Diaper Rash Remedies

Updated on November 30, 2006
R.S. asks from North Scituate, RI
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Does anyone have any good diaper rash remedies? I've tried the over the counter creams, letting her be without a diaper, longer bath time. It doesn't seem to be clearing up. It's also not getting too bad, but she's maintaining a rash. With my son I used his eczema cream & it cleared it up immediately. However, now that eczema cream has the warning "may cause cancer"...so we've stopped using it. Also on that note, does anyone have a home remedy for exzema. Thanks

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I have to say the majority of people recommended butt paste. However, being stuck home with sick kids this past week, I decided to give breastmilk a try. Since it was readily available without a trip to the store. I must say, I was surprised at how well it worked. I noticed a difference on 1 day & the rash completely cleared by day 2-3. I'll keep the butt paste in mind for when we stop breastfeeding, but for now I'm sold. Thanks for all the advice.

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T.G.

answers from Bangor on

For the diaper rash i have been using bag balm and it seems to be helping my 1 month old. I also have exzema and i found that using a creme called RX Eme that is found at miller drug in bangor helps that a lot. Hopefully that is helpful for you and works.

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K.F.

answers from Albany on

I use Lotramin anti-fungal cream. It works really well , it's about 6-10$ a tube depending on the size. I was told to put it on evey time I changed a diaper. I also have used nystatin which is used for yeast.

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M.B.

answers from Boston on

When my children had a rash The best remedy I every used is called BAG BALM.I tell yo we still always keep a jar of it . I'd put it on and by the next diaper change it would be almost gone. I even used it after I gave birth and had stitchs . The funny thing is this is the stuff they use on cows utter when milking them.It is usally found where the other rash remedys are but if you can't find it ask the pharmasist.

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D.D.

answers from Bangor on

With my daughter the same thing happened and it happened to be a yeast infection, over the counter yeast stuff worked for her. Has she seen the doctor yet? As for exzema, my sons have it and only the cream from the dermatologist worked for them so I no help there.

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K.S.

answers from Utica on

try putting baking soda in her bath and let her soak....if she has eczema try not to let her soak to long.... corn starch straight from the box is great also after she is dried off...

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R.H.

answers from Lewiston on

are you nursing, if so you can breast milk. it helps clear it up. i have a 5 month old and thats what i used the last time she had diaper rash. i used to use baby powder but i heard it can get into a babies lungs and that wouldn't be good

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D.

answers from New York on

Look inside her mouth. Since your breast feeding she could have Thrush. It's little white makes inside her mouth. It's a yeast infection. This can travel through out her entire digestive track. My son had thrush and a yeast infection/diaper rash. Regular diaper rash creams will not help with this. Talk to your doc about Nystantin cream.

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L.B.

answers from Providence on

I have used chammomile tea with my son when he gets bad rashes. The tea takes the acid out of the urine which irritates the skin. I just put some in a bottle or sippy cup, cool of course, and he'd slowly drink it throughout the day.

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K.W.

answers from New York on

i have a 4 month old daughter and i tried every thing to get ride of her diaper rash it lasted for more than 7 days so i brought her to the doctor and she told me it was acually a yeast rash. so if the rash is spotty like little bumps it may be a yeast rash that needs special cream.

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M.D.

answers from Providence on

If you havent remedied the rash yet there as a product called Triple Paste...it is not an RX but a lot of pharmacies (brooks) keeps it behind the pharmacy counter..it works great...also Desitin makes a new cream that releives a rash overnite..i tried that and it worls..and cheaper then triple paste

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M.T.

answers from Bangor on

Hey R., I have used vasoline, and it works wonders...Its cheap and very effective. I hope it works out for you.

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D.M.

answers from Boston on

Check with a doctor. It may be yeast and not just a normal diaper rash.

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E.

answers from New York on

Try using A&D ointment and sprinkle corn starch over it. It will clear up quickly. My son used to get terrible diaper rashes that would break his skin. This became our regular preventative measure. Good luck!

