Diaper Rash Solutions

Updated on September 03, 2008
C.B. asks from Oskaloosa, KS
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my son is almost 22 months old and has off and on had diaper rash, but it seems to be getting worse in the last few months. he just has a really sensitive bum! he has eczema so i think that is part of the problem with the sensitivity. anyway, we're fighting it right now and (i hope!) getting towards the end of it...but i just feel awful for him. his little rear will bleed, and he HATES getting his diaper changed, and fights like crazy. not that i blame him! the sitter and i are really careful to change him as soon as possible, and dry him with a clean cloth before reapplying and rediapering. we don't use the cheapie diapers, but i did step down from pampers to huggies when he was a couple months old. he's started telling us when he's poopy (a great step towards potty training, especially since being poopy means we have to change him - he still tells us!) so it never stays on him very long at all. we have had days where he has to have five or ten showers because we don't want to wipe his little bum due to the sores. i have mostly used desitin creamy, but started using regular desitin as it stays on better. i've even put some neosporin on it a few times. but it seems to always come back. my copay for the dr. is outrageous so i am really hesitant to take him, since i imagine he'll just give us some antibiotic and tell me to change him more often. anyone have any better ideas? i just cannot WAIT for him to be potty trained - but as of yet, he hasn't told us when he's "going" to go, just when he IS going, or has gone. any suggestions would be great. thanks.

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thanks again for all the advice. it's been several weeks now, and our new regimen - balmex and baby powder with cornstarch - has worked miracles. i still use the powder at every change, and the balmex, or even desitin, a lot of times, just depending on what's going on with him at the time. i really think the powder has made all the difference! i can't believe what a change it has made. it's now our best friend - thanks to everyone again! hopefully (*fingers crossed*) this will solve the problem for good.

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C.A.

answers from Wichita on

It sounds like a yeast infection, believe it or not. I had trouble with my son having a chronic diaper rash. It would go away for a short time, but it would always come back, with a vengence. I called the doctor, described the rash and he prescribed nyastatin (sp?) both in a cream/ointment form and orally. Chances are that it keeps coming back because he has it internally.

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S.V.

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Hi Carrie,

I don't know how your child's diet is, but while he is rashy, avoid acidic foods and drinks like apple juice, and many other juices. Apple juice will actually cause rashes in my kids! I try to avoid apple juice... it cause my kids to have extremely runny poop, almost like diarhea, and rashiness. Even just one cup a day!

I used to babysit a boy for a year that had the same problem as your son. Very sensitive skin and even if your change diapers pronto, he would still get rashes. We would just do a combination of desitin and powder and the rash would be gone until the next bad poop :/ Eventually, the rashes will lessen and his skin will toughen up down there. That's what happened to this boy. He is still in diapers and rarely ever gets rashes now. Now his new baby sister is suffering the same sensitive skin problem :( She had eczema bad when she was an infant, and still has very sensitive skin.

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J.S.

answers from Kansas City on

A&D Ointment-Heals and protects, if the problem presists I would recommend changing diapers, Cheap may be better! The Sams Club brand-I believe Smiles was good for my daughter. Especially since you are changing so often. Watch out for powders as some of them burn and irritate.

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T.R.

answers from Lawrence on

Have you tried vaseline? It is very inexpensive even if you buy the "baby kind". It seemed to work much better on my 19 month old than any of the other ointments. I would coat his little bottom after each change and a little extra at night...worked great! I told my doctor that is what I was using and she was fine with it. Other mothers at my son's daycare have had very good luck with it as well.
Good luck...I know those diaper rashes can come on fast and hard and the poor little guys...

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B.S.

answers from Joplin on

This sounds like more than diaper rash. It sounds like your child's eczema has spread to his bottom. There is an adult in my family that suffers from this, and has days he can't even go to work because of the terrible eczema rash and bleeding on his bottom area.
You should take your son to a dermatologist. There are a number of things they can do besides just an antibiotic. There are diet changes, and lots of new medicines.
I know it is expensive, and I really sympathize with you on that. We, too, struggle with whether or not to go to a doctor when we need to because it means months or years of paying off the bill. But this is something that will greatly improve your baby's health and comfort if you can get started on the road to getting it under control. With eczema there is no cure, yet, but it can be controled. When you see the dermatologist, confide in him/her about your financial struggles, and often they will load you up on free samples of medications. Especially if you are just trying something to see if it works. That way you are not spending money on prescriptions that didn't work, until you find something that does help. Also, the doctor will be more likely to do what he/she can for you in as few visits as possible, if they know that repeated trips are all but out of the question for you.

I really do sympathize with you. I hope you can get some relief for your child soon !

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A.W.

answers from St. Louis on

I feel for you and your little guy! When my daughter was a close to a year old, she had what I thought was terrible diaper rash. I tried EVERYTHING – the things you've tried & a lot of the suggested remedies as well – for nearly a month. I finally took my daughter to her Dr. to ask what I was doing wrong.

