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Get Rid of Diaper Rash Immediately

How do you get rid of a diaper rash quickly? My 9 month has had a diaper rash for 7 hours..i've put desitin on but it's still red. any other creams/ointments that will be effective immediately?

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Brooke and Kate C were right on:
thin layer of OTC fungal cream (I get the Target brand) with a thick layer of 1% hydrocortisone also OTC and Target or Costco brand.
Sunshine is the best preventive maintenance, but that's not always realistic.
I keep a tube of OTC fungal cream with me all the time when they're in diapers.
good luck

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Hi A.. After trying the ideas I mentioned below failed just this last time my son had diaper rash I was told by a gaggle of moms that the only thing to use is Triple Patse. It is expensive but it WORKS!!!!!! Hope this helps!

Dry the area completly and take cornstarch and wiped it all over the area. Once it is healed which will be FAST go back to using the cream you are using. I learned the hard way...I did not listen to my moms suggestion and it did not get better FAST and when I did finally listen...it healed immediatly. Sometimes the old tried and true ways are the best!

I really like Kissuluv's Diaper Lotion Potion! I use it regularly to clean poopie diaper changes and specifically if she gets a rash...

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Desetin is about as good as you're going to get as far as "healing" with a diaper rash, but try these things. Rinse well with plain cool water,(baby wipes, no matter how gentle, can be irritating still), pat dry and let air dry. Let your baby go without a diaper for short periods. (engage him in play while having him on a big absorbent sheet or something like this) Let air get to the rash. Diapers hold everything in and it's harder for a rash to heal. Since it's the summer, it's nice that you can do this--maybe even several times a day until it heals. If it is impetigo or a yeast rash, you may need additional help, but try this first and see how he does. If it is a yeast rash, you will need a prescription tube to clear it up (you can TRY an OTC yeast cream for women, see if it works, and it has with my children), but if he keeps getting a yeast rash, you'll need a prescription from your pediatrician. But for a simple rash, try the above stuff, and don't use Vaseline if a rash is already present---it just adds to the problem.

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I know this sounds a little out of the norm, but my son got a diaper rash so bad his skin started to break open. We tried all the ointments and nothing helped. A friend told us to take a regular russet potatoe, wash it and shred it on the grater. Put that on the rash in the diaper. We did that overnight. The next morning it was gone. It's worked for all my kids.
I guess the potatoe pulls the toxins out of the body. Try it.
P.

You HAVE to get the diaper rash cream that has 40% zinc oxide.
Rite Aid has a generic brand that is the cheapest, but Walgreens or Albertsons or Target will carry some too, just it will cost you more. Look on the back, for 40% zinc oxide, most of them only have 10%. My son (who is now 5) used to get really bad diaper rash, and still gets a rash if he gets his underwear wet, and the only thing that worked over night was the 40% zinc oxide cream. Hope your little one gets better quick!

A.,
its been like 19 yrs ago i changed a diaper. but get this, my child was alergic to pampers, etc. i used pure aloe vera gell. it worked very well as a barrier and the red rash went away.

What seems to work the best is nature! Use warm water to clean (dab, don't rub. no wipes!), air dry (even with a gentle blow dry), and even a bit of sun (5 min in direct sun). Also, Egyptian Magic topped off by some corn starch is great.

good luck!

You probably have a million responses. Just in case you don't- when you can be near your little one, so as to put towels/etc. under him, take off the diaper completely and let the air ( and even a little sun) clear it up.

There is a powder called Domeboro(you find it at cvs) there is instruccions in the package to make a solution, then I suggest you soak a washcloth in it and put it in a plastic(saran wrap) lined diaper and leave it there for as long as the instruccions say.Don't rinse it.To prevent and protect use Aquaphor, a good layer of it....works great!!!Good luck.
Also try to leave your baby without a diaper on a towel for as long as you can.

I really like Kissuluv's Diaper Lotion Potion! I use it regularly to clean poopie diaper changes and specifically if she gets a rash...

Triple paste. It's a diaper cream that's zinc an medicated. It really works.

My son had the WORST diaper rash and Dr. Smith's is what worked the quickest...just lay it on thick and change diapers often...
Good luck! :)

Have your little one air out for as long as possible without anything on him/her. The air helps heal the rash. Don't use wet wipes, but wash off bottom and gently pat it dry (no rubbing). Use creamy desitin, not regular desitin. Change diaper often! even if barely wet. Unfortunately diaper rashes don't go away right away, but this should help within a couple of days. Good luck! ~Mom of three boys...

