Diaper Rash - Panama City Beach, FL

Updated on November 30, 2008
T.M. asks from Panama City Beach, FL
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Hey moms,

My 4 week old is now sleeping through the night PTL!! However, sleeping all night in a wet diaper has caused a terrible rash. It looks very chapped and red. I use Aveeno diaper rash cream and it worked wonders on her brother but doesn't seem to be helping hers. She has only had it for a couple of days. Any home remedies that has worked for you? Thanks for your advice!
T.

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THANKS moms so much for all the wonderful advice. I let her bottom air out for a few hours during the day and used the Renew lotion from melaleuca and it cleared up over night. This was amazing to me because my son had a diaper rash once and it took us three months to find a cure!

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L.O.

answers from Miami on

Weleda, Calendula Diaper Care Cream. It is sold at Whole Foods. My son had a rash for the 1st 6 weeks of life. I tried everything. Only this cream worked. Calendula is a healing plant.
Good Luck and Congratulations!!

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J.S.

answers from Orlando on

Original Desitin, it has a higher content of zinc oxide then desitin creamy (I think the original one has 40% and creamy 10%) I would use creamy desitin on my daughter for day to day light red but if if got bad I would use the original and it would clear it up overnight.

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J.F.

answers from Tallahassee on

Aloe vera plants...break off a stem and squeeze out the goop inside and gently rub on. This worked great for all three of my kids when nothing else would. Doesn't stain any clothes, either. Good luck!

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T.D.

answers from Daytona Beach on

Try using Lanolin, the stuff for your nipples when you are breastfeeding. My doctor had me use that my son when he got diaper rash, and it works great. I would use that during the day and at night (cause he was like yours and slept through the night right away) we used Balmex. Good luck.

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A.B.

answers from Jacksonville on

We used to use cloth diapers, so we had to change often to avoid rashes. However we used a disposable at night for extra hold. I would buy a nighttime diaper, they hold more...away from the skin. Try to stimulate your baby to pee right before bed, nurse or feed, wait a little, wash with a warm cloth if you need to , she should pee everytime. Then, even though she is falling asleep, change her and give her a fresh diaper and an empty bladder to fall asleep. Buy some fleece from the fabric store, any color is fine. Cut strips about 3-4 inches by 6-8 inches and line the diaper with it. This will help as the urine will pass through the fleece and the fleece will dry again, keeping pee away from her skin. Put Aquaphor on her bottom to form a protective seal. During the day put a towel or waterproof pad inher bed with a blanket over it and let her sleep or play without a diaper, to air it out. Rashes need to breathe.

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B.C.

answers from Miami on

There is nothing better in this world than "Desitin ORIGINAL". Not the creamy kind, or any other kinds they now make. It has to be the ORIGINAL, purple box/container. The only thing this won't work on is a rash caused by yeast. You can tell if it is from yeast because they say quote "yeast will not discriminate". The rash will be in every crease and crevice. Between the cute lil or big thigh rolls (I like to call them CHUBBERS). Just everywhere. Try the Desitin ORIGINAL, and if it hasn't improved dramatically within 1-2 days, I'd consider the MD. Using unscented wipes or even just warm water with cotton pads or balls can make it less painful. Once it clears up (which I believe the Desitin will definetely do the trick) I'd just apply it every night before bedtime. My son is 18 months now and I still use it with EVERY change. A lot of people complain about the smell (I personally don't think it's that bad) but for me, I could care less what it smells like if it makes my lil angel's bum all better :)

P.S. I've tried all different kinds and have always gone back to ORIGINAL Desitin. That stuff is amazing.

Hope this helped, and even more so, I hope your lil one's butt :) is better soon. Get this stuff as fast as possible. You won't regret it.

I just went through and read all the responses that you received and wow that can make it very confusing. The ORIGINAL Desitin has the highest zinc oxide content and I have been told repeatedly that the higher the content the better. This stuff honestly works wonders. Letting it air out as I saw you did also works very well, but sometimes you are then chasing after them cleaning up "accidents".

