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Constant Diaper Rash

My oldest daughter has always had a diaper rash. Lately I have been noticing it much worse. It goes in spurts and is very unpredictable. It gets very bad sometimes with slimey open sores and cracked bleeding skin. My second daughter is just now begining her first diaper rash too. It also has the slimey open sores. I know this is not thrush, because I have already checked the symptoms with this condition and my doctor has not pointed out any real condition it is associated with. Well I thought I was doing fine with diaper cream. However now I am noticing that my fail proof diaper cream, the only cream out of all the creams I ever tried that actually worked, is now no longer working as effectively. What do I do. Thier bottoms are just being eaten up so badly. I feed bad every time I have to change thier diapers which I try to keep to a minimum but just the same I have to be diligent about changing them in order for this to heal.

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So What Happened?™

I want to thank you all for your helpful advice. I have finally gotten rid of this awful diaper problem. To be honest with you, I dont really know what I did different, but the rash has been gone for the last 2 months now. Mabey she finally outgrew the sensitivity to whatever it was that was bothering her. I have also started potty training and I think that helped too.

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Try corn starch....in her diaper or she may be allergic to the diapers you use...my lil girl could only use Huggies...try the corn starch just like you would a baby powder...
J. Mom of 3 in Sumter

Hi my name is D.. I'm a mom of three girls. I have had the same problem and i found some thing that works, and it's not from any store. I work for Melaleuca. it's a wellness company. I have ben useing a product called Renew. It works better than any thing i have used before. You just put it on and it will start to help right a way. If you have any questions you can get a hold of me at (____@____.com) If you want to know more just let me know.

Try changing diaper brands. I had to with my first child due to late onset of allergy to a certain brand. Afer about a week, he was completely clear. I also recommend using powder. It kept his bottom drier.

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Sounds like it could be a yeast infection. I used Mycelex 7 on my kid and it cleared her up. She also broke out again this way when Pampers Baby Dry diapers added more perfume to the pampers and we had to stop using them. Write down a food diary of everything you give your children to eat & drink to see if there is any connection.
Try giving her an oatmeal bath like they do when a kid has chicken pocks. You can buy packets at wal-mart in the pharmacy section. If you live in Concord NC, maybe you can call moose drug store in mt pleasant and speak with the pharmasicts and tell them the situation and they could direct you. They are the only pharmacy I know of that uses both medical and herbal remedies and their family owned.

Also on another note if your interested I have a playgroup called: The Knee High Gang, we're located in Concord NC.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/knee_high_gang/

my name is K.. i have four kids. 12 yr old girl, 5 yr old boy, 5 yr old girl. yes twins, and a 3 yr old boy. i live in newport news va. i have been there where u are at with the diaper rashs. my youngest daughter that is 5 now always got them ... the only thing that worked was a cream that the hostipal uses. it has something in it that works. i forgot whats in it . but my dad has a powder that has the same stuff. i want to think it starts with a z. i could be wrong. i can do this. i will call my dad today and ask him and then write u back..... hope they get better

Right after my son was born he broke out into a rah that I could never seem to get rid of. I tried different creams but that never seemed to work. ONe day I was at the store to get diapers wipes and I usually got huggies but got pampers because they were on sale. His rash seem to clear up over night. He breaks out now and again and i use Target brand diaper cream and I love it. I also let my son go naked for a few minutes to air dry, because moisture doesnt help his bottom at all.

~Jenn

whenever my son would develop a rash or keep one that other creams did not work on at all, we used aquaphor. it seems to clear it up rather quickly when others just kindof held the condition at bay, not getting better but not getting worse either. hope this helps.

I second the moms who've said let your girls get as much "nakey bum" time as possible. One good time to do this is right after a bath. Put towels down if you're worried about them making messes on the floor.

If you're really fed up and want to get rid of diapers altogether, there are a lot of good resources online about going diaper-free. For example, diaperfreebaby.org.

