Diaper Rash Treatments - Auburn,WA

Updated on March 24, 2008
L.T. asks from Boise, ID
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Thanks for all the responses. It was a yeast infection and eczema, all better now though.

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Wow Thanks for all the great ideas! I now have a whole arsenal of different things to try. Will be calling the pediatrician to check on yeast infection and we will go from there! Thanks again!! Went to the doctor and it was a regular diaper rash and a yeast infection and excema, poor little guy! got an rx for Vern's butt balm that is supposed to take care of it all and with just using it once it's already looking much better.Thanks to all the helpful info!

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F.F.

answers from Portland on

Hi. My name is F.. I make something called ReNew Skin Salve that I use for my 5 month old boy when he gets a rash. I also use it for any scratches or anything on his skin and my skin. Its made entirely with Herbal oils that are soothing, healing, and anti-inflammatory. It works really well. You can always e-mail me back if you want to try some!

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H.B.

answers from Anchorage on

Crush up some Zinc and mix it w/Mylanta to make a paste. Sounds weird but a pharmacist recommended it once and it worked.

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J.C.

answers from Spokane on

Have you had it looked at by a Dr.? It could be a yeast rash and won't go away with out proper meds. =]

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D.H.

answers from Portland on

I would almost recomend yeast infection cream. That's what I've used on my two year old little girl when she was younger. I used it after a bath and let her bottom dry just a little and then put the yeas infection ointment on and put butt paste over it and by the next morning it was better. You might call your advice nurse and ask too.

I'm currently doing cloth diapers with her sister that's 4mo and I'm trying to potty training thing on and off with the two year old but cloth diapers are expensive and I would only do them if you think you're going to have more kids or going to put your five month old in them.

Hope you find something that works.

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C.N.

answers from Seattle on

wow, after 171 responses, I be you are burnt out on suggestions? I'll tell you quickly that it can be as simple as changing the brand of diapers you use. That's what I had to do with my son; he could only wear Huggies, all other brands gave him a rash. Also, I use something called Melagel and it works wonders on my babies bottom. It has teatree oil in it which is a natural antiseptic/antibiotic. It is very gentle and best of all, it's all natural. Let me know if you'd like to try it. I can hook ya up!

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S.S.

answers from Seattle on

Hi L., I have a couple of suggestions that are worth a try. My son had horrible diaper rash where his skin was so raw it would open up sometimes. I also have training with drug addicted infants who are notorious for diaper rash because of the drugs that are leaving their little systems.

Anyways...buy some Bag Balm. You may have to ask the phamasist at the drug store where it is. Stores often locate it in different places. If you can't find Bag Balm purchase some A&D ointment.

Don't use wipes for a while. Rinse the effected area under running warm water (i.e.your bath tub or sink) with your hand or a soft wash cloth. Lay baby out and get your hair dryer. Put it on the warm setting and hold it far away from baby's bottom and keep the dryer moving in a back and forth motion. Don't let the dryer sit on one area for more than a couple of seconds. Be sure to use the hairdryer until the area is completely dry.

When the area is completely dry apply the Bag Balm or A&D. Use a lot, really coat the effected area.

I know this is a lot of work but trust me it works. This is what we would do at the center and it is what I do at home.

Good Luck!

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M.S.

answers from Seattle on

A couple of my children had that problem...I'm pretty sure it was the Pampers brand of diapers that they used at the hospital when they were born. I always used cloth diapers with all of mine and put them in them as soon as we came home from the hospital after birth. After that, we had occasional bouts of diaper rash for which I used browned flour! I just put regular flour in a frying pan on the stove and browned it. Be careful, though and don't walk away from it as it can burn. That remedy worked great for us!

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K.M.

answers from Seattle on

My daughtre also gets bad Diaper rashes and I use to always have to take her to the peditrican and get a perscrption and then my step mom (who is a Pharmistist) pointed out that all the perscripton is is an anti fngal also used for athlets foot so mayby try that I knwo it has helpd my daughter greatly

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S.M.

answers from Seattle on

I use cloth diapers with my daughter, however when we travel we switch to disposables for the convience. During our last road trip she (at the time 2 motnhs old) develop a horrid diaper rash. We treated it by first cleaning her rear and then letting it air dry up to 30 minutes or more. Then used the clear desitin. It got considerably better and when once we got home and started the cloth diapers agin, the rash cleared up within a day. I highly recommend the cloth diapers. Consider using a service then you don't have to wash them. The wrap that is used with the diaper has velcro so you don't have to use safety pins anymore. It really isn't that big of a deal anymore and you have the reassurance of not contributing to the 10 million tons of diapers in the landfills. Its nice to make a difference while caring for our babies' skin. hope that helps.

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C.S.

answers from Seattle on

He may have a yeast or fungal infection. My kids had a few of those also. You can get a special cream from your pediatrician if it is this or you can make your own. I made my own cream with fragrance free zinc oxide based diaper rash cream and Lotrimin (foot care aisle of your drugstore OR you can use a yeast infection cream like Monistat 7.) If it is a yeast infection, the rash will start to heal in a couple of days with this cream. Use it for at least one full week. Hope this helps.

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S.M.

answers from Seattle on

Hi L.,

My 3yr old had a rash on his buttocks that wouldn't go away. We finally took him to the doctor (my husband insisted). Turned out to be a STAPH infection. Topical antibiotics had it gone in days.

This never occurred to me, so you might want to visit your doc.

S.
stay-at-home mom of two boys, 3 & 7.

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D.R.

answers from Portland on

I would first recommend seeing you doctor about it. Sounds like it could be yeast or allergy. Rather than trying some of the more conventional, harsh suggestions i've been reading here, you might try the following. At diaper changes give your baby a rinse of 5:1 water/vinegar solution. This will help wipe out any fungal issue. Weleda Calendula Diaper Cream works every time with my little ones. The rash subsides sometimes with one use. And to top it off it is an all natural product with no harsh ingredients or preservatives. You can find it at most natural food stores, always at Whole Foods Market and Wild Oats. My advise comes from dealing with similar issues; yeast, ringworm, allergies. I hope this helps.

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K.S.

answers from Seattle on

I use Miracle II moisture soap and their gel works really well for diaper rash. I've used it on my grandbabies and a friends baby and the rash was gone in a matter of an hour!
You can order from Miracle Distributors online. It will actually ph balance your skin and also detoxes the skin. Moles actually shrink after you've used it for several weeks! Amazing stuff! It is the only soap I use now on my skin!

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L.P.

answers from Portland on

Have you checked with your doctor? When my son had a diaper rash that wouldn't go away the doc said it was yeast and had me use an OTC vaginial yeast cream. Make sure to talk to your doc first so she can diagnose it properly.

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S.G.

answers from Seattle on

My son *who is 2* has the same problem. I use A&D ointment liberally and after baths use Eucerin calming treatment.

The A&D seems to provide a barrier to his diaper area.

Hope this works for you

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L.B.

answers from Seattle on

L.- Have you tried an over-the-counter anti-fungal/anti-yeast cream? That might help.

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L.S.

answers from Seattle on

I really think that cloth diapers would be best and maybe he won't like being wet so he will potty train easy. I don't think that he would be allergic to diapers and only start having a problem at age 2. You never know though. I have heard that some allergies pop up when least expected.

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K.W.

answers from Spokane on

My best success was "bag balm". It's comes in a green square can and has a cow on it. It originally was to help cow's with problems on their teets... you used to have to go to the farm store to buy it, but I see it now in regular grocery stores in the baby section. There is also a component that takes the discomfort away.

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T.D.

answers from Spokane on

L.,
Have you tried changing the type of wipes you use? When my daughter got rashes, I couldn't get them to go away, so I started trying different wipes. The Pampers unsented with Aloe (you can get a big box for around $9 at Walmart) is what worked with getting rid of her diaper rash. Balmex was the only ointment that would work for us also. It was a no brainer as to what I was going to use when we had our son.
Also, how much juice does your son get? I have learned that a boys urine can be more acidic then girls so you really want to limit the juice intake to just 1 glass a day and you may even need to water it down.
Hope this helps, I know what works for one child, doesn't always work for another.

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D.L.

answers from Seattle on

Could possibly be a yeast infection. When my youngest was around 5-6 months, he had something that sounds very familiar. The dr. gave me an antibotic and it cleared right up.

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J.K.

answers from Seattle on

I would highly recommend switching to the NEW style of cloth diapers that are easy to use (no pins or separate plastic pants) and keep your baby's skin drier than disposables. They are also breathable. I switched to these for the cost savings over disposables, but have also noticed a tremendous decrease in the amount of rashes and redness my son has. They were invented by a mom like you who had similar problems with her baby's skin in disposables. I like them so much that I actually started an online business selling them! www.SimpleCloth.com

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C.W.

answers from Seattle on

Hi L.,

I would try baby Avalon Organics Soothing Zinc Diaper Balm. IMO it is the best stuff out there. Provides a very nice barrier on baby's bum and is a blend of chammomile, aloe, calendula and sunflower. Best of all, it is organic! Hope this helps...

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M.P.

answers from Bellingham on

Try corn starch. It's cheap and odorless. Works well on people with diarrhea too.