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J.F.

answers from Boston on

For a little Girl the Doc . said not to give the longer back bc it just makes it worse and have u Tried (ur goin to laff) Dr.Doody's Butt Balm....O IT WORKS so well .. the pharmacy has a little mixin that they have to do ahead of time But let me TELL U IT WORKS TO WELL ... jaz (3) is now gettin more rashes bc she is in school and sumones not puttin pants down euff for her to clean all the way and this goes on her butt and is abotu a 1-1 /2 days its GONE u can put it on i think 4 times or when ever u change there bum but That really Works... Dont no if ur from Mass. (MA) but we have it here or atleast my city does (everett)....u can e-mail me if u want and let me no if that helps [email protected]____.com

p.s if u cant get it RIGHT away try vasaline (sp.SUXS) so when they pee it dont hurt that much (works on a girl . and trick with a boy)
J. Marie

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S.C.

answers from Boston on

Hi R. my name is S.. First off I have excema had it all my life. I work for a company with pure, safe , and beneficial products. They are the best. We have a baby line that would be perfect give me a call and I'll tell you more about them. Both my children use it they have mild excema and you would never know. It has helped me more then any medication and nothing to be scared about. Email: [email protected]____.com or call ###-###-####

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K.H.

answers from Rochester on

R.
My doctor told me to use triple paste its over the counter but you have to ask in the pharmacy for it, it is around 8 dollars a tube but it works pretty well. For Exzema we use ceytophyl lotion and soap. Also for diaper rash my son always had a diaper rash then I tried Huggies diapers and it went away we have come to reaize that the blue die in loves,pampers etc irritate his skin.
K.

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R.B.

answers from Bangor on

Try cornstarch,you my want to look into it may posssibly be a yeast rash.Similar to yeast infection,deffinatly would not do longer baths.

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S.R.

answers from Boston on

Boudeax's (spelling?) Butt Paste you can find it at any grocery store. I think I got mine at Shaw's. It is the best stuff I have found. Also I had a little bit of exzema on my eye lid and my doctor told me to use Johnson and Johnson Baby Shampoo. Now I dont know if she said that because of the location of the exzema, but it really worked I use it every day in the shower and my face doesnt break out and the exzema dosent flare up. It's worth a shot!!

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T.S.

answers from Utica on

AVENO oatmeal bath and AVENO diaper rash cream!!!!!!!! it works wonder's. Used it on 3 of my kids!! I swear by that stuff.

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D.T.

answers from Portland on

Goodmorning R.,
I am a mother of two with our third on the way in March. We have had to deal with our share of diaper rashes for sure. The first thing we did when we would notice one coming on would be to let the air hit it for a few minutes before closing the diaper back up after changing to a fresh one of course, hehe. Then we tried many different types of diaper rash creams. We finally started asking around ourselves and heard about this stuff called BagBalm. It works wonders for so many reasons, including severe and stubborn diaper rash. you can find it in most drug stores and even Wal-Mart carries it. A little will go a long way and the container will last you what seems like forever. It really did work for us, I hope you find something that works for your family.

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J.R.

answers from New York on

Try using cortaid, bacitracin, micatin (antifungal for feet) and a little liquid ant-acid. It sounds like a lot, but mix it all together in a sealable container and it keeps for months. My pediatrician recommended it to me when my daughter was a couple of months old and I've been using it ever since (she's 8 and my son is 2). It make a thick paste that usually will clear any diaper rash in about 12 hours. After the rash is clear, put a thin layer of blamex on your daughter with every diaper change. Good luck!

