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Diaper Rash? - Jacksonville,FL

I'm just wondering about any other mom's with diaper rash experience. I'm not asking about what creams to use, etc., but in dealing with diapers. My 2yr old has developed a rash (on and off, mostly on) within the last 3 months. She usually wears Pampers, but has recently tried Huggies and Luvs just to see if the rash would disappear. It hasn't. We've also used Seventh Generation diapers at one point, but they really didn't fit her well and she leaked a lot in them. I don't know that they would have helped/hurt the rash.

Daycare changes her every hour when she's got these rashes, and they still reappear. I have them using just paper towels and water now to sub. the wipes (which they cannot use wash cloths for either). I have taken her to the ped, where the ARNP suggested she has eczema. I'm not satisfied w/that answer and don't want to use the high-dose corticosteroid they suggested because I think it's due to an allergy (not to mention that they can lead to adrenal problems in someone as little as her).

Cloth diapers are with her in daycare today, so we'll see how that works. The workers are seemingly resistant to using the easy to use pocket style diaper.

Has any mom switched from disposable to cloth for that reason? Any successes? Anyone use G-diapers for that? Anyone use Tushies diapers?

She doesn't consume much sugar besides that in natural fruit/veggies and some starches. She doesn't drink juice - only her water and milk. She's also been on probiotic since birth.

Thanks!

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I have two kids one 3 and the other 4 months I have used all the creams don't work all I use is Baby Powder with Cornstarch or if you child is real bad just get some regular cornstarch it works wonders.

at 2 years old, you may want to start potty training her.
I know it's hard when she's in daycare, but on the weekend take all her clothes off and use a kids potty in the living room and tell her she's a big girl now and can go in the potty. Make a huge deal over it when she goes and give her a treat. Stay home all weekend and do the potty. You can train her quickly and when you bring her back to daycare say she's potty trained, bring extra change of clothes for "accidents"

Hey, my cousin has 2 children who have eczema terribly and she ended up finding diapers from Publix that are solid white and dye free, etc. They work very good for her 2. Also I have had experience with my son having diaper rash that was horrible after consuming really acidic foods. We now stay away from orange juice because every time he tried to drink it he would have terrible diaper rash sooo... you might want to think about and pay close attention to what she is eating or drinking around the time she gets the diaper rash. It could be that simple or something more. Just my ideas and experience. LOL One more thought you can also use regular old Benadryl to help ease it instead of the costly prescription and it is safer.
T.

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do you think daycare isn't changing her often enough?
if so I would go wit ha dr's note TELLING how often they NEED to change her, due to her medical reaction of urine and/or feces on her skin...

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at 2 years old, you may want to start potty training her.
I know it's hard when she's in daycare, but on the weekend take all her clothes off and use a kids potty in the living room and tell her she's a big girl now and can go in the potty. Make a huge deal over it when she goes and give her a treat. Stay home all weekend and do the potty. You can train her quickly and when you bring her back to daycare say she's potty trained, bring extra change of clothes for "accidents"

Hi C.,

I have used this on two of my kids, with my youngest (son) having eczema. I use a "paste" where I slather on Desitin and then put on Ammends medicated powder. I then put on toddler underwear and let them roam around cleaning them everytime they go. It's a pain but it works - maybe it'll work for you?

Also my daughter suffered a bacterial infection that we thought was diaper rash and my then ped said to use lotrimin and it cleared up right away - so take your little one to the good dr with hopes they gove you a real solution.

Good luck!

My daughter had a moderate diaper rash last week. Up to that point, we had been using the new Lansinoh diaper ointment religiously as prevention. We were using Luvs diapers. It must have been something I ate that caused the rash, as it was only around her anus, and not in her creases or elsewhere. I temporarily stopped using wipes, I just used a water bottle and then patted her dry with a cloth wipe (velour is nice and soft). I aired her bottom out during her naptimes by having her nap on her tummy, and switched to a thicker, more natural diaper creme by Burt's Bees. I also started using gDiapers (the fit wasn't quite right until that week), so I'm not sure if that was a help or not. The rash went away within a couple days. It wasn't the diapers, because I still sometimes use Luvs at night without any flare-up.
For daycare, maybe try the new Huggies Pure and Natural diapers, they're more cottony-soft, but also a little pricer. If you sign up for offers on the Huggies website, they'll send you periodic coupons for up to $3.00 off, so that can offset that cost if the Pure and Natural dipes work for her.
HTH!

