Diaper Rash - Merrimack,NH

Updated on July 27, 2009
R.H. asks from Merrimack, NH
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Every once in a while my daughter goes from having perfectly healthy looking skin to having a nasty painful diaper rash in a matter of hours. Yesterday she had a bm, we changed her immediately, she had another bm and we didn't have an opportunity to change her until about 30 minutes later. By the time we did change her diaper she was all red and sore. we had to dab her with a cold washcloth because the wipes were too painful. I'm wondering if something I'm feeding her is causing her to have bm's that are particularly irritating to her skin. We did the maalox mixed with diaper rash cream thing before bed so hopefully it will clear up sometime today, but I'm wondering if any other moms have noticed that certain foods seem to trigger this. Also, I used to use cloth but have been using all disposables because I haven't had time to keep up wiht the laundry. Maybe I need to switch back?

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J.S.

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You've got lots of good advice so I will second what some of the posts said - even unscented wipes are not recommended for sensitive skin. SInce my little one had her first diaper rash at 2 weeks old the pediatrician said to skip the wipes - use a wet washcloth instead and it will not irritate her as much. What we did was take the Gerber cloth diapers and cut each one into 4 squares - these became out diaper "rags", distinguishable from her washcloths just because I didn't want to use the same cloths on her bum and her face everyday.

Also, once a rash blossoms you might try letting her bum air out - wear a dress and no dipe at all on her. Or put a pair of training pants on her - no creams - just let her air out for an hr or so after changing her. We use Balmex on the rash and A & D ointment prophylactically at all times to prevent rash.

Best of luck,

J.

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K.S.

answers from New London on

Citrus caused terrible diaper rash with both of my children - oranges, orange juice, pineapple, even sometimes tomatoes and strawberries (those were milder and more manageable). The foods stopped giving my daughter a problem after she was potty-trained (my son is still in diapers).

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R.B.

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if she is having a lot of juices during the day ( apple or orange in particular) they could definately cause rashes. they tend to be very acidic

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M.M.

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I've used Vusion cream which is a prescription from our pediatrician for diaper rash. It works very well.

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L.F.

answers from Boston on

Hi R.,

My son was very quick to get a rash as well. After each diaper change make try using a wash cloth or cloth diaper and dry to dry her bottom before putting a diaper on. Also you can try making a paste of vasaline and cornstarch. It will help the rash heal quicker and protect her bottom between diaper changes. When mixed it will be a yellowish color. Drying his bottom after each diaper change worked best for us Good luck.

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J.H.

answers from Boston on

Apple and Orange juice always do a number on my daughter's bottom. I recommend Triple Paste as well. Works great! I have also found that chlorine free wipes don't bother the rash if they have one. I use the Earth's Best wipes. You can find them at Babies R Us.

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Y.C.

answers from Pittsfield on

Hi R.! My daughter sometimes gets a really bad rash if she drinks too much citrus fruit, especially orange juice. Also, like me, she is sensitive to fragrance and certain diapers will give her a bad rash. Cutting out OJ and Pampers Brand diapers keep her diaper rashes away. I hope this helps! 

P.S.

answers from Boston on

Sounds like it could be an allergy to something, for the rash Triple Paste works great

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R.K.

answers from Springfield on

My son had that problem anytime he had anything w/ tomatoes

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B.C.

answers from Boston on

I've found that Bag a Balm (it's a green square container) found at any drug store works great. It's all natural and protects the skin. My son gets diaper rashs from daycare because they don't change his poo diaper fast enough. With this cream the rash goes away extremely fast.
Most other creams caused his diaper rash to crack, bleed and worsen.

Good luck.

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A.G.

answers from Boston on

When my son was in diapers he had that problem with clementines.

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J.N.

answers from Hartford on

My daughter is 17 months old and we have had our share of diaper rash(My son Now 5 never had one)....First you have to be sure its a rash and not a yeast infection....If the rash has red bumps its a yeast infection(my daughter has had 3 so far)If its just red then its diaper rash....My DR gave me a prescription cream for the infection,and it cleared up in a few days...The cream is called...Nystatin and Triamcinolone Acetonide...My DR assured me that little girls do get yeast infections b/c with wearing a diaper and peeing it gets moist down there,and with the rubbig of the diaper causes the infection.
Now for diaper rash I use Triple paste..I think out of all the creams out ther it works the best:O)
I hope this helped out a bit good luck to you

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G.S.