S.S.

answers from Buffalo on

I don*t know any home remedy for exzema, but Avenno Baby has a new product out call Soothing relief mosisture cream And also a wash. it*s suppose to work for eczema. I am going to try it out. I *ll let you know how it works. aveeno also has many other products you might be intrested in you can go to www.aveeno.com for more info on products. I do know that aveeno products do work for dry skin, i have used them. oops all most forgot you might want to try Mustela diaper rash cream. it works really good they also have a site, www.mustela.com

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M.H.

answers from Rochester on

For diaper rash, my old peditritican recommended a mixture of Balmex, A&D ointment, antifungal, and hydrocorticone cream (the 1% of course). Mix that all together. I used it for my youngest cause she has excema and had a very bad rash I couldnt get rid of. It worked amazing!! Use equal parts of everything. The rash was gone in a few days, but looked so much better in a few hours. Her rash would be really bad, with open skin and bleeding. Hope it works! Let me know

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W.C.

answers from Bangor on

Hi my 1st son use to get serious diaper rashes i mean really bad where sometimes they would bleed and they were constant. i talked to his docs and everyone i could think of. his doc told me to use bacitracin cream as well as balmax. also my great gram ( the woman was amazing with home remedies) told me to give him a bath everyday or twice a day and pour cornstarch intot he water so that it would be almost milky colored and make it nice and warm and let him soak in it. using both of those methods cleared the diaper rashes up right away everytime and when the new baby started getting them i used the same methods on him now too. at the first sign of redness we pu ton the balmax if it gets worse then we add the bacitracin cream ( not the ointment) and the baths with cornstarch (we keep a box right int he bathroom)
i hope this helps.

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T.M.

answers from Springfield on

when my daughter was getting her 2 year molars she got a awful diaper rash, to the point where she had spots on her butt that were actually open and bleeding. we had to call the dr and they said to go buy, a&d ointment,a tube of balmex & use baby oatmeal, mix it all together and put it on like you would regular diaper rash cream. she felt soo much better that night!!! worked great!! good luck to you, i know how it is havin a little one with a diaper rash!!!

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H.K.

answers from Rochester on

my kids both had problems with diaper rashes that turned into yeast infections my pediatrician told me to use lotrimin (yes the athletes foot stuff) they have a generic at walmart for $3.00 and it always cleared it up within 24 hours and no prescription

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J.C.

answers from New York on

use desitin creamy it works my daughter was the same way and when u take her a bath make sure that when ur done to dry her well and put on a panty for a lil since its thinner than a diaper so that she can get some air to dry out the rash a lil

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K.R.

answers from New London on

My oldest daughter had a huge problem with diaper rashes. The first thing that seemed to help was using homemade baby wipes instead of store bought ones. Cute a bounty paper towel roll in half (so it's about the size of a roll of tp) mis a tsp of baby soap, a tsp of baby oil and cover the bottom of a tupperware container with about 1/4 in of water. Mix in the baby oil and soap and then stick the 1/2 paper towel roll in the water mix. The paper towel will soak it all up and then just keep it in a covered container. The other thing that helped was the dr gave her a perscription for Nystatin. It took it away within 2 days. My son has exzema and we have found that the best thing is Hemp lotion from the body shop. It's a little pricy but it lasts for a really long time and it really helps clear it up. Good luck!

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A.J.

answers from Springfield on

Hey there,

Both of my boys have exzema, and both are right in the diaper area (well my oldest isn't in diapers anymore, but ya know...)

Anyway, as you proabably know, the bath iritates their exzema something fierce, so I started using bath salts called Treasure of the Sea, from Kama Sutra, since I started using these in their bath they have never had an outbreak since (almost 3 years strong) and when my youngest (1 and a half) has a rash, I bath him once in the stuff and it's gone the next day.

K this is now going to sound like I am advertising, but I swear I'm not, this is a product I sell, but I stand by this product as it is the only thing that has ever helped my children, not to mention how much I love it too : )

You can see it on my web site http://www.athenashn.com/goddess/379 (18 or older please)

If all else fails, I am telling you this will work! Hope you find something that works

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R.A.

answers from New York on

Hi R.,
Use Renew Lotion - it is the best and cures eczema without the any side affects such as cancer etc..

