Diaper Rash

Updated on April 15, 2010
J.L. asks from Athens, OH
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I have a 10 month old daughter who has diaper rash pretty badly. When she has this before usually corn starch or butt paste would work, but it isnt this time. Anyone have any suggestions?? Thank you!

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Wow, thanks for all the great responses. I have used a mixture of corn starch and butt paste and it started looking better. Then after reading many of your responses, I tried the Lanisho, cream for breastfeeding, and it really has started making a difference. Most of the redness is gone and there is just one red scratch that is there. Thank you all so much! ANd what is cool, like one person mentioned, Target has a generic brand for it! Yeah for Target!

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D.R.

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Hey J.,

Try bag balm. That always works for my kids. You can find it at Wal-mart in the pet area. Also before she goes to be at night put her in the tub or sink with oatmeal bath and just let her soak her bottom for about 10-15 mins. I hope this helps. See you Sunday.

D. :)

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S.M.

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Obtain some vitamin E tablets. Slit the tablets and apply the oil to the rash. It is very healthy and very quick to remedy the rash.

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J.B.

answers from Washington DC on

dear J.,

I have a little girl also and the same thing happened to me. when i took her to the doctors i was told it was a yeast infection and was given nystatin.

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D.L.

answers from Washington DC on

I had the same problem with my daughter, believe this or not but it really does work and is safe. a product called bag balm used on the udders of milking cows. You can buy this a walmart and some drugstores in your area. I know this sounds really weird and i myself was a little turned off at first til i finally used it. Hope this helps. I have told many moms about this and it has worked for them to after getting over Oh thats gross moment.

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M.M.

answers from Washington DC on

Ok A lot of good ideas below!! However... The one thing my ped told me to use when my son kept getting a bad rash... Hold on for this.... You won't believe it!

Tough actin' Tinactin!!

Yep that's right, athlete's foot cream!! We bought the generic Wal-mart brand... It worked/works wonders!!!

My Ped. suggested it it so I assume it was safe to use and the rash was always gone by the end of the day!!

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V.Z.

answers from Atlanta on

Hey J.,

I usually use Aquaphor Healing Ointment. It is not always in the diaper section, sometimes in the lotion area. It is used for dry, cracked, or irritated skin, and often used for diaper rash. I started using it after my son had a really weird rash after using a new brand of diaper. We use it all the time now, it's a little more expensive but I usually buy it at BJ's or Costco because you get 2 for almost the same price as one. Good Luck!

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T.D.

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J.-

It probably is a yeast infection, if the usual has not worked. A yeast infection rash is very red with a lot of little bumps. My daughter has it a few times. First check with your doctor, but jock itch cream (Lotramin) worked well. Good luck.

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M.T.

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My daughter gets really bad yeast rashes, and this is what we do, as suggested by her doctor!

1. Give her a bath with cornstarch dissolved in it.
2. Put on some Lotrimin anti-fungal ointment on it. (Lotrimin is for athlete's foot and gyn-lotrimin is for vaginal infections, but they are the same thing...we usually get the Lotrimin because it is cheaper!)
3. Spread A&D ointment on top of the medicine.
4. Spread Desitin on top of the A&D.

It is a lot of stuff - and very goopy - but it is a MIRACLE cure!

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M.B.

answers from Richmond on

It may be a yeast infection. You can get over the counter Lotrimine. That is the only thing that worked for my little girl. Hope that helps. M. mother of 18 month old

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T.F.

answers from Washington DC on

Hi J.,

This is what worked for me and my son has never had diaperrash. I let my son crawl around without a diaper everytime I take one off and before I put a new one on. It lets their little skin dry and they love it! I also make sure my son is very clean before a new diaper gets put on and I never leave a diaper on too long. I use "Buttpaste" everytime I see a little redness, that stuff is amazing! And now that it's getting warmer, I started using baby powder to decrease dampness on his skin (becareful the baby doesn't inhale it) ALSO-and most important! I use Chlorine free diapers... much better for their little skin and better for the earth... The cheaper diapers do quite a number on his skin. I really hope I was helpful, best of luck!!!

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J.S.

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We use all natural products on our son. We have a wonderful lotion called Renew and also the MelaGel works great for diaper rash, cuts,etc. Heals faster than anything i've ever seen and it's not harmful or toxic.

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S.G.

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I highly recommend Arbonne's herbal diaper rash cream. It was given to me as a gift. My daughter has extremely sensitive skin; desitin would make her scream because of the light scent used. This clears up her diaper rash overnight. I love it! I've copied what the website says about it. If you are interested, I have a sample if you'd like to try it.

Arbonne Baby Care Herbal Diaper Rash Cream -A light, water-repelling cream to gently relieve baby of sore, dry, chapped skin that can occur with diaper use. This gentle formula helps to prevent this condition before it occurs.

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S.E.

