A.G. asks from Los Gatos, CA on May 30, 2008
Is It an Allergy Rash, Hypersensitivity or What???
Hello ladies: I have a 61/2 mos old boy and I'm very concern. He has developed a terrible rash, on his little butt that at this point I'm not sure what it could be. It looks like he sat on a hot plate and got a serious burn. It mildly started about 2 mos ago and I took him to the pediatrician and she said to use hydrocortisone and if it continued she thought I would eventually either have to get a hypoallergenic diaper or use cloth diapers. I originally had some diaper changes and finally decided to go back to what he has been using since day one, Swaddlers. The rash continued and has now spread to the cheeks and even lower back. They look like ezema lesions slightly red but scaley. Around the anus it is red. I used hydrocortisone and on wed and took him for an emergency appt, the doctor there said that he had a fungal infection rxd mycolog. I've been using it twice a day and last night I used, put him down and this morning I almost die when I changed his diaper it look as though he had sat on a hot plate and burned his butt from the anus up the side walls and now the red spreads uninterrupted to the cheeks. I have stopped the mycolog, and went back to the hydrocortisone, but he cries a lot when you wipe the area and when he goes to the bathroom as is expected with this type of irritation. Help! I feel horrible...anybody has some experience with this. I started giving him solids 1.5 mos ago I think maybe food allergy but this rash is just around the butt and not anywhere else???? Thanks in advance for your comments.
So What Happened?™
Good morning ladies!! Thank You for all your prompt responses which made me feel I'm not alone and oriented me in the right direction. You guys are awesome, what a support group!! I ended up taking him back to his pediatrician, which wasn't in yesterday, but I saw her partner which confirmed it to be yeast infection. However, the cream originally prescribed she felt was to strong for him and was irritating him more, so she recommended using Monistat OTC. She said that would be a little more gentle. I refilled a prescription I had pending my GYN had rxd a while back for yeast infection and started using ASAP. Today he is 50% better, I was so relieved and he is smiling a lot more :) Thank you ladies again for your support!! We will chat again soon, have a great weekend!
C.K. answers from San Francisco on May 31, 2008
Poor baby.. most of the ladies have excellent advice.. i used the 2-2 1/2% hydrocortisone and it helped immensely.. but also, instead of using wipes when you clean, use cotton balls and water.. it'll feel much better for the baby and lessen the irritation.
I.T. answers from Sacramento on May 31, 2008
I would suggest using cloth diapers if you can't find a deodorant-free diaper. That sounds like alergy. I would wash everything he comes in contact with with a water softener first, then use half water softener and half the amount of soap you usually use. Rinse diapers especially a second time. I would use cloth diapers expecially at night, worth a try for that poor little one.
S.M. answers from Fresno on May 31, 2008
Could it be a yeast infection? My son had trouble with yeast infections it would bleed and he SCREAM at diaper changing time, it broke my heart and the doctor told me to put Lotrimin on it(or any anitfungal cream for athletes foot etc) and it cleared him up within a day, when I switched diapers from Pampers to Huggies it happened less often, now that he's potty trained he hasn't had it since. You need to change the diaper often because if its a yeast infection the wetness makes it worse and let him go diaperless for a bit (maybe out in the back yard because a diaperless boy is messy sometimes!!). After baths we'd let his bottom air dry for a bit. Hope this helps!!
W.V. answers from Sacramento on May 31, 2008
R.T. answers from Bakersfield on May 31, 2008
J.F. answers from Fresno on May 31, 2008
It may be a yeast infection. My girls used to get it. My doctor had me use gentin violet. If your pharmacy doesn't have it you should be able to find it at a vet supply store it is use to trest pink eye in catttle. I know sounds strange but it works with one application. However it will stain his bottom purple. It takes about a week for all the stain to disssappear and the bottom looks brusied so warn people when you change him that hte discoloration is from the gentin violet. We also used this on my grand daughter now age 7.
J. Grandmother of 7
S.S. answers from San Francisco on June 01, 2008
It could be hypersensitivity or something else. When you need to clean him put him in the shower with you and use the water to get him clean and a mild soap if absolutely necessary. Don't just wipe him because I am sure it would be super painful for him. I strongly suggest to get him to a dermatologist fast! This sounds really serious.
T.J. answers from San Francisco on May 31, 2008
Hello, it could actually be an allergy. allergies show up in all different ways. my son is allergic to eggs and his only response is a rash on his lower back right above his but. one we took him off of eggs that was gone. You only started him on solid foods a couple of months ago and is that when it started? try taking out the main allergies: wheat, eggs, soy and dairy see if that clears it up. You also have to know that if it is an allergy it may take a couple of days for it to respond when you stop feeding him. some things stay in our systems up to 10 days after
after being consumed.
This may sound silly but have you also tried lotromin(for athletes foot) it could be a very bad yeast infection, yes boy can get them too. Try it for a couple of days if it is a yeast infection it would considerablely clear up.
C.R. answers from Stockton on May 31, 2008
Hi A., I am a 30 year old mom of 3 children. My youngest is 12 months. She just had her birthday. All of my children have had very sensitive skin. Heres what I would do! Exzema can get like that, or it can be a type of yeast infection. Continue to use the cortizone cream. Change his diaper often for a couple of days, when you do that each time lather his bottom and area irritated with plain old vaseline. Then use corn startch over it. Kinda like you would use powder. Don't use baby powder w/constartch cause he has sensitive skin and the perfumes will irritate it more. Just plain corn startch from the baking area. Do this like every hour or two for two days. Then alternate using the cortizone inbetween. If this does not work make another doctor appointement. Also run his bottom under warm water when you change his diaper. Try to wipe it least as possible. That seems to irritate more. Hope this helps. I have been through it numerous times. :) Poor little guy!
M.R. answers from San Francisco on June 01, 2008
if you are up for it...
i would look into some alternative medicine....
scarlet sage herd store on valencia in the mission....
a acupuncturist or homeopath...
western medicine does not seem to be working...
D.W. answers from Modesto on May 31, 2008
My daughter had a few diaper rashes to when she was in diapers. What I usually did was use the Nystatin (spelling) cream, like someone else suggested too. And I would let her go diaper less as much as possible during the day. Your son may be allergic to the wipes too and if so, you can use just water and a dry cloth to clean him. IF you search on the web there is a homemade recipe for wipes that my mom used to use on me and my siblings when we were children. Poor baby! I hope you can find something to make you both feel better.