Diaper Rash?

Updated on April 16, 2008
S.F. asks from Charlotte, NC
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Thanks for all of the great advice on diaper rash treatment, and on environmentally friendly cloth diapers!

I just get discouraged when moms in general post on this forum for true advice, and end up being bullied or told they're doing it all wrong!! Moms are great resources, and I treasure that!! Thanks so much again!

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All better now!!! All of the great tips are helpful and I'll keep them in mind in case we cross this bridge again or have another baby!!

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T.F.

answers from Charlotte on

The best thing that I have found for a diaper rash is corn starch. All of my kids and now grandkids have used it. Just sprinkle some on his bottom every time you change him.

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D.W.

answers from Louisville on

Sarah,
Is the rash red and splotchy? If so it may be yeast and you may need nystatin or some other antifungal ointment. As for the cloth diapers I used them on my son and loved them while he was potty training. You can buy liners that go in them and use the plastic panties over them. I think that unlike cloth diapers since it did not draw the wetness away from him and caused him to be uncomfortable it made him fairly easy to potty train. You may also want to try corn starch instead of baby powder at diaper changes. My mother swears by it and there are 7 of us so she has plenty of experience.
I hope he gets over his rash soon. I know he has to be miserable. Good luck with the potty training.

Sympathetically,
D.

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K.R.

answers from Knoxville on

My little one was pooping all the time his bottom was red as a berry, almost like the skin had come off from me wiping him so much. I tried everything it seemed but then a girlfriend told me to use the SEVENTH GENERATION diapers because they are dye free and Chlorine free so I used those and there wipes and started putting lanolin on his bottom like what you would put on you nipples if you are breastfeeding to ease the pain. It puts a heavy coat of protection on there so the pee isn't irratating it. Then I used calendula cream every ohter time I changed him. All this you can find at a health food store like Earth Fare or Whole foods. That Lanolin really helped though. Lanisoh was the brand and California Baby is the brand I used for the calendula cream. Hope that helps!

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M.H.

answers from Wheeling on

Take flour(baking) put it in a skillet and brown it. Let it cool and put it in some kind of air tight container, use that instead of cream for diaper rash. It works like a charm and has a shelf life of over 6 months, good luck.
Wendy

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C.

answers from Charlotte on

Hi Sarah,

From what you are describing, this is not just a diaper rash. It is a yeast infection on his bottom. I know first hand because my son has been on 4 different antibiotics over the last 8 weeks from ear infections. If the bottom is red and has bumps that are raised and almost look like a little blister, its absolutely yeast! I know that you do not care for medicines, but a diaper rash cream alone generally will not clear it up. We are going through this again now.

I use the Lotrimin (its actually a jock itch cream that treats yeast) and the Arbonne diaper rash cream. Also, the doctor recommended the Maalox to help soothe the area. Between the 3 of these we can usually get it under control in 3 to 4 days, even with the constant soiled diapers from the antibiotics.

http://www.lotrimin.com/jock-itch.html

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M.N.

answers from Raleigh on

My daughter had serious diaper rash a couple of times... Ask your pediatrician about "Dr. Iron's Buttocks Cream". It works very quickly and we called it the "magic cream".

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K.E.

answers from Memphis on

My kids are older now (11 and 8), but I remember sometimes they used to get yeast infections...You may want to try gynelotrimin a couple of times a day. Are there tiny red bumps in the area?

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A.B.

answers from Jacksonville on

Try baby aveno diper rash med it is awsome

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K.B.

answers from Jacksonville on

Sarah, I realize you said you were retracting your questions, but my oldest son had diaper rash a few times. Mostly the pediatrician said because the baby sitter was giving him too much juice. Anyway, A&D ointment was the only thing I could use on him that he didn't scream when I put it on him. After I put the ointment on, I would put a little powder on him, so that when he did urinate, it had two barriers before it actually reached skin. His diaper rashes tended to clear up pretty quickly as long as I applied to ointment every diaper change and I started mixing his juice with a little water when I did give it to him. I never tried cloth diapers. I hope this helps. I know you wanted more traditional treatments, but the A&D ointment really helped my son, hopefully it might help you too.

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H.H.

answers from Fayetteville on

does it have little pin points that are bright red? that is an indication of a yeast infection. you can get asodpyollus (sp?) at a health food store and then sprinkle it on his food. (ok for babies) asodphyollus is the good bacteria that kills the bad. This is what I do for my kids.

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P.R.

answers from Louisville on

Sarah,
I noticed you said you were a big believer in home remedies. Try this onee, Plain ole corn starch sprinkled liberally over the babys bottom, Just protect his face while appling so he does not breath in the dust from it. And yes let him go diaperless a few hours out of the dya. I had all these same problems with my son, Tried everything else, This seemed tobe the only thing that helped and then you avoid the whole trauma of touching his sore bottom, I also used cloth diapers, because my son was allergic to disposables. I f I had another child tomorrow this is the route I would go again.I noticed no difference in the potty training between him and my girls who used disposables.
Good Luck and let me know how things turn out.
P. R

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S.D.

answers from Nashville on

My children always got diaper rash when they had a runny nose or were on antibiotics. Put him in the bathtub for every diaper change and rinse him off and let him soak. Flanders Buttocks cream works really well. Walgreens or any other pharmacy can special order it. If you are not at home rinse out the baby wipes really well before you use them. Feed him yogurt twice a day until the diaper rash is gone.

