Baby Has a Terrible Diaper Rash...

Updated on March 08, 2009
H.L. asks from Germantown, MD
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I am wondering if anyone has a good cure for diaper rash. I am trying to allow my baby's bottom to get air, applying Balmex, and changing him frequently. I am seeing a little improvement. His bottom is very red and was bleeding a little due to it being so raw.
He is in a lot of pain...poor little guy! Thanks for you ideas in advance! :)

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E.O.

answers from Washington DC on

I know this is late but a quick note. My son had the same thing at that age. Nothing was working as quickly as I wanted as he was so sore!!! I found Boudreaux's Butt Paste. It is a miracle! you can buy it almost anywhere. walmart, target!!! You dont need a prescription and it works right away!! hope this helps.

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A.B.

answers from Norfolk on

have you introduced any new foods? Dairy, soy, and wheat are big allergens that will cause a wicked diaper rash. Neosporin and a zinc oxide cream over that should help clear it up nicely. In the meantime, try eliminating the above mentioned allergens and see how things go.

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B.C.

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TRIPLE PASTE - this is the very best over the counter diaper rash ointment - doctor recommended. It is expensive but highly worth it.

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D.B.

answers from Washington DC on

I was going to suggest Boudreaux's Butt Paste but several people here already mentioned it. I'm glad I read through this thread because I wasn't aware of the alternatives. We'll try those of Boudreaux's doesn't cut it.

I just had a second thought, someone suggested lotramin?
I had athletes foot once in a place where you wouldn't normally expect to get it... (u figure it out)

Does anyone in your home have athletes foot?
AF is a fungus and there is no *rule* about the fungus staying put on the floor or in your shoes...
just an idea

I'm a STHGD... not a Mom
does that count?
Being a Full Time Grand Dad is the best job in the world!

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C.P.

answers from Washington DC on

Poor guy! It's important not to use diaper wipes on him until he heals up as they will burn his poor skin (or at least run water through them thoroughly to take out all the cleaning chemicals.) When our little ones had a bad rash, we used very wet Kleenex to squeeze water over the bottom and lightly dab it clean. We were also happiest with A&D diaper ointment, if you can find some. Good luck!

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L.B.

answers from Washington DC on

Hey H.
You may have to call the doctor cause it may be a yeast infection. Brendan got them a lot and there is a special medicine that they have to prescribe. Hope he heals soon. Poor little guy. L.

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J.Z.

answers from Washington DC on

Hey H.,

I highly recommend just putting her bottom in the bath, with no soap, just water and placing cornstarch on it. This has helped my children over the years. Hope his little bottom feels better soon.

www.jenniferzaranis.com

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C.K.

answers from Norfolk on

Triple paste, Triple paste, Triple paste!!!!!!!!!! I can not say enough about this product... It is now sold at most Target stores in the infant section with all the other diaper rash ointments. I have 2 children age 5 & 2. My daughter haved to take a medication that caused her to have severe diarrhea when she was an infant (born premmie) and the the only thing that worked was Triple paste (then I could only find it at one of my pharmacies) It made a noticeable difference within hours. Her butt was so bad the first time it was bleeding and I was so mad at the nurses in the hospital that they did not have anything to make it better. That's when I went out and researched and found Triple paste. My 6 day old baby girl was better in no time. Thankfully my son did not have any problems, but as soon as I saw his tushie red I would whip out the Triple paste. I have also notice someone else recommend this product eirlier in the posts. If you cant find the product and are still having problems email me & I will mail you a tub. This is how much I believe in it.

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K.G.

answers from Washington DC on

Try Aquaphor, or even some Bacitracin (antibiotic ointment). You can ask your pediatrician for a prescription for Nystatin, too, in case this has become a little yeast infection.

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P.S.

answers from Washington DC on

Hi H., try to change the brand of his diaper. My daughter had the same problem with Pampers, and nothing helped until i switched to Huggies. That was weird because we had been using Pampers for 6 months without any problems before it happened. Probably it happened because the manufacturer changed the components or the material and the new thing caused allergy.
Wish you a good luck!
P.

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C.M.

answers from Colorado Springs on

I think that diaper wipes can make the rawness worse and cause the bleeding. Diaper creams don't always work. If you have any cloth diapers or training pants, use those. They allow air in that a diaper doesn't. If it is a yeast infection you can treat that yourself with nystatin, clotrimazole, or miconazole. They are they athletes foot creams. You can ask the pharmasist if you need help. If the rash starts clearing up in a couple days with one of those it is a yeast infection. Good luck.

