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8 Month Old with Diarrhea

My son has had diarrhea for over 24 hours and, while I am not concerned about his hydration or anything like that, his bottom has a horrible rash. His scrotum is even a little bloody today. His pediatrician recommended A&D ointment and trying to let his bottom air dry rather than wiping it. My son just cries and cries when I'm applying the ointment or even just putting on a clean diaper.

I am just wondering if anyone knows of any natural remedies that may help him heal faster? It is just breaking my heart to hear him cry like this and since the diarrhea has not yet let up I know he's going to be in pain from the rash for quite a while. I'd love to make it a little easier on him.

Any suggestions on how to make his bottom feel better?

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Wow, what great ideas! I've been letting him go around without a diaper and that's helped a lot. He actually didn't cry the last time I had to change him so his "parts" must be feeling better. ;o) I love all the natural remedies that were suggested! Sullivan has only had one bout of diarrhea today (yippee!!) so hopefully we're on the mend. I will definitely be using these ideas should he ever have a rash like this again, plus I will pass on some of this information to friends. Thanks a ton for the help!

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Have you tried giving him a luke warm bath. That always seems to help my daughter when she gets a really bad rash. There's also this diaper rash ointment that my sister swears by and uses for her son, it's called Beaudroux's Butt Paste. She says it works wonders.

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I question using anything that seals the skin so that air cannot reach it. I've not had this experience but I have read that vaseline is not a good thing to use on an irritated bottom. Seems like antibiotic cream, not ointment, or nystatin would work. And leaving off the diaper as much as possible might help. Not only is air able to reach the area but diarrhea won't be on the skin.
But this probably won't work if he's got the run of the house. lol

Definately do not use wipes. A warm washcloth is better.

Good luck, M.

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I know this is an old request. But whenever my baby had diaper rash I used plain old cornstarch,just the stuff you get in the baking ingredients aisle of the supermarket. It's so cheap and it works awesome. Just sprinkle it on like baby powder. Also I use vaseline on my hands for eczema and that works pretty good for dry skin.
H. T.

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P.,

Okay, don't get grossed out, but my sister recommended this to me and it worked really well for my son. Plain yogurt! It's messy, but it cooled his bottom and calmed the rash. It's also great if the rash is because of a yeast infection because of the active cultures in it. We used to use Lanolin but it wasn't doing the trick for my youngest. We tried the yogurt and it was a lifesaver for his bottom! Good luck with whatever you try!

Me: SAHM with 3 boys.

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My son had bad diarrhea for a few days once, his little bottom got very sore, red, and even bled in spots. He would scream every time I had to wipe his bottom - heart breaking. BUT I got it to clear up fast in this way - every diaper change, be very gentle when wiping and wipe as little as possible, apply a antibiotic like Neosporin to open sores and very red areas, then cover with diaper rash cream (Balmex and Desitin worked best for me). Watch carefully for any sign of a BM and check often, change immediately and repeat process. I was changing a lot of diapers those days and constantly pulling his pants down to check his diaper, but it paid off quickly. His little bottom showed improvement within the next 2-3 changes.

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A trick my mom taught me is to get a blowdrier and put it near the changing table. Everytime you need to do a diaper change, turn it on very low speed with low heat. Hold it far enough away that you can't burn them, but let it blow on the rash. The forced air will help to dry up the area faster, and my mom said it always caused any sores to seal over naturally. My son fortunatly hasn't experienced this yet so I don't have any experience with a really bad diaper rash, but he has had minor ones and I used this trick. Within two diaper changes, the redness was pretty much gone. Just wanted to offer another type of idea for you, hope the little guy feels better soon!

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My I suggest an over the counter cream called Calmoseptine. I have found it at Target, but you have to ask for it at the pharmacy counter. Its usually only like $4-5 dollars and works great! My daughters Nurse Practitioner told us about it when her bottom was the same way as you describe your sons. It has worked wonders in our household, good luck in yours!

