Burning Her Bottom!!!

Updated on March 27, 2008
T.D. asks from New Philadelphia, OH
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My one year old has had really bad diapers lately. It seems like once or twice a day she explodes a diaper, which I change immediately, but where ever the bm touches on her little bottom she has horrible blisters. She has the worst case of diaper rash and I can't figure out what is causing these nasty diapers. She has been really, really cranky and not sleeping that well either (not that she ever slept that great to begin with). I just switched her to milk but have to wonder if that is the problem because I love dairy products and that didn't seem to bother her when I breastfed. Any ideas on how I can stop this or at least prevent her bottom from burning would be great. I've tried keeping A&D, Beaudroux's, and Dr. Smith's ointment on it, but the diaper seems to soak it up. I'd let her run around and air it out, but she's been going so much lately, I'm not sure when it's coming and I really don't want to clean that out of my carpet!

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Wow! What a wonderful response. When I posted this Saturday, I'd had enough. I ran out and bought some Lactaid and within 24 hours her bowels had turned completely around. She's still getting up once a night, but I can live with that. Still a little cranky but I think she is about to get some more teeth. This morning I called her doctor and told her what has been going on and she is going to check her out Wednesday and test for a milk allergy. I tried the Malox on her bottom with the diaper cream and once the pooping calmed down so did the rash. She still has a little residual rash but it's nothing like it was. I'm able to let her air it out now as well, which she loves...Naked Time! Thank you all for your advice. I'll remember the great ideas next time I'm facing nasty diapers (something tells me this isn't going to be the end of it!).
T.

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B.F.

answers from Toledo on

Hi T.
I have found a great combo for treating and healing diaper rashes. Use equal amounts of A&D cream, Neosporin cream and a antifungal cream (for athletes foot~I use the equate brand form Wal-mart) DO NOT USE OINTMENTS they will hold in the heat. This has treated my daughter basically overnight on several occasions. As far as food allergies, that could be the cause of the blow outs~ but I only experienced this when my daughter was teething. Good luck!

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S.P.

answers from Cleveland on

I know you received a butt load of responses (ha! ha! pun intended) but CREAMY DESITIN has worked wonders. We had the same issues. It is weird to suddenly see diaper rash after more than 13 months with totally smooth butt! But it happens. I tried a lot and creamy desitin literally works overnight.

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M.J.

answers from Indianapolis on

Try Resinol you can get it in the pharmacy section. It works great and is recommended by my pediatrician.

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M.

answers from Cincinnati on

I was just like you --> LOVED cow's milk and anything made from it (yogurt, ice cream, ricotta cheese, cream cheese, butter, etc., etc.). My son was just like your daughter --> cow's milk really messed up his digestion/poop and gave him horrid diaper rash (actually not a traditional "diaper rash" but rather an allergy rash). And we later came to find out it also caused his poor sleep (he couldn't stay asleep for long, didn't get restful sleep) and his reddish/dry cheeks and other tiny little patches of dry skin on his wrists, torso, legs, etc. (uh, eczema caused by the milk).

So... even if you think, "oh, cow's milk doesn't bother me, and it didn't bother her while nursing" --> sorry to be the one to say: it CAN bother your baby, even if it doesn't bother you. :(

I never thought we'd be able to eliminate cow's milk products. I thought it would be too tough. I thought I would love it so much that I couldn't give it up. But you know what? IT WAS SO WORTH IT. My little guy was sooo much happier, healthier, and calmer -- and so were we, his parents!

So, if you want to rule out the idea of cow's milk causing your baby's discomfort, there's really ONLY ONE sure-fire way of doing this: eliminate all cow's milk products for 4-6 weeks (seems like a long time, but it isn't, you *can* do this) and watch to see if her poop and rash issues go away. Then, do what's called a "challenge" --> give her a glass of milk or two, watch her for 48-72 hours for a reaction (could be the poop and blisters/rash thing, or being super fussy/tantrumy, or sleeping poorly, or little patches of dry skin showing up, or really dark circles under the eyes - see list of allergic symptoms in the Dr. Sears link below). If no reaction to the challenge, that's a good sign and you can proceed to reintroduce cow's milk, continuing to watch for any signs of allergy during that first week or so. If no signs, great! If signs, back off again.

Honestly, we did this *as a family* because I thought it would be too hard to keep milk away from my son while my daughter and my husband ate whatever they wanted. We went dairy-free as a family, and that turned out to be *really* helpful to have that support while making the change. I thought I'd miss cow's milk too much, that our family wouldn't survive it! Now that I look back on it, I can't believe I dreaded it so much. Our family did *great* and we found out that, indeed, for our son cow's milk WAS A PROBLEM, and that he (and all of us, actually) do better without it, and we don't feel deprived.

We didn't replace cow's milk with soy products, either (with my son, he was also sensitive to soy, and I read in one research study where kids who are allergic to cow's milk are 50% more likely to be allergic to soy, so I avoided it just to keep things simple). Instead, here's what we use as our substitutes - sharing them in case they'd help you at all:

* instead of milk --> Living Harvest brand hemp milk or Pacific Foods rice milk (available at local grocer or health food store, orderable online), light coconut milk (sold in cans)

* instead of buttermilk --> tablespoon of acid (such as lemon or lime juice, or vinegar) plus milk sub (coconut, hemp, rice milks)

* instead of butter --> coconut oil, dairy-free buttery spread like Earth's Balance or margarine, or even Crisco Butter Flavored Shortening

* instead of ice cream --> diary-free sorbets of all flavors including coconut sorbet and Hagen Dazs chocolate sorbet

* dark chocolate --> there are many great, high quality dairy-free chocolates, just read the labels, but a staple around our house is the Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet chocolate chips

* instead of cheese --> anything fatty and salty, for example, mayonnaise or avocado w/ salt or guacamole or olive tapenade or pesto made without cheese (*seriously easy* to make at home if you can't find a dairy-free version in the store)

* I've not yet been able to find a sub for yogurt or cream cheese, though regular (full fat) coconut milk is really tasty in smoothies in place of yogurt

Hopefully that will get you started - just print your hidden dairy "cheat sheet" (see link below) and make a trip to the store without the kids so you can start reading labels, and stock up on some basic dairy-free stuff. We ended up eating a lot more simple & healthy WHOLE foods because there is *no label* and what you see is what you get, guaranteed to be dairy free -- for example, apples, bananas, pears, grapes, sweet potatos, broccoli, oranges, blueberries, celery, bell peppers, carrots, watermelon. ALL of these things are easy to get, fast to "prepare", healthy, and VERY dairy-free. :)

Here are some links to help you get started...

