Diaper Rash . - De Mossville,KY

Updated on March 30, 2010
L.H. asks from De Mossville, KY
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So my daughter has had these outbreaks of diaper rashes. I've went to the doctor and tried to get prescribed diaper creams. it seems like they work until i run out. then it comes back... they get so bad she's even bled before. it kills me to see her going through that. I changed her diaper too. She wears pampers now. cause she seems to break out worse when using the cheaper diapers. but her diaper area looks good right now... but they always come back. have any of you had this problem? what do you suggest?

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answers from Columbus on

This is the best solution I have found to diaper rash.
1/2 cup Aquaphor and 2 TSBP Maalox. Mix together with an electric mixer until smooth. This cream works like a charm. I have used it with both my kids and I give it to friends as baby gifts as well. I swear by it.

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answers from Cincinnati on

here is some great info from teh Dr Sears website.... http://www.askdrsears.com/html/11/T081400.asp

If your baby does not have a problem with diaper rash, then you don't need to be too strict with these preventative measures. However, if you are constantly battling rash, here are some helpful hints to minimize it:

1) Change diapers frequently - at least every two hours in newborns. You can space this out as baby starts to urinate less often.
2) Change poopy diapers right away - this is a lot of trouble at first since newborns often have small, frequent stools. This will slow down as baby grows.
3) Try different brands - if using disposables, another brand may fit a little better and cause less friction.
4) Rinse cloth diapers - add a half-cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle. This helps remove alkaline irritants. Your diaper service can also do this.
5) Wipe well - be sure to wipe all the stool and urine away.
6) Use unscented wipes or just plain water - these are less irritating. You can even rinse out the wipes with water, although this takes more time.
7) Diaper rash cream - some lucky babies don't need any. More sensitive bottoms need cream with each new diaper. There are two basic types of barrier creams:
* Petroleum ointment (Original A & D ointment) - this is an excellent preventative every-day ointment. It's less sticky and less messy.
* White zinc oxide - this is thicker and may be better for babies who are more prone to rash.
No matter how diligent you are with the above measures, your baby will still have a rash from time to time. Here are some tips to treating those rough spots:

1) Wash off bottom with water - don't wipe the sore areas. Instead, use a bulb syringe to gently wash baby's diaper area.
2) Gently dab or pat away any remaining stool. Blot baby's bottom dry.
3) Let it air out - leave the diaper off for a while, with no diaper cream on. Lay baby on a towel (with a waterproof pad underneath to catch accidents) with her bottom up. Do this as often as you can. This will help dry out the rash, which is important for the healing process.
4) Diaper cream - when you do put the diaper back on, use generous amounts of cream. Here are some suggestions:

*Zinc oxide - for the moderate rash.
*Acid mantle - this is a brand name sold in stores. It is outstanding for moderate diaper rashes. Can be used with zinc oxide over it.
*Butt paste or Triple paste - there are a variety of creams that a pharmacist can mix up for you that contain a variety of ingredients. These are good for severe rashes. One brand that is already mixed is called Triple Paste. Ask your pharmacist for some. It is non-prescription.
*Clotrimazole anti-fungal cream - for stubborn rashes, yeast may be involved (see below). You can add this over-the-counter cream to help.
*Hydrocortisone 1% cream - you can put this over-the-counter cream on twice a day beneath any of the other creams to help with severe rashes. It will help with the inflammation. Don't use this for more than several days at a time as long-term use can damage the sensitive skin in the diaper area.
*Soothe and heal by Lansinoh. This pure lanolin ointment is excellent for soothing sore bottoms.
*Mix your own - if you can't get a prescription, try mixing these together in the palm of your hand, then apply to baby's bottom:
**Zinc oxide
**White petroleum ointment
**Acid mantle
**Aluminum acetate (Burrow's solution)
**If you cant find Acid Mantle, then use Lansinoh (a lanolin ointment). It is available in the diaper cream section of drug stores.