Try corn starch....in her diaper or she may be allergic to the diapers you use...my lil girl could only use Huggies...try the corn starch just like you would a baby powder...
J. Mom of 3 in Sumter

What are you using for treating them? I found that with my son all I can use to get rid of a diaper rash is A & D creamy. It worked wnders on him, Just use vaseline until it heals and whenever you can let them be wothout a diaper. I know that this can get messy, but you don't have to do it for long. Being in a diaper all day doesn't help you out at all either!!

Good morning,

In regards to the diaper rash I have tried everything out there with my eldest before and then finally her Ped. made a presciption she called "diaper Goo" its a 3 compound ointment of Nystat/zinc Oxid/hydr2.5 this is the prescription I am currently using now with my 15 month old daughter. It clears up the diaper rash very quickly. Your best best to fill the presciption at Eckerd as they are the only place around here that has a Pharmasist on site to mix the compounds.
Good luck.

Hi my name is D.. I'm a mom of three girls. I have had the same problem and i found some thing that works, and it's not from any store. I work for Melaleuca. it's a wellness company. I have ben useing a product called Renew. It works better than any thing i have used before. You just put it on and it will start to help right a way. If you have any questions you can get a hold of me at (____@____.com) If you want to know more just let me know.

Try changing diaper brands. I had to with my first child due to late onset of allergy to a certain brand. Afer about a week, he was completely clear. I also recommend using powder. It kept his bottom drier.

Sorry for your deliema-I have been there twice and am starting down the road with my third!I tried several diaper rash creams as well as yeast infection creams. My Mother-in-law told me what she used when her children were small. I thought she was CRAZY, but I was so desperate to help my child, I triedit--and it worked within two days!!!It is a product called Bag Balm. It is sold in the pet department of Walmart. It id used for cows utters to keep then from chapping. It is all natural and helps SO VERY many things!! I have used it on dry skin, scraps, burns,cuts, bumps,etc. It is even great as a moisturizer.It runs @$5-6 a can, but it well worth it. A dab will do ya'. I hope you find a solution for your children. Take Care!!!

I had a diaper rash problem on my son that I recently took him to the doctor for. They said to use Triple Paste on it, wipe with washclothes that had water only, no baby wipes, and if possible use cloth diapers. We ended up using training pants on him for a few days when he was at home and the Triple Paste so it cleared up. Wiping with the washclothes help to keep the area from being irritated with the baby wipes.

I had the same problem and i called the call a nurse and they told me do not use wipes instead get a water bottle and fill it with 8 ozs of warm water then a teaspoon of baking soda and use that to spray the area and get a cloth and pat them clean then sprinkle corn starch instead of a desitin. Desitin keeps the area moist and that kis what you do not want to do you need to keep it dry so it can heel. Also she said to let them sit around with no diaper for a little while. Also that Aveno bath stuff for diaper rash works wonders! The nurse said you can get a half of teaspoon and put that in the bath water ,too. I hope it helps cause it worked for my baby girl!
Good luck

Hi R.,

I had a friend with the same problem. Her son was having diaper rash constantly. She kept on to her peds doc and started trying to eliminate things that cuold be of an allergic reaction and discovered that he was allergic to his formula. I don't know if your girls are still on formula or not, but that's been my experience. hope that helps

for one u could try changing diapers and wipes..as in diaper rash cream have u tried aveno? I heard aveno products are really good... or as i have expericed with all 3 of my girls, they had a yeast infection, and the doctor prescribed Nystantin for that.. good luck

HORRIBLE im going through it too... I have meds that a doctor called in for me it was something that my oldest use while she was in the hospital and it was great its called.... Nystatin triminolone Acetonide Ointment, USP thats what is on the tube.i just started using it again since i couldnt get rid of my daughters diaper rash and it was looking better within 24 hours...Hope this well help let me know if it does!

IT MAY BE THAT YOUR DAUGHTER IS ALLERGIC TO DISPOSABLE DIAPERS AND I KNOW THAT CAN BE HARD TO CHANGE CLOTH DIAPERS BUT TRY CLOTH DIAPERS FOR A WHILE AND SEE HOW THAT WORKS. ALSO HAVE THEM CHECKED FOR ALLERGIES IT MAY BE YOUR DETERGENT OR SOMETHING TOO OKAY.