Take a bath in the kitchen sink and put a couple tablespoons of olive oil in the water. Keep them in there for at least 10 minutes. Baby will be a little slick so be careful; but within hours my daughters rashs have gone away completely everytime.

Smiles,
K.

I found Aquaphor to work the best, goop it on to create a barrier. Takes a few days for a bad diaper rash to go away.

Try using Burt's Bees or CA Baby. This is what our pediatrician recommended, and the Burt's Bees worked well for us.

For some types of diaper rash, cornstarch works well, and for others, coconut oil works well.

It does take a little bit of time, no matter what you use, though.

Diapers have lots of chemicals in them - you may want to try to switch to the more natural disposables or even cloth. My daughter had one diaper rash in her life - it was right after she was born and still wearing Pampers. We switched to cloth when she was around 1 month old and she hasn't had a rash since.

put breastmilk on it! :)

Hi A. Try Butt Paste, If that does not work, it's probably a yeast infection and not a regular diaper rash. J. L.

Use Epsom salts in the bath to help relieve the symptoms. You may need to change the size or brand of the diaper if it keeps happening.

Hi A., I love using Avalon Organics diaper balm because it works so fast. In either one or two uses the rash is gone. I've tried the other stuff too and it doesn't work as well as this. If you can't find it at the store try CVS or try Berts Bees brand as well. My sister has tried it and loves it. I've also read that a little air and sun on the bottom can help. Good luck!

A.,
Make sure you wash and dry your baby's bottom between each diaper change. Then apply the diaper rash cream. TRIPLE PASTE medicated ointment is really good and you can get that at the pharmacy. You can also try DIAPER RASH AND TRUSH by Motherlove Herbal Comany, available at Wholefoods or online. Also keep the diaper off, it helps with the healing. I think Moherlove makes an oatmeal barsoap that is good for diaper rash. Don't panic, 7 hours isn't that long.

What works best for us is Desitin - the Original formula. The creamy formula (Desitin) is more popular but it doesn't work very well - it's too thin. Like other moms mentioned just make sure you dry the bum very well first then apply a thick layer. It will take a day or two to heal but really does work very well. When she doesn't have a rash I prefer Balmex as it's really similar to Desitin but it doesn't stink like Desitin does and is easier to wipe off your hand. If the rash doesn't get better in 2 days after using the original Desitin, most likely it's a yeast type rash.

Aquaphor is the best and fastest healing ointment i have EVER used !!!

I loved Butt Paste. Works great and no medicated smell.

the best thing i found was laying my daughter on some towels without a diaper for as long as i could keep her dry (i had to change the towel a few times) and the diaper rash went away pretty quick. a nurse also told me that if you bathe a child with diaper rash, put some epsom salt in the water to keep it from burning them.

I used Burt's bees diaper rash ointment and their powder. the rash is often caused by trapped moisture so make sure to use the powder often...even without the rash. And be patient... nothing works immediately!

1% Hydrocortizon cream and auquafor work great. The best thing is naked time. It will go awat the quickest with no cream or diaper - just fresh air:-)

Brooke and Kate C were right on:
thin layer of OTC fungal cream (I get the Target brand) with a thick layer of 1% hydrocortisone also OTC and Target or Costco brand.
Sunshine is the best preventive maintenance, but that's not always realistic.
I keep a tube of OTC fungal cream with me all the time when they're in diapers.
good luck

TriDerma, air, and lots of free-bottom time!

clean it gently. I used Huggies green tea cucumber baby wipes. Especially if I am out of diaper cream. The green tea has soothing and healing properties. Triple paste is by far the BEST diaper cream to rid a rash, although a bit pricey. Also exposed to air as much as possible to dry it out.

Something that I have found to work wonders for a bad diaper rash is a combination of half Lotrim cream (the stuff you would use for athletes foot) and half hydrocortisone cream (I use cortaid). Sometimes diaper rash has a component of yeast and that is why the Lotrim helps and the hydrocortisone helps with the redness. My son just had a bad diaper rash from being on antibiotics and having diarrhea and this worked almost instantly! Good luck :)

A+D Original Ointment is the BEST. I switched to that after Desitin didn't work for me also.

Put a lot of corn starch in the diaper. Works like a charm for our son. It doesn't work immediately though, but overnight.