There have been times that I guess from wiping the rash and so on, it has caused him to have little spots of open, broken skin that would bleed a little. What I did in this case which I think in great too, is I also put on some Neosporin. They also make one that has 'pain relief' in it, and he seemed to definetely get relief from that too.

I cake on the Desitin ORIGINAL every night and in the morning there are still obvious traces of it. PLEASE try this one. I saw a lot of people saying cornstarch, I've heard these types of treatments are no good because once they get wet they retain the moisture making it worse. The Desitin option is just an opinion, but the cornstarch remedy, I'be had contradicted by MD's.

Don't forget about the Pain Relieving Neosporin for open or bleeding rashes.

These options are now for future issues, since I read that letting it air out was the trick here. SOOOOO glad to hear she is doing better. :)

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C.J.

answers from Gainesville on

I do lots of "naked butt" time during the day. But the biggest help is yogurt. Fat free plain yogurt. Its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. It cleaned up my 4 month's old problem in 3 days of a yogurt cleanse each time I changed a diaper. I just apply a little pea-sized amount like a cream.

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Y.F.

answers from Orlando on

To avoid this in the future something I have done with all of my children is putting a great amount of baby ointment (preferably desitin original cause it is super thick and lasts all night)this way your baby has a barrier between her parts and her urine sitting all night on her. My daughter who is 16 months sleeps all night from 8pm till 8:30am the next day and her diaper is SUPER soiled and full the next day and NO rash has ever happened to her. Hope this helps with you baby! :)

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E.L.

answers from Tallahassee on

I think I'm a little late in my response, but since I'm here, let me throw a couple suggestions out. I can't use anything with zinc oxide in it, so good ole vaseline works. I also bought Resynol (sp?) from behind the pharmisist counter. It works WONDERS!! If you're facing this issue again, try it out. You just have to ask for it. Good luck!

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T.B.

answers from Jacksonville on

MY BABY WAS VERY ALERGIC TO THE ZINC IN DIAPER OINTMENTS. sO WE USED A&D OINTMENT. WORKS GREAT AND DOES NOT BURN.

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S.C.

answers from Boca Raton on

HI T., I have two boys, 2 yrs. old and 5 weeks old. My little guy recently had a diaper rash and we used all of the products that were given as gifts...desitin, A & D, Balmex...none of them were helping at all. My husband remembered that we used a great product on our older son and it worked wonders. We got it for the baby and the diaper rash cleared in a day or two. It is called Dr. Smith's Diaper Ointment. They sell it in most stores...but it really has worked when no other ointment would do the trick! I hope this helps...

S.

L.S.

answers from Pensacola on

HI T.!

I don not know of a home remedy but I use an awesome, all natural, diaper rash cream made by Arbonne sold in their babycare line. I have used it on some of the worst diaper rashes you could imagine. My son would actually get blisters:( My daughter was home from school today with a stomach virus and developed a rash. She could hardly walk. I put the cream on her and it cleared up in a matter of less the an hour! It sooths and comforts them immediately! I would be more then happy to send you a sample:) You can e-mail me directly @ [email protected]____.com if you're interested! Take Care! L.

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E.D.

answers from Daytona Beach on

my daughter always struggled with diaper rash and sensitive skin. The cream that worked better than ALL the rest was Triple Paste. You can get it at Drug stores, Target and I think Publix. Good luck. :)

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J.W.

answers from Orlando on

Hello,

The only three that have worked on my kids are Balmex (must be the white paste not clear); Dr Smith's diaper ointment ~ first time I used it was prescribed by pediatrian and the other is butt paste, it comes in a yellow box found at walmart.
Out of my four children, I have found that even though one diaper cream may work for one child, sometimes it does nothing for the next. Good Luck!

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N.M.

answers from Miami on

I used Desitin Creay when my boys were small and it worked wonders. Also it helps to put some bicarbonate of soda in the bathwater to soothe the sore spots.