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K.C.

answers from Nashville on

Sarah,
The poor little guy! As far as the diaper rash, you could try some Calendula ointment. I find that it works wonders on just about every skin ailment, including cuts and scrapes, dry patches, rashes and diaper rash. It's 100% homeopathic and you should be able to find it at your local whole foods or other health food store.
As for the cloth, I love them. They don't work for me at night though, my little girl soaks right through them, so at night and when we are out, I use seventh generation clorine free diapers. Clorine produces dioxin, a very dangerous chemical, that has been proven to cause cancer. Having something like that close to my baby's bottom just makes me nervous. Also, the other chemicals in the disposables may be adding to the diaper rash problem.
Go to this website for all things cloth diaper http://www.thediaperhyena.com
You can buy them and really cute covers. The initial investment pays off quick when you aren't running to the store every week for more diapers. They also discuss benefits of cloth and the best way to wash them and fold them etc.
Hope this helps!
-K.

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T.K.

answers from Louisville on

My son used to get these all the time and it turned out to be yeast, not diaper rash. the remedy was super easy. Put about 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar in his bathwater. The acidity (which your son won't feel) kills the suckers. In between time, use a wash cloth with warm water for diaper changes, no wipes (they sting), and use medicated Johnson's baby powder to keep the moisture away. No diaper cream, it stings too! Hope this helps!

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C.V.

answers from Raleigh on

In a small bowl mix together 1/2 cup cornstarch, 1 tablespoon ground sage & 1 tablespoon garlic powder. Mix well. Apply to rash, after cleaning, with cottonball. Sprinkle a little on stomach & let child rub in. I found this receipe and have used it on my grandkids and friends kids. It even works on heat rashes! Store in sealed container. Make as needed. Cindi

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R.D.

answers from Memphis on

I use athlete's foot creme (Fred's brand)when my son had diaper rash. Usually the rash is yeast based, and this knocks it out. I use cloth diapers, but my son is only 11 months so I don't know about the potty training issue. I've heard from other moms that potty training is easier with cloth diapers, and I know that I switched my daughter from diapers straight to panties to potty train her (no pullups!). If you are interested in cloth diapering, visit www.softclothbunz.com :)

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K.D.

answers from Raleigh on

I just wanted to recommend that you make sure he isn't allergic to something in the diaper cream. I found out my daughter was allergic to anything with zinc in it and it turned her beet red! I was trying to make things better and I only made things worse...

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C.H.

answers from Raleigh on

If someone has already mentioned this ... then disregard. But the absolute best diaper rash creme I've ever used is called Dr. McLeod's Fanny Cream. It was created by an old fashioned (if you will) doctor in Sanford, NC. You can ask your pharmacist ... they will know about it and can order it if they do not carry it. I have family that live in Williamsburg, VA and they were able to get it at their pharmacy also. It's far better than Balmex or Desitin or any of the over the counter ones I've tried.

Sounds like your son is better from the note above ... that's great.

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A.M.

answers from Raleigh on

My son has just recently started getting diaper rashes as well and it sounds like a similar situation. We really like, this is going to sound funny, Butt Paste. Its expensive but well worth it (found at Target), and I really gunk it on when its bad like you are describing it. It seems to do the trick in a couple of days. As for the screaming and twisitng away we have tried giving him stickers or something he hasnt seen for awhile to take his attention off of what we are doing. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesnt. Good luck and I hope this somewhat helps.

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J.K.

answers from Jacksonville on

I know this may sound weird but when my son had horrible diaper rashes, we were suggested (by my doctor) to apply an over the counter yeast infection cream on his bottom. I did it once a day and washed him in the tub instead of using wipes along with allowing him to air dry and it seemed to do the trick. Not sure if this will help you but it worked for us.

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G.M.

answers from Nashville on

The only thing I have found that does not make babies scream and has actually cleared up diaper rash is Renew Lotion. My three year old would get the worst rashes on his bottom because during potty training he would wet himself at night and not get changed untill the morning which really bothered me and I hated it. So I started shopping with this new store and I found this Renew Lotion. Whenever, I put diaper cream on him, he would seem to scream louder, I could not understand it. Then I researched some of the ingredients I found in the diaper cream. You will not believe this, but they have put Formaldhye in my diaper cream, now wonder he scream. The first time I put Renew on him, he calmed down and stopped crying. Now whenever he starts hurting he says Mommy Melaleuca will make me feel better. This is the name of The Store Melaleuca THe Wellness Company. You can learn more by calling me at ###-###-#### or email me at [email protected]____.com or look at my website www.workathomeunited.com/myfoursons. I hope this helps you, I have four boys and I know how it feel to feel helpless when your baby is in pain, I hate that feeling.

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S.S.

answers from Huntington on

i would let go him go without and see if that helps some. my son is wheelchair bound and sometimes i have let him do that,but he 20yrs old. also look for a gold bond cream i cannot remember the name we used it on my mom when she was bedfast it work really well.

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H.B.

answers from Clarksville on

Have you tried Triple Paste? (it was prescription only, now you can get it OTC) It is kinda pricey, but it is supposed top get rid of bad rashes in one or two diaper changes. Also, I was told to use the cornstarch baby powder. I think diaper free would be good, no irritation from the diaper, you could even put a pair of big boy underwear one, little softer of the bottom. I have found that the cheaper (store brand) ointments have a higher zinc oxide percentage (40 or higher), which is what can help clear the rash quicker. Wish I could have been more help, diapers rashes are miserable for little ones. Hope he gets better soon!

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L.C.

answers from Owensboro on

My daughter is grown now, but she had a VERY sensitive bottom & at times had an incurable diaper rash- tried prescription creme after prescription creme, tried going diaper free, etc and still her rash would even crack & bleed at times. It sounds weird, and it is not a "natural" treatment, but the only thing I found to clear her up- and quickly- was Lotrimin AF- yes, athlete's foot creme. A friend suggested it & I was skeptical but she was is so much pain & would cry just when she wet her diaper, let alone messed in it. Applied a couple of times & her bottom was healing! Oddly enough, she is 17 now & still seems somewhat suspectible to yeast infections!
Hope this helps!