Food Sensitivities in Babies
http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/food-sensitivity.html

Non-Dairy Sources of Calcium
http://www.ellenskitchen.com/faqs/calcium.html

Hidden Dairy "Cheat Sheet"
http://www.kellymom.com/store/freehandouts/hidden-dairy01...

Tracking Down Food Allergies
http://askdrsears.com/html/4/t041800.asp

Dairy-Free Recipes
http://www.paleofood.com/

Whatever the cause of your daughters rash, I hope you can find it quickly so that you both feel better soon! If you do decide to rule out whether cow's milk is a problem by doing a temporary elimination, I just want to encourage you that you *can* do this (you do have the intelligence and the will power), and best of luck!

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A.M.

answers from Elkhart on

We have had this same acidic poop with both of our kids when they are cutting teeth (and my mom says my brother and I had it too!). Thankfully, it usually goes away in a day or two. What I have found works well for them is A&D with straight cornstarch sprinkled on. The cornstarch helps keep the A&D on their bottoms and not the diaper. Then it forms a barrier the next time around.

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N.P.

answers from Cleveland on

T.,
Try cutting out the dairy for 3 days. See if this makes a difference in her diapers and her behavior. She could be lactose intolerant. Especially if you just switched her. Did you do it gradually would be my next question. Evn though you breastfed and it did not bother her, when you go 100% cows milk, sometimes kids can not tolerate the enzyme or need a while to get used to it. Also, cut out acidic fruit and juices. Apples, oranges, anything citrus, etc. Try going with a diet you would give if she were sick with an upset stomach. A bland diet. Pasta, rice, bread, bananas, etc. See if this helps. If she is still blowing out and cranky, the next thing to think about would be a virus, or possible teething. Try to let her air out in the bathroom before and after a bath. I understand about the carpet cleaning, but the bathroom might be a safe bet. That way if you see she is starting to go, you can quickly put her into the tub and then easily clean out the tub. If she continues to have the blisters though, after you've altered her diet, you may want to make an appointment with the pediatrician and get a presciption for a diaper rash cream. Often times it can be yeast related. Although, if it is a yeast condition, you can easily put Lotrim on it also. Hope this helps some.

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M.C.

answers from Indianapolis on

This would happen to my daughter if she ate anything with cream in it. My doctor had use soak her bottom in warm water and baking soad. My daughters would bleed. This worked for us. Have you checked with your doctor to see if they can test and see if it is a allergy to milk products. My oldest daughter was on soy for 18 months and my youngest for 13 or 14 months. Sorry and I hope it all gets better.

Also a lot of the diaper creams and vasaline hold in the heat.

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K.T.

answers from Columbus on

Poor baby! For really bad diaper rashes we use a 50/50 mix of Aquaphor and Maalox. I know some doctors will write a prescription for it and the pharmacy will mix it up for you, but we generally make ours at home (which is a pain in the butt to do!). The Maalox cuts down on the acid and the Aquaphor creates a barrier.

Good luck!

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T.H.

answers from Cincinnati on

T. the same thing used to happen to my daughter when she was a baby. Hers turned about to be a yeast infection. The doctor told me to use Lotrimin for athlete's foot and it worked wonders. Hers seemed to be triggered by anything with tomatoes in it. Hope this helps.
T.

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N.H.

answers from Cleveland on

T.,
Go to Marcs it's cheapest there, but Target and WalMart have it too. It's called Pinx Sav. Not sure on the spelling, but it's pronounced Pink Salve. You have to ask the pharmacy for it. You DON'T need a prescription but they keep it back there. I was given this at my shower and I have never used anything else. It's about 4 or 5 bucks for a tube and they have a large tub too. Good luck and I really hope this helps your little one. Let me know how it works. N. H.

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K.M.

answers from South Bend on

Try using Bag Balm. It is sold at te drug store over the counter. Use it over balmex, desitiny, or whatever you like. It helps keep the moisture away from the sores so the medicine can do it's job. Call your dr too because they may want to check for allergies, or have ways to help transition your child as to avoid an overload on the body. Plus they may perscribe a med to use that is stronger. Calling the dr is never wrong, especially when it comes to your children. The office gets call all the time, and that is what they are there for. Even calling and asking to talk to a nurse may give you some relief and they may be able to help you without going to the office. Hope things get better.

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T.M.

answers from Cleveland on

Hello T.,
With my kids they would both get a diaper rash when they were teething and then it would go away once their teeth would come in. My son recently had a bad diaper rash that wouldn't go away and I too tried everything over the counter and nothing seemed to work except one that I just happened to pick up when I was grabbing all of them to try. It got rid of it over night it's called TRIPLE PASTE It comes in a tube or a big jar if it's not in the aisle with other baby creams check with the pharmacy. It is the only thing I will buy now. I tried all the ones you mentiond and this is the only one that works for him.
I do know that the doctor can also write a perscription ointment for diaper rash. If nothing else works, give your peds. a call.
I hope this helps you out.
Good luck! I know how painful it can be on everyone!
T.

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A.L.

answers from Muncie on

You might need to go to the basics to eliminate if its the milk products or not. My nephew had probems with milk and that's exactly what he did. As far as helping the red bottom, I've use cornstarch and it seemed to help my little ones. I'm a creamy destine gal so that's the other. I got a hydrocortisone compound from the doctor that seems to help a lot too. GOOD LUCK.