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B.B.

answers from Miami on

Dear T.,

Try using different brands of rash cream. Two very good ones are Butt Paste (it sells in Target and Walmart - a yellow box with a drawing of a baby) and Densintin creamy (not the original). If that doesn't work put the cream and a little bit of J&J baby powder to fix the cream on his tushy. But don't over do it and be careful for the baby not to inhale the powder.
Hope that helps!

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T.M.

answers from Miami on

Have you tried A&D ointment? It works great on everything, especially diaper rash.

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M.H.

answers from Orlando on

we use aquafor and really like it.
maybe you should just wake her to change her diaper, she will eventually get used to having her diaper changed in the night and may sleep through it.
how in the world did you get your four week old to sleep through the night? yay for you. we have a baby who is six weeks and wakes every three hours and since we brought him home our three year old wakes a few times a night too. i am exhausted!! some nights i am up every hour on the hour.

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K.O.

answers from Miami on

T. I feel your pain so to speak. My youngest has terrible diaper rash from time to time and what works almost instantly for us is.... in a bowl mix 2 tbs. of liquid malox with 1 small tube of zinc oxide diaper cream. Keep this by your changing table and use it instead of the regular stuff. The malox helps neutralize the acid in the urine which can cause the bad rash. Hope this helps!

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C.G.

answers from Gainesville on

use cornstarch instead of powder it will keep her dryer and the best thing for a diaper rash is the air

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S.T.

answers from Orlando on

Hi T.- My son never had the issues that my daughter did but I was warned from the beginning that the little girls have much more of a hard time due to the way girls are made. I was told yeast infections are more common in baby girls. I was told no baths with bubblebath, so that was one way to help her. When it came to diaper rashes, I sometimes used the over the counter stuff but I remember using vaseline b/c those didn't work. The doctor told me that the ointment type treatments are the best b/c they repell the moisture. Also, not to use wipes during this time. I was told not even to wipe her, just to apply more vaseline b/c when they are already irritated, wiping them will only make it worse. I would dampen a soft baby cloth with warm water & just lay it on her just to feel better about her being clean & hopefully it helped releive some of the pain & then re-applied the vaseline again. During this time my daughter had a really BAD one, so I did what I was told. Good luck! OH...and don't use baby powder. If you researched this you would find most doctors DO NOT reccomend using baby powder anymore. It is not good for them.

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A.M.

answers from Daytona Beach on

It took me quit a few trials and errors but I finally found the best thing that helped my little one with diaper rash.

First you lather their hinny (I did the entire area that stayed inside the diaper) with Bourdeax Butt Paste which I've only found at Target; yes, it's really called Butt Paste but the stuff is WONDERFUL. After this I add powder on top of the butt paste. I find that when they potty the powder helps keep the butt paste on him which means he's being protected from the urine more.

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M.L.

answers from Miami on

I didn't get a chance to finish reading the responses yet. We own a cloth diaper service and some of our customers use calendula oil, with a touch of lavender oil. Also, California Baby Cream is amazing stuff. My sister in law used it and her son's rash disappeared within a few hours. It is also good for cuts and scraps since calendula is healing.

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P.E.

answers from Panama City on

try putting an adult pad in her diaper to absorb more. wash the area and grease it before the first urination. These both will keep urine off skin

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F.R.

answers from Pensacola on

You're getting a lot of different advice. All of which worked for their own babies. What works for your own... that's something you're going to have to figure out by trial and error. I would personally start with the Beaudreaux's Butt Paste and go down the list. If you look in some drug store sample size sections you can find small tubes of diaper rash creams and ointments.
My youngest has been the hardest to figure out in this area. He seems to be allergic to powder. (?) The clear ointments didn't do anything for him at all. Each child is different.
I hope you get lucky and end up finding something great the first time. Oh... the doctor can prescribe some diaper cream too that works really well. Ask about it at the next check-up.
And- check the kind of diaper she's in. Maybe there's something in the diaper material that is irritating her skin. Some brands have loads of chemicals in them.