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A.H.

answers from Pine Bluff on

I've never tried cloth diapers, but if you're at the end of your rope I'd try Resinol. It does sting a bit going on, but it clears up diaper rashes like nothing else. It's not prescription, but you do have to ask the pharmacist for it. Just a thought while you're checking into the cloth diaper idea.

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A.C.

answers from Charlotte on

Hey Sarah

I am a working mother of two girls (now 15 and 10).

My oldest had a diaper rash like that and through Dr. visits and many types of ointments, I finally took things into my own hands. I would sit her in oatmeal bath(very shallow) and then pat her dry. I then put vasoline on her bottom. In less than 24 hours the rash was almost gone.

Hope this helps.

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B.F.

answers from Johnson City on

I have learned with both of my children that they were allergic to the diaper wipes that I was using. Try just using wash cloths with a mild soap on them. Plus look at the cream that your using. He just may be allergic to it and it's making it worse.

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J.H.

answers from Raleigh on

sounds alot like a fungal rash -- apply Lotramin lotion and he should be fine in a few days, my son gets that often -- eating lots of yogurt or adding acidophilus to his food should help if the problem persists. good luck, I know it's so hard to see them in pain : (

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K.M.

answers from Nashville on

our daycare recommends a concoction they call Happy Hiney. It is equal parts of vaseline, hydrocortisone cream, lotimin creme and Desitin (I usually use a TBSP of each) and then you add just enough Maalox to make it creamy but DO NOT use any maalox with peppermint b/c that will cause extreme burning - just the regular maalox. You can store it in a Tupperware container and it keeps for a long time. It works great at clearing up severe diaper rash.

Also, any amount of time that you can let your baby run around without a diaper and just get air to that area will help, too.

Good luck!

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A.D.

answers from Chattanooga on

Hi Sarah,

Something that worked great for us an was inexpensive. Mix together Malox and cornstarch to make a thin paste consistency. We keep the extra in the fridge and the cool mix feels really good to the raw bottom! Best of luck.

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V.E.

answers from Greensboro on

My precious baby boy has his first diaper rash this week also to the point when I wiped you could see blood - his bottom was so raw. My mom told me to get Dr. Smith's butt paste. You have to ask the pharmacist for it and it is hard to find and expensive however it is worth all the trouble, his bottom cleared up in one day. Before applying make sure his bottom is completely dried and apply and them I put baby cornstarch on top of it to make sure the paste didn't rub off on the diaper. Good Luck!

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D.R.

answers from Fayetteville on

You may want to have him seen by his doctor or contact your office, sounds like it could be a yeast diaper rash.

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N.G.

answers from Fayetteville on

My mom always told me to switch from wipes to warm moist washcloths when my little ones had diaper rash. Yes, it makes more laundry, but water can't irritate skin like some wipes do with all the perfumes and additives. You're wise to let the baby go without a diaper to 'air out' cuz it really does make a difference!

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R.D.

answers from Fayetteville on

Try something for yeast infections such as a jock itch creme or Vagasil. I know the Rx's from the doc don't burn as bad because they have a topical coolant in them as well. Sometimes the best way to get rid of something is go with the Rx.

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N.L.

answers from Rocky Mount on

Good Morning! I had bouts of severe diaper rash with both my children years ago. No matter how diligent you are with keeping them dry this just sometimes happens. The thing that worked the best was to give them baths with epsom salts in it. Draw a bath as warm as your son can stand and let him soak for as long as he wants (my one daughter loved baths so much she would spend an hour sometimes!) The longer he soaks the better it is for him. Warm water has amazing healing properties for something like this and the Epsom salts won't burn his bottom. It works better on soreness than oatmeal. (Oatmeal is more helpful with itching.) I gave them 2 or 3 baths a day for a couple of days. Once they were out of the baths I did let them be diaperless for a short while until their skin wasn't quite so delicate from the bath. I also used diaper cream that had some medication in it much like neosporin. It didn't burn them when it was rubbed on and I really just dabbed it on sort of gobby so that I wouldn't have to rub it in and cause them more pain. If its not possible to even dab it on, rub the cream on the diaper itself and then put the diaper on your son. Even after one day of this, my daughters would get major relief. Hope this helps. Let us know how it goes. Have a wonderful day!

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G.B.

answers from Nashville on

Boudreaux's Butt Paste is EXCELLENT for diaper rash! Just a small amount will help cure diaper rash in a day or two (at least for my children). It's very soothing & right after you apply it, your baby will probably not scream with pain. It can be purchased at Walmart, Walgreen's & most any other pharmacy chain. It costs around $6-7 (more at pharmacy chains), but it is worth whatever it's cost because it WORKS!

Good luck!

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M.P.

answers from Greensboro on

All about natural remedies here. First thing to do is get some acidophilus (probiotics) and double up on the dosage for the first few days. This neutalizes the stuff in the gut (gets rid of the bad bacteria and replaces it with the good bacteria) so the poop doesn't bother the little guys already sore bottom. You can give this to him all the time. I personally give it to my kids a few times a week and then when they aren't feeling well. I use Jarrow Formulas Babby's Jarro-Dophilus. You can get it at Earth Fare. It's in the refrigerated health section of the store. I use this one because there's more servings per container than the other acidophilus they have.
Secondly, Colloital Silver. You can get this at Earth Fare also. Put it in a little spray bottle and spray it on his bare bottom before you put on the diaper cream and then spray it over the diaper cream. You can also give it to him orally.
I think Bert's Bees is one of the best creams to use...especially because it works and they don't use harmful ingredients in their products.
These two things work like magic, and quickly at our house. My kids would get open sores on their bottoms because their diaper rashes would be so bad...I wish I'd always known about this rememdy!
Hope this helps.

