My 13 month old daughter developed a sudden diaper rash with two very raw areas that look like popped blisters (approx 2 cm in diameter)right where her bottom cheeks meet. Otherwise the bottom is red rashy looking. She has only had a little rash once before in her life, which healed completely within a few days. This is the fourth day of this and I'm starting to wonder if it is more complicated than just diaper rash. Any thoughts or advise on how to care for this. She doesn't act like it is hurting her much, but it really looks horrible on those areas.
Thank you and God bless each any every one of you who responded to my request. We started on Butt Paste and things started to clear up. On Tuesday, we went to the doctor, who prescribed a topical antibiotic and an oral antibiotic as he said it was a bacterial infection. Okay, so, I work in a hospital and I am very nervous about the overprescription of antibiotics, so I filled the oral meds but did not give them to her. The rash cleared up fine on its own, using the topical antibiotic on the blister-like areas. I also started giving her rice milk to drink. The week this diaper rash came about was her first introduction to whole cow's milk. As a nursing mother, I had to eliminate dairy from my diet, as she had a milk protein allergy for her first year. The doctor thought she had outgrown it. I guess not. Thanks for all your help Ladies.
Have you tried Butt Paste? You can find it in Target and Walmart and it's pretty inexpensive. That seemed to work really quick for my baby. Use a soft cloth (no wipes) with warm water, then pat dry. Use liberally and if possible, let the diaper stay off as much as you can. If that doesn't help in a couple days, I would suggest talking to the pediatrician. Hope this helps.
My son, who is now 2 1/2, once had a really bad diaper rash, kind of like what you describe, when he was about 15 or 16 months old. It is actually the only diaper rash he ever really got. Anyway, ultimately I took him to the dr. and she prescribed a special diaper rash cream. I also remember that she recommended using lotrimin on it because diaper rash is often caused by yeast. My recollection is that it was the lotrimin that actually ended up clearing it up -- just the regular over the counter lotrimin for jock itch or athlete's foot. Good luck!
Rashes can be a sign of allergies. The child could be allergic to something eaten or the diaper or soap you wash her with. A rash can also be caused by bacteria. A knowledgable doctor should be able to diagnose the cause. AF
I have found triple paste to work magic on bad diaper rashes. It was recommended to me by a dermatologist a few years ago when it was only available by order. You can now get it from CVS. It's expensive but well worth it. Try it if you haven't yet. I think it's the best think on the market.
I have 3 kids so I've dealt with rashes! Whenever my kids got a rash, I immediately stopped using wipes which I felt made the problem worse and was what caused the crying and pain. I would use a luke warm wash cloth to wipe/blot. If you can blot, that's always best. Then, I would take a dry wash cloth to pat dry. The key to getting rid of a diaper rash is to keep the area dry and protected. Once the area was thoroughly dry, I would put on a cream - whatever works best. It was strange that some creams worked better on one and not another so I had to switch till I found the right one.
She could potentially have a secondary bacterial infection (likely a primary fungal infection) and would presumably need an antibiotic cream. I'd take her to your pediatrician in the morning.
The best thing to avoid diaper rash......keep her bottom as dry as possible, avoid perfumed diaper wipes, make sure she's wearing large enough diapers where her skin can breath, you can (once her infection is cleared) use things like petroleum jelly to help protect her bottom, preventatively.
It sounds like it might be complicated with a yeast infection. Good news is it is a pretty easy fix. Your doctor came prescribe an anti fungal cream which won't hurt her, and it should clear it up quick. I would definitely get it looked at soon! The only other thing I can think of would be staff, and that should get seen right away as well. Good luck!
When my son was a baby he had a very terrible diaper rash, I called the doctor and they told me to air it out as much as possible, not sure of your location but if you can let her run around outside that is the best thing for it. Also you can put on destin really really thick or you can call your doctor and they will prescribe a cream that will help, but the best thing they will tell you is to let it air dry out before putting on the diaper yes I know its hard but if you can do that eventually it will work, although my sons rash lasted apprx. 4 weeks but it did heal up.