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T.B.

answers from Indianapolis on

I know you said that you have used A&D ointment. I live by that stuff!!! Are you using the actual ointment or the white cream? I know from experience they are totally different. I am a mom of two beautiful girls also. One 9 and the other 6. I still use A&D ointment when their skin is really dry, lips really chapped, bottoms chapped, etc. Good Luck!!!
T. B

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D.P.

answers from Indianapolis on

My son does the same thing when he drinks too much juice or is teething. let her soak in the tub. and gold bond medicated powder works well also.

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S.L.

answers from Columbus on

My little ones had the same problem. What seemed to work the best was a combination of Aquaphor Ointment & Malox liquid. Our local independent pharmacy keeps some mixed and in a small tub behind the counter so you have to ask for it. If you cannot find it there you can make your own in the blender with equal parts of the stuff. The Malox is an Antiacid and The aquifer suspends the Malox and helps heal the injury. Good Luck!

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K.P.

answers from Dayton on

I have a son who had the same problem, and I finally found something that really works, it is Aquaphor Healing Ointment by Eucerin. For years my ped. Dr. would give me samples to use, but it said it was for DRY skin, and I just didn't see how it would work. Then I tried it, and it is crazy how well it works. And I have tried everything. It is pretty expensive about $16 a jar. BUT is SO worth it.
good luck.
Kathy

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S.G.

answers from Dayton on

Please please take your child to the pediatrician! Diaper rash is one thing if it's just redness but blisters can be serious not to mention horrible for you daughter! Also if she is having explosive diapers as frequently as once or twice a day there could be a problem causing that that is realted to the blisters. Please call your pediatrician - why make your daughter suffer any longer while you try to figure out what to do? Better safe than sorry!

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H.W.

answers from Mansfield on

It sounds like what I am going through with my son. Teething. Each one of my children have had different wierd things go on with their bodies while they are teething, Diahrea happens to be what my son goes through. When his bottom gets really bad, instead of wiping him off, it is a little extra work, but I rinse him in a cool shower, fan his bottom dry and lather him in Arbonne's ABC Diaper rash cream(hwilson.myarbonne.com). It is a natural, herbal ointment and works great. I also use it even when his bottom is clear to protect his skin. I also soak him once a day in baking soda water. It works well. Hope this is helpful. If you need anything email me at [email protected]____.com. H..

A little about me: I am a 26 year old, stay-at-home mother of three. Daughter 4, Son 2, Son 11 months.

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N.O.

answers from Evansville on

What color are her movements?? Are they yellowish with a really really awful smell?? If so you might check with a doctor. My three year had the roto (sp?)virus when she was a little over a year old. She hadnt started running a fever yet but had the diaper problem and after a few days she started with the fever, we eded up taking her to the ER and she stayed in the hospital for three days on IVs.
OR
Has she had any extra fruit or veggies. It might just be the milk change. You may have to start doing half formula or breast milk half milk. Ive never breast fed so I am not sure about recieveing dairy through breast milk. I do know though that when we would gave to much fruits and veggies that sometimes we had diaper problems.
OR
the sores on her might be caused from a yeast infection. I babysat for a child years ago with a really serious yeast infection in her diaper area and her mouth a doctor would have to give a prescription for that.............just make sure you sanitize your hands and the diaper changing pads because you can give this to yourself or others and trust me from experience........its painful.

Hope you find a cause and cure quickly......good luck!!!!
Good luck and I hope you find a solution!

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S.S.

answers from Columbus on

Try mixing a little bit of Aquaphor and Malox together. I have done this for my kids when they have a really bad diaper rash and the rash seems to cause a barrier between the butt and the diaper. Keeping the moisture, etc. away. Plus, it doesn't burn their bottom when I apply it. Seems to soothe it. Know the mixture sounds funny, but my peditrician is the one that recommended it and it really works.

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K.M.

answers from Columbus on

My newborn son had a horrible diaper rash right after he was born from the antibiotics I received when I was in the hospital. His pediatrician recommeneded a combination of one part Maalox and one part Eucerin lotion. The maalox reduces the acid in the bowel movement from touching his skin and the lotion helps keep it on his bottom. He hasn't had any problems with diaper rash since. It was a great fix!

I have a question about milk and babies...I have heard that you shouldn't give cows milk to babies until they are one year old? I have never heard the reason why, but did your doctor say it was ok? I'm still breastfeeding and plan to do so until he's one (I hope). Your daughter's digestive system may just be adjusting to no more breastmilk. Just a thought, hope it is helpful.

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S.F.

answers from Fort Wayne on

A major symptom of being allergic to milk is having severe diarrhea. Take her off the milk and go to Ear, Nose, and Throat to have her tested for allergies. They are great with my family. My mom, brother, self, my two boys have all gone there for the last 20 plus years. Tell them S. Frane sent you. My mom and brother used Dr. Dogherty (doe-err-tee). I use Dr. Dumas (due-mas). My boys see Dr. Reddy. We've loved all our doctors, and the staff is great with little ones. ###-###-####. They have an office connected to the ER entrance of Lutheran Hospital off Jefferson and another office close to Dupont Hospital. You can probably get in pretty quick.

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J.P.

answers from Cincinnati on

Sounds like a yeast infections!

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A.S.

answers from Fort Wayne on

Have you tried maylox? I know it sounds crazy but it worked wonders on my son's bottom. I put it in a spray bottle and put it on with every diaper change and he would be 90% better by the next day!