It could possibly be yeast. Cut down on her sugar intake and ask you dr about 'nystatin' cream for yeast diaper rash. also salt water helps, so if you are near the ocean take her swimming or a little salt on a warm cloth( on outer most areas of course) then rinse thoroughly sounds crazy but it will take away and ward off yeast. I also agree with looking into her diet completely. start with a simple diet then add one thing at a time to see if its something she is eating. Also when you start to introduce juice mix with water and she will get used to it. Maybe try natural and organic..Soy based too might help. also in response to the mom who mentioned coconut oil...it is very good, and anti fungal/ anti bacterial , also calendula is natural and soothing/healing

Hi,
The school/daycare that my son attends in Gainesville accepts children in cloth diapers. I have used them part-time with both of my kids. I would confirm whether it really is a DOH regulation or that they just don't want to deal with cloth at your daycare. Have you tried seventh generation disposable diapers? I don't think they have any fragrance. I use regular huggies on my toddler and notice that they don't stink of perfume like pampers do. Good Luck!

Hi, C.. Well, if all the disposable diapers in the world haven't helped the baby's rash, then the problem may not be with the diapers. If you go to cloth, you're going to run the risk that the baby will react to the bleach that is necessary to sanitize the diaper -- you don't want the rash to get 10 times worse from bleach reacting to the baby's already sensitive skin.

It is possible that she's reacting to a FOOD allergy, one that only affects her when it comes out in her urine or her poop. Some of the worst candidates for this type of allergy are orange juice, tomatoes (sauce or juice; usually a slice or two won't hurt a child at all, but sauce and juice are concentrated), or some other food with a high acid content. Sometimes baby juices can have food coloring that gives a child this kind of reaction.

I suggest stopping all fruit juices and tomato sauces/juices, and all artificial flavorings or colorings of any kind for a week, then see if the rash clears up somewhat. If that's the case, then you have a food allergy on your hands. Once the baby's rash clears up COMPLETELY, then you can try one thing at a time to see if baby gets the rash back. Then you will know what causes it, and you can keep her off it altogether.

Baby needs more water than juice, anyway. I know a lot of kids won't drink water once they've had juice, but if they're truly thirsty, they will drink water eventually.

Another thing to consider is what kinds of lotions, powders, soaps, etc. you are using on the baby. That stuff might not affect her everywhere else on her body, but she's *sitting* on her buttocks, and that pressure drives the lotion, powder or cream into her pores, where it can force her skin to react in ways that it won't react on another part of the body. Also, the urine or poop might react with something in the powder or lotion, too. It's almost impossible to guess. I would wash her with stuff that has no perfumes or dyes for a week (maybe the stuff with lavender would be OK because lavender is known for soothing the skin), and using nothing except plain corn starch on the diaper area. At the very least, doing this won't hurt her, and she may in fact be sensitive to some kind of fragrance in soap, cream or powder. Corn starch won't hurt her at all.

In the meantime, I don't know what new creams are out there, but I do know that the only thing that helped my son's really severe rashes was Mycolog. Here in Florida, fungal infections are common, and Mycolog is the only thing that kept his poor little private area healthy. You might try that.

I hope her poor little bottom heals completely, and the rash becomes a distant memory.

Peace,
Syl

My toddlers both have very sensitive skin. My daughter (now almost 3 & potty trained) was very prone to diaper rash & the occassional yeast infection (that I originally mistook for a severe & lengthy diaper rash). We switched to cloth diapers for many reasons, one of them being that is was better for their skin. There is a wide variety of cloth diapers out there. Many daycare will use AIO's (all in one's) or pocket diapers (if you prestuff) because they are so much like regular diapers -- very easy to use. My favorite (that my husband accepted very easily so long as I prestuffed them) are one-size BumGenius pocket diapers. They are very economical, especially if you plan to have more children, because the size is adjustable, & easy to use & clean. Although, the upfront cost is a little hefty. I especially like the suedecloth lining that is very easy to clean & great for their skin. If you have any more questions about cloth diapers please feel free to contact me or check out this website: www.diaperpin.com Good luck!

I know you said you weren't asking for something to put on her but try coconut oil. I have a niece that had rashes for weeks and they were using 3 different steroids on her for about the length of time she had them and it wasn't working. I was there visiting and bought coconut oil to use on her and within a couple hours it started going away. Breast milk has also helped. Both have short chain triglycerides that clear up skin conditions. Sorry I can't help with the diapers. I'm sure someone else will have input on that.

Hey, my cousin has 2 children who have eczema terribly and she ended up finding diapers from Publix that are solid white and dye free, etc. They work very good for her 2. Also I have had experience with my son having diaper rash that was horrible after consuming really acidic foods. We now stay away from orange juice because every time he tried to drink it he would have terrible diaper rash sooo... you might want to think about and pay close attention to what she is eating or drinking around the time she gets the diaper rash. It could be that simple or something more. Just my ideas and experience. LOL One more thought you can also use regular old Benadryl to help ease it instead of the costly prescription and it is safer.
T.