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R.H.

answers from Fayetteville on

Go to the doctor, make sure it is just a simple diaper rash. Most doctors are aware of natural remedies and maybe able to suggest one.

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P.P.

answers from Charlotte on

My little girl got diaper rash when she had very soft stools and diarrea when she was sick and the nurse suggested making sure the area was dry after cleaning her up (I patted a cloth diaper on her but and lightly bleew air on it) and then put Lotrimin on her butt - but she needed to be dry. This worked great!!!! Good luck! p

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M.B.

answers from Charlotte on

let him soak in baking soda in his bath water for 15 minutes a few times a day. and i always use maalox when my son gets one that bad and it clears up really quickly. also don't use wipes, just use a wash rag with water to clean him. good luck, i'm sure it will clear up soon.

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S.L.

answers from Raleigh on

It sounds like it could be fungal. We tried Maalox on our daughter's bottom on our ped's advice but it just seemed to make things worse. Then in the book " Your Child's Health" we read to use Lotrimin (we bought the generic Clotrimizole store brand... much cheaper). Her rash started looking better within hours.

Now to keep the rash from coming back we hold her under the faucet during changes instead of using wipes, we dry her bottom with a hair dryer, and we use a little zinc oxide cream at every change. We use the Badger brand diaper cream, which is about as natural of a zinc oxide cream as you can get. When we've experimented with not using the zinc cream, the rash comes back within a day. :(

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J.S.

answers from Hickory on

My oldest son had bad cases of diaper rash and no cream would help. I would wash his bottom with warm water and soap instead of just wiping him with disposable wipes and dry him well. This helped him more than anything. Hope this helps. J. S.

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J.K.

answers from Greensboro on

Dear Sarah,
Try some plain cornstarch-not in powder form but what you buy in the cooking isle. Diaper free is always a good idea.

Good Luck
J.

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L.H.

answers from Raleigh on

Cornstarch. When my daughter was a baby, I was on my way to meet friends at a restaurant---and she kept screaming in pain and I realized she had a bad case of diahrrea. The acid in the diahrrea was burning her bottom. When I got to the restaurant---the gave me cornstarch from the kitchen---I changed her diaper, and applied the cornstarch.
She stopped crying immediately and fell asleep. Apparently the cornstarch absorbed the acidd/moisture that was burning up her bum.
I hope this helps.
L. H.

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A.H.

answers from Chattanooga on

I've worked in the medical field for a while now on top of having three girls myself and to me it sounds like it could be a yeast infection. My reccomendation is to try the doctors office again and ask if they feel this is a possibilty if so it can be handled with a rx cream for that particular problem.

Also maybe try keeping the cream in the refridgerator maybe the cold will help soothe. Good Luck.

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J.D.

answers from Raleigh on

I use corn starch. You don't have to touch his sore bottom and it is soothing. I started with my 6 year old when he was a baby. I told my sister-in-law about it when her little girl had a diaper rash that was actually so raw it was bleeding and it went away within 48 hours. I use it on my little girl now and it still works great and it is cheaper than any diaper rash ointment. We have a box for cooking and a box in the nursery.

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T.C.

answers from Memphis on

Diaper rashes can be quite frustrating and painful for your little one. I have a 3yr old and a 2yr old. We have had our share of rashes. I have found great success with using a small dab of Resinol. Its a medicated ointment for minor skin irritations. You can get it at most pharmacies. You do not need a prescription. I get mine at Walgreens most of the time but have found it at RIte Aide and Target. It has cleared even our worst ones. Good luck. Hope you find something to soothe your baby.

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J.S.

answers from Nashville on

Hi! my daughter is very sensitive to diaper rash so i know where you are coming from. our pediatrician suggested that she stay out of her diaper for 10-15 min. at each diaper change. we do this and just deal with the accidents. i would much rather do this than see her in pain!

also, i apply diaper rash cream at each change. we use arbonne diaper rash cream, and triple paste. after using these remedies, we have never had another issue. hope it helps! :)

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J.M.

answers from Greenville on

my son got something like that when he was sick over the summer and had diarhea and it was a fungal rash which he now gets almost every time he gets diarhea. you could try googling fungal diaper rash and see what you find for natural cures!! it is a horrible rash and i understand!!!

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P.C.

answers from Johnson City on

It has been 23 years since my babies were in diapers, so don't know it my info is worth anything today. Anyway, I had good luck with Rosebud salve for diaper rash, not really medicinal but soothing and protective (kind of like vaseline), I always used cloth diapers, but they can really hold the urine, etc. I let them go around bare bottomed a LOT, I think airing it out is the best remedy. However, when you can't, I would think the disposable diapers are probably ok for keeping the wet stuff away from the skin.

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A.P.

answers from Nashville on

Has your son been on medicine for this cold? If so, some meds cause diaper rash. My oldest son had this problem years ago and the doctor told me to get plain yogurt with active cultures and put it on his but. It works! Also, since your son is older than what mine was when I had to go through it, I would feed him some also.