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S.J.

answers from Washington DC on

I have always used Vaseline and it has always worked perfectly. If the rash is associated with yeast, though, you will need prescription medication. My baby girl got a yeast diaper rash earlier this year and the prescription medication started working immediately whereas nothing else helped. I would definitely take the baby to the pediatrician and have him/her check it out. Hope the little guy feels better soon! :-)

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K.H.

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Try bordeaux's butt paste, it was the only one that worked for me. The other thing you can do is keep the diaper off for an hour or so, preferably on a floor like tile so you can clean the pee and poop off the floor easier. I know it sounds gross to just let them run around on the floor and pee and poop there but it works, try only putting the "butt paste" on at night only, using it too much and rubbing it down there is going to irritate it badly, sometimes us moms get so worried we do TOO much and that is what the problem may be, leave it alone during the day, change diapers frequently and no "butt paste" during the day and before he goes to bed for his long time sleep then put the "butt paste" on, that worked for me and my daughter has never had a diaper rash.
Also, try changing the laundry detergent you are using, make sure it's dreft or a detergent that is dye free and chemical free. If you are using dreft try changing it to somthing else. I know it doesn't touch his butt, but it is somthing else to try.
Also, certian foods may give rashes to some babies, he may not be allergic to anything but when is bum bum is already irritated this may make it worse and most not all allergies to foods occur around the genital and mouth regions. Try feeding him more milk (or formula) or breast milk and mild foods for about a week or so,
Also, try changing the type of diapers you are using. Also, don't use wipes, use a wet soft paper towel or washcloth and only wipe when ther is poo poo.

If you do all three of these things trust me you will see improvment, just don't rub his bum very much during the day. and so what if he poops and pees on the floor ther is nothing a good ol' paper towel wont cure! :)

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L.Z.

answers from Washington DC on

I know it is hard to see your baby in pain esp. at diaper change. We would just rinse our babies bottom under the faucet/tub when she/he would have a bowel movement then pat dry and finish drying (ofcourse not getting to close or hot) some more with a blowdryer, then apply the balmex. Apply it on really thick at night. if it doesn't clear up better in a couple of days then call your babys doctor. Good luck. Hope it heals soon. LynnZ

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T.B.

answers from Norfolk on

Hi H.,
When my 3 were in diapers and had diaper rash, I used plain corn starch. I would put it on them every night and by morning they looked better and there was no more pain from the rash.

I would ask your pediatrician to take a look at it just to make sure that it is not a yeast infection but it sounds like it is like my kids got when they were little.

I hope this helps!

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J.F.

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My daughter's pediatrician recommended an old time solution people used to use, its called Domboro (sp?) I got it in Walgreens, they can help you find it. I mixed the solution then wet a peice of gauze put it on her vagina and cheeks for abt 2-3 minutes while doing a diaper change. You can also mix it in a tupperware container big enough for him and soak his rear end in it. Her rash was gone with in 10hrs. I had tried balmex, desitin, bordeaux's butt paste etc you name it, I tried it. This stuff was amazing!!!!! I would definitely reccomend it to anyone who's child has a diaper rash. Let me know how it goes~email me at [email protected]____.com. I'll talk to you soon, best of luck!!!

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K.L.

answers from Washington DC on

i think every baby's bum is probably different. my daughter usually only gets super severe diaper rash when she's teething - but is BAD. my best cure that works quickly every time is first vaseline and then butt paste. also, avoid using wipes. just use a soft paper towel slightly wet with warm water. and make sure the bum is totally dry before putting the vaseline on. also, after he's had a good poo/pee, if you are willing to risk it, let him run around without any diaper on...open air works wonders...

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S.G.

answers from Lynchburg on

Change your diaper wipes... one or more of my kids has been sensitive to one kind or another. One that worked for all of them - Pampers Sensitive. Also, if you're breast feeding, take a look at your diet. One of my children was sensitive to when I ate fish... her bottom would be raw the next day. Good luck, hope this helps!

S.
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S.B.

answers from Washington DC on

you can get plain zinc oxide over the counter which is the main product in most diaper creams but it works great by itself.you can also call the baby's doctor they can give you prescription i think it is nyastatin(?) i used for my daughter when she was a baby both of these the prescr and over the counter zick oxide work well.
S.

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L.E.

answers from Washington DC on

We had that same problem with our son for awhile....best thing we found was either Bordeaux Butt Paste or something even better but costs a bit more is a cream that is in a tub that costs like $21...cant find the tub of it right now but ya can get it from any store...its a large white tub of paste like cream....great stuff!!