I have 2 boys that both have eczema and got diaper rashes. And I, too, did not want to use the medication suggested.

What we ended up doing was using Gentle Naturals Eczema Cream - its quite greasy, but it keeps the urine away from them for a while. We kept them in cloth diapers until they got to daycare. Slathered a lot of the Gentle Naturals on them when we changed them to disposable diapers at daycare and told daycare not to wipe it off, just wipe like normal. Usually, by the end of the day, there was still some residue on them, which was good. We changed them into cloth training pants (easier than cloth diapers, and no pins, and will be useful for a long time) when we picked them up and kept them in the training pants while with us.

You can get the cream at Walgreens or CVS (open the box before you buy, there's usually a coupon in there).

Hope this helps.

Hi:

The only thing I can tell you is - it very well could be eczema. I have 2 kids with eczema; one with severe allergies and the other who on occasion gets hives for reasons unknown to me. I had a blood test on my daughter and she is allergic to a number of foods. They say it is not that accurate, but for us it's a start. By eliminating certain foods you can kind of control the rashes (that's if it is eczema). She also sees a dermatologist which has helped a lot. Explore all your options, you know?

Good Luck! :)

Have you tried chlorine-free diapers? Babies R Us (or the baby section of Toys R Us) sells them for sure and I think you can get them at Target too.

Hi C.,

Have you thought that the rash is yeast? Yeast is fed by simple sugars and most daycares feed kids a lot of simple sugars (french fries, white bread, not to mention plain ole sugar...)They are mistaken for simple diaper rashes as well as eczema quite often. You can diagnose this yourself by checking her tongue. EVERY one who has yeast in their bottom area also shows yeast on the tongue (it's called Thrush in infants). The tongue should be a healthy pink. If there is a white film on the tongue then her little body is eaten up with it. If it is yeast, I can recommend a good probiotic/prebiotic that will help.

God bless,

M.
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Try non-chlorine disposable diapers, like Seventh Generation or Earth's Best & the wipes to go with them. My son's daycare allows me to provide wipes for him, if I choose. It has helped enormously with diaper rash! The Earth's Best wipes are better than the Seventh Generation ones (the SG ones smell weird). The SG diapers tend to run a little small, so I prefer the Earth's Best. You can get SG @ Publix, but I think just BRU sells Earth's Best. I usually order them from Amazon or Diapers.com, though, & get free shipping. GL!

What type of wipes do u use? my second daughter had the same issues and her ped told me to quit using wipes and just use plain water and a wash cloth and it worked wonders. she did improve a little if i used the hypo allergenic wipes with aloe. but to tell the truth plain water worked far better. i know it makes more laundry but those wipes can cause rashes if the child has sensitive skin.

There are diapers that haven't been bleached. I'm not sure what the name is. A friend just had a baby and she's used them. They are disposable so the daycare will be fine, and they are brown! It's just something to try. hth

Hi C.,

The bad news is it's not unusual at this age for diaper rashes to start popping up as your daughters urine is getting stronger and more of an irritant to the skin.

You may want to try Pampers Crusers, a bit more expensive but even better at keeping urine from the skin. In your shoes I would also cut back anything acidic in her diet until she is toilet trained (orange juice, pineapple, etc...). You may want to try a short course of the steroids to help her system calm down. Once the body has worked itself into a frenzy it isn't always capable of healing itself, hence the steroids, and a short course is pretty safe.

Be prepared, when you start potty training and using pull ups of any brand, this problem may occur again so don't start using pull ups until you are certain she is ready for potty training:)

And like the mom before me, I always used pampers sensative wipes, the other brands caused instant rash on my kids.

From a mom who has been there done that with four daughters!

Are you using wipes? OK- I see the other responses and they have already asked you that. I see another mom found that just plain water and a clean wash cloth work best to prevent rash. I used that for my last 2 girls and I promise you, they never had rash other than a speckle now and then. Also, I tried to never put them on antibiotics unless I absolutely had to do so.

My oldest daughter, now 19, had the yeast type rash @ 5 months. This occurred as a secondary reaction to an antibiotic she took for an ear infection.

I noticed that some responses mentioned the yeast type rash. If your child has this, you must absolutely not put any creams on the baby until you check with the doctor. For Emily, we had to use the Nystatin cream (which fights yeast), the powder, and oral meds. It was $50 per week for 6 weeks to get rid of her terrible rash.

Basically her rash was a "chemical burn" and boy did it ever look like a burn. It was very, very sad.

I did find later that Desitin works well, but again, frequent cleaning with just plain water and a cloth work best for prevention. If you use Desitin on a yeast-caused rash, it will get worse though. That is why you need to check with the doctor.