The doctor told me that it wasn't a typical diaper rash, but a rash caused by yeast. She prescribed my little one a medicated ointment, and her rash was cleared in five days.

I know that sounds outlandish (my initial response to the Dr. was, "what the hell are you talking about!?!) but apparently, it does happen, due to the warm and moist conditions in the diaper. You'll be able to find more info online, to see if the symptoms line up with what your baby has. [http://www.babycenter.com/0_yeast-infection_10913.bc]

If you are in or near the St. Louis area, try the Take Care Clinic offered at Walgreens. We've gone there before, and it was wonderful. We had no co-pay, a twenty minute wait, and we picked up our prescription right there in the pharmacy. Later we got a bill for about twenty dollars that the insurance didn't cover, fyi. Even if your son isn't experiencing what my baby dealt with, they can still be a great help.

Either way, I hope everything works out for you guys. Good luck!

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L.V.

answers from Kansas City on

Hi,

My 22 month old also just got over this type of rash, at first we thought she might have a yeast infection and then even ringworm, but it turns out it was just eczema. The doctor told us to only use sterilized paper towels or wash cloth when changing and then apply A and D ointment or Desitin to the affected area and then on top of that to put Cortizone extra strength on top of the oinment. It was almost completely clear by the first day. And it has not come back. We can even use sensitive wipes again. Just thought this might help.

No Wipes
Desitin or A and D
Cortizone 10 or extra strength hydrocortizone

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D.H.

answers from Kansas City on

My girls lived with A & D ointment on the booties to prevent and if they did get a rash we used Boudreaux's Butte Paste (Walmart). It doesn't come off easily and works wonders. My girls are 10 and 11 and we still use it as a family when we get a rash or chafed in that area. I hope you get some advise you can use. Good Luck and God Bless.

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J.B.

answers from Kansas City on

Carrie,
Vaseline will help repel anything off the skin. It is healing and works great. Just keep applying it. Everything else burns and they never forget that and associate that with diaper change.
J.

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J.M.

answers from Kansas City on

I have had the best luck with Equate Vitamin D ointment, which is the Wal-Mart version of A&D. My son has had the same problems, especially when he is teething...it's just horrible! He is almost 24 months and I have a 6 year old daughter, who I discovered this ointment with. I've also heard that Butt Paste works very well. Good luck!

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D.R.

answers from Wichita on

I feel your pain, Carrie. My little girl was the exact same way, I would go to the dr., the np would just give me several cream samples and a 'good luck'......arrggg. Anyway, a good friend of mine has a brother who is a pediatric dermatologist and was my LIFESAVER! He recommended Triple Paste (a little pricey but changed my little girl's life). He said to put it on like you're frosting a cake -- thick, thick, thick. When you change him don't use wipes put a wet rag and don't wipe all the TP off. You need to create a barrier between his skin and the diaper. I know it sounds gross, especially if he has soiled, but be as careful as possible. Once you have wiped without wiping all the cream off, dab the excess moisture from the wet rag with a dry cloth or soft paper towell then reapply -- frost that cake!!!:-)
I know that this sounds like a huge process just to change a diaper but this has saved my little girl. She used to HATE to have her pants changed...and I felt awful like I was torturing her but it worked for us. I hope it does for you too. BTW, I don't even bother buying the small tube, I go for the big mambo jambo 1 lb. size.
Hope this helps:-)

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C.B.

answers from St. Louis on

I have two kids and while my son never got really bad diaper rash, my daughter had it so bad that it looked like huge sores. It was horrible and I felt so bad for her. I went to the local walgreens and was desperate to try anything. And trust me, I tried everything! the one thing I found at walgreens that I hadn't seen anywhere else was Triple Paste (as an earlier response had mentioned). and yes-it was a bit high-but when your child is suffering, I was willing to try it. Her rash got beter within the next day and I found myself having to use the cream very little from that point on. I have also reccommeded it to several friends and they love it as well. The whole tube lasted me the entire time she was in diapers..Triple Paste is the way to go!

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S.M.

answers from St. Louis on

I would suggest A&D ontiment and Johnsons & Johnsons Baby Powder with Corn Starch! My son gets this too! and once I apply the A&D and put the cornstarch on it goes away! My son gets red bumps and I have asked people and they think it is a yeast infection. I havent taken him to the dr yet either but this combination works great! He has never really had diaper rash its just latley that the weather is warmer he gets heat rash alot and then leads to the reddness on his bottom!! Oh also give him a bath with cornstarch! I hope it works!
Good Luck!

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J.A.

answers from Wichita on

Hi Carrie,
When my newborn had diaper rash the doctor said to use peroxide on a cotton ball, let it dry, then apply the cream. He said that the peroxide will nutralize the acid, and if you don't do that the creams will actually make it worse because they trap that acid on the skin. It worked really well for my daughter. Good Luck!