L. mom of 3....Tabitha 9, Olivia 7, and Jack 2

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S.K.

answers from Washington DC on

When my daughter had bad diaper rash we wiped her only with a soft cloth with water instead of wipes -- even the sensitive wipes were too painful for her. We gave her naked time to let the area get really dry and put both Desitin and A&D on at every diaper change and very thick layers of them at night. Also, we altered her diet to eliminate foods and drinks that may be exacerbating the problem, eliminating oranges, tomatoes, orange juice and other citrus plus eliminating other foods that made her poop more loose and therefore more likely to run around her diaper area helped. Good luck! I hope your little guy feels better soon. One other thought -- if it gets bad enough I think there are prescription ointments that your pediatrician could give you to help.

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S.W.

answers from Norfolk on

Hi H.,

Keep giving his bottom as much non diaper time as possible, also you could put some breast milk on his bottom. Destin Creamy works wonders too.

Good luck, S.

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C.D.

answers from Norfolk on

Try Bagbalm. It comes in a green can and you can find it lots of places now. (Used to only be available in feed stores) This stuff was developed for cows udders but is the best for diaper rash, cuts, you name it.

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M.M.

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clotrimazole worked well for both my kids when they had bad diaper rash. It's the stuff in the athletes foot lotion at your local drugstore. Poor little guy.

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I.M.

answers from Richmond on

Try the pain relief neosporin. It works great at a barrier, helps heal the skin, and soothes their little bottom. I used this on my son when he was an infant and it helped tremendously, especially on the broken skin areas. For more of an everyday cream we use the bag balm like someone else here recommended. That stuff is wonderful, I couldn't get through the winter without it.

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A.V.

answers from Washington DC on

When my daughter had a bad rash we:

1) gave her nekkid butt time
2) used cloth wipes or paper towels instead of commerical wipes
3) changed diapers (brand and size)
4) changed ointment (to A&D with aloe)
5) took her to the dr after no improvement for prescription butt paste (like others said, it could be yeast)
6) soaked her in Aveno Oatmeal bath for babies (this really seemed to offer her relief)

Hope that helps.

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A.G.

answers from Washington DC on

Heres what we do:

As much naked time as is reasonable to clean up (think confined in a non-carpeted room for an activity). Then I find that balmex is great for protecting but terrible at the healing part (the balmex overnight in the jar is the best). I find triple past to be just the opposite healing but not protecting - it absorbs. So I put on the triple paste and then cover it with balmex. If there are bumps I have also added cortisone cream or if there were white dots I usually add lotrimin into the mix.

A oatmeal(great but messy to clean) or milk bath (1 cup dry milk and 1/3 cup cornstarch) is also very soothing.

Oh and skip the regular wipes and do use a washcloth. Try both warm and cold and see what you child prefers. I use cold ones that I keep already wet in a ziplock when rash gets that bad.

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R.T.

answers from Washington DC on

Hi H.:

Hopefully your baby is all better by now. I am a grandmother but I learned from my grandmother to leave baby's littl but out in the air as much as possible, stop any vaseline ointment and use cornstarch as a power. It should clear up right away. If your baby's butt was bleeding though, I would immediately see the doctor.

LUV
Rose

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A.D.

answers from Washington DC on

Both my boys had horrible diaper rash. The best thing was walking around without pants/diapers on. They wore long shirts. And I also used Butt Paste. It worked 100% better than the other creams. Also, I switched their soap to Gentle Naturals. It made a world of difference!!

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E.K.

answers from Washington DC on

H.,

I had the same problem all 3 kids, at one time or another I tried all of those things. With my first 2 the only thing that helped was using cloth diapers, water, air and A & D and TIME. When my daughter got diaper rash I was using Melaleuca's products and their Renew lotion got rid of it in a day!

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B.S.

answers from Washington DC on

Hello H.,

First of all, if it's REALLY bad, then you should go see your babies pediatrician about it.
A few of my friends and I were discussing diaper rashes recently. Have you tried switching diaper brands? My daughter used to break out with a rash in a certain area everytime she sat too long in LUVS diapers. She does best in Huggies brand; okay in Pampers(they're not as absorbent as Huggies.) Have you considered using chlorine-free diapers? I've tried them, but Huggies is much cheaper in bulk quantity at Costco for me. I started changing her frequently, made sure she was air-dried completely, and used diaper rash creams, too. Make sure your baby is completely dry, dry, dry before applying the diaper rash cream. Have you tried rinsing/bathing your baby off after each dirty diaper? That is, if you're at home. There are many harsh irritants in urine, feces, and in diapers. Also, my pediatrician suggested using just a little of equal parts of hydrocortisone cream, neosporin cream(it blends in better than the ointment), and antifungal cream(i.e. Lotrimin, but I bought CVS off brand. Works just the same. Each time she starts to get red down there, I apply a little of this cream mixture. It works for her everytime. If that doesn't work for you, there is an over the counter diaper rash cream that can be purchased at most pharmacies. You have to ask them for it at the counter. I can't remember the name of the, but it starts with a letter C. I've never used it but other mommies swear by it. I'm sure they'll know if you ask for it. If that doesn't work and if it persists, you should definitely go see the pediatrician about it. I hope this helps! Good luck and God bless!

