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Severe Diaper Rash/Yeast Infection in Toddler That Won't Go Away!

Hi everyone,

This request is my desperate attempt to find some help! My 19-month-old daughter has had a constant diaper rash of varying degrees since we switched her to whole milk just before she turned one. First it was just an eczema spot or two on her bottom. Then we switched to soy milk. No change. Then we switched to sweet acidphilous and still no change. She loves milk, so we've just dealt with it. But still the rash worsens and worsens. She was on Nestle Good Start formula until age one with no apparrent milk allergy, by the way. Also eats cheese and yogurt with no reaction that I can tell.

Today she has the WORST diaper rash she has ever had. The pediatrician gave Nystatin. No effect after 2 weeks of near constant use. We went to a dermatologist last week who prescribed Diflucan orally for 10-days and econozole cream 2x a day as needed. After the first night of treatment she awoke with a 102 fever and no other symptoms & hasn't had the fever since. After the second day of treatment, we discovered she had broken out in a head-to-toe rash of tiny bumps. The pediatrician and dermatologist both said discontinue meds & give Benedryl orally, but did not offer suggestions for how to get rid of this terrible diaper rash in the meantime. Over the last several months we have tried all of the following - usually only one at a time, sometimes doubling up or making a salve of a few ingredients (ALL OF THESE UNDER HER PHYSICIAN'S RECOMMENDATION/GUIDANCE):

* Nystatin (on at least 3 occasions where rash developed into yeast - usually after antibiotic use - as is the case currently - she finished a round about 10-days ago)

* Lotrimin cream - no help
* triamcinolone steroid cream for eczema spots - absolutely no effect
* Hydrocortizone cream
* Triple Paste
* Magic Butt Cream
* Mylanta
* Benedryl Cream
* A&D Ointment
* Aquaphor ointment
* Desitin
* Balmex
* Silvadine Cream (sp?)
* Vaseline - gobs and gobs of it
* Cornstarch

Her rash now looks like she has been badly burned. Angry red with the small red yeast bumps in groin area and going up her back & lower abdomen. Flat-coin shaped red areas at first on her bum and going up the back of her leg. Some small circles that when examined closely are made up of small clusters of tiny bumps. Now the coin-shaped circles have joined together to make one large red mark...some spots look as though tiny blisters had formed and burst...almost like when you get a sunburn. Her pee pee is raw and wrinkled looking. We are currently doing the following:

* letting her roam free without diapers pretty much all day - diapers only at nap and bedtime - I even let her run around in the sun yesterday hoping it would help.
* at nap & bedtime putting econozole cream on her and glooping tons of vaseline on her.
* I have switched her diapers to the new Huggies organic "hypoallerginic" brand - jury's still out on that one
* using occasional cornstarch over econozole or vaseline to prevent diaper friction
* NO WIPES AT ALL - using a bulb syringe filled with warm water to wash off bottom and patting dry gently with towel
* I ONLY use non-dyed, non-scented laundry detergent, shampoos and soaps on her
* I have limited her milk consumption, as well as cut juice completely out. Also serving only bland foods that have never seemed to bother her before like toast, bananas, etc.
* I have asked pediatrician to refer us to an allergist.
* Baby shows no signs that rash is bothering her save for crying at changing time and trying to scratch at herself occasionally.

Please someone help me fix my poor baby. Why won't this go away? What am I doing wrong? I am seriously about to fire my pediatrician.

Thanks in advance for your help

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Thanks so much to everyone for your responses. My oldest daughter never had any of these problems and now my youngest comes along with these issues! Yesterday I called both the pediatrician and dermatologist for advice and SURPRISE, neither of them called me back. I guess I am becoming "That Mom." I hate that, but this is my kid, right? So I suppose I did what many other moms would do - I turned to Facebook! I put out a call to all of my local friends to refer me to a "SPECTACULAR" pediatrician and a local allergist as well. I had several responses, so I am going to call to make some appointments today.

As far as my little one goes, I have kept her on the econozole, but taken her off the diflucan and today her all-over body rash looked a little better. I went to the store and stocked-up on original Desitin (41% zinc oxcide = smells terrible) and Aquaphor ointment. Last night after her bath and a good air-dry, I put the econozole on her and then slathered her with (no kidding) about 1/4 of the tub of Aquaphor. Then right before I put her down for the night, I changed her and slathered her with a ton of the Desitin. This morning, while the rash was still there, it was more pink in color, rather than dark red, so I consider that a small victory. I also put her back to her original diapers (Pampers Cruisers) and bought a larger size so she'd have a bit more room to breathe. I also bought some of those Gerber cloth training pants - basically cloth diapers in underwear format. They'll be a little big on her, but we'll see. I have also stopped all apples, applesauce, juice, anything acidic and have limited her milk consumption. Poor baby ate a turkey hot dog, some goldfish and a banana for dinner last night, but I'm really trying to keep it bland until we know what's causing this.

Keep the advice coming. You guys have helped me so much. I hope maybe once I know what's up that perhaps I can help other Mom's who have had no other luck elsewhere.

*** UPDATE #2, 6/17/09 ***

After nearly three weeks on econozole cream, the yeasty part of my daughter's rash is gone. The horrible, red, angry splotches have been reduced to pink ones, but they are still there, so I continue to treat her with the econozole cream 2x a day (so the yeast won't recurr) and will probably stop that at the end of this week. I still slather her (and I do mean SLATHER) with Aquaphor at every diaper change and it helps. We've also started Aveeno oatmeal baths at least 2x a week. Here's the crazy thing though...