You might want to take her to your pediatrician. In the meantime, try using Triple Paste diaper cream. My friend is a dermatologist and suggested it when my son had a severe bout with diaper rash (from an undiagnosed food allergy). You can buy it at CVS and Target. It's thick like toothpaste, but works miracles. Also, watch what your daughter is eating - she could have a food sensitivity. Good luck!
I always used plain old corn starch from the grocery store. My oldest would break out in a rash that was like the one you described every time she would drink apple juice. We would put corn starch on it and within hours it was clearing up. I have heard that buttpaste works from some of the parents at the day care, but I have never used it myself.
The rash could also be a yeast infection. Whenever my daughter got one I would take her to the doc until one day a nurse told me the best thing to use is lotrimen(sp). It is an antifungal medicine for the feet and will clear it up usually in one day. I hope that this will help.
Your baby may be allergic to the diaper rash ointment you are using. All 3 of my kids were allergic to anything with zinc oxide in it. My kids all used to get the types of diaper rashes you are describing. I had to switch to A&D Ointment for all of them.
Additionally, let her "air out" between all diaper changes. Let her crawl/walk aroung naked for about 5 min between each diaper change and it should heal quickly.
A. Its been a while since diapers have been in my house but let me tell you I swear by corn starch. Clean the area with a warm wash cloth of course no soap, let air dry as long as you can , then the corn starch. I'm sure you know air is the best so if you can let your little one run around w/out a diaper. Good Luck
Couple of suggestions. First, if you treat it and it isn't going away or looks like it's getting infected, red spreading around the outside of the sores, call your doctor. They can get infected, also, it can be a yeast infection (similar to yours but different yeast). Then you need a prescription.
I have two over the counter recommendations if you don't think it's yeast. My son got terrible diaper rash and started to bleed on his bottom with constant treatment with butt cream, etc. My doctor told me to make sure that after we changed his diaper, so dry his bottom off with a soft washcloth, pat don't rub if it's sore. That way you're not locking the wetness in when you apply the cream. I have used Wedela ( you have to get it at a natural store) but it works wonders. Literally in less than 24 hrs he bottom wasn't red anymore. Here is one link to it online, http://www.babysabode.com/ Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=Wdcc though I also just go to Rebecca's the store. The other is calmoseptine, which you can call your local pharmacy to see if they have it in stock. You don't need a prescription, but they keep it behind the counter, so you have to ask. If they don't have it in stock (the Charlottesville CVS's don't) you can order it. When you call the pharmacy, give them this CIN number: ###-###-####, that will help them find it the easiest. It's only like $2.50 a jar, but my dermatologist and pediatrician recommended it and nothing works like it. Hope this helps and sorry about the delayed response, I wanted to get you the CIN number.
Take her to your pediatrian to get some sauve for the yeast overgrowth. I think it is called "Vision." You need to get a prescription for this. It is too overwhelming for over-the-counter stuff. Good luck. D.
My son and daughter both have sensitive skin and I have found Butt Paste to be the best for diaper rash. Although both of my children are far from wearing diapers, I keep it in our first aid drawer as it is a great product for burns. My son, who is autistic and has major sensory issues, burned his arm on the clothes iron. He would not keep a second skin protective bandage on which forced me to look for another alternative from the first aid box. I figured a burn is a burn. I used the butt paste on his arm daily (whenever he would ask for it or at least three times a day ) for about a week. He completely tolerated the butt paste and amazingly enough he healed with absolutely no scarring. Good luck and I hope it works. I buy this product at the drug store.
