is it possible to be allergic to disposable diapers

Erica - posted on 08/19/2012 ( 25 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 17 mo old. she was on an antibiotic for strep and ended up getting a yeast infection. she has been on the creams that the doctor perscried her for just over a week. the rash got better after the first 2 days and then it started to get worse again and now it is just as bed if not worse then when we started. she has gotten a lot of diaper rashes in the past as well. even if you change her right away she seems to get a rash. is it possible that she is allergic to the disposable diaper and i should start using cloth instead?

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Allecia - posted on 10/04/2012

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I have yet to determine my daughter is allergic to a brand but she did get the worst diaper rash I have even even seen(even in pictures of bad rashes) in about 2 minutes at the PED office one day she was sick. It took 2 weeks with frequent BAKING SODA baths and slathering maximum strength desitin paste on her every 30-60mins to get it to heal.



Some diapers do feel a lot softer and I mean she would yell bloody murder if a wipe touched her. Ask Ped for a special cream(Nystatin I think we were given to treat yeast rash down on her).

Amanda - posted on 09/03/2012

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Just wanted to suggest another course of action. I couldn't use diaper rash ointments with my daughter because they always made the rash worse (even prescribed medicines). Instead I used a moisture barrier ointment and her rashes went away within a couple days.

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Teresa - posted on 10/06/2012

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My 8 month old never had a diaper rash until 2 weeks ago and he got a yeast infection. I change his diapers whenever I feel they are wet. He was using the cheapo WalMArt brand but they kept bowing out so we switched to Luvs 2 months ago with no issues. I don't know why he got a diaper rash when he did. I think kids can be allergic to ANYTHING a dr. doesn't understand!

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i'm having a similar problem with my daughter. we just switched diapers to see if that's part of the problem. we've been cutting out juice and what she has is extremely watered down. we change her all the time but if she goes number 2 at all, even if we change her immediately, she gets a rash. so i think it's either something she eats (she doesn't really eat anything spicy so idk) or she just has sensitive skin. most likely it's the sensitive skin but we'll have to see. if it doesn't start getting better we're taking her to the doctor.

Monica - posted on 09/24/2012

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My son would get terrible diaper rash no matter what we did....even with prescription cream from the doctors....We finally decided to start trying different wipes and diapers. After we got it all cleared up we found out we could only use the walmart brand diapers and wipes...and even then I had to fill up the wipe bag with water about times and dump it out to keep him from breaking out. After that all we had to do is put lotrimin(doctors suggested this...it cleared right up). I hope you find something that helps you.



They can be allergic/sensitive to the disposable diaper chemicals, just like some kids are allergic to certain laundry detergents.



Good luck!

Erica - posted on 09/23/2012

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we did switch to cloth diapers and she has been doing very well. she did get a rash after the switch but that is because pee is very acidic and she basicly got an acid burn from her own pee. we used calmoseptine that you can get at walgreen for $8 a tube. twice the cost of other diaper rash cream and they mostly use it on the old people in the nursing homes for bed sores and stuff. we used it for 3 days every diaper change and she is clear as a bell. i used to use that stuff on my son all the time cause he was prone to rashes and i dont know why i did not think to use it till the doctor told me to try it. lets just hope this is the last rash we have to deal with for a long time. she is working on the potty now. she goes once in a while. i tend to let her run around at home with out a diaper on just a t-shirt. she loves it and she will use the potty sometimes. if she poos on the floor she tells me. she is getting better at it tho. now my next issue i have to deal with is wetting through at night.

Dawnmarie - posted on 09/17/2012

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yes i am allergic to disposable diapers. we use huggies pure and natural diapers. they dont have alot of the extra stuff that gives me dermititis.

Nicky - posted on 09/17/2012

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yes it is very possible, My oldest son was allergic to huggies and off brand diapers all he could wear was pampers. Try a different brand and if that doesnt work then use cloth. Try loves they work well and are affordable

Ginny - posted on 09/17/2012

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More likely that she just has very sensitive skin rather than an allergy to the diaper. My daughter used to get the worst rashes all over her diaper area. Try using a barrier ointment every time you put a clean diaper on her, just smear it all over the diaper area. Plain old Vaseline could work, but there is also a great product called Penaten Ointment if you can find it. It goes on smoothly and wipes off easily, and helps to keep the wetness of the diaper from irritating the skin.

Bethany - posted on 09/14/2012

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just wanted to say if your using an antilfungal cream canistan or other read the directions as the ones with a quaterzone in it cant be used more than 2 times a day and only for 7 days at a time!!! hope you have had some luck with the rash and maybe changing brands :)

Tee - posted on 09/12/2012

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Trial and error is always the way to go with disposable diapers. I have a friend who's daughter could not use pampers or walmart brand because she would get a rash. My daughter was fine with walmart, target and luvs but had issues with huggies. My boys could use anything and were fine. I know around when my daughter was born there were a lot of news articles about kids breaking out with pampers....they changed something with the dry max so I never even tried those.