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E.K.

answers from Seattle on

If all the normal creams don't help, then it does sound like a mild case of eczema and if his dad was allergic to diapers, odds are he has the same allergies. Sorry--you'll probably have to switch to cloth diapers or come up with another alternative.

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A.A.

answers from Portland on

Hi L.. For a hobby, I am an Arbonne consultant. Arbonne has a diaper rash cream, but the skin conditioning oil is supposed to work wonders on exzema and other skin ailments. You might was to try it. Just a thought. Our products are botanically based - if you are concerned about that. The website is www.A..myarbonne.com. Look under the Not so Basic specialty items. It may help. Good luck. Oh, I also had a doctor recommend Cetaphil for exzema - you can buy that at the store. Best, A.

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A.P.

answers from Eugene on

We use cloth diapers and used disposables when we were on a road trip and he developed a horrible rash--I think he was allergic to the disposables. He also developed a yeast infection on it--we ended up having to use lotrimin then later hydrocrotoze ointment. Our ped. recommended bag balm (it's in a green tin) and it works much better than anything else. Good luck--it was really difficult to get rid of his rash. I might take him to the doctor.

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C.B.

answers from Bellingham on

If the rash has little red bumps it could be a yeast infection - was he on antibiotics recently? Diareah can cause the natural bacteria balance in the colon to be off and the yeast takes over. Our son just turned two and we have been to the doctor twice about his rash, he has it around his mouth too. We are putting acidophilis tablets in his cereal, milk, noodles....Acidophilis tables contain the same good bacteria that are in yogurt. You can buy the adult tablets, pull the pill apart, and pour the powder into anything he will eat or drink. You can give him up to 3 tablets a day, our pediatrician said its impossible to o.d. on acidophilis. Its all natural and has helped a lot!

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D.O.

answers from Eugene on

I was just wondering if you have ever tried corn starch. That is what i used when my kids had a diaper rash.

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V.E.

answers from Medford on

Girl have I got a possible rememdy for you...What worked better than any diaper rash cream is A&D ointment (again not the cream, the ointment in the brown and white tube!) My kids had eczema and the few diaper rashes they had I used this on it. This ointment is also good to put on their knees and elbows when they break out, it clears rashes right up...hope this works for you. Also, in the summer time, put a mix a little vaseline in whatever type of lotion you use on your baby; it makes a world of difference and it makes their skin softer and moisturizes it for a longer period of time!

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C.G.

answers from Eugene on

Have you had it tested to make sure it wasn't a yeast infection? That is also pretty common and looks like a diaper rash...

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B.L.

answers from Portland on

He may have "jock itch." It's the manly way to refer to a yeast infection. Yes, boys do get yeast infections. Try some over-the-counter yeast infection cream on his bum mixed with some liquid Vitamin-E. If that still doesn't clear it up, and you feel you need to switch to cloth diapers, I highly recommend Fuzzi Bunz or Bum Genius, both of which you can get off e-bay for very reduced prices. These are the best, modern user-friendly cloth diapers in my opinion.

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C.G.

answers from Seattle on

Hi L.,
I'm a mom of 4 & 3 of my kids always had bad diaper rash. The only thing I found that worked was Bag Balm. The green tin of yellow looking ointment. It's greasy, but it works like a dream. Fred Meyer has it, so does Walmart. Sometimes it's in the pet department - don't worry, it was originally made as an udder cream for cows. Sounds gross, but I checked with our pediatrician before I tried it. It was a miracle worker for us! I also noticed it was worse depending on what my boys ate. Spinach, strawberries, or foods with tomato made it worse. Good luck!

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B.G.

answers from Portland on

You're a busy mom!!! Have you been to a doc to see if it really is exzema, then he'd have some recommendations. I just went online and it looks like there are many helps. Try eczemareport.com. I would hate to have you try potty training before he is ready. If he is ready, then go for it! When we did it (at 3) he was super ready and it took about 2 days. The process took a little longer, but after two days he had the idea. Good luck!

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O.N.

answers from Portland on

Our 2 1/2 year old little girl has eczema. We use hydrocortisone which is what the doctor told us to use.

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L.W.

answers from Eugene on

I haven't read the other responses yet, so i hope this isn't a repeat... my son had a diaper rash that wouldn't go away and it turned out to be a bit of a yeast infection/diaper rash combo. I used Lotrimin on his behind and it cleared right up! Potty training a boy at 2 is hard work. My son was peepee potty trained at just over 2 and a half, but he was terrified of putting his b.m.'s in the potty until 2 months before he turned 3. He is an emotional little boy, too, with lots of anxiety about certain things. I hope this helps you!

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E.S.

answers from Portland on

They are more expensive, but you might want to try a chlorine-free diaper. There are several on the market - 7th generation makes a chlorine free pull up that I am using with my own 2 1/2 year old - and if you buy from diapers.com they are substantially cheaper than in the stores. There are also chlorine free wipes available. My son had ridiculously sensitive skin,and they seem to help him. I also have used a calendula ointment on him that seems to work better than a diaper rash cream for me, especially since I think that his is more a reaction than diaper rash. There is also a topical benedryl ointment that you might want to try.

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S.G.

answers from Portland on

L.,

My son had the same problem, nothing worked until someone told me I was giving him too much fruit juice.

As soon as I cut way back on his juice intake (and diluted it even more), it went away within a few days!

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S.M.

answers from Seattle on

Hi L., you may have heard a million different things, but I will tell you what worked with my son. He had exzema and I was advised to use Udder Balm. It worked marvelously. Within 24 hours the bright red, blistered skin was smooth and normal again. I've used it on him since he was 2 weeks old... he's now 2 years old. I found that dairy products contributed to the exzema too and just limited his intake and he did great. I also used vitamin E oil to heal the outbreaks on his little face too and then tried emu oil/cream that I found on the internet. It was and is a great ointment for dry skin and eczema too.
One thing I left out, I breast-fed my son too and eliminated dairy from my diet and supplemented Vitamin D for my D intake. That helped. When he started solid foods I had to watch the dairy with him. He broke out anytime he had dairy products. He has grown out of it now, but I use the udder balm on him daily... it keeps his skin perfect and free from rashes. I have, in a hurry, not used it and he has had mild rash, but the next diaper change I use the udder balm and with the following change, it's clear. Hope that helps you.
Sincerely, S.

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K.R.

answers from Portland on

miscellaneous:

my last three kids never rashed--unless they (or I, if I was nursing them still) drank orange juice or other citrus! Maybe it's something about the acid, but they would go from healthy bottoms to instant, screaming redness and soreness upon the first citrus pee/poop. Once I figured that out, no more orange juice until they were potty-trained (or I occasionally forgot ;)! )! Citrus juice is enough to cause "owie pees" too, and that made the kids afraid to potty. Now, we sometimes eat citrus, but we never drink the juice.

My first had rashes, but we (she and I) had thrush, so that (yeast) was probably the source, sigh. I think I just learned to change her diapers INSTANTLY and that kept her dry enough? But then I use cloth, and a baby in cloth diapers with a rash lets you know INSTANTLY(!) when they pee ;)!!

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T.K.

answers from Seattle on

It could be a yeast infection rash, my son has had one before and he was prescribed an ointment which worked quickly. You could also try a cream by California Baby called Calendula Cream. It works better with rashes anywhere on the body that I've used for my son and myself. And it's a natural product(buy it at Whole Foods).
If you're considering cloth diapers, try Fuzzi Bunz cloth diapers. I switched from disposables to these when my son was 1yr. old and I love them!! You can buy them at several online sites.

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R.A.

answers from Seattle on

Try Bag Balm. Never mind that it is used for cows this is something that works. All households should have this. You can get it at the drug store. I discovered it when I was a quilter for my fingers. It works. My daughter recently used it on my grandson who had a rash that the doctor prescribed a $247 ointment. Her insurance would not cover it, so I suggested the Bag Balm. She tried it and within 24 hours it was gone. Good luck

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K.B.

answers from Seattle on

I use the best lotion for diaper rash. Your child with never have diaper rash again. I can tell you how to buy the lotion. I use all natural products which I believe is a huge reason that many of our skin problems at home have been completely cured. I have so much to share if your interested in learning more please give me a call. ###-###-####

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J.T.

answers from Louisville on

L., as a nurse I love the recommendations you have of taking him to the doctor or trying the anti-fungal/anti-yeast creams, although the allergic reaction with dad could very well be the problem. I do want to offer my personal experience with eczema. My son has it on his arms and legs and has been broken out for about 6 months since moving up here from Texas. I used to use the ABC baby lotion from Arbonne however, he fights me now to keep from getting it. I finally talked him into trying it, he'll be 4 in April, and after 2 days his skin is clear. I started using the ABC line after he was 11 months old taking antibiotics for an ear infection and broke out with a terrible diaper rash. Rather than waiting until the meds were finished, or trying something like I usually use, I grabbed the diaper rash ointment from Arbonne. After only 2 changes, he was clear. I live for this product and after him having 3 heart surgeries I am very picky about what his body absorbs. Just a thought! The rash cream is $14.00 and lotion is $14.00, with a 45 day money back guarantee. If you would like to try them just let me know. I know how it is when your baby is in pain and you can't help them. Best of luck and hope he is doing ok.