Well my daughter never had issues like that but when my nephew lived with me he had something similar to your daughter's. His was raw and fleshy. What my sister did was took him to the er and they gave him some type of ointment to dab on it. Unlike your daughter, the diaper rash did hurt my nephew. She had to dab it on him. She also had to leave it open. I don't recall what she did during the day but when he went to bed at night she put some kind of pad underneath him and left his diaper off. The reason for that is so it could heal quicker and wouldn't get moist which in return would make it worse. I hope this helps.
My 5 month old just had the same thing! I called his pediatrician asking if they suggested anything OTC and they said to try cortisone and lotrimin AF b/c it might be a fungal thing. They recommended if it didn't clear up in 2-3 days to bring him in to be seen. I ended up taking him in to be seen after it didn't clear. They prescribed 2 ointments for him b/c she said it was basically like a burn, likely from a really acidic poopy diaper that bothered his sensitive skin. So, one of the prescriptions was a burn ointment and the other was an all over cream for his bum with some kind of antacid quality to it in case he had it again to kind of counteract against the acidy poops. Within a day or two we saw great improvement. If it lasts much longer, you may want to contact your pediatrician b/c I'm afraid it would have never gone away for our little guy with just the OTC diaper rash creams/ointments.
Thank heavens for "GREERs GOO" -- check w/your pediatrician, they should be able to get you a prescription for this easily!
Also another remedy that has helped our children: A&D ointment and creamy desitin mixed together between diaper changes.
Hi - Just wanted to ask if she has any redness anywhere else -
like her cheeks or around her mouth. Have you changed diaper brands recently? Has she been eating new foods at all? Just wondering because my son got what my pediatrician called a bad "diaper rash" that would not go away. He also had redness near his mouth which she said was from spit from the pacifier, drool, etc. It turned out being a severe allergic reaction to protein. Just wondering if you thought it might
be an allergy of some kind. Be blessed . . . I will be praying the source is revealed. I know it can be painful for them.
That diaper rash sounds more like a yeast infection. You probably need greers goo which needs a prescript. It is loosely based on a combination of zinc oxide, monostat, and hydrocordizone. A doctor should probably look at it to determine the cause.
Hi A. L,
Desident baby rash at any drug store it is very thick and helps keep the wetness off the rash keep the baby dry as possible keep rash clean add the desident and also by some Argo Corn Starch in the supermarket sprinkle on the desident like powder it absorbs wetness and I guarantee the rash will disappear in a couple of days you will see a change in just a day.
My seven month old girl just got over a very bad diaper rash that was triggered by a food allergy to peas. We started out by alternating Butt Paste and Nystatin ointment at each diaper change. The rash got slightly better but after a week we took her to the pediatrician for a look. They told us to mix together one tube each of Butt Paste (you can use Desitin if that is what you have), Nystatin ointment (to fend of a yeast infection which often happens in response to a regular diaper rash), and Neosporin. My daughter had two really sore spots as well. They also said to put 1/2% Hydrocortisone ointment on the spots for a day or two.
Also, try to cut out baby wipes as much as possible and clean her bottom with warm water and gentle soap (like Dove) until she clears.
I hope this helps you!! It is so heartwrenching when your little one has a really bad rash :-(
Best let the dr. take a look. I used to use something called caldescene. It was a powder and a cream and was THE most excellent stuff. It has become impossible for me to find(though I have not tried the internet). There is something that the ladies at JH gave to my son. It was even better. Mix together destin, A and D, a little pepto bismal (makes it slightly pink and yes, it has antibacterial components-yes, it is important). These are what I remember it having. There may have been other elements that I have forgotten,though I think these were the most important. They call it Butt Paste. You could try this and use it with every change. Good luck.
Do you think she may be allergic to something of having a food sensitivity? My doc told me citrus foods can cause this, as can fruit juices. My son often has the same problem, and we couldn't pin point the cause, but we use Boudroux's Butt Paste and it works really well, and sensitive baby wipes.