When I started all this, I was convinced that the yeast was from the antibiotic and the rash was from a food allergy. Well, I'm absolutely convinved now. I took everything acidic out of her diet when all this started. I suspected we had an acidic food reaction going on, so I eliminated all juice, fruit, ketchup, etc. from her diet for 2 weeks. Last week we started slowly reintroducing foods one day at a time to see where the reaction might be. My husband gave her pizza. My mother-in-law gave her a McD's cheeseburger and I gave her some pineapple chunks - rash came back (big red splotches). THEN, one night my older daughter was eating spaghetti-oh's for dinner and the baby wanted a bite. She stuck her spoon in & proceeded to get it all over herself. When I took her out of her chair to bathe her, I noticed where she had dropped a spoonful on her leg, it BURNED HER. Now, I remember my older daughter having a similar reaction to ketchup and bbq sauce when she was about this age, but not like THIS. It left a bright red mark on her leg. SO, Once again, I cut out all tomatoes and pineapple, apples (poor baby loves applesauce) and rash died down once again. After doing some research on low-acidic fruits and veggies, I gave her some pears last night (told her they were apples) and we'll see how she reacts today.

Does anyone have any low-acid food suggestions? I have to feed the poor kid something other than yellow foods. (crackers, mac & cheese, cheese, yogurt, etc.)

We have an appt. with an allergist on the 3rd. Thank goodness! Finally getting somewhere on this...couldn't have done it without all you Moms out there! Thank you all so very much!

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Actually all 3 of my kids did this with fruit, especially pears. Take her off all fruit (including tomatos and tomato products) except bananas for 2 months and see if it makes a difference. NO more diaper rashes for me once I took them off all fruit, fruit products and fruit juices until almost age 2.

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Hello, try using Dreft for detergent. Bath her in water only and see if that helps or can use centerphil. My friends baby used to itch down in her private parts each time she had a bubble bath and since using centerphil, she is now no longer itching.

Good luck

There is a special paste that was developed at Vanderbilt called Happy Heiny. You can only get it from a pharmacy that can mix their own concoctions, but it works like magic... seriously!

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I just wanted to say that it is possible for your daughter to be allergice to both cow's milk and soy milk. My son was having to battle sever diaper rash and also ear infections. I took him to an ENT/Allergist and they asked if he was drinking cow's milk and I told them I started giving him cow's milk right around 11 months which is when all of this other stuff started. They said cow's milk caused the fluid build up behind his ears which lead to infections and then it also caused severe diaper rash. They told me to put him on soy and I told them I couldn't because I knew he had an allergy to that because his face would break out all over when he got soy-based formula. The doctor told me it made sense that he was allergic to both the cow's milk and soy because the protein in both are harsh on their little bodies. He told me to get rice milk or coconut milk and within a few days of taking my son (who is 14 months old) off of cow's milk his bottom got better and no more ear infections. In fact he doesn't even have fluid behind his ears which was a chronic thing for him. My son loves the vanilla flavor Rice Dream (rice milk) and he really really loves the coconut milk but we give that only occasionally. My advice is to take your daughter to a pediatric allergist and determine whether it's an allergy/intolerance to cow's milk. If it is the doctor will probably recommend rice milk or coconut milk with the addition of a good daily multivitamin. Other than that the only possibility I can think of is maybe she is allergic to the diapers you use and you should change brands or diaper her with cloth diapers. I had to diaper my oldest with cloth diapers. It's easier to during the warm months than it is during colder months. I hope you find out what's going on and your little gets comfortable soon.

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My 13 month old daughter was never prone to diaper rash but recently when she has gotten what sounds similar to your daughter after she had a bad case of diarrhea. The only thing that cleared it up was a prescription ointment that is a combo of nystatin and triamcinolone acetonide. I know you said you tried each seperately. Originally we were given just the nystatin and it didnt work at all so maybe you need to try the combo ointment like we did. Also, when I see that it is getting bad I let her soak in the tub with a small amount of white distilled vinegar. It doesnt clear it up completely but it definitely seems to soothe some of the pain and lessen the redness. I really think these things might help your daughter as they did mine.

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First, you are not doing anything wrong. Second, don't be afraid to fire your pediatrician. Third, I think you've been given some excellent advice to wade through and try. Unfortunately, a lot of this is trial and error. I have one daughter who has yeast infection issues and one with eczema issues so I have been there trying to figure out what works for them. I have found that CeraVe lotion works better than Aquaphor on irritated skin. For the yeast infection, Vagisil has helped my daughter. The yeast infection doesn't go away, but the irritation and discomfort are helped. I find that my children's skin irritations increase when they have had to be on antibiotics. I try to avoid them and found a pediatrician who doesn't recommend them for every little thing. I have added an infant probiotic (the opposite of an antibiotic!) to their diet. Udo's Choice is the brand I use. I buy it at Earth Fare. It's a white powder. You put a little in a drink or something it can dissolve in. It doesn't really taste so I"ve sometimes sprinkled it on foods too. When they have had to be on antibiotics, I increase the probiotics. None of the things I"ve suggested keep the yeast infections from occurring, but they help keep them to a minimum and keep the discomfort down. Although I do have to say that when I keep up on the probiotics, my oldest doesn't get the yeast infections very often. Good luck finding out what is irritating your child so much and hang in there. I know it's a frustrating road.

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My heart goes out to you. When my son was little he had a rash that did not want to go away. My daughter also developed external itching and rash after a round of antibiotics when she was four and although we tried a lot of products and many frustrating months we finally got over it.