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T.N.

answers from Portland on

My kids are 8 and 12 now but oh, how I remember the diaper rash days...I felt so horrible when they'd get one. And both kids have very sensative skin so it wasn't easy finding a cure. However, I did find what I think is the mircle cure to diaper rash. I can't think of the brand name but it is a cream in a tube for jock itch and/or anti-fungal cream. It is in an orange & black tube/packaging. The name brand seemed to work better than the generic. It is a bit spendy but well worth the money...i remember their rashes clearing up in 24 hours or less, depending on the severity of it, of course. At the market (Fredy's or Safeway) it is in the area by the shoe inserts/gel soles type stuff. Or by the mens products. Good luck...I hope this is enough info for you tp find the product.

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E.H.

answers from Anchorage on

If he hasn't had the problem for two years, I don't think he's allergic...although I know they can crop up over time. I'd have he doctor check it out. You could try calmoseptine ointment. I love it! My son use to get these really bad rashes that would come out of nowhere that would bleed...it cleared it up really fast! I don't know where to find it though...a friend of mine that is an rn gave it to me when we were in NC, so you may need to ask the doc about that too. I've looked it up on line, and I know you don't need a perscription for it...
My baby had a rash on his temple that I thought was excema, but the doc tried a yeast cream first, because it could have been a fungus and using hydrocortozone (for excema) would make it worse, so there is an order to the process of elimenation--just a heads up if you see the doc. good luck!

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D.M.

answers from Seattle on

My daughter had diaper rashes years ago, and this is what my mother had me do. Even then it sounded odd, but after 13 children, even I had to listen to my mother.
Take ordinary flour, put it is a skillet and brown it, almost as if you are frying it, without any oils. Use this on babies bottom for a few days, you will actually see the difference after the first use, but continue to use it. I also discovered more water during the day,(even though it means more diaper changes) also helps dillute the urine so that the rash is not so bad. Good luck, and that is an old Indian medicine, that still holds true.

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A.D.

answers from Seattle on

Have you tried A&D ointment. That is what my doctor suggested for my two year old. It helps to keep them dryer. It has seemed to help. But, also I have totally switched to natural products because my daughter had eczema so bad, that is totally cleared up now. I shop with this fabulous health and wellness company. Email me if you want more info.
A. ~work at home mom with two girls
www.thebest4yourfam.com

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M.P.

answers from Portland on

Is it possible it's something in his diet? My daughter always had problems with diaper rash when she ate too much citrus. I know it's in season right now so I thought I'd mention it. When she was almost 2.5 I was going crazy with the diaper rash so we potty trained. I had a 5 mo old at the time too so I totally understand not wanting to do that if he's not acting ready. Good luck.

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A.K.

answers from Portland on

Have you ruled out a yeast infection? I have tried all purpose nipple ointment (believe it or not) on diaper rashes and that has helped in the past.

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D.B.

answers from Richland on

My son, also now two, had a very bad diaper rash for months. My Dr. finally told me to use monistat, or any other kind of women's yeast cream because it can fight it the best. So if it is not exzema, you could try that!

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J.P.

answers from Spokane on

Hi L.,
Try Bag Balm my family and several friends have used it for years.

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J.S.

answers from Portland on

Not sure if you have taken him to the doctor but sometimes when it wont clear up then you have to consider it being a yeast rash and that takes medication from the doctor to clear it up. Best of luck! ~Jenn~

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J.T.

answers from Spokane on

The diaper rash could also be a form of thrush, which does not go away with traditional treatment. If it is that, you'd need an anti-fungal ointment. Good luck!

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S.T.

answers from Portland on

One more thing to try might be lanolin. The stuff that is usually used by breasting moms for sore nipples. It's very moisturizing and natural. My girl doesn't have skin issues but if she is starting to get a rash I put it on after a bath, before bed and it helps a ton!

Best of luck finding something that works for you!
(PS- If you have to change from disposables I would look into gDiapers. www.gdiapers.com I happen to love them. )
-Steph

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S.B.

answers from Portland on

L.
Have you tryed AloVera Jell or bear fat?? What I use to do as much as possable is let my kids runaround home naked or just a top on. Let the rash aria dry out in the air. All those cover up creams can trap the uren in it and couse chemical burn. Keeping it clean is a must do. If he messes in his pants it is bath time or at least a wet washcloth. Like any woond (a rash is a woond of the skin) it needs to be kept clean and dry. If he is ready for potty training than that might help BUT HE NEEDS TO BE READY, not you. Check with a dermatoligist to see if it exima or some other cause.
I hope this helps
S.

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M.C.

answers from Eugene on

It could be impentago. If your child doesn't get it anywhere else, try buying some "Bag Balm." It can be purchased at any farm and ranch business as well as, I believe, Wal-Mart. It's made for the teats of cows when they become cracked and dry. It worked great on my sons.

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A.G.

answers from Seattle on

Try a different brand of diaper. My daughter wears pull-ups at night and is allergic to something in all kinds of nighttime pull-ups except the Safeway and Albertson's brands. She was getting a rash on her bottom that looked like what you describe. It went away when we switched to these brands.

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G.O.

answers from Seattle on

Have you confirmed it's not a yeast infection? My daughter has had several diaper rashes and they often needed a combo of treatments. She would sometimes have open sores as well. So we began doing a triple cocktail of lotrimin (athlete's foot meds), neosporin and a ton of desitin. We also let her hang out without a diaper as much as we could stand. Finger painting in the bathtub was a good distraction without too much mess. We also found out at one point that it was a bacteria and did have to get a special medicine for that and it went away instantly. I hope this helps. I know how frustrating it is!!

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A.D.

answers from Portland on

My 2 year old daughter just went through a couple of diaper rashes that were quite ouchy and wouldn't go away. It turns out that they were yeast. We wound up using Lotrimin AF or Lamisil and A&D, and they did clear up. It was kind of weird putting Jock itch medicine on my daughter's privates, but it did work. I'd check with your doctor before trying these.
Hope he feels better!

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C.Z.

answers from Seattle on

hello. my daughter had diaper rash problems also. i would wash her bottom with water every time she soiled. and make sure bottom was dry before diapering again. and i did this often. also i made sure she got alot of water so her urine was not strong. but it's probably the diaper issue because dad was allergic.

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B.M.

answers from Portland on

I would make sure it is a diaper rash because I had something similar with my daughter. Her regular pediatrian tested it for something else and it was something else. I am trying to remember what the name of it is. I do know she needed some prescription cream to help it and it finally went away. And this was about 8 months! I had to bug the dr.s about it. I just remembered, it was a staph infection. It appears to be a diaper rash, but it wasn't!

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S.P.

answers from Seattle on

Try switching diaper brands, he may be alergic to the super absorbant Gel stuff they put in them. Or it could be a yeast rash.(often the case) To help clear up a yeast rash, soak him in warm bath with epsom salt in it for as long as he wants to stay. If it is sunny take him outside bare butt and let sunlight hit his bottom for a few minutes. If its raining you can just air dry him by letting him run naked for a while. Calendula ointment, or tea tree are both mild, baby safe antifungals you can pick up at your health food store. You can get a chemical, anti fungal ointment form his doctor that will clear up a yeast rash also. Hope this helps!

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L.J.

answers from Portland on

All 3 of my kids got (get) bad diaper rashes. What worked best for us was to wash the baby's bottom in the sink EVERY time (even if just wet) and then dry it out with the hair dryer and then apply diaper cream (we like Burt's Bees). But just recently our son had bumps that were more like pimples than a diaper rash and it wouldn't go away. We took him in and the dr said it looked like a staph infection and we used an antibiotic cream and it was gone in 2 days. Staph is very serious, so if it seems bad and isn't going away, I'd go see the doctor. I felt silly taking him in for a "diaper rash" but am glad I did. And it's possible that it could be a yeast infection, but best to see a doctor to help determine what it is.

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M.M.

answers from Portland on

My daughter was also having problems with diaper rash. We too tried a variety of treatments including a prescription from the pediatrician for hydrocortisone. Ultimately, I think we figured out that it was the diapers; we switched to Seventh Generation diapers. They're a bit more expensive (although if you go to their website you can download some coupons); but they don't have extra chemicals (such as the baby powder smell that Pampers, etc. have).

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C.S.

answers from Seattle on

the diaper allergy might be something to consider, or food allergy. As far as healing skin problem, I LOVE Burts
http://www.burtsbees.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StoreV...

My youngest had such a bad rash that he would bleed, (breastmilk to solid transition difficulty)
and within a few days the rash was gone. amazing stuff

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D.H.

answers from Bellingham on

The thing that I used on all 3 of my kids that ALWAYS worked was Bag Balm. It's an anticeptic ointment the works wonders and don't be afraid to really goop it on. It comes in a green square tin and I think you can get in a little one if you wanted to try it first.

One side note - diet can have a lot to do with some rashes, but you probably already know that. Potty training will most likely help, but in the meantime I hope what I suggested helps a bit.

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K.B.

answers from Anchorage on

I'll make it short for you... lol

All 3 of my children were allergic to all diapers but Huggies! They all have sensitive skin, and when a rash would break out (and there were times where it was cracked and bleeding), I would use Desitin overnight since it stays on best. Also, there were a couple times I used an external yeast infection cream to help with the itching, cleared it up in a couple of days!