We just finished with a bout of severe diaper rash, with red, raw, "weepy" spots. This is not always a yeast infection! Yeast is most often going to be in the folds and creases, too, and has tiny red dots that spread over the skin. If it is not a yeast infection, the anti-fungals can make the rawness worse. Most diaper rashes will develop an element of yeast after 4-5 days, though.
Like others have said...bare-bottomed as much as you can. Also try stitz baths--shallow, lukewarm bath with baking soda or oatmeal up to 3 times a day. I stopped using any creams during the day, only cornstartch and a combo of Boudreaux's and cornstarch at night. If your little one wakes up during the night when the rash is really bad, change the diaper. It's worth a 10 minute wake-up!
Sounds to me like your little one has a yeast infection. If you use a small amount of tinactin on the rash at each diaper change it will clear up super fast. Tinactin is for athlete's foot and our pedi recommended it. I have five children ranging from 22 years to 13 months, so diaper rash is something I have had a bit of experience with!! Good luck, oh and you don't have to buy name brand either, the generic works just as well.
Give her a cornmeal bath....Just draw up a little bit of warm water in the sink, put some cornmeal in it and let her soak her bottom for a wile. My son had really bad diaper rash a few weeks ago. So a friend suggetsted this and we tried it and sure enough it cleared up rather quick and seemed to take some of the pain away.
Hi. I remember when my daughter got her 1st year molars she had the worst diaper rash you could imagine, blisters & all. It bothered her, and broke my heart to hear her cry in pain, but I soaked her in a warm oatmeal bath a lot which seemed to help. My doctor told me that baby wipes can make it worse, so I just used warm water and a washcloth to clean her. After the bath, I kept her naked & tried to confine her to the kitchen, or on blankets in case of accidents. Cleansing it & allowing the rash some "air" to breath seemed to work best & she was happy again! The best cream I found is a very thick, called triple paste, sold behind the pharmacy, but you don't need a Rx. It's expensive, but is soooo good! Good luck ~ K.
Usually a really bad diaper rash means the child is teething. that happens to my 13 month old as well and there is usually a tooth or two popping through her gums by the time the rash is gone. For my daughter I found a rotation of butt paste and then at the next diaper change either balmex or destin then the next diapy change the butt paste. Thats what works for her to get it to go away.
Hi A....my daughter has had similar issues. Call your Dr. for treatment, it most likely is an infection. We have however been able to associate our issue with certain foods. If my daughter eats grapes, tomatoes or especially raisins she will develop the rash. The more acid the food contains, the worse the rash. We've cut all of these out until she is completely potty trained. Hope this helps! Good Luck!
Hi A.. What my daughter's doctor recommends is making a paste of corn starch, desitin and the hydrocortisone cream you can get over the counter. Mix it all together in a small rubbermaid container and put in on her after you change her. Also, try to let her bottom "air out" for a bit after each diaper change. If you don't see any improvement in a couple of days, take her to the doctor. It might be bacterial.
I just got done dealing with this with my 17 month old son. and when I say "just" I mean this week. His came from a lot of diarrhea from a prescription he was on... The doctor told me to use "Lotrimin AF" 3 times a day and in between, to load up on Desitin. Funny enough, the doctor warned me, when you buy it, it's going to look like your buying something for Athlete's foot, but that's what you want. :-)
My youngest gets this all the time and it's so sad. His doctor told me it's a yeast infection and to use Lotrimin which is actually a foot fungus cream. Sounds weird but it works like magic. It takes a couple days for it to heal completely but after it does I use Neosporin for a few days until his tush is all back to normal.
Be careful of the types of soaps, lotions, shampoos, detergents you're using on her. Those can really irritate skin.