H.

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We used stuff called Rear Smear. I had the same problem, and the AD did not do much good. We got it for a shower gift and I found more at the Made in Oregon Store. I have used it on and off and we only had the one time diaper rash. So I don't know if it was the Rear Smear or we got lucky. It has all natural stuff, like bees wax in it.

Good Luck
S.

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Have you tried giving him a luke warm bath. That always seems to help my daughter when she gets a really bad rash. There's also this diaper rash ointment that my sister swears by and uses for her son, it's called Beaudroux's Butt Paste. She says it works wonders.

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Ok...anytime the rash bleeds, it's likely he's got a yeast infection. Either take him to the pediatrician to have them look and verify, or just go out and get some Clortrimazole (yeast infection cream...just ask the pharmacist if you don't know what to look for), and use it 3 times a day in addition to Aquaphor. When my DS has gotten rashes like that, they always clear up quickly by doing that. I've used A & D for nearly every diaper change since my son was born...but when he gets the bad rashes, I go to the Aquaphor...or Beudreaux's Butt Paste...but use the clortrimazole on it first, make sure it's soaked in, and then put the other on. Good luck!

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Doesn't that just break your heart when they scream in pain like that? My daughter had that once, and it was horrible. I called the dr. and she perscribed me some nystatin cream (which I mixed with petrolium jelly to make it creamy and water resistant). That seemed to work really well!

also, you can put him in a warm bath with some baking soda to neutralize the rash acids...but he'll probably scream getting into the bath too, but if you can get him in, it will make him feel better.

I hope that helps!

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I question using anything that seals the skin so that air cannot reach it. I've not had this experience but I have read that vaseline is not a good thing to use on an irritated bottom. Seems like antibiotic cream, not ointment, or nystatin would work. And leaving off the diaper as much as possible might help. Not only is air able to reach the area but diarrhea won't be on the skin.
But this probably won't work if he's got the run of the house. lol

Definately do not use wipes. A warm washcloth is better.

Good luck, M.

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I would put my kids in the tub to play. I too used nystatin cream, and something they sell called bag balm. It is used on cow udders (LOL) and it is thicker than vaseline and water resistant. It worked wonders for my kids. I would avoid using wipes on his butt. I wet a warm washcloth, and squeezed the warm water over them (with their diaper underneath). The wipes can burn when they have open sores. Good luck!! :)

K.

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Hi Patty, my name is M. and I have a 6 month old daughter. She was very sick and got a rash so bad from the acids that her poor little bottom was bleeding and blistering. I used a combination of Hydrocortisone cream and Clotrimazole Cream. Just a little tiny bit of each mixed together prior to applying. Her little bottom was cleared up within 24 hours. U can find these in any store. I hope his helps for the future.

Whenever my kids had a rash I used A & D Ointment. It doesn't sting, like other brands. And helps it to heal quickly.
Hope your little guy is feeling better soon.

I have found that butt paste works really well and shouldn't hurt him at all. You can get it at target or walmart.

Use Burt's Bees diaper ointment!!! :-) (man I feel like a spokesman for the company, but I LOVE Burt's) My little one gets a rash sometimes where the skin is so broken that there is blood, a couple days of slathering on good ol' Burt's and you can't even tell he had a rash.

You can find Burt's almost anywhere baby products are sold now (it wasn't so popular years ago, but I think I found it at Target even)

Here is a link so you can see what kind of products they have and the quality of the products.

http://www.burtsbees.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SubCat...

I'm a mom with two daughters 9 and 10 yrs old. When my oldest was little she had just a few diaper rashes, I learned about using a few drops of lavender oil in the bath water. Read about it in Mothering Magazine. It worked, a day later the redness had started to subside. After the girls were much older, Johnson & Johnson and other brands came out with baby products with Lavender in it. Much cheaper just to buy a tiny bottle of oil. Do not apply full strength. Hope this helps.