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V.M.

answers from Miami on

We used the powder that had the aveno in it. Also I got up
in the middle of the night and changed her even though she
was not awake. It seemed to help. She had it really bad from teething.

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C.F.

answers from Jacksonville on

Hi, T.! My son too had a terrible case of diaper rash when he was a few months old and being a first time mom, I freaked out. So I called the pediatrician (in tears thinking how terrible I was for letting this happen to my lil' angel) and rushed him in to see the doc and as he calmly reassured me I was not in fact a terrible mommy, that the best thing to do, in his experience, was to get some milk of magnesia on a cotton ball and blot it all over the rash area and let it dry, and continue to do that each time you change and clean your baby. It took about a week for the raw skin to heal (from the acidity in his pee and poo) but with the milk of mag. having a coating effect like it does in the stomach, it shielded his fanny from any of the acidity in his soiled diaper. I sure hope this helps you as it did for me and I'll use it again should it occur. Oh, and get the unflavored kind as I can only imagine the mint flavor might sting:( Good luck!!
-C. F.

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M.N.

answers from Miami on

My son's Dr. gave us a great remedy that works almost immediately! Go to Walgreens and buy lotrimin, Mineral Oil, & Maalox. Mix equal parts and put it on with ur hands. hope this helps I am grateful for this little remedy because it was amazing! This is to heal the rash and then I would always us A&D, lots of it. I never had problems with rashes again. Good luck and hope your baby gets better!!!

MindyN

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T.U.

answers from Miami on

My son has allergies to lots of wipes so he would get horrible rashes when he was younger. I don't think my mother-in-law believed me about him being allergic to other wipes. Anyways I tried so many things, nothing worked. My grandma told me to use cornstarch and we've never had an issue since then. If he does get a rash I put some cornstarch on it and it's looking better by the next diaper change. I just keep a box on his changing table and use a cotton ball to put it on. I think the simplest remedies work best. It's also the cheapest. I bought my box over two years ago for less than a dollar and it's still half full. Every other mom I've recommended this too has been happy with the results. By the way you shouldn't use baby powder because they aren't supposed to breathe in the talcum in it. At least that's what our doctor told us. Good Luck!

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M.V.

answers from St. Louis on

Hi T.,
Try coconut oil, it worked for us.

M.

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S.S.

answers from Miami on

Hi T., I have a 6 year old son and one of the best things to use for diaper rash is cornstarch. I've seen my siblings used it on their kids and when it was my time i did the same, it's pure no harsh ingredients that may cause a even worse reaction. Give it try a especially since the baby is still very young. All the best

S.

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C.N.

answers from Orlando on

Aquaphor by Euciren works miracles.

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L.M.

answers from Boca Raton on

Have you tried slathering her up with vaseline before she goes to bed so the urine doesn't sit on her skin. Good Luck! LisaM

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B.C.

answers from Ocala on

baking powder, or store bought A & D ointment

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D.G.

answers from Boca Raton on

Bag Balm. It was created in Vermont. It is used on cow's utters to protect them from the cold so they don't get chapped and cracked (OUCH!). It is fantastic for any type of skin dryness, etc, but also provides a fantastic barrier between skin and diaper. Unlike most of the diaper creams like desitin, in the morning my son still had the bag balm on his skin. It is so durable, for lack of a better word, that you need a warm wash rag to get it off. Make sure to get the ointment though, not the cream. You can usually find it at CVS by the hand creams and moisturizers in a square green tin. A 10 oz can costs about $8.50 and will probably last you about 3 years. GREAT GREAT STUFF. Good luck. (Also fantastic for keeping the feet soft. Put it on at night, put on socks and in the morning you'll have baby feet)

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R.M.

answers from Daytona Beach on

T.,
You can put a couple of tablespoons of baking soda in her bath. Corn starch works great. Also try letting her air out between changes, mylanta can be put on the area, I've also made a paste by mixing corn starch with desitin. My son had a very bad diaper rash once and these things helped alot! Hope this helps.
R.