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A.B.

answers from Springfield on

Hi Carrie!
My mom use to burn corn starch in a skillet, let it cool down & then put it in my daughter's diaper when she had diaper rash really bad. It looks and feels kindof like sand, but it works wonders! Keep the excess in a Ziplock baggy and add more to each diaper change. It really works!
Good luck!

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C.M.

answers from St. Louis on

Hi,
I have triplets and lots of diaper rash. LOL! Anyway the best thing I have found to clear up a mean diaper rash is Triple Paste. Its thick and it stays on. Its a little pricey but its worth every penny. One of mine had a lot of trouble with diaper rash and I broke down and bought it after trying everything else and within days, his rash was gone. I put it on really thick and it stays on. It can be bought at all major retailers. Give it a try, I think you will be happy.

The other thing is that if that doesnt clear it up you might want to call your pediatrician and ask for a prescription cream to clear it up.

Good luck!!!
C.
Mom to Ian, Spencer, and Oliver 4/8/06

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K.B.

answers from St. Louis on

I understand how you feel and glad to see that he is doing better. I felt the same way when my daughter had the same condition and we had tried everything from Balmex, Dr. Smiths and all the others and she was so bright red and broken skin and hurting. I did let her air out which is a good idea, wash clothes instead of wipes and then I was introduced to Arbonne Baby Care Diaper Ointment, Baby wash and lotion - It cleared her rash/infection up in two days and it wasn't anything I had to mix up cause I tried that as well. I would like to help you. please call me K. at ###-###-#### and I would like to send you a FREE sample to try with no obligation. Thanks and I hope I can help.
K. B.

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V.G.

answers from Wichita on

my youngest daughter had this problem and the dr made me leave diapers off during the day. yes it was a BIG mess but it did work.

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S.W.

answers from St. Louis on

Hi! I always hated Desitin - the smell, the feel...and I never felt it did the job. Have you tried plain old vaseline? It protects great, doesn't hurt and allows the area to heal too.
Good Luck!

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K.C.

answers from Wichita on

Call your son's dr. & leave a message asking about yeast infections. He may have a yeast infection on his bottom. I believe antibiotics can cause this & he may need a (steroid?) cream. If he blows you off, get a S. opinion since the antibiotics have not worked.

God Bless!

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K.M.

answers from St. Louis on

see if you can find Dr. SMith's ointment my sister uses on her son because he has a sensitive bottom.

K.

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M.B.

answers from Kansas City on

Have you tried using the Bouderaux's Butt creme (or however it is spelled)? It works really well and doesn't burn. Also if that doesn't do the trick you can try the A+D Diaper Rash Cream with Zinc Oxide (it comes in a pump) which I've only found at like Walgreens. Use some of that and they sprinkle some baking powder on it. Should clear up in no time.

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C.V.

answers from Kansas City on

Well there are a few things.If it's solid red and not a rashy rash it might be a yeast infection whiuch will not go away unless you use an anti-fungal.You can just get the generic lotrimin (or any athletes foot cream) apply it about 3 times a day and if that's what it is it will lear it up.I have also been told by the doc for a really bad rash you can take the diaper cream and put baby powder over it.(dr smith's works really well!) Also my Aunt told me her doc reccomended AandD and putting Desitin on top of it.Make sure if your wiping him everytime (which can make it worse if he has sensative or dry skin!) let him air dry before putting the diaper back on.You want to keep moisture away.That's why caking on the creams with the powder helps because it will not wipe off easily and it will work as a barrier for his skin.

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E.M.

answers from Kansas City on

He may have a yeast infection - in which case I would have the doc look at it. They may prescribe Nystatin cream or ointment. DO NOT use lotrimin - It will burn him. My son had these alot when he was younger and still in diapers. We had to change him about every 45 min to 1 hour - regardless of how wet he actually was. I was also lucky to have an awesome sitter, who did not mind letting him run around nudy from the waist down. Air getting to his bum is the best thing - or you could try just regular training pants - they would absorb some of the wet.
Another product we started using - Plain Zinc Oxide - It is available at CVS Pharmacy in the baby isle. It is 40% zinc oxide where as products like Desitin are around 10-20% if I remember correctly. It comes in a white tube with blue and red on the box. Pretty sure it says "Diaper Rash Cream" on the box. Underline it with a product like A&D ointment or vaseline. Only the yellow A&D - not the creamy kind.

Also, if he will sit in the kitchen sink still for a bath, fill it with warm water and add 1/2 cup of baking soda and let his bum soak for about 20 min or so, it helps to break down the acidity in his skin, which is alot of what causes diaper rash.
If he does have a yeast infection, the rash will look bumpy and bleed when the bumps are wiped. Wipes are NOT a good idea if this is the case, a clean warm baby wash cloth is the best. You can buy them cheaply at Wal-Mart or the Dollar Stores around town. I bought them and just threw them in the trash after we used one. Again, my sitter was willing to do this for my son because we knew it was the best thing for him.
I hope I have helped a little bit and his bum gets to feeling better!!