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C.N.

answers from Fort Wayne on

My now 2 year old had the same issue for a while. I noticed that her bm smelled really sour. I found she just had to much acid in her system. My doctors office recommended "Culturelle". It is basically just enzymes that help neutralize stomach acids. They come in capsules & I would get a bite of applesauce or yogurt and open a full capsule into that bite. It tastes sweet not bitter so she had no issues with eating it. I did that several times a day, I noticed a difference by that night. I found it at Meijer. It's about 10$ a box but well worth it. Whenever I notice that sour smell coming back I give her a couple doses & it seems to do the trick! Several of my friends have also benefited from this advice. I hope you do as well!! Sorry, my spelling/grammer is terrible & this has no spell check:)

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K.J.

answers from Columbus on

T.,
I have 4 children ages 10, twins 7 and a 3 yr old.
I fully believe in this ointment called triple paste.
It is an over the counter at your pharmacy, you do not
need a prescription to get it, but you do have to ask
the pharmacist for it. Call your Pharmacy first alot
of them do not carry it out right, but will order it for
you at no extra charge. I think i paid 9.00 for a container. And it lasts a long time. My little girl
was about 8 months old and had dipar rash so bad that
her bottom was bleeding. A friend told me about it
I used it and the next day it was better, the day after
that you couldn't tell she even had a rash.
She too was having horrible dipars.
Hope this helps, let me know
Kim in Grove city Ohio
I found walgreens to carry it, without having to order.

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C.W.

answers from Cincinnati on

Hello Just a couple of questions to add to your confusion. Have you ruled out an allergic reaction to the cremes yor using? What about this diaper rash they talk about on TV that could be linked to a yeast infection?

My first son did well with diaper rashes using desiden. While my second would just break out worse. Every where the creme touched would break out. I tried borofax which was really for burns and it worked. Each change got better. Then when he had a minor flare up I would use the borofax. Much better little guy with a bum that didn't hurt.

Also has the dr seen the daiper rash? If you can't get her in right away try taking a photo of it so he/she can see it at it's worse.

Just an idea. Good luck with it.

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M.F.

answers from Columbus on

Hi T.,
As one 30 something mom to another, re-think the milk. I can almost guarantee you that is the problem. Your body may have assimilated the milk before it reached her when nursing. Now it is her body alone trying to process something that was meant for a calf, not a person. I too, was raised on and love dairy products but after the research I have done recently, my children are completely off dairy. To help comfort the bottom:) TAKE AQUAPHOR AND MAALOX AND MIX 50/50 UNTIL COMPLETELY BLENDED. THIS IS BOTH PHARMACIST AND PEDIATRICIAN RECOMMENDED AND WORKS WONDERS!

If you want to help your daughter get rid of the diarhea AND SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT, go online to vancesfoods.com and order Darifree milk substitute. It has the same amount of calcium as cow's milk, minus all the risk of food sensitivities, allergies, etc.
Hope this helps,
M.

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L.B.

answers from Mansfield on

I have 3 boys, 7 and under, my youngest kept having the worst red bottom and we finally figured out it was after eating raisins. I still test it every once in a while and give him a few raisins and the next day very red bum after a bm. Hope it helps.

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K.A.

answers from Cleveland on

Watch everything she eats and note her reactions. It sounds like it could be dairy. My friend's daughter would get a very severe diaper rash that sounds like your daughter's and it was due to dairy (and she didn't have problems when her mother had dairy and nursed her). My son would get a very red bottom when he had strawberries. As for help with the rash, I found that Boudreaux's Butt Paste was the only one that cleared up a very bad rash, but sounds like you already tried it. Try a very thick layer of it. Also try wet cloths or rinsed out wipes to make wiping a bit gentler. It seems like even gentle wipes can hurt their bottoms when they have a rash. Make sure you call your doctor since any allergic reaction can get worse each time your daughter interacts with the food. Good luck!

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D.W.

answers from Columbus on

My daughters are teenagers now but when they were little the doctor told us to use solid crisco when it was really bad. It just needs a barrier to keep it from getting to those burned spots. It always worked for my girls.
Good Luck

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D.T.

answers from Elkhart on

change diaper brands or could this be a yeast infection?

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B.J.

answers from Kokomo on

may sound crazy but i used zinc oxide on my daughter but there is a trick go to a place like dollar general or walmart and buy their brand of zinc oxide and the brand (generic)monistat7, force the generic monistat in the zinc oxide and keep working the tube to mix and use it for the rash clears it up and helps with the pain if the rash is very painful mix with neosporin with pain relief i use this mixture because when my adopted daughter came back from her bio parents visits her bottom would bleed it worked everytime and usually within 24 hrs. also try 2% milk she may have trouble with the whole milk.

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J.T.

answers from Indianapolis on

My daughter had the same thing. I always felt so bad!! The warm water of the bath helped some, but the one thing that I found that was the miracle worker was Boudreaux's Butt Paste. Within a few hours of putting it on my daughter her bottom had cleared up alot! Especially when her bottom was bad, I just caked the butt paste on. She's four now and sometimes will get a sore bottom when she doesn't wipe well and will ask for the butt paste!! Good luck!

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A.C.

answers from Dayton on

If I were you I would cut out the milk and see what happens. It really sounds like she is allergic to something and you can start there and see if it gets better. My daughter drinks soy milk. She loves it. She does not have a allergy to dairy but I never could get her to drink milk when I stoped breastfeeding and someone suggested it because it is sweeter. If you do change over make sure you get the fortified kind. Hope she feels better!
A.

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K.N.

answers from Cleveland on

Hi T.,
I have a 4 year old and 2 year old and had the same problem.
I found the only thing that works is Pinx salve. You can get it over the counter. I get mine at Walmart or most drug stores carry it. You can get it in a tube or jar. I recommend the tube it is alot easier to get out. Warning, it does not come off of clothes, so be careful with it. Hope this works for you.
Caring mom,
K. N.

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A.O.

answers from Indianapolis on

My son had the same thing happen. After I switched him to milk he would get diaper rashes that would bleed. I switched him to lactose free milk and that stopped it all. The doctor told me he was lactose intolerant, but in hind sight he had all of the classic symptoms of a milk allergy. He outgrew his allergy before I realized this. Blood in the stool is also a classic symptom of a milk allergy. My 2 year old has a milk allergy, and she didn't sleep well from the start. I breast fed both of my kids and my son was never effected by what I ate, but my daughter was. I would get her checked for a milk allergy.