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M.F.

answers from Louisville on

It sounds like a rash with yeast involved...I have three children, all who have (or are still, based on age) dealt with recurring diaper rash. I go a prescription for a cream called "Miracle Cream" that is basically a mixture of diaper rash cream, an anti-fungal to kill the yeast, Lanacaine for the pain and something else, I cannot remember at the moment. It is not expensive, but it has to be mixed up by your pharmacist. While natural remedies are great, I am not sure you will find one that will kill the yeast...maybe look into that and you might find your answer. If the rash has lots of small red dots in it, that is yeast and until it is killed, the rash will not go away and will likely lead to bleeding (something we deal with often). As far as cloth diapers go, I find them worse when it comes to dealing with diaper rash, they just do not keep the moisture away from their skin as effectively and that leads to more yeast! Good luck.

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A.L.

answers from Lexington on

I always had great success with having them go diaper free for a few days- and if you can get a little sunshine on there as well=- even better1

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N.D.

answers from Jackson on

I would try baby powder in every diaper change. If I see the smallest amount of redness I get the baby powder out and it is gone within no time! Hope this helps.

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A.P.

answers from Johnson City on

I have 3 girls, two are 3 and 1/2 and the other is 6 weeks, I truly understand your concern with daiper rash. I will tell you what has helped me in the past with my twins. My DR. told me to use cetaphin on the wipded area and then tissue it off, I then let them air dry and put on a thick layer of Bag balm. Bag balm is wonderful, you can find it in the pet supplies, it is a green cube, and it is nautal ingrediants, won't hurt your son's bottom or anything. Let me knwo what you think.

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K.L.

answers from Charlotte on

First of all, have you changed your brand of diapers recently? My first son never had anything either so I was shocked when my second son ended up getting a rash frequently. The most notable was after an episode of the Rotavirus where he had frequent soiled diapers. I, like you, could not get it cleared and he cried in agony every time I changed him. I tried all the over-the-counter remedies as well and nothing seemed to make it better. I ended up taking him to a local dermatologist (whom I work for from home) and he swabbed it for culture and it ended up being yeast rather than a regular diaper rash. He too asked if I had recently changed diapers and I had. He first advised me to switch back to the previous brand of diapers. So after doing that and a few days of some prescribed cream he was well on the way to healing.

About me: I am a mother of two boys, ages 7 and 2. I am a work at home mother with a well known direct selling company.

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C.D.

answers from Greensboro on

Well, I wanted to use cloth diapers, but had 2 preemies and they were too small and then I never attempted it. They have both had some terrible diaper rash, mainly when teething. I know it is terrible to see them in such pain! The peds office gave me several samples the last time I had the problem with my 1 year old. The one that worked best was Flander's Buttocks Ointment. It is a creamy light brown color and it's so thick it coats the bottom great. The main thing is to make sure the bottom is dry when applying it. The nurse suggested drying the baby's bottom with the hair dryer when changing a diaper. I know it sounds strange, but I've tried it and it works. They love it, too. Make sure it is on the COOL setting, though. Also, if you can put the child to bed without anything on and cover up with a blanket, that would help. That way it is not kept moist with diapers and clothing. I know it's hard with a 2 year old to go without clothes otherwise. At least then, all you would probably have to clean up is liquid. I hope this helps! Good luck!

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S.M.

answers from Raleigh on

My daughter always screamed like the diaper cream was burning her. So I always used vaseline. It always worked great. I would keep an eye on the rash though if it won't go away you might want to take him to the Dr., with being sick his system may be out of wack and he may have a yeast infection.
Take care,
Steph

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K.F.

answers from Lexington on

Sarah, we use maalox by itself sometimes and it has a cooling affect, my daughter, (same age) does better with that than the creams which involve rubbing. I just dab it on with my fingers, good luck.

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J.N.

answers from Jacksonville on

Hi Sarah,
Head down to the oil aisle at the commissary and pick up a jar of Spectrum Organics Coconut Oil ($5.99 for a 16 ounce jar). It is fantastic for rashes as it heals the skin while it instantly quells the pain/burning/itching. It's also a great moisturizer. PLUS, you can eat it!!! Use it whenever you need to heat an oil (stir-fry, sauteeing, baking, whatever) instead of any other oil (including olive, as it breaks down into trans fat when you heat it). Check out www.coconutoil.com for more info on the myriad of benefits of consuming coconut oil. But for now, know that it is the best thing for your baby's skin because if it is a yeast infection (which is totally possible) coconut oil contains lauric acid which has antifungal properties. Stay away from products containing mineral oil as it leaches fat-soluble vitamins out of baby's bloodstream. Remember that the skin is an organ like any other and it DOES NOT filter. Do not put anything on your skin or baby's that you wouldn't consider safe to take internally.

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M.J.

answers from Louisville on

When my son was an infant, he had a lot of diaper rashes. We tried many creams, but nothing seemed to work quickly. My pediatrician actually recommeneded Mylanta, or any brand of milk of magnesia. I would saturate a cotton ball with Mylanta, wipe it onto the rash, and let the Mylanta dry before fastening his diaper. It seemed to help resolve the diaper rash quickly. I would often notice a difference within one day. I guess the anatacid in the Mylanta kills whatever bacteria is causing the rash.

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A.V.

answers from Knoxville on

Here is what we went through - my oldest got diaper rashes only when on antibiotics, but they were usually BAD! He would scream constantly, so we started leaving his diaper off. It was not fun cleaning up the messes but it helped a little in clearing his skin up. But when we tried Balmex or any other cream, they seemed to do very little to help.