It could be an allergy. I know that you mentioned that you are washing her clothes in hypoallergenic products, but I knew of a mother who told me that her children even had reactions to some products that are hypoallergenic. I think that she found with one child she could use seventh generation products and with the other child I believe that she had success with shaklee products. She had a lot of allergic reactions to different foods, chemicals, plants and so did her children. I really felt for her and admired her because she was so dedicated to discovering what products worked for her and what products worked for each of her children - I also felt horrible, because when I last spoke to her she had to wash her children's and her clothes separately and with different products and I know that that must be incredibly time consuming and costly.

On one of my children I had success with a product called Boudreau's Butt Paste. On the other child Arbonne baby products worked well. I did not know about Arbonne when my first child was little and was having trouble - so did not try it on my oldest.

Have you tried cloth diapers? I think that it is good to see an allergist. I would also recommend journaling what your baby is eating and everything that your daughter is exposed to for the time being. I know that it is time consuming and very inconvenient. Could your daughter be having a reaction to a preservative or food coloring used in a food that she is eating now that she wasn't eating before she switched to milk?

You might also try calendula lotion or aloe vera. Another thought could she be having a reaction to the combination of certain chemicals or ingredients? I know this is a lot to digest and I know that it is very frustrating - especially since it sounds like you have been treating this problem for at least 10 months or more. Good luck and I hope that you are able to find the right path to bringing your daughter comfort soon.

You are not doing anything wrong - you are learning about your child and how her body responds to different foods and chemicals in today's environment and doing everything you can to heal her and keep her healthy.



After I logged out I was doing something else, but still thinking of your precious baby and her situation. It seems to me that somewhere a few months ago I came across information that indicated that honey can be beneficial for some skin problems. I don't know quite why I am reminded of this now - but thought that you could get some honey from a local beekeeper and apply some to the affected area and see if this helps. It might at least be worth looking into and seeing if you can find any other information or giving it a try. If you try it and see improvement let everyone know.

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Actually all 3 of my kids did this with fruit, especially pears. Take her off all fruit (including tomatos and tomato products) except bananas for 2 months and see if it makes a difference. NO more diaper rashes for me once I took them off all fruit, fruit products and fruit juices until almost age 2.

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This sounds exactly like what both my son and daughter went through. With my son he actually started bleeding because I was making it worse with the various diaper creams. The only thing that worked was CLOTRIMAZOLE CREAM. Yes, it's for 'jock itch' which is actually a fungus/yeast problem. You must use the CLOTRIMAZOLE cream, and NOTHING ELSE (no powder or starch or vaseline or anything) and you will probably need to use it for about 3-4 weeks, EVEN IF THE RASH GOES AWAY. If this is 'yeast/fungus' infection, then it will respond well within a couple of days and usually within a day. However, if you are using any diaper ointment/creams on a yeast infection it will either get MUCH worse, or just 'not go away'. You should continue cleaning with water only, no wipes, and if possible, wash her bottom off in the tub with CETAPHYL CLEANSER every time she poops. CETAPHYL is a non-soap cleanser recommended by dermatologists. CETAPHYL is found with facial cleansers and the CLOTRIMAZOLE cream is found where you buy foot creams and foot powders (usually where you find the Dr. Schols foot pads). I used the generic CLOTRIMAZOLE and it worked fine. Also, when bathing, don't use soap or baby washes (at least until it goes away) The cetaphyl works great for skin problems like rashes, eczema, acne, anything where soap is too harsh. ( I also use it daily on my face.) I hate that this sounds like I'm 'telling' you what to do with your child, but I was in your shoes before I figured it out and this made a HUGE difference! Also, I found out when my daughter at watermellon or oranges she broke out in the rash. Good Luck, I hope you figure it out and she is better soon!

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To stop this out of control rash, you must first tame the out of control yeast in your child's gut. Research candidiasis on the internet or go to your local health store (Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe) and find the book "Prescription for Nutritional Healing" by Phyllis A.Balch. Unfortunately, the antibiotics the doctors prescribed have only aggrevated your daughter's problem by killing not only the bad bacteria but also the good bacteria in her gut and therefore allowing yeast to multiply. So basically, you have to starve the yeast in her gut by not feeding her ANY foods with sugar or yeast for several weeks or possibly longer. Also check out www.feingold.org. Your daughter sounds like she has a milk allergy and may have other sensitivities as well. Feingold is a 30yr old non-profit organization whose purpose is to inform the public about artificial ingredients in our food supply that cause many different allergies and health problems in our bodies. Also, you could try to put some plain yogurt on her bottom. It would also help to feed her plain (no sugar) yogurt with some additional pro-biotic pills (buy refridgerated only and break them open into the yogurt.) You can also purchase some colloidal silver (a natural antibiotic) and put it on her bottom. I have lived with yeast problems all my life, so trust me on this - it works.
Best wishes.

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My daughter has a severe yeast rash (2 years old) and this is what finally after 30 prescriptions of nystatin:

Mix equal amounts of:
neosporin with pain releif
monistat 7 cream (has to be the 7 day monistat)
hemorrhoid cream (the pharmasist gave us one that was behind the counter and for the life of me I cannot think of the name of it. Its in a plain looking white and red box, its 9.99 a tube, you have to ask for it. I am thinking it was something like Nupracacaine... I got it at walgreens, ask the pharmasist they will know. I promise you this should work, it was a miracle after I used it 2 times..

I hope this helps your poor baby, I would also ask the pharmacy if this recipe is ok for her age.