I have tried E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G and the best on the market is Desitin Overnight Relief, they have 2 of them...don't get the other one, it doesn't do squat. Also, after cleaning the area w/a wipe, get a fresh wipe and rinse with warm water and pat/press, not wiping, fan dry w/another diaper and "pack" the rash w/tons of Desitiin and change diaper as soon as baby wets. This is a quick healer!

Sometimes it's hard to distinguish between a regular rash and yeast. If Desitin doesn't help, then I KNOW it's yeast. For yeast, I have a tube of Nystatin cream on hand. You can call the Ped and have them call one into your Pharmacy. Over the counter meds haven't been effective enough for us.

Good luck!

Let the little bottom have some open air time. Especially in this hot summer heat. this is one I have not tried, only because we have been fortunate not to have much diaper rash. But, my best friend swears by bag balm. the balm that is used on cow udders. She says its always worked the best for her. I say some air would be good. Just wrap in a towel or let them sit after you changed a poopy diaper, that way you know they just pooped and if they go its just pee you would have to clean up.
Good Luck

It's best to put vaseline over the desitin. It acts as a moisture barrier. My doctor told me about this and it works fast! By the way, I prefer Burt's Bees over Desitin but either one will do the trick.

Bordeaux's Butt paste gets rid of the red right away. Make sure that little butt is dry before another diaper goes on. After you wipe, it may still be wet. Good luck!

I was always impressed by how fast Arbonne's 123 Diaper rash cream worked on my boys. We still keep it on hand now that they're not babies anymore in case any type of rash strikes (even for when they get the sniffles and get the redness under the nose. They ask for the Arbonne cream. It's healthy and natural too.

Hi A.,
We've used Triple Paste to really soothe our guy's little diaper rash bottom. It's VERY thick and does the job. You can find it at virtually any store and it comes in a small tube or a big tub. I did a quick internet search on severe diaper rash and found a ton of information.
Good luck!
C.

Hi A.,
When my son was about 9 months old he had a horrible diaper rash and a friend of mine told me to put yeast infection cream on it. I don't recall the brand (it wasn't monostat), but it was something that was over the counter and it also had a generic/pharmacy brand version as well. The rash was gone in no time!!! I would have never guessed to use that!

Hope he gets better quickly!!

K.

I just checked online and it's called "Miconazole"

My little one gets terrible diaper rash and I have discovered a concoction that works really well. Layer a little bit of lotrimin af (to keep the yeast away), triple paste and then top it off with aquaphor. I have tried it all and this combo really works. Also make sure to change soiled diapers as soon as possible. Good luck!

My son has had a couple of bad painful rashes. I use the butt paste as well. But, in addition I use the aveeno oatmeal bath soak. For us it as always worked wonders.., soak fir about 15-20 min.. Then I let him air dry awhile before putting any cream or diaper on. By the next day it the swelling has gone down and it's almost clear. We travel alot and I always have a packet with me just in case! You can pick it up any where.
God luck and definitley get some.

Put a tablespoon of baking soda in a shallow bath and let him/her soak for about fifteen minutes - it normally goes away within hours.

I can't believe no one has mentioned Triple Paste. I was so upset when my daughter got a bad rash, I tried all the creams I had been given at my baby shower- Desitin, Butt Paste etc. Then I was told about Triple Paste (available from CVS, Target and such)it worked significantly by the next diaper change, it is fragrance free. Most diaper creams have fragrance in them which is the last thing you want to put on your babies bum when it is sore. Apparently there are different types of rashes, so if it is a yeast problem you will need to try something else. By the way, to keep rashes at bay since I have used powder at each diaper change (to help dry out the area) and she hasn't had many problems since, she's had a couple of small flare-ups probably due to teething and I put a non-perfumed clay powder on it and it goes away (try Whole Foods).

Bordeaux's butt paste. It is about $5-6 a tube. But worth it and it works.

triple paste
Bordeaux's (I am sure I spelled taht wrong) butt paste

Those work quick

REVISED:
Hi A.. After trying the ideas I mentioned below failed just this last time my son had diaper rash I was told by a gaggle of moms that the only thing to use is Triple Patse. It is expensive but it WORKS!!!!!! Hope this helps!

Dry the area completly and take cornstarch and wiped it all over the area. Once it is healed which will be FAST go back to using the cream you are using. I learned the hard way...I did not listen to my moms suggestion and it did not get better FAST and when I did finally listen...it healed immediatly. Sometimes the old tried and true ways are the best!

Boudreauxs butt paste is the best as it seems to be the only thing in our house that stays on the affected area even after they go in their diapers again. It even helps the painful red raw rashes my son seems to get from pooping and he is 17 months old. Hope it helps.

