V.F. asks from Shreveport, LA on May 14, 2010
1 Year Old with Bad Diaper Rash.
My daughter has a bad rash. I have called the pediatrician twice about it over the past week It goes away fairly quickly, but when she has a nasty tething diaper it is right back. Last night was the first time she cried about it. Wat do you do for it? I was told to use neosporin pain relief along with diaper cream.
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Thank you ladies for all of the help. It will heal within the day and as soon as she has a dirty diaper, it is back . My mom bought me the neosporin spray with pain relief. I sprayed that 1st, then applied cream and finally powder. She has been much better today. I constantly check her diaper and every time I change her, I put the cream on her bottom. Thanks again for suggestions!
J.F. answers from Fayetteville on May 14, 2010
After years of caring for infants this is one area I had a lot of experience - diaper rashes! lol First you need to make sure these aren't yeast infections because that would be treated very differently. But if they are indeed just diaper rash, one of the best things I've found for healing really bad blistery rashes is a baking soda bath. I learned this from a great Pediatrician I had years ago and have had great success with it! Just put enough warm water in the tub to not quite cover their legs when they are sitting. Sprinkle in 2 tbsps of baking soda and swish around to disolve. Let them sit in it for 5-10 minutes. You can do this 2-3 times a day if the rash is really bad and it will heal it really fast. It doesn't hurt either, it's actually soothing to them. You can do this with young infants in a baby bath too. As far as preventing them, the most important thing is to change them OFTEN. Even every hour on the hour during times you think she is most susceptible. My experience is that most parents don't get around to changing them often enough because we are all just too busy. But it really is the best thing you can do to prevent it. Let any other caregivers know also to change the diaper every hour or hour and a half. The other amazing product you can use before a rash starts is to put vaseline on their rear after every change. It will actual prevent the rash in the first place. (you'd be surprised what a smooth, soft hinney they can have using the vaseline.) But if there is already a rash, I wouldn't use that. Beudreax's Butt Paste (not sure on the spelling) doesn't work on all babies. Doing infant daycare for years I've tried just about every brand on the market that parents would bring in, and I actually saw the best results with the Original Desitin - not the creamy! Apply it every change and don't wipe it off each time. Especially when they are just wet, you can leave the desitin layer that's already on and just apply over it to keep a constant layer. Hope that helps! :)
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G.R. answers from Dallas on May 14, 2010
Expose the child's irritated skin to as much air as possible. You can do this by leaving the child diaperless for short periods of time between changings, placing cotton panties on children in place of diapers for an afternoon, or allowing the child to wear loose fitting cotton diapers for small periods of time.
Millions of parents swear by the Maalox cure. Maalox, normally used to treat heartburn
and stomach upset, applied liberally with a cotton ball to baby's bottom, helps to cool irritated skin and neutralize acid. Allow to dry, then diaper as usual.
cornstarch is the only way to go! In place of powder, try a teaspoon of cornstarch, which will absorb odor safely.
i uise the cornstarch and is gone the next day
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M.F. answers from Phoenix on May 14, 2010
In 17 years of childcare, I have found Bag Balm works the best out of anything on the market at treating diaper rashes, no matter how bad. Bag Balm was originally formulated for farmers to use on cow's udders to prevent and heal them from chapping. It is safe as a diaper cream for boys and girls. It works quickly, often you can see a noticible difference in one day if used liberly at every diaper change. I use it on my own daughter and on all my daycare kids when their Desitin or Butt Paste didn't work to prevent or treat their diaper rash. Walgreen's is supposed to carry it, but my local store sells out so fast, I just order it from Walgreens.com.
Be careful with the Neosporin, because you can give your daughter a yeast infection if it gets into or even on the outside of her vagina. Then you'll be dealing with more problems and making her even more uncomfortable than she already is. I only recommend using Neosporin if the area around the anus or the butt cheeks are raw and bleeding, because then you're trying to prevent a Staph infection.
I know some moms have recommended Lotrimin AF, but that's an anti-fungal, used primarily for Athlete's Foot. Anti-fungals are only for treating rashes caused by an external yeast infection. Please check with your doctor to see if that might be what is causing your daughter's rash and, if it is, your doctor will either prescribe an anti-fungal made for diaper rash or will recommend buying Monostat (the original, not the preloaded applicators).
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R.M. answers from Portland on May 14, 2010
Hi Vicki F.-
I know food has been brought up, but I wanted to mention it again. I worked with a 1 year old who had a bleeding diaper rash. It turned out every time I gave him OJ or tomato sauce, his BM was so acidic, that it caused the rash. Strawberries also caused the rash.
Take a look at your daughter's diet, expecially the new foods and try removing them one at a time. Her tummy may not be mature enough to handle those foods.
S.G. answers from Oklahoma City on May 15, 2010
Try cornstarch. We've used it & it works great. It dries the rash and helps to make it smooth so it isn't so irritating her. You can tell when you put some on your fingers, that it makes them smooth. It does the same thing for her bottom.
S.B. answers from Tulsa on May 14, 2010
I use Resinol for diaper rashes. Its an topical analgesic/skin protectant medicated ointment. You can buy it at Target or Wal-Mart, but you have to ask the pharmacy for it. I think you can find it on the shelves at like a Drug Warehouse.
I have used it on 3 of my girls. I found out about it when my 2nd oldest who is now 7yrs had a horrible diaper rash. Its the only thing I use now. It works better then desiten or a&d ointment. Rashes are gone by morning.
C.H. answers from Baton Rouge on May 15, 2010
aquaphor hands down! it works better than anything- in my opinion
C.L. answers from Fayetteville on May 15, 2010
when my daughter gets bad diaper rashes, every diaper change, I alternate between using Maalox (just apply it with a cotton ball - and be sure to let it dry) and Butt Paste. It always works to get rid of the rash.
To help prevent the rash, I use powder.
Teething is the worst - that is when my daughter would get the rashes - no matter what she was eating. Good luck!