My child suffered from this and it turned uot to be a yeast infection, ever considered it??

Hi R.,

My son once had diaper rash this bad. I researched everywhere trying to fix the problem. I found that liquid Milantin applied with a cotton ball help dry it up. In the meantime, I discontinued diaper wipes and used baby oil and cotton balls to clean his bottom. Hope this helps. Also, my pediatrician recommended a diaper rash cream, but I can't remember what it was called. I remember I got it from Dunkins Pharmacy in Tuscaloosa and had to ask the pharmacist to show me where it was. It was a pretty popular item recommended by pediatricians at the time and he knew exactly what I was talking about.

hello R.. I can maybe be a help, or you may have already tried both of these. I am a mother of three, my youngest is 4 months old. But I was having a problem with diaper rash, I thought. I kept switching diapers and everything. I finally found out it was a yeast infection, and they prescribed Nystatin ointment for it. That worked really well, it is completely gone now, when it was really bad. If that is not the case, my son used to get it real bad, and I finally found something that worked really good on it. It is called Dryprotex, and you can only find it at CVS, or it may be at Walgreens. But that always worked excellent for it. I hope I may be some help to you, but if not I wish you luck with it, I know it's hard to see them like that. C.

My oldest daughter also had diaper rash and the way I healed it was to make sure that the wipes I was using did not have alcohol in them and then I used A & d. It cleared right up! Good luck!

Maybe you can try A & D Ointment, it is usually near the pharmacy in Wal-Mart. Our Dr recommended that we clean the area well & put a nice even layer of the ointment on our daughter.At the next diaper change to take an unscented wipe and pat the bottow, rather than trying to wipe the ointment away. Another thing juices have a lot of acidity in them if your girls drink a lot of jucie u could try cutting it half & half w/ water. Good Luck!

Try just plain old cornstrach on their bottoms. It worked on my two year when diaper rash creams would not plus it don't burn them like creams do. I have also found out that if I use a rubber glove or a cottoen swab that it don't burn them as much when you use your finger because of the oils and acids on your fingers. Also you can let them soak in the tube of warm water that sometimes helps, too.

Are you using disposable diapers? Have you thought about maybe trying another brand, or even cloth? They could be sensitive to something in the brand you use.

Just a thought.....are you using white cloud diapers? My baby broke out immediately when I put her in white clouds. Once she was potty trained and she was using pull-ups I night, I tried the white cloud pull-ups and the same thing happened. If you are try switching to Luvs or even a more premium brand. I am willing to bet that you are dealing with yeast, even though your Dr. didn't seem to think so. It could be that the yeast has gone on long enough that it has a secondary infection as well, but try using something like lotrimin or monistat and see if it improves. Ask a pharmacist which brand of anti-fungal they recommend.

Try Bag Balm, it is for chapped cow udders, but you can find it in some pharmacy's and you can find it at feed and seed stores. It has pure lanolin and a antibotic ointment for infection, so it heals, softens and protects against moisture. I use it on everything from chapped lips, diaper rash, and dry patches. Works everytime and it comes in a tin and lasts forever.

Desitin regular and Butt Paste are the two I recommend as the zinc helps clear up diaper rash pretty well. From what you are describing though it sounds as if it may not be diaper rash. It could be a yeast infection and may need to be treated with something topical or antibiotics. It seems odd that both of your daughters have the same symptoms and the same type of rash, and generally they can get the yeast infection at birth and if not caught by a doctor soon enough then it could really get ugly. I would check with their doctor and see if they can check this out and hopefully bring some relief to your little girls. Best wishes.

When my children got daiper rashes, I always used Lotrimin AF. It works awesome. My doctor recommended it when my first child had gotten a diaper rash. It cleared it up very quickly. You can purchase this over the counter. It is actually a cream for athletes feet and jock itch, but it works AWESOME on diaper rashes. I always recommend it to my friends with babies in diapers. I hope it works for you too!!