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W.W.

answers from Washington DC on

Hi!
If you are using store bought wipes, STOP! They have alchohol and other drying agents that sting like heck on the
wounds. They also dry the skin, but in a bad way.
Allow him to soak in a bath a few times a day, just briefly, NO soap. If you can not afford the fancy stuff, plain crisco works wonders. Let baby run with no diaper as much as possible. A&D ointment will help too. A little goes a long way. I feel your pain. The only store bought wipes I have found that did not hurt, were from Huggies, the clean team. You may want to get a spray bottle, and put some water with a dash of baking soda to spritz during diaper changes..warm water! best of luck!
W.

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J.M.

answers from Washington DC on

I would let him sit in a bath at least once a day. Our pediatrician also recommended hydrocortisone cream after one change and lotrimin ( or some other antifungal cream) after the next change. I have sometimes found just a good coating of vaseline works the best.
Hope he's doing better!

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L.T.

answers from Charlottesville on

Your baby has yeast infection and desitin feeds it.

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A.H.

answers from Lynchburg on

I tried everything on the market when my son would get a diaper rash and I found that good old vaseline worked the best. I also got a prescription for Greer's Goo from his doctor for a rash that was bleeding and causing him severe discomfort. It worked great. Good luck.

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J.K.

answers from Washington DC on

We had a lot of luck adding baking soda to my daughter's bath - changes the ph of the skin so it doesn't get so irritated.

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A.D.

answers from Washington DC on

Have you tried Triple Paste? It is fairly expensive but worth the cost. I work in a pre-school with children ages 15-24 months and Triple Paste always has helped when none of the other OTC diaper rash meds would.

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B.S.

answers from Washington DC on

Put cornstarch in his bath water, just let him soak in it for as long as you can. Depending on how big the tub is and how much water I'd use anywhere from 1/2 cup to a full cup. I have even made a paste as it mixes with the water and put it on my son's bottom while he's sitting in the tub.

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L.H.

answers from Washington DC on

We've had the same problem with my 11 mo old. As the message below says, Vusion is absolutely amazing. My doctor wouldn't prescribe it because she said it was way overpriced. Instead she gave me samples and there was a dramatic improvement after just one application. She said in the future we could get the same results from applying the four things that pretty much make up Vusion: anti-fungal cream, hydrocortizone, zinc oxide and vaseline. It's messy to put them all on at once, but oh what a difference it makes!

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L.Z.

answers from Tampa on

when my daughter had really bad diaper rash we used triple paste found with all of the other creams and only used water to clean her. The wipes would hurt her too much. But the triple paste (a small white container) was what helped the most.

L.

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S.R.

answers from Washington DC on

My second was this way. I had to use cloth diapers. Within a few days of using them, the rash cleared up. I know it sounds like an inconvenience, but it does save money on disposables. I would use the disposables if we went out, but for the most part, I used cloth on her.

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T.A.

answers from Washington DC on

H.,
believe it or not, when my son was as bad as your's sounds, I slathered his bottom with neosporin. I am not sure what the dr would say, but it was a weekend, & it got rid of much of the redness. Then I kept him really covered with balmex until it cleared up.
Good luck
T. A

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L.A.

answers from Charlottesville on

Your doctor can give him a prescription for diaper rash that will start to clear it up within a few hours. Our ped called it Greers Gooh (but have been told each doc has their own mixture they use). It is also possible that it is a yeast infection and not diaper rash and they can prescribe nystatin for that to clear it up. Google yeast infection in infants and take a look b/c that is what our daughter had for a long time and I thought it was just a regular diaper rash but nothing got rid of it and a neighbor happened to tell me that it was a yeast infection.

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K.B.

answers from Cumberland on

I had great success with A & D ointment. Used it with every diaper change and rarely ever had rash. Hope it helps.

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S.J.

answers from Washington DC on

Hi H.-

I am an Independent Consultant with Arbonne International. My company uses herbal & botanical formulations for their products which means they are all PURE, SAFE, & BENEFICIAL. Arbonne has a FABULOUS diaper rash cream that works wonders. Part of the problem with Balmex is that it contains mineral oil which creates an occulsive barrier on the skin. This barrier prevents the skin from absorbing the moisture that your little bundle on joy needs on his bottom in order to heal. I'd love to help you out. FYI: Arbonne has a 45 day, money back guarentee if you don't see the results that you expect.

