A.S. asks from Oakland Gardens, NY on September 25, 2008
Seeking Help on Diaper Rash
It's been 3 months of dealing with diaper rash, yeast infection and eczema. Well at leat that's what the doctors said that my son has. I've tried everything. Multiple visits to the doctor; all kind of diaper rash creams; antibiotics; different diapers; soaps; detergents; you name it. He gets better for a couple of days and we go back to the same. First the area gets really red, then irritated, and sometimes the skin even cracks and he starts bleeding. Sometimes he gets little bumps too. Is there anybody that has gone thru the same? Need some advice
T.L. answers from New York on September 26, 2008
T.B. answers from New York on September 26, 2008
J.T. answers from New York on September 26, 2008
Have you considered a possible food allergy? Sometimes, kids with allergies to milk or wheat exhibit constant rashes. It would explain why they always come back, if he's constantly eating something that's causing a reaction.
A.S. answers from New York on September 26, 2008
When my daughter had a diaper rash that blistered, the doctor's office recommended mixing Triple Paste diaper cream with Lotrimin AF (anti-fungal). It cleared up the rash very quickly. If your son has a yeast infection, this might help. If it is food allergies, as others have suggested, the rash will probably return. Then maybe you should consult with a pediatric dermatologist or allergist. Good luck.
M.L. answers from Binghamton on September 26, 2008
If he has a true yeast infection, then this might help. Apply the ointment every couple of hours. I don't know if he has it in his mouth or not(you would see something like curdled milk always), but if he does apply in there every 2-3 hours. Also if you are breastfeeding apply it on your boobs prior to feeding. I don't know what medicine you have, just make sure that you are allowed to put this in the mouth! The key with the yeast is that it grows back so quickly that when you apply the medicine in the morning, it will start growing back w/in hours. I had the same problem for months with it in the mouth. I tried this consistent routine and that is what finally cleared it up. You must give it 2 weeks of vigilant applications! Don't just think that since you do not see it, it went away.
C.A. answers from New York on September 25, 2008
My son had the exact same thing. It started when he began to teeth. The only thing that worked was bordeaux butt paste. They sell it at CVS, Shoprite, A & P and Babies R Us. After the rash goes away you have to apply it after every diaper change to keep it from coming back. I tried prescripton diaper rash cream and the Dr. also said to use Malox and Neosporin together. It didn't work for my son though. My sister also used Udder Cream on her twins(you can order it online) and it worked great too. Another thing that makes my son's rash come back is LUVS diapers. My Dr. said Balmex and those types of lotions can make the rash worse.
My son is now 2 and if I see any sign of diaper rash I put Butt Paste on and it keeps it away.
I hope this helps!
C.E. answers from New York on September 26, 2008
My sons issues with rashes did not arise until he was about 8 months old. I had been using all of same products from day 1 so I did not suspect any of them at first (I should have known better due to my own experiences with Lanolin). It took almost 3 months to get his rashes to clear up completely. A few treatments for Yeast, many different diaper rash creams, and different diapers and wipes. Turns out, after process of elimination he cannot use anything with Aloe in it! He had the rash mostly on his legs and belly right where the diaper is closest to the skin and some smaller patches in the diaper area, and occasionally on his chest, arms, and face. Turns out his wipes (Pampers Sensitive), diapers Pampers Baby Dry and Cruisers (all Pampers contain Aloe), and sunblock all contained Aloe...even some of the lotions and ointments had Aloe in them. My sons doctor actually had me call pampers to find out if they had changed anything with the diapers because he had a few patients with similar circumstances all occurring about the same time. It wasn't until we were going over the ingredients of the diapers that it actually dawned on me that it may be the Aloe. After switching his wipes to Pampers Swipers (the only wipes I could find at the time without Aloe), Huggies Diapers, and strictly Aveeno Baby sunblock (no more Water Babies), he does not have the rash anymore! I use CeraVe lotion for his eczema and Johnson and Johnson Moisture stick when he gets a patch on his face. If he shows any sign of a rash in the diaper area I use the Aveeno diaper rash cream and it is usually gone after 2 applications. Also, I still wash him with Aveeno Baby products and rinse him off before filling the tub for some playtime, this way he is not sitting in the soap...I only bathe him every 2 - 3 days depending on what he has gotten into! Too much is very rough on their skin. It took a while to figure all of this out! Hope this helps!
J.F. answers from New York on September 26, 2008
My son was also getting diaper rashes due to yeast infections and he was put on an antibiotic (and we also used an OTC antifungal) and soaked him in warm water WITHOUT soap 4-5 times daily and allowed plenty of no-diaper-time until it healed. Then we switched to Triple Paste and since then (other than his occasional teething diaper-rash) he has been free of that horrible persistent blistering rash. I know you mentioned you've tried different creams, but have you stuck with Triple Paste for a couple days?
I was really upset by the rash but the soaking, tushy time and triple paste really cured it.
I hope this is helpful...and I pray that this gets resolved for your son. it's so sad what they go through.
T.L. answers from New York on September 26, 2008
Has he been tested for allergies? either food or environmental? some of the things that you mentioned can be associated with allergies... Don't know, but it might be an avenue to look into...
M.M. answers from New York on September 26, 2008
Hi Monica --
it's been a while --and we are now, finally, out of diapers --my twins will be four in December -so there is an end to diaper rash to look forward to!
We went thru all that you said --some of the things that worked were Nystatin ointment (prescribed by the dr and applied very frequently --with aquaphor or Triple Paste on top) Another presribed ointment that started with a K -can't think of name -again underneath something else -either many layers of aquaphor or triple paste on top. At one point, my daughter took an oral anti yeast medication -I want to say it was diflucan but I am not 100% --it was extreme -exactly as you describe -it might clear for a day or two and then back to the drawing board --even bleeding areas. It was so upsetting and frustrating. Try to change diapers VERY frequently and even let your child sit around on a disposable pad in between changes for as long as you can.
One friend recommended putting tea bags on the rash but I didn't try it -she swore by it --obviously, not hot tea bags but very strong -had been soaking all day in a mug or bowl by the changing table. My kids were diagnosed by a pediatric dermatologist with excema and given 2.5% cortisone ointment which definitely helped -but it was not a fix.
A.T. answers from New York on September 25, 2008
I used a prescription cream for my son, from his pediatrician. Also, my friend's son had the same problem and it turned out he was allergic to certain diapers. You may need to switch brands, or maybe even go to cloth. My friend had luck with organic, chlorine free diapers that she got at Whole Foods.