As far as doctors go, the ones who have been "real moms" seem to know what to do better than those who learned everything they know in med school. Make sure you have a pediatrician who has "been there, done that"-dm

I have children who are prone to bad diaper rash, and even changing them as soon as they make does not prevent all the diaper rash. You know how fast the daycare uses up the diapers you bring, so I doubt they are slacking on diaper changes.

Time without the diaper on (we usually play in the backyard or soak in the tub) will help clear it up along with 40% zinc oxide cream when they must be in a diaper.

I have heard of people using cloth diapers for sleeping to help prevent and heal diaper rash.

Regular diaper rash looks like a flat, even red spot. The fungal diaper rash looks blotchy and spotty and can make pits in the skin. We had to get prescription cream to get rid of the fungal type of rash (thrush, yeast, whatever you want to call it).

Have you had a doctor look at the rash?

You can use cloth diapers during weekends and disposables while she's at daycare with the help of Desitin or other oinment and lots of cornmeal. Yes, cornmeal helps absorb humidity (it's the main ingredient on baby powder). And wash with soap and water between diaper changes.

I have two kids one 3 and the other 4 months I have used all the creams don't work all I use is Baby Powder with Cornstarch or if you child is real bad just get some regular cornstarch it works wonders.

My son starts getting little bumps on his front area when it's warm out. It seemed to progress and we tried every cream/ointment at walmart. The only thing that worked and I make special trips for now is the balmex cornstarch powder with zinc oxide from babies r us. I know you didn't want specific recommendations, but it has cleared the rash and really serves as a preventative measure for preventing them so I would hate to not share that. I was hesitant about using powder, but now that my son is older I thought it would be worth trying. My son gets so busy playing that sometimes he's just warmer down there and this has helped a great deal to absorb the moisture! P.s. I have heard good things about g-diapers.

HI C.,
I haven't had to deal with this issue in a long time, my daughter will be 15 this year. Have you had her yeast levels tested. She possible have a lot of yeast in her urine that could cause this, just a suggestion. I also totally uderstand about wanting to spend more time with your daughter. I was not able to do that either when my daughter was little. I wish I could go back and do it all over again so that I could be a stay at home mom, but I am making up for that now. I am now a stay at home mom thanks to Premier Designs Jewelry company. I am a Jewelry Consultant with Premier Designs Jewelry. I have my own business through them. If you would like more info here is my personal email address ____@____.com luck with your daughter's conditions and I hope it clears up soon. It's hard as a mom to see your children not feeling well and not sure what to do for them. It just breaks your heart. I hope someone can give you suggestions that will help.

God Bless

L.

Try changing wipes. I used a package that was given to me and my son developed a rash within hours. I stopped those wipes, used Neosporin to help clear it up and he never got a rash again. I recommend the pampers sensitive wipes. I also had great luck with seventh generation diapers. Good luck!

Hi C.. Poor baby. I hate when they get diaper rash and I have been very lucky with my kids getting diaper rash very rarely. I have a thought that maybe would help. Perhaps, if the cloth are working better, it is an allergy to the disposables. If so and the daycare wont accept cloth diapers, can you put some sort of fabric between your daughter and the disposable. Something they can dispose of with the diaper but will keep contact from the disposable material away from her. Then at night you can just use the cloth at home. You may be able to purchase a light cotton cloth from the fabric store for only a $1 or 2 a yard and cut it into pieces to place inside the diaper. I'm not sure if it would bunch up and become more of a problem, but it seems worth a try. Also, I find that creams do not work on my daughter (in fact they sometimes seem to make it worse), only keeping her dry and putting powder on. My girlfriends son is allergic to almost all fruit. Anything, even watermelon, causes him diaper rash so bad they have to sit him in a Dumbrough bath to get rid of it. Perhaps you should take her back to a simple bland baby diet and introduce one food at a time and see if its a food allergy issue. I will say that my daughter has Eczema under her arm and I do notice that lack of circulation and excess heat makes it worse, keeping consistent with the diagnosis. I can recommend a good ped if you want to get a second opinion. Good luck.

I know you said you didn't want things to put on the rash but I wanted to let you know when my daughter was young and had diaper rash the only thing that worked was pure corn starch. I even tried it myself when I would get irritated from maxi pads and it worked wonders! Hope you find what works for your child.

My daugher has a problem with luvs. She gets spots of excema that itch. It seems that neosporin or polysporin help with it. Good luck!

I agree with Laura. You need to request that your child be changed more often. Try cloth diapers outside of daycare. She is getting close to using the potty, so this could be an opportunity. Try to encourage that and this will give her bottom the air it needs. I used cloth on my second because I was home. It's rare to find a daycare that will take cloth diapers. They consider it less sanitary than throw-aways. Buy one or two to try them out. I wouldn't put her to bed with them. Most leak. But the rest of your time, try out a cloth diaper.

Good luck!

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