It cleared my neice who suffers from eczema for 3 years!!!

a little bit about me:
Mom and of a 12 year old son Derek -Happy to be home with him every day working my biz!

roberta

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D.T.

answers from New York on

ok, I know how weird this is going to sound, but I read about it in mothering magazine. Breastmilk is great for both of those things. I have used breastmilk for my little girls diaper rashes, and they always seem to clear right up. Another thing to try is while the diaper rash is there, try using cloth diapers. The chemicals in disposables tend to irritate a tender toosh...

good luck!
D.

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L.P.

answers from New York on

You have a ton of responses here with a lot of good info...I just wanted to add that it may very well be yeast...my boys both had those kind of diaper rashes and I was given a perscription for Nyastatin and also Bactroban and I had to alternate them. it worked really good. I also would give them acidopholis. You can get it at any vitamin store. I would break the capsule open and put it in a drink or yogurt or something where they wouldn't notice. It doesn't taste like anything...and it's very good for treating yeast. It's safe...I gave it to my newborn son when he had thrush. My pediatrician is somewhat wholeistic and she said everyone could use acidopholis so I should give it to him on a regular basis. Especially if you have someone struggling with eczema...it may help.

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L.H.

answers from New York on

Dear R.,
i use balmex the hospital has giving me this i have a 24 day old baby and she had a bad rash ... it seems to work

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J.B.

answers from Providence on

I WORK WITH A WELLNESS COMPANY, AND THEY HAVE WHAT IS CALLED THE GOLD BAR AND RENEW LOTION THAT I HAVE BEEN TOLD CLEARS UP DIAPER RASH AND ECZEMA. I ACTUALLY HAVE A WHOLE BOOK OF NON TOXIC HOME REMADIES. MY SON WHO IS 6 USES THE RENEW LOTION BECAUSE HE HAS ECZAMA AND IT DOES WORK. WE ALSO HAVE LAUNDRY DETERGENT THAT HAS NO HARSH CHEMICALS IN THEM THAT WILL HELP.
IF YOU WANT MORE DETAILS ON OTHER PRODUCTS ADN HOW TO GET THEM JUST E-MAIL ME AT [email protected]____.com

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A.O.

answers from Hartford on

That boudroux butt paste (sp) is great! have you tried it? Also I buy a huge tub of A and D ointment and i pile it on, i mean PILE it! My son has allergies and due to them he gets terrible rashes on his bottom, this helps a ton. in addion there is a cream you can get from the doctors its called clotromazole/bethameth cream its a multi pourpose, works great on diaper rash, yeast infection and we use it mostly for exzema! Also works for keritosis pilaris (sp) you may want to ask you doctor about it. I get it for my sons bum when his diaper rash is ER worthy.

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A.C.

answers from Boston on

Hi R.-
Aveeno makes a great baby oatmeal bath. It soothes discomfort from rashes, eczema etc. You could give them one these baths to help ease some discomfort. My son has had a rash for about 3 days and I have been using the Aveeno diaper rash cream and it has done wonders. It also contains oatmeal to soothe. He still has a little redness and irritation. I would assume it will be gone in a couple more days, but for now, it is not uncomfortable for him. You could also try mixing some Mylanta antacid with your diaper cream or try to get the thick formula and put it on the rash when it is initially irritated. I have heard of doing this from a few people including my sister who used it on my niece. Good luck.

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C.C.

answers from Bangor on

Boudroux's ( i think thats the spelling, been a while...) Butt Paste. Bad name, awesome product. It was the only thing that wouldn't make my sons diaper rash worse! good luck!

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D.

answers from New York on

the remedy is this:

alternate diapers with aquaphor and pure corn starch (yes, the kind you would cook with) - so, 1 diaper w/aquaphor, the next w/ corn starch, the next with aquaphor and so on...your kid will LOVE the corn starch - it takes away all the itch IMMEDIATELY! i promise you it will clear up in less than 1 day...