Just something I learned the hard way, the plastic covers for the cloth diapers caused my oldest to have urine burn from the heat they hold in.

Hope this helps!

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S.L.

answers from Seattle on

My oldest daughter had diaper rashes that would blister and peel and hurt her. Nothing helped for long, not even the stuff the doctor gave us. The only thing that finally worked was bag balm with a few drops of tea tree oil mixed in it. Once it had cleared up for a while I changed over to a cheap shortening and tea tree oil. It's a lot cheaper and more natural then most diaper rash creams. When she had the rash, I also used a thick, but soft damp paper towel instead of wipes. Good luck!

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V.W.

answers from Eugene on

Have you tried the Seventh Generation diapers that dont have any perfume or dyes? My daughter can't have any of the extras that come with most diapers, we also use cloth, but she tends to get rashy if they are not changed immediatly after she wets them. she also has eczema and we use Aquaphore lotion after a bath and limited cortizone for when she gets a really red and bumpy rash. Good luck!!

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C.C.

answers from Eugene on

you might try Bag balm. You normaly find this in the Pet section. It works GREAT for diaper rash and all sorts of other kinds of skin irritations. I swear by the stuff. It has a anitbiotic in it and is very soothing.

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D.G.

answers from Anchorage on

I've found Eucerine cream to work great on rashes...it is great for dry skin...I have contact dermitis and it is great for that. A friend tried it on her sorisis and it helped her too. Hope you find something!

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A.K.

answers from Spokane on

You should try Renew. It is a Malaluca product. You don't have to join their membership program. You can buy it a la cart from their web site. It's kind of spendy but it works! You can also use it on dry, cracked feet. It's the only thing that has worked for me. Good luck!

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J.W.

answers from Seattle on

Two years old is more than old enough to start or to be potty trained. Get the training toilet and set it on the floor in the bath room and every time you go or your husband goes, he goes. Modesty goes out the door during this process, it's natural, we all do it. Make time before naps and bedtime and when he first gets up from his naps or in the morning. Set a routine, even if he wakes up wet or messed. Create a little library so he can read and take the time to do his business. Reward the efforts. Cloth training pants, so he can experience his mistakes and then get some big boy underwear with his favorite characters on them. (Not wanting to wet on the transformers or whoever is a big thing, believe me!) Put the 5 mo. old in a bouncy seat in the bathroom at the same time so you can keep an eye on both of them. Then see a doctor for the rash. It could be more than just 'diaper rash'. When you say Dad was allergic to diapers do you mean disposable ones? or cloth? or that he's allergic to changing your son's diapers? With you being gone at night, maybe Dad isn't as quick to change a dirty diaper and this will exasperate the situation. The diaper rash could actually be a fungus type of reaction or an eczema, but again, see the doctor. (An ointment that has a fungicide (athletes foot treatment) or even hydrocortisone in it might help dry up the rash.) Letting the bottom air out, running around without a diaper might help as well. Best of luck!!! The second one will be easier because you'll be trained!!

L.U.

answers from Seattle on

It might be a yeast infection. Boys get them too. Take him to his pediatrician, they can tell right away. My son used to get them, he had a very sensitive butt! Good luck

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A.K.

answers from Sacramento on

It could be a yeast infection too. I've noticed that doc's aren't always perfect at recognising yeast. A home remedy to try: Aloe gel with a few drops of Tea Tree oil in it. If that doesn't work, there are Rx diaper creams to try. Good Luck!

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T.R.

answers from Anchorage on

sprinkle a little corn starch in the diaper at change. also try a little in the bath. when my daughter was a baby i was a single mom with no insurance and little money and this helped with her. she also had sensitive skin then. good luck.

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D.N.

answers from Portland on

With my five year old daughter, when she was younger, I used cornstarch like I would baby powder because she was allergic to perfume type powder. The cornstarch I learned from my mom who babysat most of her life said it was an old remedy and it works on my daughter as well as all the kids my mother babysat. My daughter broke on certain diapers, so had to find a brand that she didnt break out in, that was Huggies. You may want to buy small package of different types and try them and hopefully find the right one. Also frequent changes helps rash too since wetness and the diaper itself can cause bad diaper rash...my daughter had blisters, so had to check every half hour to an hour to make sure shes not wet at all. hopefully you will find something that can help your child. My daughter still wets, only at night time, has bladder issues, so trying to address that now.
Good luck!
D. Britzius-Nelson
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B.S.

answers from Portland on

I had the same problem and so I went to the doctor for my daughter, she explained that it was a yeast infection and that they look similar to diaper rash but that they are harder to get rid off. She recommended that I use lotrimin(the foot cream) and it cleared up almost immediately.

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R.G.

answers from Richland on

Hi L., you say you changed his soap....did you change bath and laundry soups?? Also when our daughter was little she had bad rashes at times and we used Bag Balm on her and it cleared up so much faster. She has sensitive skin to this day and she just turned 10 in January. If nothing else works, I would suggest taking him to his pediatrician and have them make sure he doesn't have a yeast infection (I've heard of little ones getting it) or something else going on. I'm praying for him.

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D.C.

answers from Seattle on

my mother had to wash the cloth diapers twice and bleach them, then washe them in no detergent but just hot water becasue i was allergic to the soap and my own urine. it would make my blister almost intatnly she said. needless to say i was potty trained at an early age. I would try that thought switch to cloth and really wash them and then wash out any possible remaining detergents or softeners and see if that helps. You might even try just changing the brand of diapers becasue i have heard that some of them use things that can cause allergies, and they are brands that i beleive are all nautral so to speak.

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B.V.

answers from Anchorage on

I would try the bleach free diapers, and also try Burts Bees butt paste. It has lavender in it and is great for stubborn butt rash. It could also be a yeast infection..in that case you might need help from a physician, and too much sugar in the diet. Good luck!

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M.S.

answers from Portland on

My daughter had the same thing start happening at about 2 even though she was fine before that. She was allergic to the diapers and it didn't matter what brand. We had to potty train her quick because it took a week to get rid of the rash from just one day in a diaper. Her rash was more on her hips than her bum though.

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J.V.

answers from Seattle on

It could be a yeast infection. have you taken him to the doctor?

I'm a sah mom of 5. I've seen lots of bottoms with rashes over the years.

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M.B.

answers from Seattle on

My, you have certainly tried a lot of different things to clear up this rash. I've had four children and might offer an additional remedy. It's possible it could be a yeast infection. Yes, even in a boy. I would suggest trying Cortaid a 1% cortisone cream. You can buy it over the counter at a drug store. With one or two applications you should be able to see if it is helping. Good luck.

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E.K.

answers from Portland on

If it hasn't been checked by a doctor, I'd have it looked at to make sure it's not a yeast infection. If you haven't tried it you might try a touch of lotramin (sp?) to see if it has any affect.

I have been cloth diapering my 2yr old daughter for aprox 1.5yrs and her rashes are few and far between (and never last long) now. If he has sensitive skin you may find it a bit tricky to get the proper diaper and wash routine. There's a lot of info at www.diaperswappers.com

HTH
E.

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R.E.

answers from Seattle on

Hi L. for what its worth heres my experience, use what you can, file the rest, hope it helps, these are such complex little blessings we have charge of. vaseline alone doesnt help as well as cornstarch does with it, the cheap stuff (if there is sucha thing anymore) from the grocery section, another neat trick is bag balm in the green tin from the pharmacy section, my son was allergic to diapers some as well, huggies were the only brand he didnt chap or rash in. (besides cloth of course). I had diaper service his first 2mos. my daughter however had a problem with a minor yeast infection, in both cases these two remedies worked well. I also wash them each change in warm soapy water. the vaseline and cornstarch kept skin soft and safe. I used the bag balm on any redness that appears, and let them lay on the tummy to air about 20mins at a time bag balm usually resolved any redness before it became sore. the yeast issue with my daughter I believe had to do with allergies that would become the norm later, bag balm worked better than what the doctor gave me. good luck to you and yours, I couldnt stand for diaper rash, when my kids could walk I immediately went with sippy cups and potty chairs. They will catch on quickly when they see the difference in their comfort level. they are much smarter than they get credit for sometimes.
be blessed,
Robbi

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C.S.

answers from Seattle on

Hi L., I have an 8 year old with eczema and when he was an infant he would get diaper rashes so bad, I thought the same thing. Then my mom told me about this German cream called Penaten Cream that she would use when we lived in Hanau. There happens to be a German Deli you can order from on the web called Germandeli.com, it's local here in WA so I was able to just go into the store and buy it. It's spendy, because it is imported from Germany, but it lasts for a very long time and it works. I hope that might help you and your poor toddler!
From,
C.

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A.R.

answers from Yakima on

I had the same problem with my daughter. I used a combination of Neosporin with A&D ointment, then Lansolin creme (the foot fungal ointment, the desitin, then Butt Paste. Every time I changed her diaper I switched the ointment combination. At night I used Desitin. I also allowed her to run bare-butt around the house (be prepared for accidents!!) It might be the diapers, though....as I'm allergic to sanitary pads and even nursing pads! If that doesn't work, there is a new ointment out there for a type of yeast infection....you'll have to get a prescription from your doctor I think for that one!
I wish you luck!!!