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J.A.

answers from St. Louis on

My daugther got this frequently and we would use a cotton ball to pat Mylanta all over her butt. The Mylanta helped clear the rash up really good and the genaric type worked just as well! There were times where it required a antibiotic, but using the Mylanta, as directed by our Pediatrician, worked well too!

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V.S.

answers from St. Louis on

My youngest has a very sensitive bottom too and we've struggled in the past with really severe diaper rashes. One thing that worked for us when he's had a really bad rash is Desitin Overnight. It's a creamy formula, but it's a very heavy cream. It goes on really thick and stays on well, even through a very wet or poopy diaper. We've also used the Pampers Newborn Sensitive Skin wipes during a rash and we make our own wipes when a rash isn't present, as they seem to be milder than store-bought ones. It's a blend of water, baby bath and baby oil on heavy paper towels...you can find an exact recipe online. When he doesn't have a rash, we try to prevent it by putting corn starch (find it at grocery stores in baking section) on him after a change. It works better than powder at keeping him dry. However, if all the home remedies you try don't work, you'll eventually have to bite the bullet and take him to his dr. There are prescription strength rash ointments. Your dr. might be able to give you a free sample to use before filling a prescription. Good luck!

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B.R.

answers from Kansas City on

Carrie, My little guy just had the worst diaper rash ever b/c he had a stomach virus and it caused him to get diareah. so, needless to say he was cracking and bleeding everywhere. I took him to the doctor for the tummy virus and she told me to try this stuff called "triple paste" for his bum. The very next day, he was 100X better! I have never seen a cream work like that and we have tried it all. I would recommend trying this triple paste. It is not cheap, but it was so worth it! i got it at the hospital pharmacy (I didn't want to take a sick baby to walmart or walgreens or whatever and share the wealth of a stomach virus), but my doc says you can get it at walgreens. good luck - poor little dude!

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J.D.

answers from Kansas City on

Hi Carrie! My daoughter had the same problem! From the time she was born she had REALLY BAD diaper rash, & I took her to the dr. numerous times for it! I found out that my daughter was allergic to diapers (the colored part that "keeps the diaper from leaking" to be exact....great, except that I am a HUGE gagger when it comes to poop, so cloth diapers were NOT an option for us. So this is what helped us....different brand diapers every time I changed her. Huggies, then Pampers, then Play Skool (at CVS), then Luvs, I even liked the Dollar General brand. I would go and buy 3-4 different brands of diapers, sit on the floor and mix them up, never using the same brand 2 times in a row, we noticed a HUGE difference right away! Also the dr. gave me a recipe for a "home-made" diaper rash cream that worked great too. 1 tube desitin original, 1 tube Lotramin (athletes foot cream), and 1 tablespoon of Mylanta (takes the acid out of the urine and poop)mix it up and keep in the fridge. This worked REALLY well for us! It didn't keep her from getting diaper rash, but helped keep it from getting out of control. Dr. also told me to NOT use wet wipes only wet wash cloths or wet paper towels. Also let them soak in a bath with 1/2 cup of baking soda - helps sooth. Also Aveeno makes a oatmeal bath stuff that helps sooth - we used that too when the rash was worse than normal. Dr. also told me to let her go around at night before bed without a diaper on - which is easy for them to say they aren't cleaning up pee off the floor, but we did this when her rash was really bad and just contained her to the kitchen on the lanolium (sp) - but still kinda messy. The dr. also told me that she would out grow this when she potty trained....not so!!!! My daughter potty trained in Jan-Feb this year and she still has a red bottom, but they don't wipe very well at first so she still tells me from time to time that her booty-butt hurts and I pull out the good old home-made diaper cream and rub it on at night (she is still in pull-ups at night). Sorry this is so long, but hope it helps!

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A.S.

answers from Springfield on

My oldest two would have fairly bad diaper rash and I found out it was the diapers. I tried several brands (cheap and expensive) and it turned out that Huggies was the only brand they could wear that they wouldn't break out in. When they did have a rash I would use Super Duper Diaper Doo. It's great. I use it for my youngest now when he gets the occasional rash and it clears up within a day. It's over-the-counter, but you have to ask for it at the pharmacy at Wal-Mart.

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E.W.

answers from St. Louis on

This is just a suggestion, but I use cloth diaper and the one time he had diaper rash I was told when we are at home to leave him out of his diaper as much as possible. I put a pad down on the floor and let him play on that. I use fuzzi bunz right now, but since it is so hot, so early this year I am going to buy a few of the cheap bird's eye cloth diapers and a couple of sets of snappis and use those while we play outside and at home. I think they'll be cooler and he'll get more air to his bum. I would suggest trying these too. I am not going to use plastic pants. When he's wet, I'll know instantly. As for ointments, if you go to the pharmacy counter and request zinc oxide they'll give you a higher concentrate cream and for more than half the price of the "name brands." It stays on really well and seems to help heal and provide a better barrier.