Hello, try using Dreft for detergent. Bath her in water only and see if that helps or can use centerphil. My friends baby used to itch down in her private parts each time she had a bubble bath and since using centerphil, she is now no longer itching.

Good luck

I am having some of the same issues with my daughter, not nearly as severe, but something jumped out at me in your post. Could your child be allergic to corn or wheat? If a corn allergy, putting the cornstarch on the diaper area could certainly be irritating the rash even more. Your story seems very similar to my daughter's situation. She was on Nestle Good Start (and Enfamil AR) as a baby and a milk allergy doesn't make sense for her. We use all-natural products for everything for her and she only eats organic foods now. She has had no fruit or fruit juice for 10 days now and we have cut back on all other sugar, but with no success. Her rash doesn't seem to bother her either except at diaper changes. Anyway, we are looking at corn and wheat allergies now because nothing else has worked. Like I said, you writing that you have tried cornstarch made me think of a corn allergy and perhaps that is making it worse. If not corn, check into wheat and even milk if corn and wheat aren't the culprits.

This is not a answer to yours, but I feel your pain. I have a 17 month old daughter who has had a "yeast infection" for about 3 months. I have tried everything you have listed plus a perscription called Happy Hiney 2 which seemed to work so well that I thought it was gone but she finished it up and it came back within a day, I was devasted!!! Now we are going back to her doctor today for the 6th time this month.

I hope we both can find a answer to this.

I have a 20 month old who has the same problem. I feel your pain beleive me. We are now taking breannas' blood sugar, because i am diabetic type 2 and the way i found out that i was diabetic was thru a very long series of what we thought was a yeast infection with me, after years of this battle 1 of the doctors decided to do a sugar level test. guess what, he found that i was diabetic. so after this fight with bree we started taking her sugar level and it is high. so, now we are watching this to see what our next step is. we went through all the same steps u did with the different creams and meds. for now we r just keeping her no pull up and vasoline. all the other creams just seem to keep her raw. if u r interested in talking more just let me know and i can send u my facebook or email address. good luck

You are already doing a lot of the things I would suggest or other moms have suggested it - lots of diaper-free time and trying not to rub the skin. Sometimes the prescription creams can make a big difference, but they take some time to work. Some children have sensitivities to chemicals in the disposables, so cloth diapers may help. It seems like it may at least partially be a food allergy though since it started when you switched to whole milk and presumably added in other foods, so you may want to take several weeks with just very bland foods and see if that helps and then add foods back one at a time (maybe one a week) to try to find the offending food/foods.

If the doctor you have been seeing won't help you out, you may want to call around to some other offices. A good doc will take you seriously, even if you are driving them crazy by being "that mom".

Good luck - we fought rash for awhile with my middle child, and I know it is no fun for anyone.

Poor little girl, I feel for her. My son had issues with raw tushy that was caused by dirreah and other issues while in the hospital and the best thing I have found to keep tushies from getting raw is the stuff Vanderbilt children's hospital makes called happy hiney. I saw results by the next day...granted not completely gone, but 80% better. It has two tubes of the hospital size vaseline (about 2 oz per tube...so 4 oz in this recipe), 1 large tube (4oz) of desitin, about 5-7 squirts of stomahesive powder, and about a 6 inch ribbon of ilex. Now the ilex is hard to find, but there is a great medical supply place that has it at a resonable price and they get it to you the next day (if you order before 4pm). I was surprised to see the package the next day (you know how some places claim they will and it doesn't happen, well this place did). Ok, the website is http://www.jrsmedical.com/SKIN_CARE/MPI427181/product.aspx and they also carry the stomahesive cheaper than anywhere else I have seen. Both of these will be good for 2-3 batches of happy hiney. We mix it up and put it in a small plastic container (I found some with screw off tops that work great and you can through it into a diaper bag without it breaking open). It makes about 9 or so oz of paste.

Now the reason Ilex works is that it is a very adhesive barrier paste used for cancer patients receiving chemo and when it is applied it finds those breaks in the skin and protects them from getting attacked more.

So when you go to change her diaper after application, do not try to completely remove the paste...some should remain to allow those areas to heal. It's a nasty thought and every inkling in your body tells you to wipe until you see bare skin...but don't do it. And reapply generously with each diaper change.

Good luck,

One thing that you may not know or realize that I wanted to point out. Vaseline is made out of petroleum which is gasoline. So you are really putting gasoline on her. I use a non-petroleum jelly on my babies & it works great. I get it at an health food store. Your baby might be having a bad reaction to the Vaseline. Just maybe ??