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Mine Daughter has had mulitple days with a Diaper Rash that makes my mouth water. She anticipates the change and squirms.
My Pediatrician said it is her bodies way of breaking down the sugars in the body. He said that sugar turns into acid in some children and cause dipaer rash.. His biggest reccomendation was the LATHER her diaper area @ all times. I mean a full hand full of VASOLINE (none scented) from front to back. He also said that I could use LAMOSIL (yes, for yeast!) first then VASOLINE. It only helps the puffyness and redness. I only do that when she seems to be in distress.
It seems so easy but after trying Bathing her and putting tons of diaper cream on her and using unscented wipes (which he said was causing more irritation) I tried it.
Evengthough her body can process sugar better I still use it faithfully.
Good luck,
G.

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L.D.

answers from Boston on

yes, food definitely affects the skin. I have found Sugar to be one of the main culprits. Yeast may also be the problem. When my daughter gets a diaper rash, its usually from a yeast issue. Stop giving anything with sugar and give her probiotics in supplement form (from a health food store). mix the powder in with breastmilk or some type of liquid, it works wonders!

E.T.

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Hi R., So sorry about your diaper rash issue. I don't know how to prevent it; however, Shaklee's new all-natural organic Diaper Rash Cream is awesome!! When you change your baby and see that terrible rash and red sores, etc., just gently put it on and they will simply disappear! I am wondering if you could put the diaper rash cream on her as you diaper her "Before" she has a BM -- do you think that might help? Shaklee's cream is organic & all-natural so won't harm her skin at all. It's just a thought. Please contact me for help in ordering some if you care to try it - yes, I am a Shaklee Distributor. I do have one on hand if you would like me to bring it to you. Where are you? I am in Georgetown. You can also order through my website www.emilytaft.com I wish you all the best with this issue. I know that when our children hurt, we hurt even more. Take care. E. Taft ###-###-#### or [email protected]____.com

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L.M.

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Hi R.!

I have found that good old Desitin works wonders for our little one. I have always used non scented wipes, ones with natural aloe in them work best for us. Good luck!

L.

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J.G.

answers from Burlington on

My son had a similar problem a few years back. He ended up having a sensitivity to milk protein (casein) which was the culprit. I breast fed him to 1 year of age and he had no troubles. As I switched him over to "regular" milk, it initially seemed to go well. However by the time he was 14 months old, he was having horrible rash problems. When we couldn't get it under control, we sought help from our pediatrician who suggested trying a switch to calcium-enriched soy milk to see if there was a change. All the problems went away immediately. Our doctor had suggested that if the milk wasn't the culprit then we should keep an in-depth food and bm journal to try to look for a food connection. Good Luck!

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K.D.

answers from Lewiston on

Hi R.,

We've had very much the same problem with our 18 mo daughter. She is has very fair skin and it seems as if her bowel movements occasionally almost scald her. It's extremely painful and makes her resist getting cleaned up. I don't have any solutions, but I'll tell you some of the things that we do which do seem to help.

* We do think that it is food related, primarily citrus and tomato and occasionally something very salty. Sometimes we can't figure out what the cause is, but generally avoiding OJ and tomato sauce seem to help.

* We use straight aloe gel on her bum when it gets like this, it really helps cool and reduce the irritation. Once that has dried we put on a thick layer of Desitin and it usually clears up before her next BM.

* If there is time we immediately give her a quick bath, sitting in the bath water really helps the inflamation and makes sure that she gets clean without as much pain.

As far as the cloth diapers vs disposable, I don't know. We primarily use chlorine-free disposables and they seem to be better than other disposables. (I also don't have the time to keep up with the laundry - and we have a friend whose daughter also has sensitive skin and once she was old enough to say so, she asked for disposable instead of cloth, so we've been working under the assumption that the disposable are easier on the skin...but it's just a guess).

Good luck! If you come up with any better solutions let me know!

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H.F.

answers from Barnstable on

my son gets it that quick, too.
fruit and fruit juice do it to him.
h.

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B.W.

answers from Boston on

Hi R.! My girlie has that same problem everytime she has tomatoes. It definately sounds like a citrus sensitivity. I make up that paste you mentioned, with maalox, but also with neosporin and an anti-fungal cream. Definately do what your doing with the wet washcloth instead of wipes. Another thing that my dr. reccommended that works great is soak her bottom in a baking soda bath a few times a day. What I did was just sit her in the kitchen sink with about 2 inches of water, and 1/8 c. of baking soda. It cleared up in no time. Good Luck!!

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L.S.

answers from New London on

My son couldn't eat carrots or sweet potatoes, he is two and I am just slowly introducing some carrots into his diet. They would make the area around his anus really red and sore. If it is around the area, then it is probably something she is eating. Desitin cream works great and getting to the bottom of the culprit is important. She may grow out of the food sensitivity, so you can try those foods later.

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