Good luck. It won't be too much longer and he'll be out of diapers completely.

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S.G.

answers from St. Louis on

My son also had a terrible diaper rash that didn't go away, but it turned out to be yeast and he needed antibiotics. But, before you try the dr. you can go to walmart or walgreen's and buy Dr. Smith's diaper ointment, my son has had two doctors and they swear by Dr. Smith's. It's a little more expensive @ walgreen's so try walmart, but it is a wonderful ointment, I now use it and balmex together. Hope everything works out ok, I know it's a terrible feeling to keep seeing that rash. But seriously, try the Dr. Smith's.. Good luck

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G.R.

answers from St. Louis on

My mom always told me to use corn starch. It worked for me when my children were babies. I hope this helps you.

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L.B.

answers from St. Joseph on

The only butt cream I ever used for my kiddos was the A/D ointment with Zinc. I really liked this one because unlike the old A/D and the regular zinc (and Bordeau's, Desitin, etc.) it will come off...it does the trick without litterally basting them in it and making them have that gooey feeling.

My daughter has severe ecezma as well and the A/D with Zinc always worked really well for her. 1-3 applications generally did the trick. Just reapply after every change.

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J.B.

answers from Wichita on

Hi Carrie. I am a mother of 4, three boys: 9 and twins that are 3 1/2 and a girl who just turned one. My daughter has had a lot of diaper rashes. I had tried everything including going to the Dr. who prescriped nyostatin cream and recomended changing more often. The nyostatin burned the open sores that she had one her bottom and genitalia. I also tried vagisil to help with the rash. I then remembered that when we women are starting to get itchy "down there" that we are told to eat yogurt. So I figured that I would try the plain yogurt on the diaper rash. It worked for my daughter. Whoever thought putting food on the bottom would work, but it did for us. Hope this helps!

J. B.

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N.G.

answers from Columbia on

I swear by A&D Ointment. I don't think desitin is helpful at all. You can get A&D in the same area as desitin and may be a little cheaper even. I have read somewhere that letting them go diaperless for 10 minutes a day can help, I guess it airs it out. My youngest has ecxema and we us Aveeno lotions that you get in the baby section. His entire stomach was a big dry spot, it cleared it up so fast. Hope this helps.

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E.D.

answers from Kansas City on

I would recommend trying Dr. Smith's Diaper Cream. It comes in a little tub type container w/a screw on lid. You can get it at wal-mart or any pharmacy. The pharmacist can help you find it. It worked much better than anything else I tried on my babies. Good luck!

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J.D.

answers from St. Joseph on

We could never use Desitin on our children. They had eczema also and Desitin would make them bleed. We found that Balmex worked better (it seems thicker) Also a doctor prescribed this remedy (it is going to sound strange, but works wonders): clean baby's bottom first, then apply liquid Maalox to bottom with cotton balls. Next, sprinkle plain corn starch (the kind you use in the kitchen) heavily. If you do this for a day or two you will notice a big difference. I know it's kind of a pain to do this very often in a day but I couldn't believe the change, and it's nothing that can hurt them or cause allergic reactions that I know of. Good luck and keep pushing the potty training!

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C.K.

answers from Springfield on

Hi Carrie,
It has been 22 years since I was in this situation, but here goes.
My daughter used to get terrible diaper rash, and I too could not afford the DR. A friend of mine worked in a medical warehouse and brought me something called "Dom boro" powder.
I simply dissolved it in warm water, soaked a cloth diaper in it and sat Jill in the wet diaper. It was like a miracle!!!
Call a pharmacy and ask them if this is something you can still get?
Good Luck!
C.

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C.M.

answers from St. Louis on

My daughter never had bad diaper rash, but my 2 sons....they did, there skin just seemed so super-sensitive. I tried everything, then I tried the "old-fashion" remedy. Corn startch. Go into your baking isle at your grocery store, you'll be amazed at the difference it will make....spread it on good....corn startch is really cheap. It really works!

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B.B.

answers from St. Louis on

All of those suggestions sound great. I also was told to have the child go without a diaper for a little while (maybe 15 minutes a few times a day) to let it get some air. Maybe right after he poops so maybe he won't poop without a diaper catching it. My kids have also had a yeast infection with the diaper rash (or did the diaper rash turn into a yeast infection, or a fungal infection?) and the doctor did prescribe some kind of ointment, too.

Walgreens used to sell something called Triple Paste, in a tube, (used to be a prescription, but then it went over-the-counter, but I haven't bought any in years). I used to love that stuff! I hope it clears up soon.

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J.S.

answers from St. Louis on

The ONLY thing that worked for my 3 kids is Boudreaux's Butte Paste. It actually healed the rash and the redness went away (some really bad)! Destin does nothing but provide a barrier in my opinion. Butt Paste is the best. It's at Target, Walmart and the like.