I HAD THE SAME SORT OF PROBLEM WITH ONE OF MY BOYS AND THE DR JUST SAID OH ITS DIAPER RASH UNTIL IT BROKE OUT INTO PUSS SOARS I TOOK HIM BACK TO THE DR AND HE SAID MY SONS URINE WAS ACIDIC(SP?) IN OTHER WORDS IT HAD SO MUCH ACID IN IT THAT WAS WHAT WAS CAUSEING HIM TO BREAK OUT LIKE THAT WELL HE TOLD ME TO TRY GOLDBOND MEDICATED CREAM BECAUSE IT ALSO COULD BE CAUSED BY A VIRUS IN HIS SYSTEM EVEN THOUGH HE WASNT SICK..WELL I TRIED THE GOLDBOND MEDICATED CREAM AND IT WORKED FOR ABOUT 2 DAYS THEN THERE IT WAS AGAIN SO I WENT TO THE HEALTH FOOD STORE ON THE HILL ABOVE WALMART CALLED EARTH FARE AND SPOKE WITH THE MANAGER AND SHE SHOWED ME WHAT CREAM TO TRY AND I DID AND IT WORKED NOT ANOTHER BREAK OUT AT ALL I CANT REMEMBER THE NAME BUT ITS ALL NATURAL AND HOLISTIC SO IT WONT HURT YOUR CHILD TO GIVE IT A TRY I HOPE THEY STILL CARRY IT FOR YOUR SAKE BUT PLEASE ASK FOR SOMEONE WHO KNOWS ABOUT THE PRODUCTS OVER THERE OR ANY HEALTH FOOD STORE FOR THAT MATTER SOME ARE JUST THERE TO MAKE A SALE..SO CHECK THAT OUT AND SEE IF IT HELPS NEEDLESS TO SAY MY SONS DO NOT SEE THOSE DR'S ANYMORE BECAUSE OF ALL THE MISSDIAGONIS'S THEY HAVE GAVE MY CHILDREN BUT TRY ANY HEALTH FOOD STORE LIKE GNC OR EARTH FARE AND SEE WHAT THEY HAVE IM TELLING YOU ALOT OF WHAT THE DR TOLD ME TO DO DID NOT WORK BUT THE HEALTH FOOD STORE STUFF DID...ITS WORTH A TRY LET ME KNOW HOW THOSE BABIES ARE DOING IF YOU TRY THIS .....TAKE CARE...M.

Have you tried different diapers? Different soaps? Lotions? Babies have really sensitive skin. Mine gets rashes from so many things. He has a diaper rash and I want to say it's because I had put him in a cheaper brand of diapers just to try them out, but had to go right back to Pampers swaddlers. I'm surprised the doctor isn't doing anything.. There are things that they can prescribe you. I hope you can find something, I know it has to be painful for them, and painful for you to see.

I went through something similiar with my daughter (not as severe)..but this is what I did.
Try to keep their rear end as dry as possible..if they are little, while they are napping, leave their bottom exposed to air...lie them down without a diaper and let them sleep on a water proof pad. Flanders Diaper/Butt Cream is the bomb!!! Usually find it at Eckerds......it is not very thick so it wont prevent their tushie from getting wet, but I put on a very very thick coat every time I change their diaper. Looks like mud, but it works wonders!! At night I would coat it with a very thick layer of vaseline....keeps the Flanders in and keeps the moisture off their bottom.

Good luck!!

If you aren't doing it already, use unscented wipes. I have found that Aquaphor ointment works the best for diaper rashes.

I have found that the best stuff for diaper rash is Triple Paste. They use it at in hospitals. I have only been able to find it at Walgreens, it is pricey, but worth it!

hi my name is cathy have you tried using cornstartch? i used to use it on my kids and it cleared right up. maybe you could give it a try it might help. hope it works.

My oldest daughter, now 9 had the same problem about that age. We found out that she had a yeast infection that had been caused by an antibiotic. This is more than likely what yours are going threw and yeast infections are contagious. You need to mention this next time to take them to the doctor. They can prescribe a cream for yeast infection or you may even try vagisil cream to releave some of the pain and sores until you can get an appointment. This will not hurt them.