OK, I am all about this one...my daughter's yeast rashes were so bad that she was burned and scarred over night!!! NOTHING worked, but I found something through trial and error that does..it can end up being costly to begin with, but as you know, if it works, it's worth it.
Go to Wal-Greens and get Dyprotex diaper ointment. If you can't find it there, then you can find it online to order. It comes in a box of like 8-10 dispoable packs, so you can take several anywhere. They also come with pads to apply the cream. You may not realize it, but yeast is on everyone's body and you may accidently be transferring it to your child's bum. Also, Burt's Bees diaper rash ointment. Comes in small yellow tubes, abut $8 a tube, but it works. What I did was alternate between the 2 ointments...always using a new pad to apply the cream..thickly. I also bought a pack of cottom make up applicator pads to use..remember, no bare hands application! Burt's Bees contains Calendula, it is made from marigold plants and it eats and fights yeast. Weleda makes several different products using calendula, ie: dusting powder (this is great get it and lightly dust over the ointment)ointment (which I didn't care for because it wasn't think enough to stay put) and soaps, etc...all fight yeast. But the Dyprotex and Burt's Bees did it for us and quickly. Once the rash tones down you can lighten up on the ointment and not put it on so thick..but never stop using it until she is outta diapers. Each time I got lazy and didn't use any in like 30 minutes she had the rash again.
Hopefully this will work for you as it did with me. All those creams and Diflucan..none of that works and is only for the lesser cases. Your daughter sounds like mine..except that I breastfeed exclusivily, so I wouldn't think it was her formula, she just may be very senstive to the natural occuring yeast on her body..or yours. Good Luck. PS- You can find the Weleda items at Whole Foods, GooD Foods, any health food store. Also, I was suprised to see it at Target, right next to the Burt's Bees.
ALSO- Put her in Aveeno (or store brand) oatmeal baths. This will calm her skin and also keep the eczema at bay. My daughter has this and it is worse during the winter..the eczema may be allowing the yeast to literally get under her skin..helping to clear up the eczema will help to get rid of the yeast.

I would take her to a nateopathic doctor. I know there are some essential oils that can be used for yeast infections but I am not sure if they are ok for babies. You might google natural remedies for babies.

This may sound strange but my dd had a diaper rash/year infection like that and recommended vagisil and that worked. Just apply like you do diaper rash ointment and cleared right up in few days.

Hi my name is B. and I read your story and I am so sorry .
I have a Daughter who is now 2 but when she was about 1 1/2developed a rash all over , but her face that only went away with Benadryl but continued to return after a few hrs . She also has Eczema on her hands to this day also , I took her to her Pediatrician , her Dermatologist, which gave her a Rx said it was eczema and the Hospital twice she developed a fever and was vomiting and wouldn't eat and had light rash on butt the 2nd time i finally took her to the Hospital they looked in her ears and she had a double ear infection and that's what was causing the rash all over i thought all the time before it was food allergies but it turned out to be a virus she took amoxicillion for 10 days it all cleared up and never had a problem again .'
I hope it helps and I hope and pray your Daughter will get better soon , any other questions please feel free to ask ...my email is ____@____.com

Cotton cloth diapers with absolutely no diaper rash cream is what finally worked for us. Some babies just don't tolerate any type of disposables. We really liked the Motherease brand. They have breathable waterproof covers.

hi, when my kids had a bad rash on their butts I was told by my grandmother to crush a mud wasp nest and use cloth daipers . Its worked ,I also check any changes in my soap, laudry, lotions,and ect... the companys that make these products don't tell us of any changes . I change my laudry soap to pure Ivory and dreft for babys. Also gave them bath in a oatmeal base bath soak. I do hope this help you try. Some old wise treatment do work. I know this sounds nuts but it worked for me. good luck.( made sure there are no live wasp in nest.)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What a horrible time you are having. If you can find it try bag balm. It's for cow's teats but it did work for our boys. Hope improvement is speedily coming your way.

My DS kept having these rashes and we had to switch to cloth diapers. It was either his butt bled and was sp irritated it hurt us to look at it or use cloth. I hope you can find a way to make it stop though.

wow. i feel for you! my twenty two month old is having constant diaper rashes like it will go away and come back. one pediatrician told me to NOT put a cheap diaper on her butt. so i buy the most expensive i buy the pampers twelve hour protection. because she sleeps all night. my daughters got so bad it started bleeding and it seemed like nothing was helping even prescribed stuff so i bought medicated diaper rash cream that cost like nine dollars for a little itty bitty tube and it took it right away and i havent seen a diaper rash since. and if your giving her pop or orange juice that can effect it too.

There is a special paste that was developed at Vanderbilt called Happy Heiny. You can only get it from a pharmacy that can mix their own concoctions, but it works like magic... seriously!

I realize this post is 2 years old, and hopefully your daughter's rash has healed....but I'm responding in case someone else may be having the same problem. After reading about everything you had tried and everything you were STILL going through, I was at a loss...what could be causing this? Then, you mentioned how your daughter's skin appeared to be 'burned' after the red sauce spilled on her leg. I just wanted to let you know that, as a baby, I had terrible eczema....my Mother was at her wits end, trying to find something that would help me. It wasn't until I was an adult and started to develop asthma symptoms that my doctor told me, it's all allergy related. One of the things I'm allergic to is red dye. The way I discovered it was by wearing wine colored eye shadow. I applied the shadow and thought it looked so pretty.....until my eyelids started feeling like they were on fire! I immediately washed it off....but it was too late. Both of my eyes swelled up and blistered and then peeled, just like a severe sunburn. After going to my doctor, and being refered to an allergist, I learned that I was allergic to the red dye used in cosmetics and food. I have to be very careful and check labels and stay away from anything containing this dye. It's not easy, because most processed foods contain it. I just wanted to share this, in case it might be an allergic reaction that's causing the rash.

Hi C.,

could I suggest you to use cloth diapers as opposed to sinthetic ones? apart from the medicine you give the little one, try swirching to cloth. I hope she'll be cured soon..

All the best

Hi C.

My son had all the same issues. It took me forever to figure out that he was eating something that caused it!
If my son eats apples, applesauce or juice with apples, his bottom gets so red he won't even move. He would just stand and scream. It may not be a "milk" intolerance, but something else!