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V.M.

answers from Wichita on

Hi Carrie,

I feel for your poor little guy. I had these same issues with my son, and now we are dealing with them with one of my grandbabies. I wish I had known about Arbonne back when mine was little, but we have been using the Arbonne diaper rash cream on my grandson and it has helped so much. I've had mommies who have had prescription ointments for this and they have said the Arbonne cream works best and much less then a prescription. I also had to use prescription ointments on my son and they never really did help all that much, but back then that's all I had. Arbonne's baby line is all natural and has been both dermatologist tested and pediatrician tested. You also have a 45 day money back guarantee so you're not out anything if you don't see results, but I'm sure you would. My friend even had her high schooler use it who is overweight and has had issues with hemerroids(sp) and sores on his bottom and she said it worked wonders where nothing else did. If you would like more info, I would be more then happy to share and even send you a free sample. I can also offer you a discount. Hope it all gets better real soon.

V.
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www.vickimartinez.myarbonne.com

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D.L.

answers from St. Louis on

It has been awhile (my youngest is now 13), but when he was little he got diaper rash really bad a couple of times and I was told to use Lotramin (sp) I think. It was something for athletes foot. I thought that sounded strange, but if I recall correctly it worked! You might want to ask your doctor or the pharmacist first

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A.C.

answers from Topeka on

There is a diaper rash ointment that is available OTC, developed by a pharmacist--Boudreax's Butt Paste. It worked wonders on my daughter, who's now 5 1/2. The story goes that the pharmacist developed it for his wife's friend, who then told another friend. Moms started coming to the pharmacy asking for "that butt paste"! After a few years, he decided to market it nationally.

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E.K.

answers from Lawrence on

Carrie,
this could be a total shot in the dark, but we had an ongoing issue of diaper rash with my daughter who was about 18 mos at the time. we tried EVERYTHING! it never got as bad as bleeding, but she was so sore she couldn't sit. it turns out she had pinworms. i think she got it from the sandbox, although it can come from several sources. they are the worst at night. you might want to ask your doc about it and maybe (hate to say this) inspect his poop, esp in the morning and see if you see any white little worms that look like thin stick pins. if you do, call the doc and there is a medicine that they take. it was 2 doses. we saw a huge difference after one dose, but then gave the S. to make sure they were gone.
if not, you might want to see a dermatologist. our doc (before we got the proper diagnosis-which took about 8 months!!!) to put a dry teabag-take the staple and tag off-in the diaper to soak up some of the urine-that it helps with the acid.
keep us posted! i feel your pain and hope you get a solution very soon.

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J.C.

answers from Kansas City on

Well it looks like you've gotten alot of advice. Our kids dr told me to use. Aveeno with oatmeal, you can get it at any drug store. You can also give him a bath and add oatmeal to the bath water. It makes a mess to clean up after the bath but it works. Good Luck----- Poor Baby!----J. C

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T.S.

answers from Kansas City on

Triple Paste... it is amazing stuff!! Lay it on thick.

Good Luck!!!

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V.P.

answers from St. Joseph on

Hi...we went through this with my oldest daughter. She too has eczema. We found Calmaceptine (I think I spelled that right.) anyway, our Dr. suggested we use this everytime we changed a diaper. It works great! It is really thick and creates a great barrier. This is what they use of nursing home residents to heal and prevent bed sores. Good luck!

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C.B.

answers from St. Louis on

Carrie,
My son had a really bad bout of diaper rash when he was about 10 months old. Nothing seemed to help. My Mom is a nurse in a nursing home and she brought a bottle of Laniseptic cream. (That what they all use in the nursing homes for all of the elderly men and women who are incontinent, and yes, it is safe for babies). I put that on him every diaper change and within a few days it was gone. That stuff is really thick (and hard to wash off of your own hands) and when other things slide off of him because his butt is so raw this stuff stays on better than anything else I had used. I still use it to this day when I see any sign of a diaper rash and it clears up after a day. The good news is is that you can find this over the counter at Walgreens. I hope he feels better soon!

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A.O.

answers from Topeka on

Have you tried cornstarch? Sometimes the creams and rash ointments just make it worse. Also are you watching what he eats. I used to nanny for a little girl that everytime she ate ketchup or anything with tomato sauce/paste in it the same thing would happen. By the way she loved pizza which is loaded with tomato paste. Sometimes juices that they drink or food that they eat could have a high acidity content and that could cause it too. I have 3 boys and my last one seemed to get just like this and I would just use cornstarch and it seemed to absorb all the moisture and keep it off his little bottom and it ususally cleared it up pretty quick. Hope this helps!

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J.E.

answers from Wichita on

When my twins were small and had a terrible diaper rash a parent at day care told me to use equal parts of hydrocortizone and anti fungal creams. I thought she was nuts but tried it and it worked so well. I put it on that night and by morning the rash was just about gone. Hope it works for you. Good luck. J.