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W.G.

answers from Portland on

My daughter also had a horrible reaction that looked like diaper rash. We tried every kind of bottom ointment until someone said to just start switching diapers. We were using Pampers, and as soon as we switched to Huggies, it went away. Apparently, Pampers has perfumes and alot of other chemicals that babies can be sensitive too.

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A.B.

answers from Portland on

Alot of diaper rashes can be caused by yeast...like a yeast infection. Even in boys. I know...it's wierd. Try getting some Monistate cream and just rub it on the rash at each diaper change. Also, if you haven't already, try switching diaper brands. My daughter had the same problem and between switching diapers (I like pampers best) and using the yeast cream, it healed up in a matter of a week or so.

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B.L.

answers from Eugene on

L.,

Try a baking soda bath. My son gets diaper rash frequently as well, despite my quick response to dirty diapers. Also, I always put A&D ointment for every diaper change, rash or no rash. I also use Seventh Generation Diapers which are chlorine free. I'm not sure if it makes a difference, but I've used many others and I prefer this brand over all. Good luck!

B.

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B.F.

answers from Portland on

You might want to try cornstarch powder. It may be something like a fungal issue. There is also Gold Bond medicated powder for the relief of skin irritation, and moisture.
This may help. My oldest son had this problem. I hope this can help with out a doctors visit. Baby boys can get a fungal jock itch too. Anti -fungal creams can help. Especially with itchy redness. Skin soothing is the best. Then you can heal the skin, and work on the rash. Best of luck.

B.

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A.D.

answers from Portland on

Hi L.,
We used Bag Balm. Our sons rash would blister and bleed. Nothing worked except this. Give bath, rinse and pat dry the area. Apply moderately to thick and diaper. You can use it with cloth diapers too. It soothes and provides a barier from wetness especially from diarrhea. Downfall is it stains and since it is a water barier, it is hard to get off. If you use it with cloth diapers, wash them by hand not in the wash machine. Dawn dish soap works well.
Good luck.
A.

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L.U.

answers from Richland on

My daughter has very sensitive skin and we went through it all as well. I can only tell you that use a warm wash cloth after you use the wipes will help, also Corn Starch worked for us. We had to change her diaper almost ever 30 minutes for about a month until we got it cleared up. Then we just had to stay on top of it. Also I think it's at Walgreen's, AMENS(spelling?)powder. It's located in the area that you can get adult shower to shower body powder. It's a medicated powder and works wonders. Hope this helps.

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A.E.

answers from Portland on

This is most likely a yeast infection...try any over the counter yeast cream (like Monistat)

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D.H.

answers from Seattle on

Try this all natural product, Rear Smear, my son responded very well to it. A few children's shops near Swedish Medical Center - First Hill sell it. Good Luck.

http://www.jentealsoaps.com/baby_products.html

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S.P.

answers from Seattle on

Arbonne International's Diaper Rash Creme and Rejeuvanating Cream has worked great for that. Let me know if you'd like to try it out on your child.

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S.E.

answers from Portland on

When my baby was a couple months old be bought a shower filter for unrelated reasons. I started filling her bath with the filtered water, simply out of convenience (we have one of those shower heads on a hose thingies), and she didn't have another SINGLE diaper rash after that for several months (until I moved her to the big bath, and started using regular water again). Hard to know, but it sure made me think that the prevalence of diaper rashes and skin problems these days may be partly attributed to the chemicals in our water. All that chlorine on such sensitive little skin! Anyway, it might be worth a try. Our filter was less than $40 (we used a multipure. The best one, I think).

P.S. I find the most effective diaper rash cream to be the "triple paste," which I didn't see you list. I've tried all the others too, and triple paste seems to clear things up much more quickly than others for us.

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J.F.

answers from Portland on

It could be a yeast infection try some monistat.

Good luck!
J.

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J.R.

answers from Seattle on

You might want to try taking him to the doctor. My daughter had a terrible diaper rash when she was little and it was a yeast infection.

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A.D.

answers from Corvallis on

I'd put my money on a yeast infection rather than diaper rash. Especially since it has not responded to diaper creams. The Dr. can confirm this and give you a good perscription for this. Yeast is a fungus and I don't think there are any good home remidies I have ever heard of working. The area must be clean and very dry before appling the antifungal cream. You won't use all of the tube so if this happens again you will be ready. I know going to the Dr. is no fun but don't let the poor little guy get worse. Best wishes for fast healing.

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C.O.

answers from Richland on

I had a similar experience with my oldest when he was in diapers. The bottom line ended up being that he had a bacterial and fungal infection on the skin. It took 2 rounds of antibiotic creams to clear up. If you've taken him to the DR. and it isn't one of those... Corn Starch works wonders on diaper rashes. With my other two kids that is all that I have used and it clears the rash up in a day or two. My newest baby has really bad eczema as well - Cetaphil lotion clears that right up! Put it on the bad spots several times a day - especially after bath time. Works great!

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T.M.

answers from Norfolk on

Hi L.,

My daughters had the same problem. A couple times, it turned out to be a yeast rash. So, I got some Gyno-Lotrimin cream and applied it 3 times a day. The rash was gone in under 2 days. There have been other times when it's just been an irritation rash, and both my girls were allergic to the diaper creams (the zinc in them I think). I started using Collidal Silver cream on them. www.silvermiracles.com It's amazing. Took all of my daughters rash away, along with the other exzema spots on her body. They have an oatmeal bar too that has the silver in it. I use that for both the girls still (one is 3 1/2 and the youngest just turned 1), in place of bath soap. You might give it a try. It was the only thing that helped my youngest with major rashes/exzema. Take care and good luck!

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A.M.

answers from Seattle on

He may have a yeast infection...ask you doctor aboutt his possibility. Try switching diapers, and any kind of lotion you use. Good luck!

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D.A.

answers from Seattle on

I have found that corn startch always helps much better then any other lotions you can buy for diaper rash.
Hopefully that will help.

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A.B.

answers from Seattle on

My son who's 11 months now has had never really had much of a diaper rash problem until two months ago. He got one just before his 9 month check up and so thankfully we found out right away it was yeast. Little red spots, she recomended that we get monistat 7. We used it and it went away after a few days. Otherwise we would have been trying all kinds of stuff.

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J.S.

answers from Portland on

When my son would get diaper rash really bad I would use broned flour. You just brown flour in a pan and let cool. Then put vasaline on the bottom and sprinkle the flour over the vasaline. It seemed to help my little one.

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K.S.

answers from Seattle on

Hi L.,

You could try an oatmeal bath with him every time you bathe him and see if it helps. I've done this with both my daughters and I have a 5 month old daughter who has slight ezema too. Take 1/2-1 cup of real Quaker Oats and boil them on the stove or microwave them if you don't have time.Strain the oatmeal out so you can eat it obviously and add the oatmeal water to your bath. Oatmeal will dry out and soothe the bottom! :) I hope it helps or works for you. I also use the Weleda diaper ointment, you could find it at Central Market in Mill Creek or Whole Foods.

Blessings,
K.

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R.S.

answers from Bellingham on

Hey try Bagbalm it is in a green tin with some red and black writting on it. you can get it in any grocery store or like RiteAid ask them someone they will find it for you . that stuff is great! hope that works have a great day

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J.B.

answers from Yakima on

Have you looked into your sons diet? My daughter, who is now 6, was irritated by the baby rice cereal when she was 7-8 months old. Her bum would get just raw and very painful looking. I asked our nurse about it and she told me to try switching to the oatmeal baby cereal. It worked. It cleared up very quickly. Also, you talked about your son possibly having eczema. My 8 year old daughter has eczema. I started researching on-line and found that some people get flare-ups when they have certain food allergies. The choices were dairy, egg or peanuts. Well, we ate all of those things. I started by taking one thing out for a week and putting it back into her diet. I was shocked because taking dairy: milk, ice cream, pudding,etc. out made a noticable difference. Cheese doesn't seem to bother her. My point in telling you all of this is that I do have some experience with this sort of thing. I hope this helps. Please feel free to email me anytime and ask more.
Sincerely,
J.

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D.S.

answers from Seattle on

My son had a similar problem. Unfortunately for him, he kept having yeast diaper rashes. Our solution?! Monistat!!! Never had a problem again once we figured out what kind of diaper rash he had.

Good Luck!

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S.M.

answers from Portland on

When my 14mo.old grandson got a nasty diaper rash that wouldn't go away, his doctor said it was a yeast infection and treated it with a type of prescription salve (not sure of the name). The rash almost immediately cleared up. We also give him organic yogurt (with live active cultures) which is to help in digestion and in turn helps with rashes & yeast problems. My grandson is now 2 yrs. old and has had 2-3 more diaper rash problems (might be due to antibiotics for ear infections) but I think with the help of the yogurt,that minimal salve has been needed. Good luck with it all!

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T.V.

answers from Seattle on

Go to the Doctor it is probably a yeast infection they will most likely prescribe you Nystantin for the rash. I use mineral oil on my children every diaper change to help prevent a rash.