We're preferred customers of Melaleuca and they make wonderful healthier, safer products that don't have chemicals in them. so really great for the whole family...esp babies. I use the Renew lotion on my son when he gets a little bit of a red butt. It clears it up within hours. I never buy things like desitin, or any johnson and johnson products b/c many contain harmful chemicals and formaldehyde releasers. There is also a recipe for safer wipes, b/c some wipes contain ingredients that irritate skin.
so my advice is really be careful of the products you use with your baby (and really your whole family) and just know that there is/are a safer alternative(s) out there. the scary thing i just learned recently is that companies don't even list all their ingredients on the label, which means that it doesn't even pay to label read. i just chose to switch to a brand and company that i can trust and i've been very happy with them.
i can get you more info about them if you're interested, if not, i'm sure you can get healthier products at a wholefoods store or organic store or something. the only thing is, they're likely to be more expensive.
I know that this is a bit bizarre, but try some over the counter Lotrimin/antifungal. Yeast infections are pretty common with babies, especially if an antibiotic has been taken recently. They can also occur with new introductions of food are done. Or just b/c he is a baby and gets random rashes. My 17 month old boy just got rid of one. It can happen at any time and not a big deal at all. I would suggest Lotrimin if regular diaper rash ointment is not working.
My son had several bad diaper rashes, and never responded to normal ointments. I resorted to either Bag Balm (green can in pet department, sort of like vaseline) and Boudreaux Butt Paste. Both worked much better than Desitin, etc. but you must slather them on dry skin religiously. I also began using them as a preventative measure...very helpful! If your instincts tell you it is more, a trip to the doctor wouldn't hurt...it may be yeast infection on top of a regular diaper rash. Also your daughter may be producing super acidic stools like my son did for a while when he was older. Good luck!
Sounds so familiar! I am the mother of 4 daughters (age 2 through 9) and have seen many a diaper rash sounding like this: my doctor diagnosed it as a yeast infection diaper rash. If you purchase over the counter yeast infection cream (ask the pharmacist) it will do the trick! However, I also go by the motto, when in doubt, contact the doctor. While the cream would do no harm, it's always good to make sure you are on the right track. Good luck!
p.s. My mom always cured our rashes by laying us on our tummies and holding a lamp with a bare bulb near the skin - to dry the rash by heat.... I was always a little too fearful of this remedy, but she swore by it!
It could be a yeast infection. You should see your pediatrician, but in the meantime I would try an over-the-counter anti-fungal medication like lotrimin AF or clotrimazole. If it clears up it is probably caused by yeast.
It sounds like a yeast or fungal infection. After cleansing and rinsing well(like after a bath), pat the area dry, then apply Lotrimin cream-yes, the one for athlete's foot-then apply a layer of Desitin or Balmex over that. That will take care of most yucky rashes. Alternatively, try Nystatin instead of the Lotrimin, that will take care of it if it's yeast, which baby girls get more frequently than you'd think. Look in the feminine hygiene aisle for the Nystatin creams (like Monostat).
If neither of those work, then you may need something prescription. The Desitin layer protects the other creams from being absorbed by the diaper or peed or pooped off so they have a chance to work.
Use banana peel. I know it sounds weird, but it worked on my sister's baby and mine. Put the fleshy part of the peel on the affected area, diaper her as usual. Keep everything around the sores spots as dry as possible. But change "peels" when you change the diaper. ABsolutely do NOT use wipes, not even unscented ones. They burn like crazy. Use the softest cotton cloths in warm water to "pat" her clean (not wipe). Of course much of this care is instinctual, but unless you're a monkey, you too will think the banana peel therapy is wacko! But give it a try; what can it hurt? Babies don't usually even mind the feel of the peel.
The best thing for diaper rash is time without a diaper on. Try taking her diaper off for 30minutes at a time. If naked time doesn't show improvement within a day and it looks very raw I would have the dr. look at it to make sure that you don't have an infection developing. it is amazing what a little air will do. It can make a night and day difference.
Call your pediatrician, it could be a yeast infection. Both of my kids (3 yrs. and 13 mos.) get this occassionally. Your pediatrician could prescribe something for you to use. In the meantime, I would suggest using just powder or cornstarch, not diaper rash cream - that seems to exacerbate the problem. W
You should try a product called Triple Paste. It's rather expensive ($9 for a small tube), but it works on the worst diaper rash after a few uses. I might even take her to the doctor because it may even be a yeast/bacterial infection. Good luck!