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J.H.

answers from Springfield on

Change diaper creams. Try Dr. Smith's Diaper Ointment or Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. Both work great!

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P.H.

answers from Wichita on

argh, you sure have your hands full! I agree with making sure he doesn't have a yeast infection, my oldest daughter had the sores due to that particular complication. HOWEVER, she did just tend to have really sensitive skin, and we could'nt use disposable diapers because they allowed her to stay wet too long before we knew she needed to change. We used cloth diapers. We also used a blowdryer set on a low warm setting (BE SURE TO CHECK THE AIRFLOW HEAT BY AIMING IT ON YOUR THIGH OR NECK! Your hands tolerate heat better than you think and it may be too hot for his little bum) The warm air dry made those sores just disappear. It was freaking amazing. A good thick ointment works to protect between changes, any one will work, we used Desitin(sp?).
My son has atopic dermatitis and didn't have near the trouble in the diaper area as my daughter did.

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A.B.

answers from Kansas City on

I say potty train him, even if he isn't telling you yet. See if he'll go for it. That's the only way to get rid of it for good. And a pharmacist at any drugstore can order Resinol. It works very well on raw diaper rash. It stinks, though.

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B.J.

answers from St. Louis on

Carrie,

It is terrible to see your child in pain, so I am sorry that you guys are experiencing such terrible diaper rash events. My mother always swore on the old type of Desitin. When my daughter was a few months old, she had a bad diaper rash. So, I switched to the old trusty Desitin in hopes that would help. It did work better than all of the other bottom balms. My Mom also told me to put Vaseline over the Desitin too. That combo works miracles!!! The Vaseline (petroleum jelly) helps to make a protective barrier on the bottom, so that the moisture is kept away better. I hope this helps!!! Keep us posted!!!

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C.H.

answers from Columbia on

my youngest son also has a very very sensitive back side. I have learned that sometimes what we think is a diaper rash is not. i ended up taking my son to the doctor ans she prescribed 2 different medications..one for like a yeast infection(gotten from the moisture from the diapers) and for a bacterial infection. what kind of soap are you using. I was also told to use ivory on him and not the baby soap. Seems that ivory has less chemicals and such. i don't use desityn on him..it makes it worse(or at least for my son)i got told to try super dooper diaper doo. it's like vaseline and it stays and sticks. you can get it at wal-mart back in the baby section or at a pharmacy(over the counter) and runs less then $5. hope these things help. good luck

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D.H.

answers from Kansas City on

With my daughter, we have to use sensitive wipes. We go to Crockrell & McIntosh Peds. in Blue Springs. They have a prescription for VanBiber's buttocks ointment which works wonders. I think Marr's pharmacy is the only one that makes it.
Good Luck!!!

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C.S.

answers from Lawrence on

Hey Carrie! I work from home with a wellness company and they have the lotion you need for diaper rash along with some other gel that is safe and has no harsh ingredients that will heal this up in a day or 2! You won't believe it! Many moms swear by this and it works wonders...let me know how I can help you more and give you extra details, email me personally at [email protected]____.com or visit www.livetotalwellness.com/cindygeoff or www.2abetterlife.com to find out a bit more, I have lots of testimonies I could send over as well so just let me know :)

Cindy

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M.F.

answers from St. Louis on

Hi, my name is M.. I have a couple of questions for you. One is it red? Two is it raised or bumpy? It could be yeast. And yeast is very painful to a child. If you really can not afford a doctors visit. Try to put a dab of ,over the counter, yeast med. ussually for women. Rub it on a small section of the rash and see how he reacts. And then stay away from the things that worsen yeast like sugar and soda and go to the local health store and get probiotic for children it works wonders. The other thing that I had to use once was anti-fungal cream the (athletes foot cream). I had to try that once and it worked so try to have the yeast medicine and the athletes foot medicine at the same time and if one cream hurts immediately get it off and try the other. I would use the yeast one first. If you want respond to my response to you or call me. I really want to help with this one. Because a rash can be so irritating and painful to a little one that I really want this taken care of, even if I have to pay for the doctors visit. Please contact me, my name is M. ###-###-####

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L.B.

answers from St. Louis on

I'm no doctor but for it to be that red and that sore. He's not getting changed quick enough everywhere he is. Unless something else is wrong. Pay the copay.

No one loves our kids like we do. And if something is continually wrong there is a cause.

Sincerely,
L. B

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G.N.

answers from St. Louis on

Sorry to hear your little guy is in pain.

Put him in a warm bath with baking soda, pat dry, Use A&D ointment,pack it on thick. (I always found it worked the best on my son).

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A.C.

answers from St. Louis on

Our pharmacist told us (and I was a little skeptical at first) to use athlete's foot cream. I bought the generic Wal-mart brand and it worked like a charm. After that cleared up I started using A&D at every diaper change. We haven't had a problem since.