If you try all the great suggestions and don't see an improvement have the Dr check for a staph inection. My 6 year old daughter got a really bad rash when she was about 9 months old and when I took her to the doc because she was in so much pain, the doc said it was a yeast infection combined with staph. Her rash escalated so quickly and was bleeding.
We also used something called triple paste (behind the pharmacy counter) on our son and that seemed to help any time he got a rash. I am glad to read that he is improving I just wanted to throw our the staph idea for future reference as I had no idea until my daughter got one that it was possible to get a staph diaper rash! And a staph diaper rash requires antibiotics.

If you are breastfeeding, try squirting some bm on there, and letting it airdry.

Give him as much no-diaper time as possible.

The thing that has always worked best for me is lotrimin (most the time, the rash is also yeast related.) A&D has never worked for me.

I've been told budreaux's buttpaste works wonders (I saw it at Fred Meyer yesterday, so it is available here) but as my youngest is 2, and I'm not due until July, I can't try it out.

Rashes from diarrhea are the worst. He just needs a lot of air and to sotp poopin' :(

lots of air helps too and cornstarch baby powder. I would hold mine over a towel just incase of an accident and play baby games till oh about 25 minutes or so a day.

My pediatrician always advises me to give my baby a sitz bath several times a day when she gets a bad rash. Add one half to one cup or more baking soda to the warm (barely warm, not hot at all) water and let him soak for a good 15-30 minutes. Seems like a pain to do it every few hours, but it really works.

J.

Hi P.-
My son suffered from horrible diaper rash as a baby- and here are a few things I did when it got to the stage you are describing. When you can- leave his diaper off- let him play in the bath tub (with no water of course) and just rinse him off when he goes potty. As for when you need to change his diaper, skip the wipes and use really wet cloths to pour water over his bum and pat dry (or use a hair dryer set on low). Change him really often, as soon as you know he has gone potty. use cornstartch powder untill the bleeding heals and then switch to desitin (the thick white kind not the creamy) bag balm can also work well.

Hope he gets better soon
K.
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Hi P., I just read your request. My son is doing the EXACT same thing right now, and I know how you feel. My mom told me this so I will pass it on and see if it helps you and ecspecially your son. Draw a bath a warm as your son can handle it, and put about 1/2tbsp of Epsom Salt in it, let the Salt desolve, and let him soak until he is done in the bath, or until the water starts to get cold. Then let him run around for as long as you can handle it so he can air dry, and then lather him with whatever you are using on his bottom. So far it has worked for my son. If the Epsom Salt does not work try an Oatmeal bath, and lather his bottom with a very THICK and very GREASY ointment. The Desatin Orignal is working for my son, or just use Bag Balm. P. I hope that that helps a little, and I hope that your son get's better soon. ~Bye~ K.

Hi P.!

I remember those days and those terrible rashes! I have heard nothing but awesome testimonies about Arbonne's diaper rash cream. Many have said it clears up a diaper rash over night. I really wish I would have known about it when I had my babies. Arbonne does not use any mineral oil or have any dyes and fragrances, and it is botanically based. Many Dermatologists and Pediatricians starting to carry it in their offices. I can send you a sample if you would like. ____@____.com.

I am so sorry, I know that the cries are as painful for you as they are for your little one. I liked the Aveeno diaper cream and the old standard Bag Balm in the green tin. I would put it on after every change, even if only wet, and just keep him slathered. Hopefully relief will come soon for the both of you! Cheers, B.

Hi P.,

Try sprinkling some corn starch on his bottom. My Mom used to do that with us kids. It also works good between your toes when they get sore. It's pretty soothing.

G.

My younger daughters and youngest son all had problems with rashes and A&D was the worst for them. I used lotion from a health food store with Emu oil in it and that was the saving grace. Good Luck. God Bless.