HI R.! I HAVE FOUND THAT THE WORLDS BEST THING FOR DIAPER RASH IS SILVEDENE IT IS A RX THAT YOU CAN ASK YOUR PED. FOR IT IS USUALLY USED TO TREAT BURNS. BUT IT IS THE GREATEST THING IN THE WORLD FOR ALL DIAPER RASH EVEN RUNNING SORES!I ALWAYS PUT VASOLINE OR SOMETHING LIKE A & D OINTMENT OVER TOP TO KEEP IT FROM WASHING AWAY AS SOON AS THE BABY WETS THE FIRST TIME.I NEVER USED WIPES I DIDN'T EVEN WIPE THEM WITH A WET WASH CLOTH I'D "DUNK" FOR THE LACK OF A BETTER WORD THEM INTO LUKE WARM WATER AND I'D LET THEM LAY ON A BLANKET OR A TOWEL IN THE BUFF AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!!BUT IT ALWAYS WORKED,USUALLY WITHIN 24 TO 48 HOURS!GOOD LUCK!!TO YOU AND BOTH OF YOUR LITTLE ONES!!T. PS. INSIST THAT YOUR DOCTOR CALL THIS SILVEDENE SOMETIMES THEY GIVE YOU A HARD TIME BUT I'VE GOTTEN MY KIDS DR TO WHERE IF I CALL AND ASK FOR SOMETHING THEY ARE REALLY GOOD ABOUT CALLING IT IN!!(I'M A CNA SO THEY KNOW I'M A LITTLE KNOWLEDGABLE ON THE SUBJECT)

That sound horrible! I have found that certain diapers and even wipes can cause irritation to begin with and get much worse quickly. I am sure have already heard to let them "air out" as much as possible but it really helps the healing process. I have found that a mixture of A&E ointment and any of the white creams-not paste, help. The problem with some of those white creams is that they stick to the skin so well when changing time comes your almost making it worse tying to wipe it off. The only thing that sound suspicious is the fact that there is some sort of discharge(slimyness). It sounds almost like a fungus. If you've talked to your Dr. and they don't seem to be concerned then maybe it's nothing, although it doesn't sound that way. Check the diapers and wipes though some may be a little more expensive but are worth in the long run. There is also good 'ole cornstarch to keep little bottoms dry. I wouldn't suggest putting that on any open areas or broken skin. Maybe this helped just some advice on what worked for me. Take care and I hope things get better for your little ones!

Hi,my daughter was going through the same thing, I changed diapers and wipes, used every cream out there nothng worked, and I have three other girls who never had this problem, so I took her to her Dr. this was the second time we saw the Dr becasue we were new to the area. She told me about this paste called BUTT and BUTTER, I know sounds funny, but It was a dream come true the next day she was so much better, the Dr told me its very hard to find, but she knew of a pharmacy that makes it right there, It was about $20 for a small amount but you dont use that much at a time because it so very think. Im in Charlotte,NC if that helps but I would really try to find it.

Hi R., My name is S.. I had that same problem with my son. I was taking him weekly to the doc because of it. We found out he was allergic to his own urine. He was so allergic to all the diaper rash cremes out there. The only way we could really get rid of his rash was giving him a bath for 15 minutes or so a night. We also ended up getting Monistat Creme, yes the female yeast infection creme, because it is most a yeast infection that babies yet. It works wonders. Once he was potty trained. He was completely rash free.
Keep us informed.
S. in Virginia Beach

I am the mother of a three-year old boy and when he would get a bad rash, we would use the A&D ointment. It seemed to clear things up quickly and provided a nice thick barrier from the diaper and wetness. Another thing you may want to try at a later date that my son's pediatrician suggested, LotriminAF, yes the foot cream. Some rashes can be caused by the same thing as athlete's foot. This seemed to work within a day, so we didn't have to use it much. I don't know that I would use it on open sores though. Another thing we did one time was to pin a bath towel around him. It looked funny, but allowed air to get in and the rash to heal up. Good luck! There is nothing worse than a baby with a sore bottom.