Balmax is really thick and protects very well. And Beaudeaux's (or something like that) Butt Paste (yes it is really called that) works well also.
Good luck!

Try a thin layer of cortisone cream followed by Lotrimin. The cortisone cream helps calm the angry red rash (and makes baby feel better quickly), and the lotrimin takes care of the yeasty rash. When the angry red settles down a bit, just use the Lotrimin for a few days. Make sure to use the cream, NOT the spray as it stings. This was a tip from a pediatrician friend for those really sore-looking, burny rashes my kiddos would get from time to time. Works like magic if it's not a standard Desitin rash.

Leave their diaper off for a bit after changing them. Let it air dry then put cornstarch and some A&D Ointment. Works like a charm. :)

Pretty much all of the creams are ok, but I think the quickest way to healing is letting your child go without a diaper (and with no cream on) for as long as possible ...

I second the vote for Triple Paste. It works very fast on my son and I highly recommend it.

Hi A.,

One of the best pieces of advice I got was from my best friend who recommended the cream they have for jock itch (sorry, I don't know the medical term) for diaper rash. My daughter had a horrible spot of rash and after putting the cream on, it diappeared after a day. When I checked with the pharmacist, he said it was okay to use on my baby, but to be sure to use it externally ONLY. All it took was a dab anyways. I hope this works for you. It's horrible to see your baby so miserable!

Take care,
Lorna

Desitin did not work very well for my son either. We used Aquaphor by Eucerin for the more basic rashes. For the really bad ones...which didn't happen very often...we had a prescription from our Pediatrician which worked great. It is an ointment called Vusion. That ointment is THE BEST! It got rid of everything so fast. It is a little pricey, which is why we continued to use the Aquaphor for the more basic ones. Good luck getting relief for your little one.
I just read the responses and I want to caution you against using Baby Powder. It is bad for your baby's lungs. There is another powder you can use if you need to. I want to say it is cornstarch based, but since we never needed it I can't remember now. Mom's can you help me out with the name?

bath....pat dry...tons of vasoline

Aquaphor mixed with liquid mylanta. Take a plastic container and fill it about 1/2 full of the aquaphor. Put a couple of tsp. of mylanta- i buy the mint or plain kind, into the container. Microwave until the Aquaphor is not completely solid (maybe 30-45 seconds). Stir until the two products are mixed. Let it cool down and it's good to go. Keeps for quite some time with a lid on the container. Just cake it on the rash area several times per day. Our Pediatrician recommended this treatment for a rash that had cracked and caused some minor bleeding. It is the only thing that ever worked for my kids.

Hi A.,
Calendula!!! Its amazing. You can get it at Whole Foods in its pure form. My son is 18 months old and has never had diaper rash because I use it when I begin to see any sign of irritation. I hope this helps!!!
R.

Hi A.,

I don't think it ever goes away immediately, but my 12 month old daughter just had a really bad diaper rash, it was so sad. My doctor recommended putting on a mixture of athlete's foot/antifungal cream (I know it sounds weird) and 1% hydrocortizon (both items found easily at a Walgreen's or grocery store) 3 times a day and aquafor the other times and it went away really quickly. I also stopped using wipes for a while and just used a gentle soap like eucerin with those make-up pads to wipe her in between diaper changes.

She is back to normal. For a few days after I put the combo creams on at night just for maintenance but she is rash free.

It took a few days for her to be completely rash free but it definitely started working immediately. Good luck!

J.

Hi
Give baby a bath to get the area nice and clean, air dry, then use white zinc cream or butt paste, both available at most stores
Good luck

can u let baby go diaper-less for awhile? i found that California Baby diaper rash cream worked the best on my son..change the diapers more frequently

Calmoseptine was recommended to me by my doctor and I swear by it now! They use it in hospitals on babies with bad diaper rash and on older patients with bed sores and things like that.

I am able to get it at my Kaiser pharmacy (no ID or account number needed) but I'm not sure where else to get it. One of my boys was allergic to Desitin and the other Desitin didn't seem to help at all!!

Good luck! :)

Oh yeah, and when my kids have really bad diaper rash my doctor says no wipes, just take them to the sink and wash their little bums off--that helps to keep it from getting worse! My 2nd boy had such sensitive skin if we used wipes it seemed to wipe his skin off when he had a rash! :(

Boudreaux Butt Paste. I get it at Wal Mart

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