S. Johnson

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E.S.

answers from Richmond on

H.,
I highly recommend triple Paste, it is a little on the pricey side but it is so worth it, rite Aid carries it and I believe Target and Wal-Mart may even carry it know. It is like $9 a tube or you can buy the tub of it for like $30, I personally buy the tube of it for home because I have 2 in diapers. My youngest who is now 20 months had a severe rash about a year ago and we had to get a script from our ped. and I cant remember the name of what he had us get but I believe it started with a "Z", we have a and awful insurance so it was expensive but it worked wonderful. Her entire diaper area was bright cherry red and bleeding, it was nasty and this prescription worked in less than 2 days. Good luck.

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T.B.

answers from Roanoke on

Have you ever tried Butt Paste? I always liked it better than Balmex. Also you might want to have it looked at to make sure it's not a yeast infection. Has your baby recenlty been on any antibiotics? My son used to get a yeast problem everytime he was on medicine.

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T.C.

answers from Washington DC on

i like the Aveeno diaper creme better. seems to clear up rashes after 1 application.

sometimes for really bad rashes i also apply bacitracin cream as well. and/or a cortisone creme, over the counter type.

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A.F.

answers from Norfolk on

Go buy an over the counter liquid anti acid like mylanta or maylox.This is what you do,when you are changing him clean him with water and a cloth only...NO baby wipes then you put some of the liquid anti acid on a cotton ball and then apply to the rash and blow on it till it drys then appy diaper rash cream as normal.The anti acid counter balances the acid in the babys urin or poo that is causing the rash..it does the same thing for his bum as it does for our tummies.I learned this ittle trick from a nurse when my son was in the hospital because of a severe infection.The antibiotics they were giving him were causing him to have a severe rash that made his little bum bleed...so she gave me this little tip and it worked like a charm!!! I have used it ever since..and it never fails to work.If this doesnt work I would be worried about maybe a yeast infection and you might want to see your Dr. Good luck!!

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J.A.

answers from Washington DC on

My pediatrician just recommended something to me called Gentian Violet. You have to get it from the pharmacy, but it's non-prescription. It will stain his bottom a purple color for a few days, but clears up the rash! GL!

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D.G.

answers from Washington DC on

Wow, lots of responses! If my daughter had a rash that bad, I would take her to the pediatrician. If it is a yeast infection like some are saying, a Dr can prescribe medicine for it. I would use a warm wash cloth to wipe (dab) and I LOVE and highly recommend Aquaphor Baby. That works better than diaper cream, and you can use it around their mouth/chin, too when they are teething, or on cheeks if dry. It's a great item to have on hand. Good luck, and hope the little guy feels better soon!

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C.P.

answers from Washington DC on

H., cut back on appler, grape and citrus juices. Avaoid tomatoes.

Give him a baking soda sitz bath- warm water three inches in the tub, 1/3 cup baking soda. Rinse with clean water and air dry.

Use A&D ointment very very liberally or Budreaux Butt Paste. Dr BGrown's is great too, but I don't like all of the zinc oxide that is in i, it makes it far too thick and difficult to clen off in case of poop.

This may be a yeast, take 1/4 cup corn starch, 1 Tbs plain yougurt with active cultures luke chobani or kefir, mix to make a paste, add 1 Tbs honey, add more corn starch until it resembles diaper ointment and slather it on very liberallly, Make just enough for i day, it can sit out of fridge, this encourages the good bacteria that combats the yeast to grow. Discard at end of day- works, used it with my three older children

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P.S.

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Just use plain old corn starch. You will see improvements within a day.

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B.M.

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Hi H.:

My son would get bad diaper rash like that. I swear by A+D Ointment. Neither Balmex nor Desitin ever seemed to promote healing, but A+D does. It is in the same section of the baby aisle as the Balmex. Since his rash is so bad, it may take a couple of days, but when my son had a bad rash, it would usually be gone in 24 hours if I gently cleaned and reapplied the A+D at every diaper change.

I just read some more of the responses. I never applied the A+D in a thick layer, I found a thin layer to work well, but the area does need to be thoroughly coated. Definitely consider a change in wipes and or diapers (I had been given some cheap dollar store wipes--big mistake to use them). If it doesn't clear up in a couple of days, take him to the doctor to confirm a yeast infection and get the prescription antifungal cream like Nystatin or Vusion.

Also, try to figure out if it is something in is diet. My son would get awful diaper rash after eating anything with even a small amount of tomato in it. That has lessened as he gets older, but it would be really bad if he ate any tomato.