With my second son, he was rarely sick, so he hardly had any rashes. But once he turned a year old, and started eating regular foods (he started refusing all baby and toddler foods at 10 months of age!), and he ate ALL the time, he started having 6-8 poopy diapers a DAY! The doc called it "toddler diarrhea". We watered down his juice, but he wasn't big on milk, so that couldn't help. When he started having an almost constant case of diaper rash (due to my exhaustion over changing him that often, plus my newborn premature daughter!), this particular pediatrician recommended something _______'s Butt Cream, but I forget the name. Most moms or pharmacists know it. There is now also Burt's Baby Bees diaper ointment that I have heard is good. Also, what I found helped most - also doc recommended - was to mix either that butt cream or even Balmex, with part antifungal cream. Like anything you would use on a yeast infection helps. Most of the problem with 99% of creams/lotions is that they trap the offending moisture against the skin and really don't help. They may soothe the symptom, but not clear up the cause. So going diaperless is the best option, and trying the antifungal stuff mixed in, or they said also hydrocortisone helps, are probably the best bets.

Breathe deep and remember that "this too shall pass"! :)
God Bless,
A. V

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B.F.

answers from Greensboro on

My son is 4 now but the only thing that ever worked (his first burn was at 18 months) is the CVS brand ( alot cheaper) aquafor (spelling) He did not cry with it and it cleared it up fast. You can use it anytime. I used it every night after bath until he was potting on his own because it prevented it. And the night time wetness always seems to make it worse. I also use it on my now 4 month old girl. She has had none yet but helps prevent it really well. I have the first jar still for my son. and before my daughter was born I purchase a jar for her and still have not used it all up. It is about $12 a jar(CVS) but the best money I have spent. Good Luck!

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D.P.

answers from Raleigh on

Get some Flanders Buttocks Paste. You can only get it at Kerr Drug Stores. This stuff is awesome- I have found nothing that works better at clearing up diaper rash. We also put some on my son at night before bed even if he doesn't have a diaper rash as a kind of preventative measure. This keeps a barrier between him and the wet diaper. Also, when he has diaper rash, I have found that soaking him in baking soda works the best of any bath treatments. Just put 1/2 cup to a cup in warm bathwater. It helps relieve the pain and control the inflammation.

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K.B.

answers from Wilmington on

Your DS is old enough to run around without a diaper on. While my 3 kids never had much problems, I watched a little boy who was very fair and very prone to rashes. I would just let him run/crawl/lay around without any bottoms on for an hour at a time right after a wet/poopy diaper. Exposing it to the air will help dry it out and heal faster.

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D.C.

answers from Chattanooga on

Corn starch saved my life!

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K.P.

answers from Fayetteville on

I use Bag Balm that you can get from Walmart. I thought it was a little weird when a friend gave me a can of it a few years ago, because it is cow utter cream, but I have not found anything since then that clears up diapers rashes as well as it does! It is in a big green can!! I keep my house stocked at all times!! :)

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L.P.

answers from Louisville on

RINSE the baby wipes in plain water before you use them on his bottom, or else use a regular old damp washcloth. Those wipes have soap and chemicals in them (even the unscented ones) and they sting, sting, sting when you rub them on a rash. Then make sure you dry him completely with a dry cloth and by blowing on his diaper area. Then, apply the cream. Also, frequent warm baths in water and baking soda will help too.

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S.S.

answers from Charlotte on

Cloth diapers I can tell you nothing about... Diaper rash on the other hand... 2 out of our 3 (almost 4, we're due in may) are allergic to Aloe Vera like me. Before we discovered that they put Aloe in just about every brand of diapers and wipes out there, my oldest suffered from almost constant diaper rash no mater how much I changed the poor kid. Besides changing diaper brands, what finally worked to relieve some of his pain was going diaper free as much as possible. Diaper cremes usually made it worse for him, but worked on what little rash my other two have had. I've never heard of the maalox idea, and I'm not sure what natural remedy would work in its place. Oatmeal baths are great, aren't they?

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C.V.

answers from Charlotte on

Make him a bath with baking soda and just warm water, then let him air dry and use a little Boudreaux's Butt Paste. There is a $1 off coupon on the CoolSavings web-site.

But your idea to let him run around naked is spot on. Do you have an enclosed garage or mud room, or you can put down painter's drop cloths to contain accidents. This may be a good to spend time in the loo with a potty chair.

Has he been eating or drinking anything that is very acidic? My little ones were very fair and over indulging in orange juice, tomatoe sauce, lemonaide, etc would bring on a rash.

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J.A.

answers from Charlotte on

Hi Sarah!

A doctor told me to use Vaseline on my son when he was hurting. I had the same problem as you. It was not common, but it would happen now and again and he'd scream when being wiped or medicated or anything. So, when I tried the Vaseline it seemed to help. It actedmostly as a protectant and had no medicine which is what was hurting him. I also would use luke warm wet washclothes while wiping him - even poops - I gave him a 10-15 minute sits bath a few times a day (just a few inches of water and once with the Aveeno baby bath powder), and I let him run around with no diaper. It's very important to let it dry out. Sometimes I didn't bother with cream at all until it started looking a little better and then I'd use Boudreauxs Butt Paste. I hope this helps and I hope that it's already getting better and none of this is neccessary!

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M.S.

answers from Asheville on

boudreaux's butt paste -make sure not to get it on anything. It works when the other stuff seems to make it worse & it's great!

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D.K.

answers from Asheville on

The diaper rash sounds bacterial-like. All of my children were raised in cloth diapers. The one or two times I had to deal with a rash of the nature you are describing, I did let them go diaper free for a day and it helped tremendously.

Or you could try a pair of cloth underwear and take them off immediately after wetting. Same with cloth diapers - just don't use anything to cover them for protection.

Powder always seems to be helpful in soothing a diaper change as opposed to any kind of cream while the rash is still "raging" and raw.

I hope these suggestions help you.