Take her into her dr ASAP! Think of how painful it must be for her everytime she wets that diaper. If she's had it 4 days already she needs a fast response. Imagine how we feel when we get a yeast infection--4 days is an eternity. She may need antiabiotics and you shouldn't waste any time on home remedies at this point. Abuela
No question about it, its a food allergy!! I am a professional Nanny and I've seen it before. I would call your pediatrition and let them know your child has the nasty rash and ask for a diaper rash prescription as those creams always work best!!
It sounds to me like it might be a yeast infection. I would take her to her doctor and let him look at it. He may want to percribe an antifungal medicine. Good luck, poor thing I can imagine that she is miserable.
A few things to think about - My oldest would get diaper rashes pretty bad - we used Lotrimen AF and Balmex cream. Also my girls have many allergies - has your daughter tried any new foods or juices lately - do you water down her juice? Have you changed diaper brands or wipe brands? My oldest could only wear Huggies or Luvs and my youngest could only wear Pampers. THey both had to use the non-allergenic baby wipe. When using your wipes rinse them out under warm water until her rash is gone. They will be soft but have no fragrance in them. Oh when looking at foods - look back to what she ate the day the rash started - hope this helps!
I am a 34 year old mother of 2 beautiful boys, 4 and 7. My first child never got diaper rashes, but BOY did my youngest. Our pediatician at the time recommended TRIPLE PASTE. It is an ointment similar to Desitin but thicker and a little more expensive (~$10 if I remember correctly, but it is well worth the cost. You do have to ask for it at the counter of your pharmacy, but it does not require a prescription. Good luck!
Did she recently start new foods? Reactions can take a few days to show up if you're trying something new. Also, if you recently weaned from formula or breastmilk to cow's milk that could be causing it too. If so, it might be an allergic reaction. Also, did you leave her diaper on too long? My two year old will not tell me that she has a wet diaper or that she has to go potty when we're out and sometimes if we're out longer than I expected she will get a rash because I didn't think to change her because she didn't say anything or act like she was wet. I would avoid using cornstarch because the potential for adding a yeast infection on top of what may just be an allergic reaction. A little naked baby time to let air get to the skin is a good thing as are frequent diaper changes. A little neosporin on the blister sites will help too. If it doesn't clear up with eliminating any new foods, keeping the area dry and applying a barrier cream like Boudreaux's, triple paste, desitin, etc, you might need to go see your doctor.
Have you tried A&D ointment or butt paste??? My son broke out with diaper rash once really bad as a result of orange juice. He seems to have a hard time with too much acid. The A&D actually cleared it up in only a few days.
Make sure you keep the area very clean and pat it dry with a tissue every time you change her. Then, slather Aquaphor or Vaseline on it. Balmex is good for preventing a diaper rash but once the baby has one, don't use any product with Zinc because it will stick to the rash. If the rash doesn't get better within a day or 2, you need to take your baby to the doctor.
Honestly baby's get diaper rashes because of bacteria in their poo. I started giving my babies acidophilus in their milk. Acidophilus is the good bacteria in the stomach that helps with digestion. The suggestions that I have gotten from doctors in the past was to change the diaper frequently no matter how little they are wet. Dr. Smith's Diaper rash cream is wonderful so is triple paste. My sister's advice to me was to frost her butt like a cake with thick layers of cream every diaper change. It may seem like you're wasting a lot of cream but it will provide a good barrier between the skin and moisture. If you have the patience, you can wash her bottom with mild soap and water every diaper change, but honestly for my bad rashes I use the frost them like a cake method.