Good luck,
B.

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D.W.

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Hi H.,

My dauther is going on five pretty soon, but for her diaper rashes I used Caldesene Powder. It comes in a pink bottle and I was only able to find it in some CVS and most Giant Food stores. You can also google it. It worked like Magic....in a matter of 2 days her rash was gone....Hope you can find it.

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D.K.

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Both my boys had horrible diaper rashes. We all just have very sensitive skin. But in my youngest, this manifested as a combination yeast/strep infection, with the same symptoms you mentioned, right down to the bleeding. My ped. told me that when babies get strep, they don't get it in their throats like older kids and adults do, they get it as a diaper rash. The only thing that finally cleared it up for my son was a combination anti-fungal/anti-bacterial cream called Greer's Goo. Take him to your doctor if none of the old usual tricks work (like air drying, creams, change of diaper or wipe brand, change of diet, religious powdering and topical application of breastmilk - which can heal almost any type of diaper rash just about overnight except yeast or bacterial which will get worse because of the sugars in breastmilk). Ask your doctor to do a yeast-test and a strep-test at the same time. This will save you time in diagnosis. If you need the Greer's Goo though, I hope you have insurance. The little pot of it we got from the pharmacy was $316.00!!! Thank God for Tricare, we paid $3.

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K.G.

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Your son may actually have a type of yeast infection and need a steriodal cream to clear it up. My son, who is now 5, went through this as an infant. I also stopped using baby wipes and used only cotton balls dipped in warm water to clean him up until the rash went away completely. Then I always used the old fashioned Desitin (not the new creamy kind but the one with more of a paste consistency) with every diaper change and we never had the problem again. You will need a prescription for the steriodal cream so make an appointment with your pediatrician as soon as they can get you in. I hope you find this helpful.

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J.K.

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i would talk to the doc. Our daughter just had this and the doc prescribed something called "greer's Goo"
it cleared up well in one day and was totally gone in 2 days.
The infection is likely a yeast infection as well as diaper rash. The greer's goo has diaper cream (zinc), Hydrocortisone (for itching) and nystatin (yeast medication)

I would actually request it rather than having the doc tell you that it will go away on it's own. I wouldn't want to deal with that on my grown up skin much less baby skin!

Maybe you can call the pediatrician if you have a good relationship, rather than making an appt.

You can even try to make a home made version. What we did was equal parts diaper cream (zinc oxide)/ monistat (for yeast)/ hydrocortisone (1 or 2%)
mix WELL and apply 3 times a day. That is waht WE did.

The greer's goo has a prescription strength nystatin, but this might help until u see a doc.

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B.B.

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H. the best thing I can tell you is corn starch is the best, use a warm washcloth no soap,let air dry , then corn starch.
Good luck I sware by cornstarch

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K.F.

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My daughter gets bad diaper rashes & has for over a year. We have completely stopped using wipes. Instead I clean her with Viva paper towels (more cloth like) and water. Then its a layer of whatever diaper rash cream is working at the moment. We have tried them all, including Rx creams. What does your ped say?

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G.G.

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Hello H.,
My daughter has a pretty bad rash right now also. It was very painful for her last night but looks a lot better today. I use the Vaseline baby. It is suppose to prevent and help with diaper rash. It comes in a tube with a blue cap. I like it much better than Desitin and those creams because it doesn't sting like they do. It puts a seal on the rash so it doesn't get worse. Good luck.
G.

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C.W.

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change his diaper often, Boudroux's Butt paste and watch what soap you are using in his bath. we put in a packet of aveeno oatmeal bath every night for a week and made sure that the soap we used was extra sensitive.

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M.R.

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It took us awhile to figure out the my son's PH balance in combination with chemicals in the diaper were causing his problems. He is very sensitive to Luvs diapers and because of his PH it just burns his skin off. Try a different brand of diaper. We also liked Badger Baby Balm. It does not have zinc oxide which can cause major irritation. Compared to Destin, Balmex has much less of zinc oxide. We also coated the cream with 100% cornstarch baby powder. It helped keep the moisture away from his skin. If there are bumps and bubbles take him to the ped. it may be a yeast infection, which will need anti-fungal cream.

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S.N.

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Hey H.,
I swear by good old cornstarch. My son would sometimes get terrible diaper rash when he began solid foods. I would sprinkle it on his bum and literally, within hours it appeared MUCH better and he certainly was more comfortable. There is a ton of products on the market and I suppose everything works to some degree. Personally, I prefer to go as natural and inexpensively as possible and for us, this worked like a charm. Wow! Tons of advice for you to sort through...best of luck!
S.

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K.B.