Maybe you just haven't found the food that is causing it???

get her allergy tested it might not be the milk but something else. good luck

First off, I'd try Aveeno baths (oatmeal baths) to help sooth. I would also personally stop milk and go back to the formula all together. See if it clears up. If it does, most likely you are dealing with a milk allergy of some sorts. If it clears up on the formula, try going up to the Next Step (or whatever Nestle Good Start calls it), it is formula for infants and toddlers up to 24 months old. I would gradually change her to that. For instance if you give an 8 oz bottle/cup, do 7 oz formula, 1 oz next step. Do that for a week. Then change to 6 oz and 2 oz for a week. Gradually changing like that. If you notice any rash coming back, back down to the previous week and try again. Once you have her switched to the next step. Stay there for about a month. Then slowly add milk in as before 7 oz next step to 1 oz milk. However, I would do this much slower and give it at least 2 weeks if not longer before changing it. If it is an allergy, this will allow the body time to adjust and correct it if possible. This follows the same principle of allergy shots, which are created based on what we are allergic to, and gives a small dose of that allergy at a time till the body builds up an immunity to it (this is how our doctor explained it to us for our oldest).

I know this is expensive to do this way. My oldest, now almost 5 had bad digestive symptoms with switching to whole milk or 2% milk and we had to do it very gradually. He now can drink milk without any problems.

As for the diaper rash. Try Aveeno soap and Aveeno soaks for the bath water. I would also keep Desitin Original on there 24/7. No powders or cornstarch. Powders can cause a burn like you mention. Cornstarch is supposed to not do that, but it did to my oldest, so I recommend avoiding any kind of powder substance.

As you have been doing, avoid wipes and use soft tissues that are wet to clean the messy diapers and just a bit of water to clean after wet diapers. I'd also switch to Aveeno soaps to avoid irritation from regular soaps.

These are just my opinions and experiences of what worked for us and what our doctor told us. I hope you find some relief for your little one!

It sounds like you have done alot. I have two things to add. One, after you pat her bottom dry, use a blow dryer set to the lowest/coolest temp and dry her that way. Also, have you tried a paste from a compounding pharmacy? My daughter had a rash like this, but they said it was bacterial and gave us the nystatin and it cleared up. It's curious that your daughter doesn't seemed bothered by it. You would think it would hurt really bad. Have you considered other food allergies besides milk?

My husband's nephew had something like this; my SIL finally switched him to cloth diapers, because all the other diapers gave him a rash like you describe (she finally discovered that Kroger brand didn't break him out, but that may just be a fluke, or he got over whatever the allergy was, since she had been using cloth for several months before finally trying that particular kind). I would also look at her diet -- you've associated it with milk, and there may be other factors as well. If you know her blood type, check out the Blood Type Diet, because from my experience with it, it can help your child.

Have you tried using a hair dryer with a cool air setting to dry her bottom after diaper changes and after bathtime? It is a lot of work but can really help clear up a diaper rash, if that is what you are dealing with. Also, have you considered using cloth training pants with plastic pants covers over top? This also can be very helpful if disposable diapers are contributing to the problem.

My daughter is seven and she sometimes gets raw when she doesn't wipe very well. I use Gold Bond Powder. I also used Boudreaux's Butt Paste when she was a baby with good results. I hope that my suggestions help.

Hi C.,

I am sorry to hear about your daughter's rash. I am a mom of 6, and my youngest, who is 22 mos., is prone to them, too. I know how hard it is to hold them down to change their diapers while they are screaming, looking at you like you've betrayed them! I have tried everything on your list and have had a lot of success with Triple Paste IF the rash isn't yeasty. It has fixed a lot of bleeding bottoms that no other cream would fix. As for yeasty rashes, I mix Clotrimazole (antifungal cream...I use generic) with Triple Paste in my hand before putting it on her. If you try to apply one on top of the other on her bottom, it won't stick. Good luck!

Wow! So sorry about your daughter. It looks like you have tried just about everything. Have you heard of Arbonne? We have a full line of baby care products, and they really do work on many conditions such as eczema, sensitive skin, rashes, etc. These products are botanically based and hypoallergenic, without mineral oil. If you would like to try a sample, please let me know. I have seen many children have outstanding results with the line. It includes a wash, lotion, oil, sunscreen, and diaper rash cream. Let me know how I can help!

My son had the same rash and mylanta cleared it up, surprisingly mylanta is a acid reducer to make the sore and redness disappear...

I am not kidding mylanta put some on a cotton ball and swab her behind really good and it will start to clear up rather quickly...

Have u tried triple paste? NOT BUTT PASTE, BUT TRIPLE PASTE. This has been the only thing to help. also mix together a and d ointment, cortizone cream and nystatin.....this is a formula a pharmacist gave to us.

Wow! Poor THING!!!! My first impression is that she is having a reaction to the antibiotics. Antibiotics can be terrible for the gut, so just imagine what they can do to the skin. My first child had antibiotics when he was born (1 week in NICU just for antibiotics). He suffered from terrible diaper rashes for quite a while after that (maybe even as much as a year). My daughter was just born 10 weeks ago, and we haven't had ANY diaper rashes and I rarely use any diaper creams or anything on her under a generic diaper (we tried 7th Gen for my son when I was fighting the diaper rash battle). I really do believe that the antibiotics were the difference. I can't think of anything else that we did/do differently. Since you mentioned that this latest bout of diaper rash is on the heels of a round of antibiotic treatment, I think this might be your problem. I would completely stop the antibiotics if at all possible, and get your daughter on high quality probiotics as soon as possible to help balance her system. This isn't a quick fix, but will make a difference over time. You might want to consider checking her urine for pH level just to see if she happens to have abnormally acidic urine. There is lot's of info on the net for doing this.