They can get a yeast infection diaper rash that is more serious. When my daughter Kaitlyn had it really bad, I took her to the dr but it wasn't that...so I went and bought Balmex and it cleared up by the next day! I actually noticed a difference after the first diaper change!!
Also, while you are waiting for it to clear, warm baths help! It was the only way to sooth Kaitlyn before the Balmex.
Whenever my daughters had a bad diaper rash, I would give them an oatmeal bath (you can buy it premade or make your own). Immediately they had relief and when the bath was done, I would put on Balmex ointment and they didn't fuss when I put on the ointment.
I'm not sure about the severity, if they are open wounds you may definitely want to take her to a Dr to have it looked at and treated. Sometimes using no products, even wipes, is better then using something on her skin with wet diapers. Urine is sanitary because of the high temp. I'm guessing something you are using is showing up with some type of sensitivity. Are you familiar with Arbonne products? They have a really great, pure, safe, beneficial diaper cream. It is ideal for little ones with sensitive skin. It is only available through an independent consultant. If you do not already have a contact, let me know and I would be happy to get you a sample.
Have you checked with your dr to see if it is a yeast infection? both of my boys have very sensitive skin and get yeast infections and diaper rash very badly and easily. If it is, the dr will give you a simple prescription and it will clear it up very quickly (normally). If not, just use some aquaphor (found with the lotions and potions in the drug store) every time you change her diaper. It will help shield it from the acids and moisturize it at the same time to help heal the abrasions. Good Luck!
My doctor told us to mix together the following:
Equal parts of:
Creamy Desatin, Aquafor and liquid Malox. Mix the Desatin and aquafor first and slowly add the malox. Works like a charm. The diaper rash is usually gone in less than 24 hours.
We always had the best luck in getting rid of diaper rash with diaper creams like balmex - but when you buy one get whatever has the highest % of zinc oxide usually does the trick quite quickly. The other thing to watch is whether your child has developed a intolerance to something that is causing runny stools that will worsen the diaper rash. Our son was fine with normal milk until about 2 months before his 2nd birthday and then he started having runny stools that would subside a bit than start up again - our doc quickly mentioned changing his milk to a lactose free type and that made a world of difference.
M. mom of twins Audrey and Spencer (nearly 4yrs)
Usually diaper rashes that last more than 3 days and look how you have described are colonized with yeast. best to get some over the counter clotrimizole ointment/lotion and mix it with A&D. Smear it on aftr every diaper change. be sure to change the diaper often.
My son had a bad rash when he very little. That turned out to be a staff infection over a yeast infection or the other way around. My son is now 27. If a rash doesn't clear up in a few days after using the stander A&D ointment I would call the nurse to and explain it over the phone. This doesn't sound like an normal rash.
a couple thoughts - our younger daughter has been through this twice- acocmpanied by severe diarrhea - after courses of antibiotics (once 3 weeks after completing the course). If it's possibly antibiotic related: Get her acidophilus supplements (Whole Foods or a natural food/health food store will have it) to replace the good stuff in her intestinal tract that antibiotics destroy. You can sprinkle a powder in applesuace, baby cereal or juice. In the future, use this during the medicine and 2 weeks after. We've found this makes a huge difference. Also: 1) Tepid baths with very mild baby soap and lots of drying time. 2) Use clean warm (not too hot!) washcloths instead of wipes to change her diaper 3) try Aquaphor under your diaper cream for an extra layer of protection and to help heal the skin and 4) if it's not better after a couple days - or of course if it gets worse - go to the dr. Some diaper rashes can be allergy-related and/or yeast infections. Your baby is at the age when lots of new foods are introduced, so consider that possibility if nothing else has changed (i.e., no meds, no different brand of diaper/wipe, formula, etc.) Our daughter's wasn't caused by either, for the record, but the dr. said hers was bad enought that we should use the this rx cream they give burn patients if it didn't get better in a couple days using these other measures.