R., hi my name is L. and I am new to this group. My oldest son who is 15 now used to get rashes so bad that they would bleed and no matter how many times I changed him it would get worse. I used to let him go with out a diaper for a little after I changed him each time. It helped, but when he was 3.5 weeks old he was in the hospital and almost died. I saw a little green jar on his table and I asked the nurse what it was. She said that it was "Bag Balm" and they were using it for his rash. I asked her what it was and I was horrified that they were using it on my son!! But when they told me that it was used on female animals tits keep out the moisture and that people that work on farms uses it on their hands some times, I was a little more willing to listen. Well it seems that the Bag Balm creates a barrier that keeps the moisture (pee) from penetrating and irratating the skin. It worked in just a few days and it was gone. The first few hours after they put it on, it started to look much better. I have used Bag Balm faithfully for all 3 of my kids. I hope this helps!!! You can find it at most feed stores. Some times some of the bigger chain pharmacies will carry it or they can order it. L.

R.:

I know you have had millions of responses to this - I went through something similar with my son - it was awful - the crying whenever I changed him was horrible. I mean, I was putting creams on him every time I changed his diaper and it still would not get rid of the rash. A lady suggested I use pure cornstarch...I laughed. HOWEVER - it has been the only thing that has gotten rid of the bad rash, bleeding, sores, etc. I would give my son a bath, and then put lots of the Johnson & Johnson pure cornstarch on him. It didnt take long - less than a few days and I could tell a HUGE difference. The cornstarch absorbs moisture, which is what is causing the breakdown on your daughters skin. The other thing I did was to change his diaper every two hours (besides when he was asleep at night). This helped as well. It can get expensive with many creams and I am just so surprised that the cornstarch worked and its so much more economical since it lasts forever. Paying $5 a tube of the cream (that only lasts less than a week) is expensive. Let me know how it works out if you decide to try it.

Call your pediatrician and ask for them to prescribe miracle cream for her (I know it sounds funny, but that's the name on the prescription label:). My daughter is now 3 and I still use it on hjer whenever she gets sore. It's truly a miracle how great the stuff works.

My oldest daughter (now 11) used to get this type of rash all the time. I used just plain corn starch on her and it worked wonders for the rash. I found out in all of that that she was having an allergic reaction to regular apple juice. Even now she tends to get irritated if she has to much of it.

Another thing that had been recommended to me with my son was Mylanta. You put a little on their bottom and it cuts the acidity in the urine and stool. This worked really well for me too.

Hope this helps!

I always tried to leave the diaper off as much as possible. I always believed that air was the best thing for a rash. Meds would do it to my son. I also found that the cream made things worse because you have to rub that stuff off so hard and it would hard him more.
Jenny

One of my friends has a daughter that had that happen. She had to take her to the doc and they put her on some special diaper rash ointment stuff that had some stuff in it just to clear that up. The cream they gave her worked wonders. U might want to do that if it progresses anymore. I had to do that with my son and they put him on a cream that had steroids in it thats what helped clear it up.

My son had terrible diaper rash for the first 3 months he was born. the onlt that would stick to the sores was vaseline and it worked wonderfully. Also you may want to consider changing your brand of diaper. My son turned out to be allergic to pampers, so I started using luvs and his diaper rash has only come back when he had a severe case od diarrhea.

good luck!
J.

Hi R.,

Do your girls drink orange juice or any other citrus juice? My daughter got horible diaper rash until I cut out the OJ.

I see that lots of other moms have responded with suggestions on lots of great rash products to try. I hope one of them works for you... I know that has to be miserable for them and for you. But also, have you given any thought to possible causes for the rashes? Have you tried switching diapers to see if they are allergic to something in that diaper? Or switching baby wipes? Or perhaps they are allergic to a certain food that they eat regularly. Maybe something acidic...? Maybe you can try switching out one thing at a time for a few days at a time to see if it starts getting better with one of those things removed. I hope you get to the source of the problem. Good luck!

I'm pretty sure this is a stupid question, but have you tried changing the brand of diapers? Huggies did the same thing to my son, so i switched to luvs. What cream are you using? Try A+D ointment (the cream) or neosporin, sometimes that helps out. Another thing, if you don't get grossed out too easy, let her run butt naked for about 30 min every like four hours. the air will help give her breathing room to let it heal. And switch to unscented, alcohol free wipes. I hope this helps!

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