Good Luck!

I had a child with a dairy allergy and while looking for help ran across this book

Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders.

The book is really geared toward autistic parents but there is a lot, lot of valuable information in there about allergies. Check it out on Amazon.com

My son had horrible yeast infections that was also resistant to creams. I found that putting him into a bath tub with 1/2-1 cup of apple cider vinegar was the best cure. It doesn't hurt to be in the tub with the vinegar, and it resets the acid/base balance. Organisms, especially yeast, like a basic environment and once your body gets that way it can get difficult to get it acidic again. The vinegar helps kills the overgrowth of yeast. Once we started doing that nightly, his rash (which has been present for months and would even bleed) was better within the week. Other than that, sounds like I would do everything you're doing. If it still doesn't clear up, demand to know the plan from your physician. (If "A" doesn't work, what is plan "B"....)

Hope it clears up soon!

Fire them and find someone else that will get to the bottom of this. My youngest son had rash issues when he went to milk. Ugly, heat filled and all. We changed him to sweet acidopholis.spelled that wrong. It worked. He later after getting fully potty trained was able to slowly go to whole milk. Good luck. Mom of 7, R.

my only suggestion would be not to use the cornstarch I have read that it can actually cause or make a yeast infection worse. it sound like you have done everything that i could think of. just wondering why her pediatrician isnt taking any further action

You have my sympathy! Sounds like you have tried everything imaginable... I know it is miserable stuff, my daughter had it too and practically levitated every time I had to change her - the blisters were so painful. Ended up standing her in the shower and using the hand held shower sprayer to rinse her off every time. I'm sorry to hear Dr. Iron's Butt Cream didn't work, we thought that stuff was magic, it worked overnight... the combo of ingredients was what did the trick. Might be worth trying again... saw you've switched milks, I'm a believer in yogurt but you're doing that... does she drink anythng acidic like OJ?

Hang in there!

My nephew had this same issue. The thing that worked best was Boudreaux 's Butt-Paste. It has Castor Oil in it, which is a great cure all for many infant illnesses. It cleared his little bumm up in about 3 days! Good luck,

You might try leaving off all dairy and feed her mostly meat and vegetables. Yeast tends to feed on sugar, so leaving off fruit juices is a good idea. Try giving her water when she is thirsty. What worked for me with a severe diaper rash with my girls, was using Lotrimen over the area and put a thin layer of Crisco over it. The Crisco seems to prevent urine from irritating the inflamed areas. The Lotrimen works on the yeast. Try this at each diaper change. A little Lotrimen goes a long way, so use it sparingly. Letting her "air out" is also a good idea. You might ask doc about buying and giving her some baby probiotics, as they will help restore the good bacteria in her gut. (GI tract) You should see some results by the next day if this is going to work. Hope this helps!

Something that worked for me is Dermacloud Ointment in the Pharmacy at CVS Pharmacy and also may be available at Walmart Pharmacy. It is an ointment developed by a Dr. McCloud in Sanford, NC many years ago. It is compounded in the pharmacy, may also be called Fanny Cream. I hope you can find it and hope that it works for you.

Hi C.!

I'm so sorry you having such a time with this. When my oldest was little, she could get some really bad, painful diaper rashes and I tried a bunch of creams too that didn't work well. What I did find was a good old fashioned remedy...epsom salt bath! I know you work full time but try to give your little one a bath in water that is as warm as you think she could stand and let her soak in it for as long as possible! I know it might be hard, but if you can do this more than once a day that would be great. Then after drying, use the cream. The soaking and cream work together much better than either of them alone. After one day, you will see a big difference. Once I knew how well this worked, I'd do it if I saw the slightest hint of diaper rash and this would nip it in the bud. Good luck and give us another update when its all gone! God Bless!

Sounds like you're making progress.... I hope it continues! Maybe something to try later: switching to goat's milk. It's supposed to be closer to human's. Good luck!

C., my 2 year old son has had a similar situation, but not as constant as your daughter. I did some researching on ways to clear it up. This may sound crazy but it works. Every hour if possible, change the diaper and using cotton balls apply a generous amount of canola oil to the area. I was very skeptical about this, but I was willing to try anything, and the rash started going away within 24 hrs. I also use aveeno diaper rash cream and baby wash. Which I didn't see on your long list of things tried. I give him a bath every night, when it's bad, and load the bath water with the aveeno baby wash, and apply a good amount to the area when cleaning. I try to keep him in the tub for at least 20-30 minutes. I hope this will help you in some way, I know how frustrating it can be when nothing seems to work! Good luck to you and your baby girl!!

Maybe some of the Aveeno products could help. The oatmeal type things might sooth the issue. I agree, a naturaopathic doc may have some holistic methods. There are yeast fighters that can be taken and maybe you could mix this into her food to get her to eat it. Best of luck.

One thing you can try is taking her off of gluten. Kids with gluten sensitvity often have a lot of yeast overgrowth. Research it a little on the web. It's a real pain to eliminate fully from the diet but well worth it for those who need it. Her pediatrician can also do a few blood tests that will give an idea of whether she may be gluten senstive.
Good luck!

Wow...I am so sorry! You can just feel the pain you feel for her in your words!

I think you have gone through everything I can think of except to completely cut milk out of her diet for a while to see if that clears up the rash since it sounds like it started when she started getting milk.

The other thing you might try is using an enzyme free detergent. Some kids have reactions to the enzyme build up that most commercial detergents have. My DD never had a problem with them until just recently and now we're fighting the rash and switching detergents.

