child yogurt until they are older. And I have no idea why? But my mother in law suggested it so I gave it to my son when he was about a year old because he had a rash we just could not get rid of. It worked. Turns out the rash was a yeast infection and something in the yogurt kills the yeast in his system. Within days the rash I could see it was clearing up and a week or so later there was no signs of a rash anymore. I just gave him a few teaspoons of plain yogurt each morning with his breakfast. He loved it.

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Hello, I saw a question about Bepanthen so thought I'd reply. Bepanthen was my life saver for my baby girl twins, its an ointment type cream so it rubs in well and you only need a very thin layer to work really well, so its good value too. It's a bit more expensive than other treatments but you need less of it. My other suggestion is to do with the nappies you use. I tried a number of different ones available in UK before settling on Huggies as my girls reacted badly to some cheaper brands. If you're using reusables or terry nappies could it be the detergent, or steriliser you've been using. You've prob tried all these things but they were the ones that caused me problems. It would be very early to potty train your little one, but if the rash is causing distress may be it would be the least of two evils to get out of nappies? I've heard of some people having their little ones out of nappies at 2yrs which wouldn't have worked for me but they're all different. Good luck

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It sounds almost like a yeast rash. It is fairly common in some babies (my oldest girl is prone to them). We had a situation like you have with weeping/bleeding rash and discovered that coconut oil (available at any health food store) is an excellent antifungal. We tried it on our daughter and within 24 hours the weeping/bleeding had stopped, and within 72 hours, the rash was almost completely gone. Now, everytime she seems to be getting really bad, we just start putting on coconut oil at every change and it clears up right away. The really nice thing about the coconut oil is that it doesn't have to be refrigerated - it's actually a solid at room temperature :D

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