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C.D.

answers from Chattanooga on

There are so many diaper rash cremes out there, and I tried a few. My daugher had very explosive poop when she was very little, and it was quite frequent. Her poor bum was very red. Nothing seemed to work. Finally, I tried Huggies Liquid Powder, and surprisingly it worked wonders! Most people have never heard of it, and it isn't easy to find. Someone online suggested it to me. I finally found some at Kmart and have also found it at BiLo. It really does work FAST! Good luck!!

Sorry, I have no cloth diaper knowledge. I do know people that use them and love them. I hear that Bum Genius are the best!!

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K.C.

answers from Nashville on

Use lots of Vaseline---no scent and sprinkle baking soda in the bath. Diaper cream always burned my boys---so I was told to lather on the vaseline and it works!! They get real bad diaper rash when they are teething badly--------------my husband is a Family Physician and he can not explain the teething and bad diaper rash connection---but I know it from experience with my 2 boys now 4 and 2 yrs old----good luck and do not use anymore diaper rash cream---it hurts them.
Take care.----K.

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J.W.

answers from Jacksonville on

Our ped dr. suggested a product called "critic-aid" skin paste, made by Sween. It is a critical care anorectal and skin protectant. My daughter has sensitive skin and would react to most anything. I didn't need a prescription in North Carolina. However, it's not on the shelf. You will need to call the pharmicist and see if they carry it behind the counter or can order it. I have found it at Target and private drug stores. The dr. also suggested plenty of air, i.e. no diaper.

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S.P.

answers from Charlotte on

Soumds like a yeast infction rash to me. Has he been oany antibiotics? Nyastatin is th Rx. But you can try Monostat or one of the female products. My son nursed and use to get these anytime I was on antibiotics. They kill your natural defenses and yeast occurs naturally on the skin.
Also I used cloth diapers with my oldest but not with my second or third (all boys) andI didn't really notice a difference with potty trining, but each child is different.

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H.B.

answers from Jacksonville on

Is it possible the rash is yeast? That's what we have. I'm using corn starch and a hair dryer to keep my little guy dry and it seems to be working. We also had some allergy issues which gave him a sore bum.

As for cloth diapers, I've used them with both of my kids. I think potty training can be easier because they can feel when they are wet.

hth

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J.S.

answers from Raleigh on

Sarah,

There's a diaper rash cream called Greer's Goo. It is by prescription and the only place we were able to find it was at Blue Ridge Pharmacy. By now, it's probably in lots of pharmacies. It is mixed by the pharmacist. It is an absolute miracle!

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E.P.

answers from Fayetteville on

A + D Creme they sell pretty much everywhere worked in 24 hours. My daughter had a case similar and it was so bad I wanted to take her to the emergency room. I was in the commissary and read the label and very glad I picked it up above all the other creams that I had.

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J.A.

answers from Nashville on

Try Vaseline it worked for my daughter.

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L.M.

answers from Lexington on

A&D ointment works better than the others for clearing up my son's diaper rash. When he was on antibiotics he got a raw butt too, similar to what you are describing. A&D has lanolin in it and something else, but it actually promotes healing is what my pediatrician's office told me. The others just stop the liquid from touching the skin. The active ingredients in A&D always seems to work much better than zinc oxide in the other creams.

Hope this helps.

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P.C.

answers from Louisville on

Sarah,

I have two boys one is four and the other is 9 months. My first son never had diaper rash. I am, like you, very careful about diaper changes....However, my 9 month old got sick and ended up in the same condition as yours, it turned out he had a yeast infection even though he was changed constantly, the Dr. explained the PH in the stool had changed because of his illness, the only way that I know of to get rid of it is a prescription cream. My little one's rash cleared up within a day after the medicine. Good Luck

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A.H.

answers from Parkersburg on

I know I'm a little late on this but butt paste is the best diaper rash stuff i have ever bought.

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A.S.

answers from Greensboro on

it's probably yeast...try a yeast infection cream (yes, the regular stuff that we ladies buy)...or the doc's office can give you something called Nystatin?

my daughter (now 3) used to get these when she would have several diarrhea diapers in a row or sometimes when she took antibiotics

hope this helps!

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J.Y.

answers from Jackson on

My son once had a diaper rash from taking high doses of antibiotic. His little bottom looked raw in some places and he screamed fiercely at diaper changes. The Chemistry teacher at our school told me of a home remedy to mix and apply. Mix corn starch and regular Maalox or Mylanta (DO NOT USE MINT OR a FLAVOR)until you have a paste the consistency of glue. At each diaper change coat his bottom with the paste. Do not wipe the paste off at each new diaper change. Just remove the waste and then reapply the paste. I also found using a warm washcloth and just patting the waste was better than trying baby wipes, which are sometimes alcohol based. This cleared my child up with a day or two. It worked so well that the next time we had an antibiotic I started using it to be proactive. It can store for several months in an air tight container.

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P.P.

answers from Raleigh on

I cloth diapered my triplet boys, and I never regretted it. I only used disposables when we were out for LONG periods of time or at night. I used Fuzzi Bunz pocket diapers, and I LOVED them!

As for diaper rashes, we had a couple, but they were mostly from other issues (one of my boys had several yeast rashes -- they have bumpes involved that look like pimples -- and you can either get Nystatin by perscription or do Monistat). Once, Ryan got a TERRIBLE rash on the inside of his legs from a bathing suit. But, I can honestly say that we got FAR fewer rashes that the kids we knew who were disposables.
HTH!
P.

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K.L.

answers from Myrtle Beach on

Use the aquafor that you can find at the grocery store. It does wonders and is the same thing as the mix your dr told you to use. Good luck!!