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T.B.

answers from Miami on

One the BEST diaper rash ointments I have used to treat a persistent diaper rash is Boudreaux's Butt Paste. It has 16% zinc oxide...the highest amount in any ointment on the market that I know of. It's thick, creamy, smells pleasent, and if necessary, is easy to wipe off. It's a tan colored ointment. It's worth trying.

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K.T.

answers from Orlando on

I wouldn't use anything but Arbonne Diaper rash cream. It works miracles!

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J.P.

answers from Boca Raton on

Triple Paste is a bit expensive but lasts a long time and works wonders when others wont work. Available at most drug stores.

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M.C.

answers from Miami on

I had the same problem as Terri bellow so I would second the A&D ointment. Honestly over night it will be almost gone. For us in 2 days it was completely gone. If you cant get to the store right now Vaseline will work for a couple of hours.

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J.M.

answers from Boca Raton on

Hi T.,
My daughter has very sensitive skin and the cream that worked best for her was Burt's Bees Diaper Cream. It would heal the worst diaper rash on her overnight!!! Good luck!
J.

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N.B.

answers from Boca Raton on

T. - I'm sure others have suggested it, but Arbonne's ABC Baby Diaper Rash Cream is what worked and still does for my boys. Good luck! Not a fun thing to deal with. www.nicolebritton.myarbonne.com

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C.V.

answers from Miami on

My sister swears by vasaline. When you change the baby put a thin layer of vasaline on the baby's bottom and then the wetness does not affect it. Her daughter has had little to no rashes. I've used desitin with sucess for my daughter. Hope it helps.
Cathy

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A.J.

answers from Pensacola on

Buy a bottle of Milk of Magnesia and a box of cornstarch. Put some cornstarch in a small bowl, and then mix in the milk of magnesia until it has the texture of a paste. Make sure the baby's bottom is dry, but make sure that you only "pat" dry, never wipe, then apply the paste. This is a little messy, but I usually only have to put this on my kids one or two times depending on how bad it is. The best time to do this is at bed time. You need to alternate this paste with vaseline; each time you change the baby, make sure that you again 1. aren't wiping the raw area, instead just patting 2. use the paste during one changing, and vaseline at the next, continue to alternate at each changing. Hopefully this helps, it is actually a very good and inexpensive home remedy that I've used for three years now. It was recommended by my pediatrician and it seems to be the only solution that works for my kids.

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C.P.

answers from Pensacola on

Hey T.,
The best thing for diaper rash is a baking soda bath, then dry throughly with a hair dryer ON COOL SETTING!!!. I then use Melaleuca's Renew lotion. It's the best for rashes, eczema and even growing pains! Let me know if you would like to know more about shopping with this safe, non-toxic company.
C.
WAHM

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J.E.

answers from Orlando on

I had the same problem with my 22 month old daughter. I use natural products from the health food store, I have a vitamin E oil that works great. I use the oil at night, then use baby powder during the day to keep her more dry. Hope that helps you too!

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J.R.

answers from Miami on

Vaseline.

Put the Vaseline on before she goes to bed. I always used vaseline with my little ones. How long as she been using the diaper. With my 2nd born he got a rash and when i took him to the Pedi she told me to switch diaper brands that he was allergic to the brand. Turns out Huggies and Pampers made him break out in a rash. Luvs was the only one that works for us.

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S.S.

answers from Miami on

T.,

When my son would get a really bad diaper rash and I found that nothing else would work. I would stick with plain old vasoline for a couple of days. I creates a barrier so that the moisture does not penetrate the skin.

Hope this helps.

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F.M.

answers from Boca Raton on

try baby powder it worked for our little girl!

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M.B.

answers from Miami on

when my kids were little the product Desatin (a zinc oxide type product) was very helpful for this product) I would apply a thick coat before bedtime and it would protect there skin throughout the night.

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