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S.Z.

answers from New York on

Have you tried Butt Paste??...I use it on my son and it works...Also my friedn used AVENO BATH, you add it to their bath water. I haven't tried ityet,but she loves it.

Good Luck

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J.K.

answers from New York on

Persistent diaper rash can be caused by yeast and there is a powder called "Zeasorb" which i found in a surgical supply drug store. It worked on my kids very well. As far as exzema goes, try stopping dairy products for a while. Calcium is readily available in many other foods...(spinach, kale, fortified foods like oatmeal) Try for a few weeks, re-place cheese with soy cheese, milk with soy or almond milk (or rice milk) or just water ...whatever your son will tolerate. Give it a few weeks (like 4 - 6) to see if it helps. Good Luck - J.

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S.L.

answers from Boston on

I just use good ol a&d and change her more often than usual when my girl has a diaper rash. also- i had really bad eczema when i was a kid and my mom gave me oatmeal baths and it worked really good. try to use anything by aveeno its a little pricy but its worth it!

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B.A.

answers from New York on

I go to RiteAid and get a tube called Butt Paste it is in the diaper rash isle. This is the only thing that does not hurt my daughter or irritate her ezsema. It also has more natural ingredients than the other rash creams. I have slao used aquapher it comes in a big jar and its like vaseline. That works on the her ezsema also. I hope this helps you.
~B.

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C.A.

answers from Lewiston on

im not sure there are any good diaper rash creams out there. you may want to talk to your doctor and see what to do. i used Desitine. that seemed to work the best. its safe and wont cause any harm over a long period of use. hope this helps and i havent repeated anythign others may have told you.
C.

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A.K.

answers from Boston on

When my boys would get diaper rash I always used A&D..it always worked very well for them and stayed on well. I also tried putting Aveeno oatmeal bath into their bath water. My boys do not have excema though so I dont have any advice on that, sorry

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T.W.

answers from New London on

We've gotten "prescription" diaper rash cream from the base hospital before so maybe your ped could help you with that. As far as OTC stuff, I know some people swear by Boudreaux's Butt Paste or Bag Balm.

I'm having a problem with eczema on my hand, but haven't had a chance to get to a doc about it yet...I've been using a cream called Udderly Smooth, which seems to help. The only place I've seen it so far is Rite Aid, but I haven't checked places like Walgreens or CVS. It's in a little tub or bottle with cow spots on it. HTH

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D.G.

answers from New York on

My son was the same way. Take her to the the doctor, he/she has to prescribe something.

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M.S.

answers from Springfield on

Hi
from personal experience...my daughter that is now 15 months old had a huge diaper rash problem when she was younger and nothing cleared it up. Butt Cream (rash cream over the counter) worked a little.. but I decided to change diaper brands.. and it worked, she hasn't had diaper rash since. I used to used Pampers. Now I use Luvs and they work better. :)
Good Luck. Sorry I'm not familiar with ezcema, but good luck wth that.
Missy

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J.F.

answers from New York on

Hi R.,
I had problems with diaper rash with both of my girls..I tried every cream out there. The only thing that worked for my first daughter was Triple Paste ointment --that you have to ask for behind the pharmacists desk and for my other daughter--Lotrimin(anti-fungal cream). I think different creams work for different kids. My daughter also has Eczema. The doctor kept telling me to keep her moisturized with good lotion all of the time and it will help. Well, I didn't and the Eczema got infected. Now she has to have antiobiotic ointment & Hydorcortisone for the week. But if you keep putting a good lotion on the kids epecially after a bath, it will help with the Eczema.
Hope this helps,
Take care,
Jen

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S.C.

answers from Providence on

I just use A&D ointment and it works great. GOOD LUCK

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J.M.