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D.D.

answers from Charlotte on

I found that A & D works well and you use it for a lot of other things like scapes and cuts. I've used it on my daugher's cheeks in the winter when they are a little dry and chapped.

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C.B.

answers from Chattanooga on

my youngest has a very sensitive bottom and she has struggled through harsh cases of diaper rash. airing out the bottom definitely helps. I cannot use diaper rash creams on her. I smother her bottom with Eucerine after every change. my pediatrician told me Aveeno products have an ingredient in them that actually can make skin problems worse - i forget if it was a peanut ingredient of some sort but something like that. anyway, my baby's eczema actually improved when I switched from Aveeno soap and lotion to California Babies brand. Good luck with that bottom!

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K.

answers from Charlotte on

the quick and dirty answer while I'm at work :):
1) diaper rash--give him 'air time' --no diaper means air gets to the rash and helps it heal. Yes, this can be messy, but as he's 2 he can drag the port-a-potty around and go when and where he needs to.
2)Cloth diapers are great, but I did not see a difference in potty training nor diaper rash. What worked for me is number one above--let them take the potty around with them.

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K.P.

answers from Memphis on

My SIL had this w/her 4th child (first son)--what you're describing is *exactly* what she said. They finally figured it as being a diaper allergy--he was allergic to all disposables that they used, so they switched to cloth. He was about a year old, I think, when they finally made the switch, and he was a new baby! Whenever she tried disposables again, the diaper rash came back (when they went on vacation, for instance). After many months in cloth, he was finally able to use the Kroger disposables (but none of the other diapers--cheap or expensive) without diaper rash. He had outgrown his cloth dipes, which is why she switched back.

You can try potty-training him--he's old enough to try, but the biggest factor in the training will be training yourself to keep on top of him and when he needs to go. (My 20-m/o has shown signs of wanting to go potty, so I'm going through this right now--if I let him go w/o diapers, he will go in the floor; so I've got some cloth-and-plastic training pants that we are using.)

I used cloth w/both my kids, starting when my 1st was 7 months old. I currently use disposables when we go out and at bedtime, because of how much more they'll hold. I got my diapers from clothdiaper.com, and got the prefolds. Don't get Gerber diaper pants--they're horrible and fall apart in a couple of weeks. Get vinyl pants from tlcare.com. You can get used diapers on ebay and maybe get higher quality, but I was going the frugal route, so got good diapers as cheaply as possible. (Even used, some diapers cost $5 apiece, and need diaper wraps that cost a couple bucks apiece; bought new they can be $10 for diapers and $5 for wraps--there is great variety in cost and quality.)

I used to work at a pharmacy and we would make a diaper rash cream that used Nystatin, which is an anti-fungal cream. You can see if your doctor can phone in a prescription for that (if your pharmacy doesn't mix things, then maybe get a tube of nystatin and mix it yourself with Desitin or something, or put a little of each on at a time).

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T.P.

answers from Memphis on

Hi. When my boys were wearing diapers (26 years ago), I used only cloth diapers unless we travelled then I would buy disposable. I do not remember either of them having a problem with diaper rash. The problem these days is finding the plastic pants to go over the cloth diapers. I haven't seen any in recent memory. I assume with the popularity of disposable diapers, cloth diapers have been relegated to spit up cloths. Cloth diapers are definitely more work (rinsing them out from a bowel movement is not fun) but I always felt that a cotton cloth felt better against a baby's skin than plastic does. Both of my boys were easy to potty train. I don't think the structure of the diaper has anything to do with that. Back then we had potty training pants. They looked just like a pair of thick, cotton underwear and you could still use the plastic pants over them to take care of leaks. It might be worth a shot to try the cloth diapers. Definitely can't hurt and it would be a small part in helping the environment.

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A.U.

answers from Asheville on

My pediatrician explained to me that when the rash won't go away easily, it's often fungal. He told me to use Lotrimin (a cream for athlete's foot), and it cleared it up very quickly. I kept it on hand and it was such a life-saver time and again. It's actually treating the problem, not just soothing the symptoms... good luck!

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Diaper rash creams - Have you tried Arbonne? It is all natural & awesome.

Cloth diapers - I too believed that it was easire to potty train using cloth diapers. I did it for a while but they are very expensive & the washing drove me crazy because you can't use fabric softner, it blocks the absorbancy. Cloth diapers aren't what they use to be, I think the disposible diaper industry has made it almost impossible to use cloth.

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Our little girl got a really bad burn type of diaper rash once. The best solution we found was baking soda. In a small little tub where her toys would normally be we made her a make-shift bath with warm water and baking soda. Sat her in front of the TV and it really really helped. We did this for about 3 days on and off during the day and NO cream and we let her go naked for a little while so no rubbing from diapers or clothes and she was better quickly. Love baking soda-google it- it works for lots of things.

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K.T.

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Believe it or not... Vagisil works wonders on raw baby butts. It also works well on older children that get chafing from the summer heat and humidity. Clears it up overnight. I figured this out by accident when my husband came home from a long day on the ocean very chapped. My children are well beyond the diaper stage so I had nothing else in the house and he was miserable. Even as embarrassing as it may sound, he now tells all of his fishing buddies to try it.

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L.O.

answers from Charlotte on

You may want to go and see if he has a yeast infection. Boys do get them and they result in a painful, fiery rash.

Otherwise--try some loose cotton underpants and keep him off the good furniture. :)

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Hi Sarah-
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H.F.

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when my daughter was little, she had a terrible rash we could not get rid of. She had been on antibiotics and developed a rash from that. The dr. told us to use the cream that is used to treat jock itch (can't think of the name right now) and it worked!

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