Sharon - posted on 09/12/2012

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Antibiotics can cause yeast rash, which my DS was prone to. However, when he was about 1yo, the rash just wouldn't go away despite every cream out there. Sure enough, he had become allergic to his diapers. We were using both Pampers & Huggies (overnights) at the time, so I have no idea which one caused the reaction. We switched to Huggies Organic Hypoallergenic crazy diapers and his rash was GONE in 2 days (after over 2 months!)!! After he cleared up, we tried different brands (doctor suggestion) and found that discount diapers (Luvs) worked fine for him (although I did continue to use the crazy diapers at night). I've heard this is fairly common (both the allergy and improvement on discount diapers like Parents Choice/Walmart). He's now 4yo, still has sensitive skin, but no problems with Pull-Ups. GOOD LUCK!!!!!

Dorta - posted on 09/12/2012

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with yeast inferctions and bad rashes you have to stop the wipes, use a wet face cloth to wash the bum and all the bits every change. then try using cornstarch baby powder to dry out the skin b4 putting a new diaper on. the wipes just spread the #2s all over the bum and gets in the rash making it worse. I had this problem with both my daughter and son. we started with the wash cloths and the powder and bam it was gone..... never i mean never use vasilin as a bum cream it keeps all the bacteria on the bum and will make the rash worse. and if you can let the little one run around nude for as long as you can a dry bum will get rid of the rash! good luck

Liz - posted on 09/02/2012

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My daughter was allergic to diapers when she was little.Doctor said only use pampers and she never got a rash again.

Heather - posted on 09/02/2012

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Huggies diapers. Nystantin cream for EVERY diaper change. If that isn't working, use antifungal cream every time you change her diaper. Then give that a week or two, and use Triple Paste if some rash around her bottom still remains. She is 17 months old, you could try potty training her! Yes, she could be allergic to something in what ever kind of diaper you are using. You can also buy some store brand diapers without chemicals in them. Read the labels.

Bethany - posted on 08/31/2012

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my son usually gets thrush if and when hes on antibiotics and i use a conbination of canisten cream and covital cream (a cod liver oil based cream) to ward off the rash but i do find that if hes left in cheapy daycare nappies he gets a sore butt but a dose of covital and he seems fine, maybe swap brands or try the new cloth nappies, i have friends who swear by them :)

Elfrieda - posted on 08/30/2012

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My son's not allergic to disposable, (we put him in them to go out and overnight and use cloth at home) but we just got back from a 5-day vacation where he was in disposables the whole time. His butt was raw. I think the "stay-dry" technology isn't very easy on the skin. TMI, but when my period drags on and on, and I'm on the 7th day of pads, I get very sore down there. I'm pretty sure it's about the same situation for the little ones, poor things, but they're in diapers for years, not a week!

Deidra - posted on 08/29/2012

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My daughter is allergic to Huggies Diapers. It could be the diapers or maybe even something she has been eating or drinking. I'm having a major problem with a diaper rash from drinking juice. even when I water it down a lot she still gets it and I'm having to cut her off juice completely. Try switching diapers or wipes and see if it gets any better, if not take her to the dr and talk to them they might have another suggestion and give you a stronger diaper rash cream.

Erica - posted on 08/24/2012

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she has been in the disposeable diapers since 4mo of age. we switched her that age from the cloth due to her growing out of the cloth that we had. since then i have tried several brands of diapers including, parents choice, huggies, luvs, pampers, the target brand and other cheap brand that my mom has gotten me and nothing has changed. it is just rash after rash. since i have posted this i have put her back in a cloth diaper system. i am using prefolds that you can get at walmart and use the pins like the old days. withing 24 hours of the switch her rash was about 70% cleared and within 48 hours it was gone all together. being that is a medical reason she needs cloth the insurance may help pay for the cloth diapers for me.

Casey - posted on 08/22/2012

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It's possible, at the daycare I used to work at there was a little girl who had to have special diapers because she was allergic to something in the typical brands. I would switch brands and see if it helps. Antibiotics can causes rash thoug, or she may just have really sensitive skin that gets a rash easily. Good luck!

Janice - posted on 08/21/2012

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I would try switching brands. When my daughter was little the store brand really bothered her skin and so we only used huggies. But when we started potty training at 20m I was able to use a cheaper brand and she was ok, not sure what changed. If changing brands doesnt help get her back to the doctors.

Lisa - posted on 08/21/2012

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She could be. Change the brand and if the rash continues, head back to the pediatrician.

Michelle - posted on 08/19/2012

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I would try changing the brand first my daughter could only where huggies products if we put her in pampers she would constantly have a rash.

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