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Yep, I know it's weird but BAG BALM. put a thick coating on and 1 or 2 days it will be gone. My son had a diaper rash so bad he couldn't walk. My husband (who grew up with cattle) said bag balm so finally I put it on and it really does work! In one night!!!! it was GONE in the morning. It has antiseptic properties and if it safe for a cow udder it is good enough for a baby's butt!
I have suggested this every time I see "diaper rash" and often wonder if it ever hasn't worked for someone????
If i was in Canada still, I would probably use Penaten cream which is a lanolin from sheeps wool but I couldn't find it here, my mom always used it on us.

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D.B.

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I've found that Desitin works great on my son. There are two types and both worked well.

D.

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E.V.

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When my 10mo old son had diaper rash real bad (it was awful), the doctor recommended we use Domeboro astringent solution.It helps to relieve minor skin irritations. We found it at the Wal Mart pharmacy. It comes in 12 powder packets. At first it seemed complicated becuase you need to use it as a soak or compress, and since he is a baby we knew either way would be difficult. We finally found an effective method. We first lined a diaper with saran wrap, next we mixed the poweder as directed, then soaked a soft towel (we used the baby towels we wash our son with) in the solution, and placed the towel in the diaper. We then put the diaper on our son for a 1/2 hr. He played for the 1/2 and didn't seem to notice the compress at all. Most of the time, the diaper was still usable because the saran wrap kept it dry. Well I hope this is of some help to you and your daughter.

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M.M.

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I suggest that you use Destin Diaper Rash Cream, a damp washcloth or not using baby wipes for week.

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K.I.

answers from Philadelphia on

Try rinsing her area w/ a salt water solution (1/2 tsp salt w/ 1 qt water) let it totally dry - let her air dry at least 20 minutes. The moisture is what keeps rashes around, keeping her in a diaper keeps moisture around. use a&d ointment or vaseline to protect her when shes in a diaper. hope it helps

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T.S.

answers from Dover on

When my kids get diaper rash, I've used the Lanisoh Breast Cream. It's awesome...but expensive. On the up side, a little goes a long way. Petroleum Jelly works too.

As others have mentioned, it could be a yeast infection. They are fairly common in little ones. I suggest taking her to the doctor just to be sure!

Good luck! Traci

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K.M.

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Try Desitin. Layer on very thickly. My baby had a sensitive bottom and my Doc said that I was not using enough Desitin. He coated it on about 1/8 inch thick so that you couldn't even see his skin. Hope it works for your little darling.

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M.R.

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My husband recently had surgery and had a rash thanks to some of the stuff used on him. I had tried everything and finally hit upon this combination that worked. Even surprised the wound care specialist at the hospital. Take a small amount of Aquaphor (can get this at Walmart...comes in a tube) mix in about a half teaspoon of maalox or mylanta. Stir until it is no longer chunky. needs to be more of a thick paint consistency. use a q tip to paint it on her bottom and then sprinkle liberally with the cornstarch. The maalox mixture will protect the skin from any acid in the urine and the cornstarch will absorb the wetness.

Hope this helps!!

M.

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A.D.

answers from Washington DC on

Hi there. You will probably get lots of advice on this one. The main thing is to try and stop what is causing the rash and also work to eliminate the rash your baby has now. Commercial diaper wipes are notorious for causing diaper rash because they have chemicals in them (even "gentle" brands). Stop using them, at least for now, and move to wash cloths that are wet with water. That's all your baby needs to keep clean is a wipe with water. For going out and about, keep wet washcloths in a ziploc baggie. You can buy a large set of cheap washcloths (25+) at Walmart or other convenience store and they are very inexpensive.

To wash the washcloths, wash them together but separate from other laundry. First run them on a rinse cycle quickly, then wash on a regular cycle in hot water. They can be dried in the dryer like normal. Just keep reusing them. No bleach or anything necessary.

If you do this, your baby will be rash-free and you will not need any diaper cream or powder or anything. Every so often, let your baby go diaper-less to air out. Make sure baby is dry before putting a new diaper on, especially after a bath.

Good luck!!!

A.
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J.U.

answers from Harrisburg on

All three of my kids get diapers rashes that end up with blisters and open wounds. My pediatrician recommended that I use Liquid Mylanta or any other antacid and it has been a god send. If it's a yeast infection, they prescribe Nystatin.

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S.L.

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I have used the Lanisoh breast cream on my son and it has worked wonders.

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K.L.

answers from York on

Could it be a yeast infection, my daughter got some of those when she was little.
See if Vagisal works, if it burns, of course don't use.

K. L.
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N.M.

answers from Washington DC on

My daughter had the same problem when she was about 9 months old. We finally took her to the doctors, and come to find out it was a yeast infection. We had no clue they could get that so young. We ended up changing the brands of diapers and wipes we were buying because they kept irritating her skin.