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T.J.

answers from Cincinnati on

The BEST produce that I've found is Caldesene Protecting Powder...you can buy it at Walgreens or Meijers....those are the only 2 places I've seen it.....it's wonderful and honestly you will notice a difference by the time you do the next diaper change after putting it on. Good luck!

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J.G.

answers from Columbus on

My little newborn came home from the hospital with a horrible diaper rash (blistery, etc.). None of the conventional creams worked. They actually made things worse. I was recommended by the pediatrician and a nurse to try something called "bag balm." You can get it at Wal-Mart, in the pet section, in a little green metal container. It is used for cow udders, but it provides a great barrier against wetness. Also, they recommended putting Maalox on the rash with a cottonball, and letting it dry before diapering. It combats the acidity of the bowel movements. The combination of this, and letting his bottom get some time to "air-out" cleared it up in about a week. I also quit using powedery-scented diapers. Hope this helps.

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K.F.

answers from Toledo on

I had great success with the A&D ointment but I would also suggest the BRAT diet to help stop the diahhrea. Thats Bananas Rice Applesauce & Toast. they all help stop the diahhrea. You can also give her Yogurt with active cultures to put natural bacteria back in the bowels and help bring her stools back to normal. The Pharmacy where I work also sells several creams you can use such as Boudreas Butt Paste or Pinxav that has been good also. You may need to ask a Pharmacist if they sell it although it is not a presciption. There is also a "lotion" you can make that uses Maalox and some other items but ask your doctor or Pharmacist for the exact ingredients that go in it.Good luck ...K.

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L.H.

answers from Columbus on

When my girl was small, she had issues with diaper rash. What we would do when ever we changed her, we would clean her up and than always use a nice soft cloth diaper to dry her bottom before we put any powder on her. It may take a bit to help, but also you may want to reduce any liquids that have a lot of acid in them. It did help more than anyone knows to use that cloth diaper to dry, don't use toilet tissue due to the dyes etc. I hope this helps you some, it sure did us.

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S.B.

answers from Bloomington on

I would try giving her lactose free milk. It sound like she is allergic to something. Is her stomach bloated? Is she gassy? All signs of lactose intolerance.

Good luck.

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A.R.

answers from Cleveland on

I have three children, and only the youngest had this problem, but she got horrible diarreah when she was getting a new tooth! I would be dealing w/ the diaper rash, etc for a couple of weeks, not realizing the cause, then a new tooth would pop out and the diarreah would stop, then the rash would heal. That's happened about 4-5 different times in her life now, and she's 2 1/2. It happened again when she got her 2 year molars. Ugh! I guess there is no way to tell for sure except if you can see/feel some teeth crowning, and all I tried to do in the meantime was keep her somewhat comfortable. Try cornstarch - it sits on top of the skin, not sucked into the diaper, and it will keep her bottom dry, not moist, which is what the rash needs. Good luck!

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B.S.

answers from Cleveland on

i believe it may be time for you to quickly potty train your one year old. Diapers are really only good for young babies because they do not eat many of the different types of foods that adults eat. You have to consider the foods going into the little one, then began taking one away. Your first start is sweets...sweets taste good going down but make things hard and rocky coming out. Plenty of water!!!!! to flush out the system.

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T.M.

answers from Indianapolis on

My daughter had this same problem at about the same age. Eventually we were able to narrow the cause of the horrible diapers and rash down to bananas. So, my guess, is that your daughter is having some sort of allergic reaction. I think the only way to discover the source of the problem is to experiment with removing foods from her diet 1 at a time for a couple of days each until you can determine which is the culprit.

My daughter loved bananas, so after a few months we started to gradually add them back into her diet. I would give her a couple of bites , and when she handled that well, I started giving her half a banana. Now she eats whole bananas and has no problem with them.

As far as treating the diaper area, I think diaper rash cream is all we ever used, but it worked.

Good luck!

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C.V.

answers from Cleveland on

I have used PINXAV with my girls and it has always worked wonders and QUICK! But, if she has sores..that may actually burn right at first. That you may have to check with the pharmacist (it is over the counter). Also, my one daughter was a bit more sensitive than the other and regular oranges bothered her like your daughter. It was like instant red and sometimes she would get the little sores. However, my neighbors little girl was bothered by dairy as well. So, that could be it?? Good Luck!

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S.F.

answers from Cincinnati on

I am a nurse and one of the doctors I work for says the best thing for a diaper rash is crisco. The solid kind. She has been a doctor for many years and I have used it on my daughter also and it works. If she has been on antibiotics it could be yeast. If it is she needs to go to the doctor. So if the crisco does not help with in a couple of days then my next thing would be it is a yeast infection so she needs to be seen by a doctor.

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A.H.

answers from Toledo on

Try taking the high acid foods out for a while. Citrus, tomatoe, pineapple etc. These foods tend to give my children diaper rash. Another thing my best friend used was pure virgin coconut oil. It is natural and cured her son in less than a day. His bottom was so raw that it was purple.

Have you changed brands of diapers. Each of my children were only able to tolerate one specific brand. The others created lots of diaper rash.

Feel free to contact me for more info.

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M.P.

answers from Cincinnati on

T.,

I am so sorry to hear that your little one is experiencing such nasty diapers. Because she has just changed to milk, it might be a little hard on her stomach. Remeber that breast milk contains some of the contents of the items you drink and eat, but it is nothing like drinking/eating those products straight from the bottle. I have not ever used any of the tushy creams that you have used, but I alwaysd used Destin and it was very successful. The thing I really like about Destin is that it is very thick and helps to keep the area protected. I always coated it on my girls little tushys thick. It seemed the thicker the better.

You could also try BAZA cream or Sween cream. My parents used these products on my grandparents, when they were bed ridden. BAZA cream is a lot like Destin. I would highly recommend Destin Night time over anything else.