I hope you find something that helps! Poor baby (and mommy!)!

Editing to add - I forgot a couple things that we used when DD and I had thrush when she was itty bitty. First, vinegar. It makes an area inhospitable to yeast. You could mix some with water and wipe her with the mixture. I used it on my breasts and it didn't hurt. The other, that people swear by but we never used is, Gentian Violet. I believe you can buy it at most pharmacies OTC but you have to ask for it because they keep it refrigerated. If it works for nipples and mouths I would think it works for diapers! In fact when I google it I find a bunch of people who tried it for diaper rash with success. Note, it is MESSY and will stain everything it touches purple.

Hi, so sorry your baby is having such a time. My son had something similar , after i switched to a new diaper. His little bottom was so red and raw looking. after a few other tries of things, I made a paste out of Barley Green and the next morning he woke up to a pink diaper area. I was amazed! I agree probiotics would be good to add as a supplement. Eat yogurt, Stoneyfield orgainc is good. Limit sugar intake. I also give my family supplements that balance the body ph and modulate their immune system. message me if you would like that info. M.

Have her urine checked for glucose. My daughter had a terrible yeast infection which turned out to be related to diabetes (not to freak you out)...
Good luck.

Our pediatrician suggested we use Mylanta antacid liquid (Walmart's brand is fine) dabbed on with cotton ball. It worked really well. When her rash would get especially bad, I would just pour it on from the bottle. I would fan it to dry a little before diapering. I also changed her as soon as she wet or soiled the diaper, so I was constantly checking the diaper. When I could not find the regular kind, I used Cherry flavored and Mint. They both worked as well as the regular. Hope this helps! L.

Dear C.

I have a 10mth old an she is forever getting a rash if we don't change her right away. i have tried all the above u have tried none of it worked fanny cream wked for awhile but not much. Everyone kept telling me dont put baby powders on it just make it worse but it helped my lil girl out. Nystatin helped out a little too but not enough... But the one thing i found out letting her play in a tub with water up to her belly button for hour each day helped alot all children are different just some suggestions u might want to try if u haven't already....

I'm am so sorry for you and your daughter; how frustrating! I run a natural parenting board and just ran through past messages with advice for diaper rash with yeast. Here is what I found that might be of some help:

"Stay away from corn starch because it makes yeast worse."
"I spread tea tree oil or plain yogurt on it and put her in a diaper for it to sit, and it goes away. This only happens after we have had a lot of sugar. Like just this past week after her bday when we had a lot of cake, ice cream, candies, and my MIL feeds them sugar like it's water."
"Does he like yogurt? It might be a good idea to try to get some probiotics in him if he's taking antibiotics"
"What ended up nipping it in the bud was soaking cotton balls in 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1 cup water and using this to wipe around his genital area. Then 3 times a day I applied Miconazole cream. You can try some alternative therapies but this really worked fast and helped him because it was definitely getting raw and irritated. The acidophillus is always a good idea as well...you can take it and give it to her (they make infant acidophillus)."


BLESS HER!!!! my son gets ther ash so bad that he would bleed. at first Beaudreaux (?) Butt Paste worked like a charm and then it stopped working. We had to get a prescription burn cream and put that on with the aquafor over top of it. We also did baking soda baths which helped because it acted as an extra protective barrier. We also were told to get probiotics from the Rx section. I think it's OTC. but it's a powder that we just put in his milk or yogurt. That really helped.

We think his poop became so acidic at times that it just ate away at his skin. I would also try the BRAT diet (Banana, rice,applesauce, toast)

Good luck!!! how miserable for you guys!

Today's strains of yeast are resistant to Nystatin. I wish doctor's would quit prescribing it! I would try one of your antifungals and then on top put Desitin OVERNIGHT. This version of Desitin has the highest amount of zinc oxide that any other diaper rash cream. This is what worked on my son though it took 3 or 4 days to see improvement, then 2 weeks keeping it up for it to heal. His skin peeled and everything. Poor baby!


My daughters had the really bad Diaper Rashes too. They prescibed us Nystatin when it was the yeast infection. My oldest daughter however had a rash that kept getting worse down there and looked like little sores....and was spreading. Nothing I did made it better. Have they ruled out Impetigo?

I would suggest putting some baking soda in her bath, let her soak for a little while. There is a rash cream that I recommend for everyone to try it is called pinxav (pink salve). You can find it in pharmacies or order it online. My parents used it on me (36 yrs ago) and I had a severe allergy to milk that was the only thing that really cleared it up. They used it on my brothers too. I have used it on my children. I would keep using the nystatin also.

OK wow!!! My D had a severe rash that looked like burns and the doctors prescribed Vusion. It is a cream that I put on the severe burn every time I put a diaper on. It cleared up the rash ASAP. Super fast, and really expensive, but sooo worth it. Ask your doctor about it TODAY. Your poor little girl. Please stop the Vaseline! This is not a natural product, it is made from petroleum. It is a moisturizer.....This will keep an area moist not dry. if you need moisturizer use Crisco. This is a natural product to moisturize made out of vegetables.

We did not have anything severe but warm bath with baking soda in the water. Always seemed to help.

Hi. I hope I can help. This may sound weird, but let her soak about 20 minutes in a baking soda bath. It really does work, it is one of the old methods of controlling diaper rash/yeast. I hope this helps you out greatly. Everything will be okay.

Desitin mixed with Maalox works great. Frequent butt washings during the day even if it is the sink and air drying is great.

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