Here are a few diaper rashes that can be more than just irritation from the stool, urine, and diaper. They usually require more specific therapy:

1) Contact diaper rash - this is simply the regular rash as discussed above.
* Appearance - flat, red, irritated skin. When severe, skin will peel or blister and slough off.
* Treatment - as described above.
2) Intertrigo - this is a specific rash that occurs within the skin folds and creases around the diaper area where the skin rubs together.
* Appearance - Heat and moisture mixed with urine cause a red, burn-like appearance.
* Treatment - regular white petroleum diaper ointment.
3) Yeast rash - when the skin is damaged, yeast from the intestines can invade the skin. This especially occurs with antibiotic use or prolonged rash.
* Appearance - it is a red, raised, patchy rash with sharp borders, mostly over the genitalia but with satellite spots sprinkled around the diaper area. Click here to view a picture of a yeast diaper rash.
* Treatment - in addition to the above measures, there are two commonly used anti-fungal creams:
Clotrimazole - over-the-counter. Apply 2 - 3 times a days beneath the other creams.
Nystatin - prescription. Not necessarily better, just different.
Acidophilus - this is a natural bacterial powder that fights off yeast. Click on it to learn more.
4) Impetigo - this occurs when bacteria invade the damaged skin.
* Appearance - coin-sized blisters or red raised patches that ooze a honey-colored crust.
* Treatment - prescription antibiotic ointment as well as the above general measures.
5) Seborrhea - an inflammatory condition that can affect different parts of the body, but can be especially severe in the diaper area.
* Appearance - a big, red, sharply demarcated patch over the groin, genitalia, and lower abdomen. It can be more raised, rough, thick, and greasy than the other rashes.
* Treatment - hydrocortisone 1% cream (over-the-counter) 2 - 3 times a day. Don't use more than a week unless directed by your doctor.
6) Allergy ring - a variety of foods can irritate baby's bottom, especially acidic foods such as citrus and tomato-based sauces.
* Appearance - a red ring around baby's anus.
* Treatment - discontinue suspected foods. Breastfeeding moms may need to eliminate foods from their diet.

good luck!

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answers from Columbus on

My son has horrible diaper rashes. We've tried cloth diapers and several brands of disposable, all the OTC diaper creams and Maalox. Have you ruled out strep or a yeast infection as causes for the rash? My son's rash was actually concentrated near his bum hole, which signaled a possible bacterial infection. We stopped using wipes and instead used a soft washcloth and water, patted his rear dry, applied a thin coat of cornstarch babypoweder, then neosporin (athlete's foot cream can work too). This worked for awhile but the rash would always come back, though not as bad as when I didn't use the neosporin. A food intolerance can cause this kind of rash, so if the above doesn't work for you, try eliminating a food at a time from your daughter's diet. We ruled out a food intolerance and our pediatrician finally said some kids just have terrible diaper rash from really sensitive skin, and my son is one of the unlucky ones. We do his baths with 1/2 cup of baking soda too, to help break down the acidity of his poop. Hope this helps.

Good luck!

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answers from Cincinnati on

My kids all had trouble with this. They would get bad rashes, which would actually end up bleeding. The best remedy was given to me by a pediatrician we saw when we lived in Rhode Island. Mix Maalox and cornstarch to make a paste. Sounds weird, but it really worked. Good luck! I know how tough this is for both of you. Broke my heart and made me cry every time they would cry over a sore bottom!



answers from Canton on

EVERY single time I would change my daughters, I would put a layer of A&D onto the butt. This is a WONDERFUL product. I believe it is a great preventative to getting diaper rash, as opposed to treating the rash once it is there.

You can buy it in a tube or you can buy it in a tub. I would have a tube in the carry bag and a tub in my house and my mother-in-law's house. I believe the tube is less than $4 but will last you several weeks, and the tub is less than $10 and last you a couple of months. My daughters never experienced any form of diaper rash and only got a reddened bottom during teething - not the rash.

Best of luck.



answers from Indianapolis on

Have you tried breastmilk? That always cleared up diaper rash for me. Breastmilk is amazing, isn't it? :)

Otherwise, it could be thrush that isn't being treated. Try an OTC yeast cream like Vagisil.



answers from Decatur on

I have the same problem with my son. I have 2 other children and never had any problems with diaper rash, in fact my middle child never had a rash (lucky one). My youngest (16 months now) hasn't always had diaper rash problems. It all started when we gave him tomato based foods. It didn't show up at first, so it took me awhile to catch on. We've been to the doctor several times. During this time we found that Pampers Sensitive and Pampers Baby Dry were the best to use. We tried Luvs, Huggies, and store brands, but they all seemed to irritate his bottom more by causing more flare ups. We also found the only wipes we can use are Pampers Sensitive. We tried Huggies Sensitive and store brand sensitive wipes and always saw his diaper rash flare up afterwards. Per doctors orders we have used perscription strength hydrocortisone, a yeast (antifungal) powder, triple paste, and Resinol. THE ONLY product that has worked at keeping it away is the Resinol. We use it after every change and it has kept the rash away for months. Resinol is used for burns, and we were told that some diaper rashes are similar to a burn to the skin (acidic burn, etc.). After months of being rash free, his rash just came back last weekend after many vinegary smelling stools. It's helping it to go away, but we're on a mission now to find out what foods could be causing this smelly stool. He only has a problem with rash now when he's had diarrhea or a vinegary smelling stool. Both of us have sensitive skin and unfortunately our son has inherited that gene. Good luck.