To help the diaria go away, get some jello, pour it into a cup (about 1/4 cup to 1 cup warm water) stir it and have him drink it.
As for his bottom. If he'll soak in the bath(which will probably sting a bit) then dowse his butt with A&D and/or baby powder. I let my son go diaperless for a while to air it. Not good for carpet though. Usually, the jello will work and only give him things like Jello, soda crackers, rice. Easy on the stumach stuff, 'til his bowells settle down. Seven up might help.
Good luck!

Hi P.,

Try a little cornstarch and let him play about on a pee pee pad like for puppies, or go to Walgreens etc. and you can get a chux in the aisle where they sell Depends undergarments. They are blue, like you probably used when you had him. Anyway, use plain cornstarch on his bottom to dry the rash and cool it, then let him go on the chux with no diaper, it will soon dry and be better before either of you know it.

Good luck!

I know this is an old request. But whenever my baby had diaper rash I used plain old cornstarch,just the stuff you get in the baking ingredients aisle of the supermarket. It's so cheap and it works awesome. Just sprinkle it on like baby powder. Also I use vaseline on my hands for eczema and that works pretty good for dry skin.
H. T.

P.-
I like Beudreaux's Butt Paste better than A&D and it wipes off a lot easier. You might want to try running his buns under the tub faucet to rinse them or use a hand-held shower head.
Good luck!
K. H

This just happened to my son, too. The doctor said that the diarrhea burned his little bottom. He gave me a prescription for U of W Diaper Balm, which has been working beautifully. It has 2 "regular" types of ointments, plus an anti-fungal and some lidocaine, to help numb the pain. Using a damp cloth instead of wipes is also helping, the wipes BURN. But I think that numbing medicine is what did the trick at first. Helped with the pain a lot!! I also let him run around naked for a while, especially after he'd just filled up a diaper.

I have four kids and I used baby powder w/ cornstarch, not talc! Or just straight cornstarch. It really helps keep the moisture down. After cleaning him with no chemicals let him air dry then sprinkle w/ the cornstarch and pat around to cover affected area. It will take a few days to heal but it really works.

My son had a horrible diaper rash like that when he was about that age. He had soars that were bleeding. Per the doctors advice, we spent a day without diapers. Gather up old blankets and towels! I just kept him in a onesie to help keep the mess down. She also said not to use any wipes -- give him a little bath without soap when he's dirty, then dry his bottom with the hairdryer on low. It was a very messy ordeal, but it cleared up in one day.

Poor baby!! Vasline works well. It doesn't burn or sting, but it keep the moister away from the skin. Best of luck!

Id recommend getting rid of the A&D first. ICK!! I personally recommend Butt Paste (you can find it at Walmart). Sounds weird but the stuff is AMAZING. Also let him sit in some lukewarm water.

I know he is feeling better, but in case you need it in the future, my son used to get the same thing, and his Doctor said to use Vasaline rather then diaper cream because the extra rubbing necessary to get the creams off can make the rash worse. Vasaline creates a barrier that allows for easy cleaning and blocks out the yukie stuff so the rash can heal.

A&D is only a barrier cream. Try DR. SMITH'S it actually heals. You can find it at Walgreen's.

I don't know what the weather is like where you live, but sunshine will help. If you can get some sun on his bottom it will help. Try to keep his diaper off of him if possible and if you can put him by a window with sun or outside the sun will actually help heal his bottom. wash his bottom with water only or maybe soak him in a bath with baking soda after he goes potty.

Hi P.,
I have a two year old son that had diarrea for 21 days and the dr told me that he will grow out of it well I thought that was bull the only thing that I could think of is that he was becoming allergic to milk and again the dr said no.I took Lacas off the milk and gave him Lactaid and he has been a changed bo ever sence. You would be amazed how it affected him.I suggest since your son is eight months that you change his formula and then tell the dr so if you have WIC you can get a note from him to have your formula changed, I know you have to have a dr note to get that kind of formula. Good Luck and if u take my advice let me know how it turns out. Thanks C. from Pasco WA

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