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Use 1% cortozone to ease the pain and itching. Try butt paste, bag balm, shea or cocoa butter. Use warm gentle soapy water to clean instead of baby wipes until he heals, then use the kind for sensitive skin. I wish you well.

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E.D.

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H.,

I have a friend that if she used diaper rash cream that had zinc-oxide in it her kids would break out like that. You'd have to get it online, but you might want to try a zinc-oxide free diaper rash cream. There is also a chance that his diaper rash is an allergic reaction to a particular food. I have another friend that any time her son had anything that had apples in it he would get a diaper rash really bad. Just some thoughts. The best thing to do is check with your baby's pediatrician and ask for him to be tested for allergies. Hope this helps, God Bless.

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L.S.

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Hi H.,
I love Baby Aquaphor (you can find it at most drugstores)for everything that irritates a baby's skin. Also, try not to use a baby wipe when your son has a wet diaper, only when your son has a poop that needs to be cleaned. Using a baby wipe each time he needs a diaper change can irritate skin, especially sensitive skin. I hope this helps!
L.

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K.U.

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I know you have a lot of advice here but wanted to add that this happened to my son and after gently wiping him clean and letting him air dry for as long as possible, I used a little triple antibiotic ointment and then a product called Unpetroleum that you can find in nature stores-my kids are 3 and 6 now and they still call it the special cream, it just seems to relieve the pain and look so much better by the next day. Good luck!

K.

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S.M.

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I live by Triple Paste! I have two children and that is all I use now. Usually it will clear up a really bad rash within a day or two. My ped all recommends it too. It is a little pricy but well worth it. If Triple Paste dosen't clear it up go to the doc for possiable yeat infection.

Good Luck!!

S.

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W.S.

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You've had tons of advice, but I didn't see any suggestions to use Bag Balm. My son would have the worst acidic-like poop that burned his bottom terribly. I tried the usual zinc-oxide based stuff, but no luck. Then I tried Boudreaux's Butt Paste. Great stuff for most times, but when he got really bad, very raw with some bleeding spots, I used a warm washcloth to clean him. Then I would pat him completely dry with a soft cloth, then slather him up with Bag Balm. You can get it in either the gardening or Pet department. I know, sounds bizarre, but it was originally named for its use on cow udders that had rawness problems. Sort of like the old Mane and Tail horse shampoo that all the girls started using because it was wonderful stuff. The Bag Balm comes in a square green metal can. It is vaseline based, but with other stuff that apparently does the healing part while the moisture barrier prevents further skin irritation. After a while, I would just apply it after every diaper change, and he stopped getting rashes at all. Best part is it won't wipe off like the regular white cream type stuff. Trust me, it works!!

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K.C.

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Keep doing what you're doing. Also, I would stop using wipes (for now anyway) and use cotton balls soaked in water. Or you can use a damp cloth, but you'll go through a ton of them! Our son had the same thing and giving his bare bum a lot of air time really helped too. Good luck!

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J.C.

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We use Aquaphor by Eucerin. It's done wonders for my children, who usually have very dry skin so that doesn't help the diaper rash. Everytime I use it, I've seen improvement by the next diaper change, and it gets rid of blood-red diaper rash by the next morning when I put it on the night before. I swear by it, and gladly recommend it to everyone! It did wonders for my son, and is doing the same for my daughter (even with teething), and my sister-in-law just started using it on her son's cheeks b/c they get chapped so easily and the eczema lotion wasn't clearing it up. (We've also done that in the winter, and even at the beach after a windy day.)

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C.H.

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My children had diaper rash and it was a real problem until my aunt bought some "bag balm", a little green can made in Vermont. It is basically a pine tar emollient used to protect the udders of dairy cows from chapping and weather. It protects the wonderfully. In fact my father a cattle rancher in northern Nevada has always used it on his cattle as well as his hands. It is perfectly safe and it works better than any of the dozen "diaper rash treatments" I tried.

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A.H.

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I know how you feel. My daughter had a terrible rash for what seemed like forever. Then if started to blister and got really raw. It may be a yeast infection as my little one had. You can talk to your Ped, but I tried yeast cream and hydrocortozone cream and they worked. We also found a good cream for diaper rash (aerobonne baby cream). It seemed to work better than all the others we tried. The other thing you can try is a bath with baking soda.
Good luck.

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M.A.

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Cornstartch works miracles. Just put the dry powder on the baby's bottom and put a diaper back on. It's worked for me. I hope your baby feels better soon.

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R.S.

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sounds like he has a yeast based diaper rash, bring him in to the dr. They will give you some Nystatin cream if that is the case. Meanwhile go diaperless as often as possible and try to get him to air is bottom out with some sun shining on it.