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L.Y.

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I would take her to her Pediatrician. My son use to get horrible Yeast Infections that wouldn't go away with any home remedies or OTC medicines. I had to get a prescription for Nystatin and treat him with that.

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F.B.

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I have two, my son got terrible diaper rash and started to bleed on his bottom with constant treatment with butt cream, etc. My doctor told me to make sure that after we changed his diaper, so dry his bottom off with a soft washcloth, pat don't rub if it's sore. That way you're not locking the wetness in when you apply the cream. I have used Wedela ( you have to get it at a natural store) but it works wonders. Literally in less than 24 hrs he bottom wasn't red anymore. Here is one link to it online, http://www.babysabode.com/ Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=Wdcc though I also just go to Rebecca's the store. The other is calmoseptine, which you can call your local pharmacy to see if they have it in stock. You don't need a prescription, but they keep it behind the counter, so you have to ask. If they don't have it in stock (the Charlottesville CVS's don't) you can order it. When you call the pharmacy, give them this CIN number: ###-###-####, that will help them find it the easiest. It's only like $2.50 a jar, but my dermatologist and pediatrician recommended it and nothing works like it. Hope this helps and sorry about the delayed response, I wanted to get you the CIN number.

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M.L.

answers from Richmond on

It could be yeast you can get a script for Nystatin, from your pediatrician also try switching to cloth diapers for a few days. Hope this helps.

Take Care,
M.

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E.M.

answers from Washington DC on

Triple paste, you can get it at the pharmacy counter without a scipt. Also make sure to not use wipes on her, and try to wipe her bottom with a wet wash cloth.
Hope it gets better soon!

I also wanted to add that bag balm works wonders also!

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B.C.

answers from Indianapolis on

I have used the corn starch as well and I'm watching my Great Nephew tonight and he has a horrible rash. He just wet his diaper and it shocked me when I seen bright red! This of course caused his rash to be even worse I called his mom and she said he had been doing this all week and she had been giving him Red Jello Water! I asked her why she said because he had been raspy and it seemed to clear him up besides the rash and the red what ever this is. Have you ever heard of this before? I have 3 kids and never had this issue. I plan on taking him to his doctor in the morning to have him checked because he seems fine besides the bright red stool and rash.

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M.P.

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Hi,

Have u tried Desitin original? I use it for my girls and it works very well. If that does not help, and if the rash is pretty bad, u should get Nexcare Liquid Bandage, it's the one that doesn't sting. U have to clean with water after each diaper change and change her as soon as her siaper is soiled. Then make sure to dry her off very well, use tissues. The apply the liquid bandage, and after that smear on Dr Smiths nappy rash ointment. U will see improvement immediately, I promise. My little girls had very bad sores on her bottom and this is what I did. The Desitin will work if its not a very severe rash. God Bless.

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E.H.

answers from Washington DC on

you mentioned that she has a 'red scratch' you might want to check also that her diapers aren't too small.

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E.B.

answers from Washington DC on

My son had a rough time with diaper rash I we literally tried everything we could find on the market & 3 different prescriptions! We found that a prescription for Aquafor and LIQUID Carafate did the trick. We noticed improvement within hours. When we refilled the prescription after another episode the pharmacist used the pill form (crushed up)and that did not work as well as the liquid version gor some reason...We also switched to the Lansinoh wipes for breastfed babies. They are great wipes & Target now has a generic version that will save you some $$ Good Luck!!!

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S.P.

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We tried lots of diaper rash ointments and when our daughter's diaper rash was the worst what actually turned out to work the best was simply Petroleum Jelly. It's naturally healing and water repelling and didn't sting her when we put it on. And, of course, it's cheap! Hope your girl feels better soon!

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C.R.

answers from Richmond on

My son is 2 and he still has diaper rash from time to time. I've tried all the OTC creams and some perscription creams too but nothing worked. The one thing I did find that worked for me and some girlfriends of mine is.....Crisco.....you know, the can of white Crisco lol. I know it sounds crazy but it really does work. Give it a try and let me know what u think.

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V.J.

answers from Washington DC on

Another vote for Lanolin (lansinoh) It was intended for breastfeeding mothers who are raw, cracked and or bleeding. I have used it for both of my girls, it took a bloody, raw diaper rash away overnight. My youngest usually got raw from blueberries and pineapple. (this was up to about 2 years old). I also use it on my dry hands, it makes an immediate difference. I've even got my boyfriend (who is in excavation work)using it on his rough hands LOL.
I also know that the melaleuca products are WONDERFUL, but I've not seen them work as fast as the lansinoh.

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A.H.

answers from Washington DC on

This could be yeast infection. Take her to the doc and have her checked out. My daughter had a diaper rash too that would not go away so I took her to the doc and it was a yeast infection. The ointment from the doc had it cleared within 24 hours.

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