answers from Boston on

i know just the thing for the diaper rash! my son had rotavirus and it was awful!!! his poor hiney developed blisters and everything. i cried along with him. a friend told me about arbonne and i was desperate to try anything because nothing else was working.

go to www.arbonne.com and order their diaper rash cream! it is amazing. i applied it to my son's rash and the results were almost immediate. he also had a small form of eczema and the diaper cream and lotion made it disappear and it hasn't returned. i like the fact that the products are based on botanical principles, made without fragrance, dyes, etc. basically the stuff that makes their sweet skin so irritated. each product last for a long time, too because it doesn't take much! good luck.

sincerely,
J.

p.s. feel free to type in my order code if you want to try the products ..15967166. if you don't like it, arbonne has a 90 day money back guarantee, but you won't need it! :)

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J.I.

answers from Boston on

Believe it or not,...malox!! Put some regular old malox on a cotton ball on dab it on the rash. It doesn't hurt or anything so don't worry! But it really works. Good luck.
J. mother of Quent 6 and Kyle 4.

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E.R.

answers from Hartford on

One of my girls constantly had a rash, and honestly, nothing worked better than Boudreax's Butt paste (Bag balm a close 2nd) Our pediatrician also reccommended "Triple Paste" which has lanolin in it which most others don't. Here's the website:

http://www.sumlab.com/shop/trip.asp

I had a hard time finding it, but the pediatricians office also told me I could find it at Walmart, which is not listed as a retailer at the bottom of the site. According to the Ped, this is THE BEST for persistant rashes, but Boudreaxs worked for us.

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M.C.

answers from New York on

I have 22 month old son and he had a bad rash. He goes to daycare they told me about this stuff it is called Triple paste and it works. The only thing is that it cost 9.00 at Walmart. But I bought it because it works.His rash was gone in about two days. They said you can buy it anywhere but Walmart the cheapest.

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D.M.

answers from Portland on

I swear by plain old vasaline my son has very sensative skin and we figured out the reason for most of his rashes not healing faster were the creams we were using.

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M.B.

answers from New York on

Pure Corn starch. Just put it in container and pat some on all over her bottom.. Use water/paper towels to wash/dry the area, making sure to get in between all the folds and such 'down there' and use the corn starch. I am a post partum doula who has worked with well over 50 babies in the last 8 years, and it works everytime!

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N.B.

answers from Barnstable on

Hi, When my 6 yr. was an infant, she would get terrible rashes as well. I used a clear-goopy ointment called Aquafor (sp?) and that really helped, you can buy it at a drugstore....also I used wheat free breads and cereals. Sometimes rashes indicate food allergies. I used to make banana bread with finely ground walnuts. She loved it. Turns out now that she has a very dangerous allergy to walnuts and treenuts!

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A.L.

answers from Portland on

I would make sure that it isnt a yeast infection. It sounds like it might be. You should have your child stay away from eating things with sugar and you should as well if you are nurseing. My son had lots of problems with eczema and we finally have it under control. If you are seeing a regular doctor they suggest very strong lotions and dont really get to the root of the problem. You need to figure out what your child is allergic to. I would suggest going to an alternative doctor that is the only place we found help. I would start by cutting wheat and dairy from your childs diet these are the two most common problems. Again if you are nurseing you need to stop eating these things as well. You also want to up the omega 3s in your childs diet and make sure that they have a healthy gut. Talk to a doctor note also that eczema is really common in Portland. Ive talked with a lot of moms who have children who break out if they play in the dirt. The soil in Portland is very toxic and I wonder if this has a huge deal to do with so many children having eczema. For topical treatments try camcare you can get it at Wildoats. Also cold Cam tea compressions and olive oil baths work nicely to soothe the itching. Good luck. If you would like me to give you the name of the doctor that treated my son email me :)

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K.M.

answers from Rochester on

If you are nursing, try putting breast milk on her bottom and let it air dry.

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