I hope this helps. :-)

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M.W.

answers from Indianapolis on

T. D
I have some thoughts; could your little one be teething? 1 yr molars can leave babies cranky, sleepless, and give bad rashes...when my daughter went through this I used a store brand zinc-oxide cream (it's thick and white) We also gave her baths using oatmeal (ask the pharmacy about oatmeal baths - it's not a smelly soap) It always hurt to wipe with baby wipes so we'd also use wet paper towels. It also seemed to help if I blew on the rash. It may still burn for a few second when you use the zinc but hold her and try to preoccupy her...this is all I know about this...just some thoughts, good luck! Poor thing!!
Stacie W

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D.K.

answers from Indianapolis on

Have you tried AQUAPHOR?

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P.W.

answers from Toledo on

I am no doctor and think you would do best by getting the blisters checked by a doctor.
However, the best diaper cream I have used is call Triple Paste. If you drug store doesn't carry it they can order it for next day delivery. It works better than anything else on the shelves. It keeps the baby protected from everything. I urge you to give it a try. My baby had a terrible case of diaper rash when we took her home after her adoption from overseas and it cleared up in two days. Good luck.

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V.B.

answers from Youngstown on

Hi T.!

Has your daughter recently been on anti-biotics for anything? It could be a yeast infection. If this is the case, contact your pediatrician immediately for a yeast infection cream. I went through that with my youngest, he had it on his scrotum and it was no fun. It went away quickly with treatment.

My oldest son also had this type of diaper rash. It usually came with the eruption of one or more molars. Is your daughter teething? What worked for my oldest son was Aveeno Oatmeal baths at least a couple of times a day, and while he was in diapers I used straight cornstarch on his bottom. You can get the cornstarch in the grocery store in the baking goods section. They also make a baby powder with cornstarch in it. You could try that if you aren't comfortable with using the straight cornstarch.

If this doesn't help within a couple of days, you could try to cut the amount of milk she is ingesting by mixing it with water or formula, or breast milk if you can still pump.

Make sure to keep baby hydrated. If you can't figure this out and it lasts for more than 5 or so days, then I would immediately call my pediatrician.

Let me know if any of this helps.

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D.I.

answers from South Bend on

Good idea letting her bottom air out. She could have a reaction to the milk. Your breastmilk is different from regular milk. She may have an intolerance to it. Also, call the doc. because it may not be diaper rash it may actually be a yeast infection on her little bottom. If that is the case the doc. will prescribe something to use on her bottom. I have 3 boys ages 10,7, and 4. One of my boys had a similar situation and it ended up being a yeast infection on his bottom and not a diaper rash. Good luck!

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H.K.

answers from Canton on

T.,
Have you tried cloth diapers? Have you seen a doc to rule out a yeast infection? (The blisters sound like yeast.)Also, I would investigate the dairy aspect again. Even though it didn't bother her while you bf; the dairy may be just too difficult for her little body. And keep in mind - it can take up to 2 wks for the body to be rid of diary.
Good Luck Mama. Heater

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J.S.

answers from Fort Wayne on

I go through this w/ my little guy every time he cuts teeth. We switched to Huggies after using Pampers (my favorite) and Luvs and use Vasaline. It's the only thing that has worked for us. Good Luck!

Janel S.

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K.V.

answers from Indianapolis on

My doctor had me use yeast infection medication(cream) on my son's blistery diaper rash and it worked instantly. It has to do with the acidity in the bm. The cream counteracts the acidity.

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D.M.

answers from Indianapolis on

T.,
Yep! I'd say it was the change in the diet. You may have to go to soy milk (Silk). My daughter-in-law had to for our grandson and it worked like a charm. The BM was too acidy, hence the burns on the bottom. He now can have a little now that he is older...but she still keeps a close eye on the bottom! Have you tried using Desitin? or the walmart brand of Desitin? It does not soak into diaper. It is really thick and covers nicely, and protects. I used it on all my kids when they were little and in the daycare where I worked. Parents couldn't believe the difference between a&d compared to Desitin. Give it a try. I would call your pediatrician too for advice on diet. D.

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S.S.

answers from Cleveland on

Hi my niece had the same thing and she was actually allergic to desitin so maybe it is the ointment that you are using. We just let my new air out for a little while after each changing with just air no ointment. It was kinda worrysome aboutthe carpet too but we just watched her for the whole 5 minutes we left it off so I hope this helps have a good day !!

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J.E.

answers from Cleveland on

I have a very sensitive girlie and I make my own "miracle" diaper cream. Here's my "recipe":

1 tube of Burt's Bees Diaper Cream
2 tbs of Maalox
2 droppers of peppermint spirits (or peppermint oil)

Blend all three with the hand mixer until mixed and apply as needed.

The Maalox helps to cut the acid in the urine and stool, while the peppermint oil helps to cool burning bums (and it has an antiviral effect, so it helps with diaper rash associated with cold viruses).

I swear by it. :)

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M.B.

answers from Indianapolis on

Hi T.,
you really need to get your baby into see the doctor....First of all I worked in the medical field for 15yrs and have seen many raw bottoms. Putting creams on I don't really feel does a good job. At Walmart you can buy over the counter z-sorb it comes in a white bottle with blue writting. I have found that this is the best stuff to use. You make sure you wash bottom good and dry then put the powder on your hands and rub on bottom. This powder is ausome...the best I feel any one has made and you will see a difference. If this don't work please don't wait and take your baby into the doctors. Your baby might be alergic to the milk and need to change or there could be something worse. Not to scare you but there just could be. So please due try the powered right away it cost around $7.00 but very much worth the money.....Mother of 3, grandmother of 2 M.

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A.W.

answers from Dayton on

My son had a diaper rash that wouldn't go away. We tried the otc PinkSav, prescription Nystatin, prescription Butt Paste, otc A&D ointment, otc Butt Paste but none of these worked. The only thing that I found to work almost instantly is Desitin. It has been around for over 30 years and my parents used is on me and my brother. It takes care of the rash and feels soothing to their bottoms. I would be careful about using other combinations of stuff especially if they are not specifically for diaper rash. I would ask your pediatrician first. But, I would definitely recommend Desitin. That is the only thing I use now on my son.