answers from Indianapolis on

Souinds like she might be sensitive to something they use in the cheaper diapers. Might want to also acquire a copy of ENCYCLOPEDIA FOR NATURAL HEALTH & HEALING by Weber. EXCELLENT reference for all kinds of childhood symptoms, aliments, etc.



answers from Columbus on

My doctor had me mix Aquaphor and Maalox together to make a paste. It's basically the same as the prescription stuff. Always worked best for my son.



answers from Indianapolis on

my daughter couldn't eat anything with tomatoes, or high acid in it until she was potty trained. Definately look into the foods she is eating. If she's nursing, maybe it is something you are eating.

My aunt (a nurse) made this for me and it worked great:
1 part hydrocortizone
1 part diaper ointment
1 part monistat
use just a tiny ammount on affected area once every 24hrs (no matter how bad it is). Since using that I've never had a rash with either of my kids last more than 2 days.



answers from New London on

make sure it isn't something she is eating. my son would get bad diaper rash when he ate carrots and sweet potatoes. put aquaphor area to prevent breakouts.



answers from Cincinnati on

My daughter had the same thing when she was in diapers. I actually would use a hair dryer on the cold setting (supposed to be to set your hair after drying) to make sure her bottom was completely dry before putting a new diaper on. I also used Pampers Sensitives wipes & loved them (switched to them from using warm water & disposable washcloths) but I work for P&G & might be a bit biased. :)



answers from San Antonio on

One of my daughters had the exact same thing when she was a newborn. She stopped having severe diaper rashes around maybe 6-7 months. She had an outbreak about a month ago at 15 months but I think it was the juice I was using. I used Pampers Sensitver Diapers and Pampers Sensitive Wipes and used Desitin religiously. She would have open sores that would bleed,...it was bad. When it was really really bad I would rinse out the wipees before using them on her. When changing her diaper I'd leave her diaper off for a few mins before putting the other one on so she could dry out a bit. Slowly it just cleared out. Hope this helps.



answers from Terre Haute on

My twin sons used to have an intollerance to milk and it would cause them diarreah so much so that I would no more then get their diaper changed and their bottoms treated that they would go again and I just could not keep up with the changings. They would get bloody rashes that were very painful for them so I started getting pretty creative. Do not use wipes. The alcohol in them can be very irritating. You can rinse them in warm water and still use them without irritating them. When you are out in public those wipes are hard to give up. Let her go without a diaper whenever possible helps dry up the rash. At bathtime wash her bottom with antibacterial soap. I read somewhere that the anti bacterial in the soaps will stay on to help keep away bacterial. Then EVERY diaper try to give the bottom a chance to get completely dry before using A&D to keep a barrier between the skin and the irritant. then twice a day put desitin, lotrimin (generic is fine), and hydrocortisone. on at the same time. It usually clears up the rash over night, but in case the rash is fungial you have to keep using the lotrimin for several days after the rash is gone to get rid of it completely. Read on the package how long or ask your doctor. You need to also try to figure out if it is the diapers or something your child is eating. My doctors did not figure out the intollerance to milk. I had to figure it out. With them it isnt that they cannot drink any milk, but they could not drink more than one sippie cup full.



answers from Dayton on

My daughter gets rashes too. The best thing that has worked as a prevention for her is to wash her with water every time she goes poopy and also during the morning diaper change ( since she has a bath in the evening) even after cleaning her with wipes.

I know this is not possible at daycare but I do it at home at it has helped a lot.


answers from Columbus on

mix Aquaphor and Maalox together to make a past-
you do not have to get the name brand items, they have them at CVS that is way cheaper!
mix and use. ALOT!
it works.

also cornstarch on the buttocks helps!



answers from Columbus on

My daughter was also prone to diaper rash and would also bleed at times. She would scream when we changed her diaper. If you are able to, I would let your daughter go diaper free for at least part of the day. I was working full time, so in the evenings, I would take her diaper off and let her go without one for an hour or so. They get diaper rash from the moisture and irritation of the urine and feces, so that allows them to air out. It really helped my daughter. Plus, if you time it right, you can take the diaper off right after she urinates or has a bm and be less likely to have an accident on the floor. Although we just put down a plastic tablecloth and a towel on top and set my daughter on that. It was well worth a minor cleanup to not have her poor little bottom all broken out.

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