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B.S.

answers from Eugene on

To me it sounds like an allergic reaction. It might be the diapers, or it might be something he's eating. Try switching the diapers but if that doesn't work maybe you should try keeping an eye on what he's eating. My nephew had the same problem and it turned out he was allergic to milk and eggs.
Good Luck!

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B.O.

answers from Portland on

I would definitely see your pediatrician again to discuss your thoughts and possible treatments first of all, especially with allergic to diapers possibility. When my first daughter had really bad diaper rash, red and sometimes bumpy, the doctor had us do a number of things...you have to be diligent and consistent but they eventually work: 1.change diapers often, immediately after they poop and don't let them be wet for long. 2. do not use wipes! they hurt them and make it worse, seriously, there is no wipe out there that will work. We carried a roll of toilet paper with us in the diaper bag instead and used that followed by a warm wet wash cloth after poops. 3. After every diaper change put on a clortrimozole cream (you'll find it labeled as an athlete's foot cream, due to the fact that many bad diaper rashes are actually fungus or yeast) and put an A&D ointment, the clear kind, not the zinc oxide on top of that generously. The clortrimozole heals, the A&D protects. 4. When you give baths, add a tablespoon or more of baking soda, just shake it in the tub under the running water, you can't put in too much. This helps neutralize their skin. Note: the kids are VERY slippery afterward. :-) You can give extra baths during the day if you can fit it in and it will help the current irritation go away quicker. 5. When the rash is gone, keep up the A&D to protect that bottom after every diaper change and do the other things as soon as an irritation starts to appear. My daughter started potty training after she turned 2 and that took care of it, so the sooner thebetter on that, but that's more up to them I've found (tosome degree at least). The more you want it, the less theydo, it seems. Although now she gets some irritations on the inside of her thighs when she's had a few accidents in one day from the wetness in her undies even when we change them every time. A little hydrocortizone on those areas clears that up. Like I said, just check with your doctor about the clortrimozole as I know there are different causes for rashes. Good Luck!

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L.M.

answers from Seattle on

Have you looked into food allergies? I see diaper rash problems in my daycare related, most often, to dairy, wheat and corn.
Good Luck
L. M.

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P.R.

answers from Seattle on

Two of my daughters had such bad rashes they would do everthing they could not to sit on their bottoms. I hate to say it but the best bet is to let you son go diaper free for a few hours everyday. Sounds messy I know but it was the best thing I did. I would find a small room, cover it with beach towels and just let him play in there for a few hours. Make sure you stay and clean up any messes and don't use wipes, use a very soft warm cloth to clean his bottom.

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M.P.

answers from Spokane on

try monastat cream it could be a yeast infection I heard it from a Dr on Opra

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S.L.

answers from Seattle on

I had similar problems, and the doctor gave me cream for my little one that is for ezcema that clears it up- might need to go the peditrician route next.

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K.H.

answers from Spokane on

My daughter developed a diaper rash that was pretty bad and so did my nephew. We noticed that when she ate oranges or drank orange juice that it would appear or get worse. Also, with my nephew it started showing when he drank whole milk. He couldn't handle the whole milk. The doctor prescribe someting for him and they put him on 1 or 2% milk. Maybe its something he is eating or drinking.
The diaper ointment we use is calmoseptine. We found it at one of our local Walgreen's. Not every store carried it and they keep it behind the pharmacy counter. There is a web link on this tube of ointment www.calmoseptineoinment.com This coats and protects the bottom and doesn't sting. Worked well for use.

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D.T.

answers from Seattle on

We had the same problem with my son; really bad diaper rash to to point it was cracking and bleeding every time we changed him. The doctor said it was a yeast infection! He told us to use the monistat 7 day stuff. It cleared right up. Don't know if it's the same, but it's something you could ask your doc about.

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C.M.

answers from Seattle on

Hi L.,
One home remedy that I have used in the past for my 5 children and now 6th baby boy is corn starch. It tends to absorb the pee when they wet and keep the skin dry. Not sure if it works for other skin problems but it has worked wonders for me with diaper rashes. Might want to check into a possible yeast infection as well. Only a doctor can diagnose that. I hope this helps!

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J.H.

answers from Seattle on

If it's not yeast I second corn starch. It works really well and I cloth diapered so if you want any info I can hook you up. Cloth is not only cost effective it is super easy to wash.

J.

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J.C.

answers from Seattle on

Hi L.
Diaper rashes can be a sign of food allergies. He could also be sensitive to the ingredients in the diaper itself. Since you say it is also some kind of eczema I would definetly suspect an allergy. You can try coconut oil to help relieve the dry itchiness that comes with the eczema rashes.

Cloth diapers are a wonderful alternative and have changed so much in the last few years. I have used cloth for the past 7 years and would never go back to disposable ones. If you need any further help on cloth dipes I can help you out.

As for the eczema and rash I highly recomend seeing a naturopath who can help figure out what may be triggering the allergies without invasive tests. When my youngest went through this she was taken off of all food (she was brestfed) and I ate a very bland diet while she took probiotics for 2 weeks. After that we began introducing foods back in to her diet one at a time with a few days apart to find out which foods caused reactions. It's a lot of work but so worth it!

Good luck :)

Jenn C

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A.D.

answers from Seattle on

Try Aquaphor, It is a healing ointment, plus helps prevent diaper rash by forming a barrier just like the diaper rash cremes. My little guy did the same thing, nothing helped but this one. Also make sure that the diaper area is completely dry. I would always keep a clothe diaper next to changing station to pat him dry and then apply the ointment.
Also make sure he isn't having a food allergy, we figured out my son had dairy and egg allergies and they could have been the culprit as well.
Good luck, it's so hard to see them so uncomfortable with the irration they get. I hope this works for you.
A.

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S.S.

answers from Portland on

So this might sound really cooky, but I just found out about the acid absorbing properties of hazelwood. My friend's 3 month old baby had horrendous acid reflux with much pain and someone told her to get a hazelwood necklace (made especially to be safe for babies)and incredibly, it worked! He was on Zantac and within 2 weeks, they were able to take him off the medicine and he is doing great! I guess it's something about having the wood against your skin...it absorbs your body's excess acid; apparently it's an old native-american remedy. The reason I bring it up for diaper rash is that it is supposed to help for many conditions including diaper rash, eczema, etc. My husband and all 3 of my kids have either eczema or extremely sensitive skin and I'm constantly dealing with rashes with them so I just went ahead and bought these hazelwood necklaces for the whole family! I can't wait for them to arrive...I hope they work as well for me as they did for my friend. If you want to check it out, you can google "hazelwood necklace" or go to www.purnoisetier.com (the name is in French since the company is based in Quebec, Canada, but the site is in English)
Just thought I'd let you know about my discovery...good luck!

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J.C.

answers from Seattle on

I know this sounds a little weid, but my mother in law told me to use plain old corn starch on my daughter when she would start to get a rash. If i wasn't right on top of it she would get so bad it would trun into a yeast infection. Corn starch worked like a charm. It,s not dangerous and just simply draws the moisture away from the skin.

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C.P.

answers from Seattle on

hi- my daughter needed to wear the all natural diapers, we used seventh generation. when she wore a non natural diaper she would develope a rash. also, when she did develope a rash we used echinacea tincture. it worked like a dream, as a compliment, airing out with no diaper is the perfect tool.

after we used baby wipes for her poop, we also had to rinse her bottom area in the sink with a mild soap. may seem like a lot of work but it was routine and much better than the suffering of uncomfortable and painful diaper rash. good luck. C.

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M.N.

answers from Eugene on

i would recommend laying off the creams with chemicals to give the skin a breather, including bath cleansers.

then take regular old fashioned oats and grind them finely in the cuisinart (or use whole if you don't have a food processor). you can either put them in the tub water for a bath directly (rinse well after), or for less messy application, put the oats in a muslin bag as a bath 'tea'. the oatmeal is very calming for irritated skin. works well as an adult facial mask for delicate skin as well.

definitely don't use wipes for pees. the skin doesn't need it and it's irritating to over cleanse.

hope this helps!

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R.G.

answers from Seattle on

When my son was a baby from birth on he had horrible diaper rashes, I tried every kind of diaper rash ointment and even one his doctor prescribed and none of them really helped. Finally my mom suggested that I try bag balm (sp?). The first time I used it his diaper rash was gone within a day or so. Whenever he started to get one since then I'd put bag balm on right away and the rash would be gone. It worked really well. I've had two girls since then and used bag balm for their diaper rashes whenever they started getting them and the next time I'd go to change their diapers it would be gone. Even worked good whenever they would be sick and have diarrhea too, it protected their skin well. Hope this helps!

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A.H.

answers from Portland on

When I had my daughter my mmidwife was also a family practice general practitioner, so she ended up being my daughter's pediatrician (As well as the whole family dr - gotta love small towns!) and she got us hooked on this cream called Acidmantle or Amantle. Most pharmacies can special order it overnight. It is pricey, but a little goes a long way.
The "odd" rashes that nothing else seems to touch - put this stuff on and it's gone witn 1 to 2 diaper changes. Of course, yes, make sure it isn't yeast (which would be characterized by a bumch of little bumps clustered - if you aren't sure, check with your ped), but if it is just an annpying stubborn rash - try the amantle. As soon as we had our son we ordered some to have on hand just in case and it will works just as good!
Good luck - diaper rash is a pain!!