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P.B.

answers from Kansas City on

1. Have you asked a pharmacist for advice?
2. If this has gone on very long, he may very well need an antibiotic ointment. If my son's bum was bleeding from diaper rash, I'd get him to the doctor no matter what the copay is.

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E.M.

answers from Lawrence on

I found that plain old cornstartch, dabbed on with a cottonball, is the best remedy for diaper rash. I preferred Huggies to Pampers, personally, so I don't think you stepped down. Anyway, it sounds like he's ready to be potty trained. Don't wait until he is telling you that he needs to go. I'd just take the diaper off while you're at home, and let him run around with nothing on. Put the potty chair out where he is playing. He'll have some accidents, but that is how he will learn when it is time to go.
Good luck!

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M.E.

answers from St. Louis on

Leave his bottom bare as often as possible, being exposed to air helps. Also, my Dr. recomended putting regular vaseline on my daughter because it keeps all moisture away from the skin better than daiper ointment. You can even use an ointment and then vaseline together if it makes you feel better to be putting something medicated on him, that's what I did. Good luck, I know how heartbreaking it can be to deal with this problem!

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D.M.

answers from Kansas City on

My 2 1/2 year old has very sensitive skin. And since she was a newborn has had problems with painful diaperashes. Sometimes her little bottom would even bleed. I can sympathize. I took her to the doctor several times and there wasn't anything they could really do for us. They alwas said use a "barrier cream", which is desetin. But as I am sure that you know, desetin won't stick to the raw areas. I finally started to put powder on her skin first to dry in thoroughly then the desetin. I just had to be on top of the diaper changes, she got them often. And now things seem better. Good Luck

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J.B.

answers from St. Louis on

I know what you are going through. My son has these same problems. His doctor has always highly recommended Dr. Smith's diaper cream instead of Desitin and all the others. We tried using those at first and it seemed to make his diaper rash worse. When I use the Dr. Smith's it seems a little bit more soothing. When my son's diaper rash flares up really bad I also let him run around a bit and air off before I put on the next diaper and after showers. I know that this is taking a risk that he might pee on the floor but it seems to help so I take the risk. I know what you are going through and I know how hard it is to keep trying to clean them when they are so raw. My son absolutely hates having his diaper changed anytime because of all of our struggles. I also use a frangrance free, unscented wipe which helps as well.

My son's doctor also prescribed diaper rash cream for him when it got really bad as sometimes it is a yeast infection not diaper rash.

Good luck and I hope that some of this helps.

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P.P.

answers from St. Louis on

Hi,

This may sound crazy but your son may have a yeast infection. When my daughter had her son he kept getting a diaper rash.We were at walmart one day trying to figure out what to try. There was a nurse that overheard our conversation. She told us that he had yeast infection & to get some monistat 7 or you can buy any over the store brand. hope this helps.

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K.P.

answers from Wichita on

I agree with others about the yeast. My daughter had serious diaper rash problems back when docs were too uninformed to understand the yeast issue. (She was diagnosed with staph and strep at 1 day old and put on penicillin, which killed off all her good intestinal bacteria, allowing the yeast to take over.) An antifungal cream should help, but w/o restoring your son's good intestinal bacteria, it may come back. If so, you can try Primadophilis for Children--a probiotic (good bacteria in a capsule). It's available at most health food stores; usually kept in the refrigerated case. You can open the capsule and mix it in his food; he'll never know he's taking it.

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K.S.

answers from Kansas City on

My 2 1/2 year old son used to have this same thing constantly. What a doctor suggested I do worked wonders and still does when it flares up....I cake on the Boudreaux Butt Paste, Vaseline and then top with Corn Starch (which I cool in the refrigerator). A really bad case would take 24-48 hours to really start clearing up...just make sure you do those steps each diaper change. By the way, it honestly doesn't make a difference what cream you use, although some burn which makes it harder for the little one that is suffering. Hope this helps...Goodluck!

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K.D.

answers from St. Louis on

I know this sounds crazy, but my son had a diaper rash problem when we had to put him on antibiotics for an ear infection--it was so bad he was bleeding, too. So, his Dr.'s office recommended cold cream & maalox. You mix equal parts of cold cream (the non-mentholated kind)and Maalox together. Then, I put it into a squirty bottle that I would put on his little behind after I changed him. The idea is that the Maalox takes out the acid/sting & the cold cream heals the skin. It's not a long term solution, but it may help in the short run.

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M.L.

answers from Kansas City on

I feel for you! I know it is hard to try to stay on top of diaper rash. I found that sometimes with babies who have sensitive skin over-treating is the problem. If you just let him go a couple minutes each diaper change just bare bottom, and then use corn starch when he is diapered, it might work. A lot of creams and powders have purfumes and other ingredients that irritate, but cornstarch is natural and will keep him dry.

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A.D.

answers from Kansas City on

You might try Butt Paste. It worked wonders for my son. The rash would be gone by the next diaper change. Hope this helps. Good luck

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