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A.A.

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A&D works the best to heal diaper rash. you have to spread it on very very thick like cake frosting. however, boudreaux's butt paste works the best to PREVENT diaper rash. also don't use wipes when he has a rash. wash his bum with soap, water and your hand. it is less irritating and helps the rash heal faster.

my son is about to turn 1. i've used boudreaux's for the last year and he's only had diaper rash once.

if it gets bad don't be afraid to call the dr. it may not be diaper rash at all.

good luck.

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A.M.

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It sounds like a yeast infection. You should probably buy some Lotrimin (anti-fungal) and some neosporin and alternately apply them with every diaper change as well as aquaphor or vaseline. Put Lotrimin on to treat the yeast and the vaseline or aquaphor to keep moisture away from the skin during one change and on the next change apply neosporin with aquaphor or vaseline. If after a couple of days, you do not see an improvement, call your pediatrician and ask them about Vusion ointment. I have 3 kids and have had this problem with all of them. My son was the worst. Also, if you haven't already, stop using baby wipes until the skin is healed. I know that there is a certain "ick" factor to that but, they are very very painful on raw skin (speaking from my own experience here, I made the mistake of wiping my own raw nose with one), that includes the sensitive wipes and organic ones too.

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F.S.

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My two boys also had terrible diaper rash, but what worked for me was to stop using wipes and to use a soft paper towel with warm water. I also purchased powder in a pink bottle from my local pharmacy. It was not prescription, but it had to be purchased at the pharmacy. I cannot remember the name, but after trying everything else this was the only thing that worked for my boys. Good luck:)

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S.W.

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One person suggested it being a yeast infection. YES that is exactly what it is. BUT. Go get some MONISTAT. People look at me weird, but if it is a yeast infection, you need something to cure the yeast. Diaper rash creams, and anything else will just flare it up.

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A.N.

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My daughter had a really bad diaper rash last week,she was in a lot of pain, poor baby, but well I used the mustela Vitamin Barrier Cream, I've used it since she was born, she is now 21 months and it really works, the next morning the rash was much better and the next day it was gone, I hope this can help you.

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K.S.

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skip it all. just use vaseline for a few days at every diaper change, wet or dry. air out often. rinse out your wipes w/ warm water to get all the soap out of it. and try to avoid acidic foods or spicy foods for the baby if he/she eats them. water down the juice if you need to. hopefully it will clear up soon. if your child suffers often from diaper rash then i suggest vaseline every day, its great.
my kids were allergic to desitin and balmex wasnt much better. made their rashes worse and wont stick to raw skin.

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S.M.

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If you have insurance, ask your dr. for a prescription for a relatively new diaper cream called Vusion. It is fabulous! I say if you have insurance because if you don't, it will cost over $200! With insurance it cost me $30 and it was well worth it. Good luck!
S.

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R.A.

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Try Resinol. It's hard to find, but I've found most "private" (not chain) pharmacies have it. In Portsmouth, Suburban Pharmacy carries it. In Suffolk, Bennett's Creek Pharmacy carries it. Others may be willing to order it for you. Just coat the diaper area. We have used it at night, and the next morning everything was healed!

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T.H.

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have you thought of it maybe being a yeast infection? they look like diaper rashes but dont go away with rash cream. try lotrimin for athetes foor or monistate cream for woman. just the cream and rub it on like diaper rash cream. if that is what it is it will clear up in a day or two with the appropriate cream.

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P.F.

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You probably should take him to a doctor. That happened to my first born and it turned out that both of us had a yeast infection that we were transferring back and forth to each other. The doctor will prescribe something for both of you.

Hope this helps.

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S.B.

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vusion is an incredibly expensive Rx diaper rash cream, but our pediatrician tells us it can be made at home by simply combining one part desitin, one part vaseline, and one part anti-fungal cream (this helps if the diaper rash is yeasty). good luck! diaper rashes are miserable.

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T.B.

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I like Aquaphor by Eucerin...does not burn and a little goes a long way! check it out! my 21 month old does not holler when I apply it! and it works quick! and I also pour about 1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda in her bath water! for super soft skin and helps with itchiness!

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S.M.

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Go to the drug store and buy some Monistat 7. I used Desitin as diaper rash cream. Rotate out the Monistat and the Desitin with each diaper change. My two month old get diaper rashes alot! I called her pediatrician and that is what they told me to do. You can also mix the desitin and Monastat together if you want but it gets messy. The rash should start looking better in about a day. Try to keep him super dry too! Since he's raw, use a wet paper towel as a wipe or rinse the wipe with water before you use it. This will help him from crying during every diaper change. i hope I helped!!!!

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