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J.H.

answers from Spokane on

Hi! The BEST thing to do is to let your son go without his
diaper and get some fresh air to his bottom! Next, try
'RENEW' LOTION. The RENEW lotion uses tea tree oil, which is
natural and very soothing and healing. Contact Sarah at
[email protected]____.com
Best of luck!
:>) J.

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D.R.

answers from Spokane on

A & D ointment. It might be kind of a burn. A & D is
a diaper rash and burn treatment. If he is allerigic
to diapers, try the ointment as a cover up to protect
the skin. Could get a little spendy. Might just want
to try cloth diapers if A & D doesn't work. My daughter
needed cloth diapers, it wasn't that bad.

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N.S.

answers from Medford on

Hello this is N. S. I have no children myself but i have been babysit children all in my life! Only one way for u to try the kind of gel thing called balm color is green tin box. It works really well no matter what everybody thinks its gross but number one balm works well with people too! so good luck with the advice! have a nice day!

N. S.

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C.W.

answers from Portland on

Did you try Angel Baby Bottom Balm, yet? The problem with products like vaseline and Desitin is that they're only moisture barriers and do nothing to treat diaper rash. We used cloth diapers from Tidee Didee diaper service. They also have training pants for when you're ready to potty train. Good luck!

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B.D.

answers from Seattle on

My ds son is going to be 5 in May. I found out that he had eczema when he was about 6 mo old. Something I tried that you might be able to put to use is Lanolin. It's pure, comes in that pretty purple tube, and works wonders. At least it did for us. I tried everything as well and none of the other things worked. This worked really well for us. Plus, you could use it on any burns the family gets, place it on cheeks and nose when it's a nasty cold winter to protect their skin, diaper rashes...etc. I figure...hey, they use it on breastfeeding moms and it doesn't hurt babies, why not try different uses with my kid. Works better than bag balm. Just all natural. Now? We also use this in conjunction with Gold Bond Ultimate Lotion. This really seems to help as well. I would also take him to the doctors to see if he has eczema. If by chance he does, things to help with easing rashes or flare ups, is to try oatmeal baths when he flares up and don't use anything in his bath that is going to be too perfumed. I.E. cartoon bath bubbles...etc. I found this out the hard way. Plus, when my son's skin gets flared up, if he gets a bug bite, that tends to make the flare up worse. Hope this all helps! Good luck! :D ~B.

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M.G.

answers from Portland on

My daughter is allergic to the disposable wipes. I figured this out since I have her in cloth diapers and one time I used a disposable wipe on her and bingo...got a rash. Before this I thought it might be the diapers since for her first month she was too small to fit the cloth ones and only wore disposables and had a rash the whole time. Since he might be having a allergic reaction you might want to try hydrocortozone cream too, until the rash clears.

I use wet washcloths that I just wet with water. I have also heard of people having success with rinsing the disposable wipes with water and then using them.

Good luck!

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R.S.

answers from Seattle on

My daughther had a similar problem a couple weeks ago. But she then came down with a cold. A week or so later it cleared on it's own. If it is till happening it may be yeast and your pediatritian may perscripe nystatin ointment to clear it up.
Another possiblilty - have you introducted any new foods or has he had an abundance of something? My daughter loves cherry tomatoes. And would eat the whole container if I let her. She sometimes gets a pretty raw bottom from too much of some foods. Could be a reactation??

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A.N.

answers from Eugene on

CRISCO!! sounds realllly gross but it is the only thing that worked for us after many other tries. My girlfriend also used it for her son!
good luck

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K.B.

answers from Seattle on

I would suggest switching brands. I have found the same problem, but when I switched from one expensive brand to another the problem went away.
Aveeno products are very drying.

Summer is coming, great time for potti-training.

Make sure he is getting lots of water to drink, and an extra splash in the tub wouldn't hurt.

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C.A.

answers from Seattle on

I see you have a LOT of responses! At least you know you are not alone! I don't know if this has been addressed, but I'll add my two cents in ... Allergies. All three of my kids have allergies. As soon as we got rid of the food they were allergic to, the diaper rash cleared up. Also, Desitin worked on two of my three kids and A&D ointment worked on the other one. :) Good luck!

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S.S.

answers from Eugene on

The only diaper remedy that worked for me on my 2 kids was Eucerin Aquaphor ointment. It can work as quickly as the next diaper change or overnight. It's an ointment, so it protects the skin and it doesn't stain anything.

Good Luck!

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S.M.

answers from Seattle on

Maybe something with oatmeal in it? I am the oldest of 6, and my mom had to use cloth with me for the same reason. She tried every diaper out there. And check with your pediatrician, my friends son had a diaper rash that required a medicated ointment as diaper rash is a form of yeast infection. Good Luck!
S.

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T.K.

answers from Seattle on

Try Eucerin Aquaphor ointment. Both of my son's have very sensitive skin and this has worked in one diaper change. Also, I have noticed any diaper that has color where it touches the babies skin has caused problems. I use regular huggies they are white on all the interior places. Good luck!

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D.O.

answers from Seattle on

Rinse your diapers in vinergar, wash them in dreft or ivory snow, then do a vinegar rinse instead of sofener. Try tinactine or some other atheltic foot cream on his bottom. Grandma Dot.

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E.R.

answers from Portland on

Have you taken him to the doctor? My son had a horrible rash like the one you are explaining and it turned out to be a yeast infection. I didn't know little boys could experience a yeast infection, but sure enough the anti-bio cream the doctor perscribed healed it right up. He always had a sensitive bottom, and we had it a couple of more times before potty training. But the cream cleared it right up. Good luck.

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C.P.

answers from Seattle on

I'm assuming you have been to your pediatrician. If not, that should be your next step. I have two boys who both suffered from severe diaper rash - open, bleeding sores on their bottoms. The only thing that finally worked for either of them was "NW Pediatrics Butt Paste" which is a combination of equal parts Desitin, Lotrimin (for yeast), 1% hydrocortisone cream and Bactroban (prescription).

If it is eczema like, hydrocortisone cream should help. But that could also indicate allergy. Your pediatrician should be able to help you solve this.

Good luck! It's horrible having to put your child through diaper changes when his little bottom hurts so bad.

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M.M.

answers from Anchorage on

Hi L.,
It may indeed be time to start potty training.

Have you ever heard of Melaleuca? If you are able to find someone in your area who is a customer, find out if you can purchase the Gold bar Citrus Scent, and the T36-C5® Melaleuca Oil. Gently wash his bum with the soap, and then mix a few drops of the Melaleuca oil with some olive oil and then with your fingers, rub it on his bum. This will provide him with a great moisture barrier and the Melaleuca oil will work to dry him up without it being painful. This is recommended by the company. I have passed that recommendation to my friends and they all say it has worked better than anything else they've tried for eczema.

His poor bottom! I hope he feels better soon. Good luck.

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A.B.

answers from Spokane on

Poor little one. I'll reiterate the lady who recommended Renew for the ecsema, but will add a couple of things.

You can get rid of a diaper rash with powdered goldenseal -- it's slightly pricey, so mix it with cornstarch, and only make a little bit. It'll go away overnight.

For future reference, there's a diaper wipes recipe in The Wellness Guide (www.rmbarry.com) that works wonders for keeping the rash down.

The suggestions on diet are also excellent, and worth looking into. I know when I was little, I was allergic to everything, including my mother, and my own urine. The goldenseal did the trick for me.

Good luck!

Angel :)

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L.B.

answers from Seattle on

try burt's bees diaper creme. it is great and has worked for us when other types failed. their whole baby line is great, and all of the products i have tried are wonderful and made without all the yucky stuff you find in other lotions. all natural! good luck!

also, he may have a dietary allergy which causes problems in the diaper area. just a thought!

L. in Seattle

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L.S.

answers from Seattle on

It's procey - but try Nizoral... it is a medicated shampoo for psoriasis and exczema... it is like $11 for the small bottle. The active ingredient is Ketoconazale... an antifungal.... and as far as diapers go... if cloth is too much for you time wise etc... you might try the chlorine free diapers in the natural food section at Fred Myer. I have also recently seen these G-Diapers at Diapers.com

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D.B.

answers from Seattle on

My fourth son had extremely sensitive skin. And after much trial and error we found that Aveeno products for babies, ie baby bath and diaper ointment, were the cure for his sensitive skin needs. He did not suffer from excema, though, so I could not answer to that.

Aveeno products can be purchased at most retail stores, ie Walmart and local grocery stores.

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L.B.

answers from Portland on

fresh air put some loose underware on him in the day time and it will heal.

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D.H.

answers from Portland on

We have found that when our children get bad diaper rashes, it helps a lot to have a blow dryer near the changing table and COMPLETELY dry the diaper area before putting on cream and diaper. Lots of baths with baking soda also help. At one point, we had to give the baby a bath everytime we changed her diaper but the rash went away much, much more quickly.