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L.B.

answers from Fort Wayne on

I'm a grandma of 2 granddaughters. My daughter has found that Butt Paste is the only thing that works on her kids' diaper rash. We buy it at Walmart.

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K.V.

answers from Columbus on

When my oldest son was a couple of months old he had a really bad diaper rash as a result of a yeast infection from thrush. But the best thing I have ever used is something my doctor perscibed and the pharmisist showed me how to compund. Its basicially a 50/50 mixture of aquaphur and liquid malox.

The malox nutralizes the acid in the bm and the aquarphur protects the skin. It works like magic and clears things up in less then 24-48 hours. Becuase sometimes the rash ain't a rash its a chemical burn due to the acid in the bm. My friends ped recommended the samething for her daughter. Good luck.

S.K.

answers from Cleveland on

It could be the formula (milk) if you had no problem when breastfeeding.
Have you asked your pediatrician about this?Have new foods been recently introduced into her diet?
I strongly advize you to give the doctor a call.

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L.S.

answers from Cincinnati on

Hi T.,
I read your "burning bottom" problem. OUCH!
My favorite ointment for my daughter Ava's bottom is Aquaphor. It's at any drugstore and if you put a hefty amount on her bottom it will act as a barrier against those terrible diapers.Give it a chance.
Also, if you are seeing blisters, it "might" be (and I say might) but possibly an infection called
impetigo. It's common in diaper rash b/c bacteria from her stool can get on an open sore in the diaper area an infect it. We all have some bacteria in our bodies but sometimes if it surfaces to a cut or "rash'" area it can cause a problem. It spreads like wildfire overnight. My daughter had it 2 times and it goes away quickly . Ask your DR.. It might be as simple as putting Bacitracin on it. Good luck,L. (41 yr.old , mother of Ava)

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T.W.

answers from Cincinnati on

My daughter had terrible diaper rashes. I couldn't wait to get her potty trained. Good old fashioned desitin was the best thing ever invented!!! It provides great barrier between the skin and any moisture. I should have bought stock in it as much as we used. As far as the cause, your guess is as good as anything. If you suspect something with the milk, try soy milk or goat's milk or something else. If she drinks a lot of juice and eats fruits, cut down on those. Fruits are very acidic and caused my little one to experience much of the same as yours. Buy desitin. It was a life saver for us.

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K.S.

answers from Cincinnati on

Even if you had dairy in your diet while braestfeeding it may still bother eher stomach until her body can get used to it. You may want to do half and half with milk ansd formula or you can try rice milk too. As for the diaper rash its an old southern recipe and I swear it works. Take some flour and put it in a pan and brown it (don't add anything to it - just the flour). I know it sounds crazy but it really works. The flour pulls the moisture away from her bottom and her bottom will heal in very quickly.

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A.

answers from Cleveland on

My daughter was the same way. What my pediatrician told us to do was to first, air her little butt out, then dab her butt with Milk of Magnesia, then put on the cream. What the milk of magnesia does is, one, cools her skin, but more importantly, it takes the acids out of her urine and BM, which is the cause of the terrible diaper rash. You can buy MOM at any drug store. Hope this help!!!

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R.H.

answers from Evansville on

T.,
I would DEFINETELY have her tested for allergies. This does sound like a milk allergy. We went through a similar situation when my now 6 yr. old was nursing. He was getting a rash all over and we could not figure out what the prob was. Finaly we had him tested and surprise! He had allergies.(milk, peanuts and eggs) The milk allergy was not very strong and the Dr. said I could go ahead and give him milk when he turned 1. So we did and his allergy got worse. It seems if it is there, just a little, the more exposure they get the worse thier allergy can get! So, we quit dairy and everything got better! I am happy to announce now he has outgrown his allergies! PRAISE GOD!!
R. in IN

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S.N.

answers from Columbus on

Try using cornstarch, it is very cheap and it works. My son and daughter had the same problem. I could not give them anything that was acidic such as juice, fruit & etc. Not saying that this will help with the poopies but it will indeed clear up the diaper rash.............

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A.M.

answers from Indianapolis on

The only thing I know that works consistently on diaper rash is A&D - it's the yellow paste stuff - and it is nothing short of miraculous. My little boy used to get horrible diaper rash and it was always gone within a day. I have heard others say that Lasinol (sp?) the breastfeeding ointment works great too.

Good luck! A.

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K.L.

answers from Cleveland on

I would try switching to soy or rice milk for a couple days just to see if the milk could be the culprit. My friend's daughter had the same problem even though she was breastfed and my friend ate dairy...she still wasn't able to tolerate milk until after she was 2. Just a thought!

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S.C.

answers from Cleveland on

Ask your pharmacist. When my 5 year old was a baby she had bad diaper rash and the doctor told me about something that you dissolve in water and then the child sits in the mixture. It wasn't prescription but it was behind the counter. I remember that it burned since her bum was so raw but it really worked. We only had to use it once or twice. Good luck.

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A.T.

answers from Cleveland on

Hi! I am new to this forum and I am NOT a doctor, but I have four kids, ages 1, 4, 6, and 15! We've had a few diaper rashes in our time!

First, we have used Aquaphor for diaper rashes and have always had great success. After an explosion, rinse her with water and pat dry. Then apply the ointment of choice. There are also cleansers without soap out there that are gentler on babies' skin on bath day than regular baby washes. We have used Sebamed which is now available in the US.

As for the cause of the exploding bm's, it may very well be the milk, but there are a host of viruses active this time of year that cause diarrhea. It may be worth a call to your pediatrition.

Finally, a good airing out can't hurt and she'll love it.

Good luck!

A.