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S.W.

answers from Portland on

my daughter has exema which makes her skin very sensitive. we have used arbonne baby care product for all three of my kid and never had a problem. if use a different soap for even one bath she breaks out. arbonne has baby lotion,soap,diaper cream,suntan lotion and baby oil(i have never used the oil). my cousin sells arbonne it is not a product you can get in the store. [email protected]____.com one of my cousins kids was allergic to pampers diapers and switched them to huggies and had no more problems, i have also only used huggies. i found at segals store they have a natural diaper that has a cotton organic lining. good luck

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J.M.

answers from Seattle on

L. - This may be yeast, and won't go away without treatment. You can get a prescription from your doctor, or use an over-the-counter yeast treatment (like you would be for yourself! Micronazole for example). Just apply after baby's nigttime bath, and you'll see a great difference by morning! Good luck!

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A.M.

answers from Portland on

If you haven't switched diapers recently then I wouldn't think that its the diapers. I do know that if your child is used to wearing a certain brand and you switch then they can get diaper rashes. I have found hands down the best home remedy is corn starch! Buy the kind at the store thats just plain corn starch in the baking isle. Take the corn starch and put it in a pan (I know sounds weird but this is how I was taught) heat up the corn starch (stirring)till it browns a little, let it cool and sprinkle some on the baby liberally. Every time you change him put more on. I would change him at least every 3-4 hours if not more. I would stay away from anything that is to acidic like orange juice etc. This really works, I always use it when my daughters gets a real bad one. Last time she bleed, I bought all kinds and very costly ones to, I forgot all about this, once I remembered she was all better in days. I've used this many times! I'm a mom of 5! Hope you try it.

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A.W.

answers from Seattle on

My son recently had a diaper rash as a result of diarrhea. His doctor said that some of the skin irritation was probably a yeast infection and would not be cleared up with the usual diaper ointments. She recommended that I use Lotromin cream which is an over the counter yeast cream usually sold for foot treatment. I had also used it in the past for my daughters when they had the same problem. It's worth a shot before you head into the doctor. BTW...his rash looked like lots of spots all clumped together. They would break open and bleed, the poor thing.

If you think it is eczema then have you tried a steroid? Use hydrocortizone for a few days and see if it helps. Because it is a steroid you can't use it endlessly. Maybe only 5 days at a time max is what I remember.

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T.R.

answers from Spokane on

We had similar problems and had to switch to a different brand of diaper. Also, it could be a yeast infection - my kids had that also. Our doctor prescribed nystatin cream and powder and it cleared right up. The yeast has a specific look to it - maybe if you google diaper yeast rash (or similar) you'll see a picture of it.

Good luck!

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C.K.

answers from Portland on

I had the same problem. I finally switched to plain jojoba oil (from Trader Joes). I also put 7th Generation diapers on the kids.

Good Luck!

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J.H.

answers from Portland on

I just went thru this with my daughter. Several days of diaper rash ointment and letting her run around naked periodically for short amounts of time and it was just getting worse. The DR said it looked "yeasty", gave me a prescription for an anti-fungal cream and 2 days later we are MUCH better....good look!

Also, a second thought, if your son has had any of the flu bugs going around and been on an antibiotic, this can frequently cause rashes in small children that will clear up after you complete the meds...

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D.N.

answers from Spokane on

I have always have had good results with a bath and fresh air for diaper rash. But, of course it is usually with a younger child. Also the possibility of yeast infection is a thought. The idea of your husband's allergy to diapers would be a very good reason for this allergy of your child's. I would try changing that first. Then check with your pediatritian on the yeast infection. Good luck.

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T.W.

answers from Seattle on

L. ~

Yikes ... so sorry you are having so much trouble! My kids had VERY sensitive skin, also and all three had/have ezcema as well. For one, make sure your diapers aren't scented in any way. I know that sounds weird, but I know some are. I remember I used Huggies -- I know there are cheaper ones, but those were the ones that worked "all around" for my kids and they didn't seem to have a scent -- I know when my kids were little, it seemed that Pampers had a scent and other brands. Also, what are you using in his bath and for shampoo? I buy ONLY Dove sensitive skin, unscented soap -- that seems to help. Next, I know (since I have ezcema also, and other food allergies), that cutting peanuts out of my kids diet really cut down on their ezcema. I know that's really hard, because most kids love p&j, but it's worth trying for a bit to see if it makes a difference. The whole peanut oil thing seems to really flare up ezcema. Lastly, and hopefully, helpful -- I know it sounds weird, but have you tried "Bag Balm" on his little bottom? It's in a green metal can, and it says on it " for use on animals" -- don't freak out -- :) -- I know lots of Mom's that use it and I did on my kids and they NEVER had a diaper rash -- as soon as one started, I put the bag balm on it and it went away. It was originally developed for cows teats -- for the chapping, I believe. But, I promise you -- it works miracles on diaper rash. Hope these ideas have been helpful -- blessings to you and your young family. And, good luck with your night classes -- good for you!

T.

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E.B.

answers from Seattle on

Have you talked to your doctor? Sometimes what looks like diaper rash can also be food sensitivities or yeast issues. If its yeast the doctor will probably have you use an OTC yeast cream. Obviously if its food sensitivities you can eliminate the food (my second couldn't handle raisins. He loved them, but they burned his bottom really bad every time he ate them). My oldest just had really sensitive skin (none of the above) and got really bad diaper rash. My doctor gave me a prescription for a diaper rash cream that was three separate creams and had to be emulsified by a pharmacist at certain pharmacies that do that (does that make sense?). I wish I could tell you what was in it, but its been over 5 years, sorry! Maybe that's no help, but maybe you can find a doctor who would know about it or could find out about it. Anyway, good luck and I hope this helps.

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J.S.

answers from Seattle on

Have you tried letting him go naked bum and using the hair dryer on low after a bath (our Drs suggested)? Stop high acid foods and drinks for a few days? If those don't help then find an Aloette consultant and get Visible Aid and Nutri Hydrating Mist, they are high in purified Aloe Vera and help to calm all kinds of skin irritations.

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K.D.

answers from Seattle on

Have you taken the baby to the doc? It could be a yeast infection. My girls had external yeast infections from age 9m-3years. So far my son (14months) has had it...yet. I would suggest that you take him to the doc. It could be as simple as heat rash (use hydrocortizone cream) but it could be a yeast infection (finally the doc gave me foot powder). Best of Luck

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A.E.

answers from Seattle on

There is a cream called calmoseptine that is for adult diaper rash, but is safe for babies. You have to get it at a pharmacy, but you don't need a perscription. (We get ours from Wal-mart) It cleared up the worst diaper rash for my boys quick!
Also a warm bath tub with cornstarch helps ease pain . . .
BUT . . . if it is yeast, a pediatrican recommended to me to use anti-fungal cream that you would use for athlete's foot and that worked great also!
I hope this helps, but if none of these clear up the rash I would consider changing diapers!

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D.C.

answers from Medford on

I had a similar problem with my daughter when she was that age. I also thought it was a diaper rash and kept treating it as such. One day though, after a lengthy battle with this, she broke out in a rash from top to bottom. I took her in to the doctor immediately and it turned out to be a yeast infection. You might consider taking him in just to be safe.

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D.W.

answers from Seattle on

There are a couple of things that come to mind here.

First of all I think you are probably right on target with considering a diaper allergy. I highly recommend Baby Diaper Service. The diapers are far and away much softer and cleaner than anyone can possibly get them by washing their own diapers (much easier than washing them as well).

Second, have you considered the possibily that it could be a yeast infection? You might try lotrimin (over the counter), or nystatin (prescription). It only takes a day or so for you to see a difference if it is a yeast infection.

Third, a trick I learned from working on a medical/surgical unit at Mary Bridge Hospital for so many years is that Crisco works just as well (or maybe better) than a lot of over the counter diaper rash remedies. It's also much less expensive. It's especially good protection if your child has a raw bottom from diarrhea.

Hope one of these helps solve your problem. It may be that you need to consult your pediatrician for a prescription medication.

God Bless,
D.

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B.H.

answers from Seattle on

Hi L.....My grandson had horrible rashes that sound very similar to the kind your son is having. It turns out that its a yeast rash and the Dr. prescribed an ointment specificallly for it and it cleared up in a couple of days. Also, and this sounds funny, but have you heard of the ointment called Corona? We buy it at our local feed store and its commonly used for horses but every ingredient is safe for humans.When used consistently it keeps rashes from ever coming! Expecially those night time diapers when they wake up with a rash!
Hope this helps......
B Harris

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A.K.

answers from Portland on

Not sure if anyone else has mentioned this, but I had a friend who's baby was allergic to certain types of wipes. Good luck!

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C.H.

answers from Seattle on

When my son had a bad diaper rash that wouldn't go away, my pediatrician told me to use those creams that women use for yeast infections. You just use a peasized amount three times a day. Put that cream on first and then put regular diaper rash cream (desitin, etc.) on top of it. In between those 3 times, continue using regular diaper rash cream. It worked for both my kids. You may want to ask your pediatrician first if you are concerned about using medication without a doctor's advice.

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D.W.

answers from Portland on

I have always used cornstarch for my kids and it worked quite well!

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S.L.

answers from Portland on

I'd highly consider looking into your kiddos food intolerances via ELISA blood testing. Any naturopathic doctor can help you assess his personal intolerances....as an ND, I have seen this address root cause and cure the issue long term.
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