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H.M.

answers from Bloomington on

The dairy could be be making it worse or even the cause. I have an 11 1/2 month old and a 3 year old. My 3 year old never had a problem but my baby seems to be very sensitive to the the bits of dairy she has been starting on. I would call your ped and see what they suggest. You may just want to hold back for a while longer. As far as the burning diaper area, the best thing I have ever used is a liquid antacid, like maalox. You just pour some on the affected area. It nuetralizes the acid on the bum, just like it does in your stomach. I alternate that with a thick barrier cream like aquaphor. I use Boudreaux's butt paste usually but find the really bad rashes just need more.

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J.A.

answers from Norfolk on

Sounds like my son when he was teething. Everytime he teethed he had diaper rash like that.
Try to keep acidic things (citrus) out of her diet. Also, if the rash is lasting, it may be yeast. Our pediatrition told us to use a mild yeast treatment (like Monistat or something for 'jock itch'). It worked wonders!
Good luck.

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L.H.

answers from Indianapolis on

Hi T.. My kids had the same problem when swtiching to dairy. Does she eat yogurt? I found that was our biggest problem. I had to limit my little ones to one yogurt every other day or their little bums were horrible. Also, my oldest was allergic to the amount of milk fat in whole milk (he had no probmlems with dairy while I was nursing either). Our Dr had me drop him down to 1/2% milk (only found at Meijer) and then every couple of weeks try to move him up and see what his reaction was. If he continued to vomit and have acidic bm we had to drop him back down. He never made it back up to whole milk. You might want to try that and see what your Dr thinks. Good luck!

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L.R.

answers from Dayton on

there is a zinc cream that will help loads I believe it is called Diaparene , also if your little one is teething , that can cause that acidy type of bm. Watch out how much acid you are putting in her foods, things like tomatoes, lemons , oranges , all have citric acid .
Good luck
Gwi

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D.R.

answers from Fort Wayne on

The blistering is most likely caused by yeast -not bacteria--which is why anti-biotic creams will make it worse. Talk to your DR of course first but the same cream women use for vaginal yeast infection will clear it up. It oculd also be allergy to milk protein--especially since it started after you started milk(the fact that she has never slept well could mean she actually was reacting to the cows milk in your milk.My oldest daughter did not sleep through the night until she was 18 months and I quit using milk products for both of us. Milk and sugar do contribute to yeast over growth also.

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A.B.

answers from Indianapolis on

My neighbor's little girl was having the same problem. She is about 1 1/2 years old. They took her to the doctor and found out she has an allergy to milk, dairy, whey, and soy. They give her a expensive formula mixed with rice milk to drink. She is on a special diet too. It is a casin free diet. You can find a lot of information on the internet. Hope this helps.
A. B

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T.C.

answers from Cleveland on

Dear T., I can relate to your problem because it happened to my daughter. She got a real bad rash like your explaining and I took her to the doctor and it was a bacteria rash that they get from their intestines and she gave me this ointment Nystatin it's by prescription only but within minutes of putting it on her she started to clear up. Just like you I tried all those other creams and they didn't work either. I hope I've helped you, good luck.

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R.T.

answers from Cincinnati on

T.,
Have you taken her to the doctor? It could be fungal or a yeast that's irritating her skin and need the proper medication for it. It could be an allergy to the cow's milk. Have you tried goat or soy milk? Usually if anything happens look to the newest thing in your child's routine to give you answers. I'd be sure to talk to the doctor, though.
Good Luck!
Let me know the outcome.
R.

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L.B.

answers from Columbus on

Hi T.,

Diaper rash is usually caused by diet, not by skin irritations. You see it more when kids eat things high in acid (tomatos, oranges etc.), when kids eat things they are sencitive to (allergines) or if kids have enviromental allergies. The key indicator is that it is effecting her mood/play/sleep pattern. This deffinatly warrents a trip to the pediatritions office. Hope she feels better!

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J.W.

answers from Indianapolis on

Dear T.,
I use Renew lotion on my boys bottoms and at the daycare I work part time at. Before I had this product there were a couple of times I had severe diaper rashes and I used cornstarch. Just sprinkle it on. if that doesn't work quick enough try browning it with a little water. When it makes a paste let it cool then smoothe it on. Good luck, J.

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A.N.

answers from Cincinnati on

T.,

Wow, that's great you got so many responses! I watched my nephew over the weekend. He had pretty bad diaper rash with blisters. I started using corn starch. By Sunday when my brother and sister and law picked him up it was almost gone. On Saturday he started drooling. I think his is from cutting teeth. This will make their stools looser too. It's a hard call deciding to wait and see or go to the doctor. Good Luck:)

-A.

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J.M.

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I would take her to your pediatrician if its that bad. It may not be a diaper rash but a yeast infection (which is why it isn't clearing up). This isn't unusal, especially if she's had nasty diapers and blisters. Your dr. may also be able to give you a prescription for diaper rash cream if its not yeast.

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L.H.

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You can ask for Resinol at the Pharmacy. Our pediatrician recommneded it when my 1 year old had Rotovirus. It really helps. I also have a son who is lactose intollerant. Try getting rid of dairy for a week or 2.

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K.A.

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Hi T.,

I'm a stay at home mom too.. with a 2 year old son. I just experienced this too for the first time. The worst diaper rash I've ever seen and I tried everything. He screamed at just the thought of changing him. It was terrible. It turns out, he had a "yeast infection". Dr. recommended we use Antifungal Cream, "Clotrimazole Cream 1%", which I bought the Target brand. I was suprized it was for Athlete's foot and an over the counter cream you can purchase at any Pharmacy or Grocery Store. If I had known, I could have been applying it for 2 days since his symptoms appeared on a Saturday. Call your Dr. and inquire about this and you should take her to them so they can look at it. Also a nice soak in the tub with soothe her. Pat or let her air dry! Touching is too painful. I have many tubes around the house now, for the just-in-case times... but we are all cleared up now. Good Luck. We're always looking for fun things to do in the area too.

K.

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