The daiper rash might be yeast or fungal in source. If so, the regular rash ointments will not help it at all and it will look worse. Both require a prescription ointment made for the particular source. One of my little guys is prone to yeast diaper rash, especially if he has been on antibiotics.It is VERY red..an angry red...but the ointment for yeast prescribed by his ped, clears it up in a hurry. Also, if possible, let air get to your baby's bottom....take the diaper off for a bit. Make sure the area is kept very dry, requiring VERY freguent diaper changes more than usual.
I hope that precious little bottom clears up quickly! K.
If it looks like a very red raw rash, it may be a yeast rash. The regular old remedies just don't work on yeast. My doctor recommended using plain old Lotrimin (like you would use for athlete's foot) then a coating of Triple Paste ointment on top to create a barrier. It works so great!!!! In fact I'm using it on my son now! He occasionally gets this when he poops really frequently, especially when it's a bit on the mushy/acidic side. I do this w/every diaper change until it's cleared up. Just keep the ointment external of course and it should clear up in a few days.
Another tip (if you dare) let her run around naked between changings. That area needs to dry out.
I also give my son an Aveeno Oatmeal bath, and that soothes the rash. Don't overbathe her though, because again that area need to dry up.
My name is B. I have 5 kids ranging from 17 years to 32 years. Now I have a 5 month old granddaughter. This is what I have my daughter do for her. First now that she has a rash, we must work on clearing that up with frguent washes.Even if you are not giving a complete bath, hold the baby in your arms with her bottoms off over the basin, lather her good with White Dove Soap, rinse well but don't scrub,repeat several times with each washing, then towel pat dry, dont't wipe, pat. Do this 4 to 6 times a day while trying to cure the diaper rash. Apply A and D ointment liberally after every diaper change, continue using ointment this way even after rash clears. Her behind will be like a newborns. My dermatologist gave me these two steps 26 years ago and I'm still using it and passing it own. If you're using baby wipes, at least once a day you should use soap and water. The ingredients in the wipes are sometimes counter productive. My granddaughters behind doesn't have a spot or blemish
To be honest, I would let the little one air out. Make sure she gets LOTS of time without the diaper even if you have to quarantine her with some toys in the kitchen. When she poops, DO NOT WIPE it burns and irritates it badly. (Use one of those wipes the next time you get a bad cold and your nose is chapped, you will understand. ) Instead, just put her in the sink or quick bath and rinse her off with a little warmer than tepid water. I have used buttpaste before which works great, but I have tried that on myself, and if the rash is already bad it is VERY uncomfortable. It will set you on fire. At this point I would avoid that. Also any other diaper creams are going to keep her from drying out. Basically they work great for prevention, but once you have an issue it counteracts. I know at the hospital they told you not to use baby powder, but your child's lungs are well developed now. Just don't put it anywhere near her face or use good ol cornstarch.
Basically, be careful about using wipes, diaper creams, and diapers at this point. It is the weekend. Turn up the heat and let her go nude at least for today while you are home with her.
It could be yeast related, but try this first to see if there is any improvement. Yeast has a hard time flourishing without moisture. So, keep the diapers off. Not to mention, it probably hurts her anyway when she pees.
Hi A., Arbonne International is a 27 year old company that has a line of products for babies and children. The products are botanically based and certified vegan and are awesome. One of the products is a diaper rash cream which recieved awards from Pregnancy magazine last year. I would be happy to help you if you are interested.
My son has had this twice. It was painful for him, he wouldn't sit and forget about having him sit in the bathtub! The first time we took him to his Ped and were prescribed Greer's Goo. This may be the same as the triple paste that was mentioned earlier, the pharmastist has to mix it up for us.
The second time, his dr took us at our word and called in the order for us. With refills this time. :)
We also let him run around without his diaper to let the area dry up a bit. In one of my many baby books, I know one of them said that sunlight couold help. He's never had really bad rash during warm weather so I can't say, but 10 minutes without a diaper does dry up the area enough so he's not in a lot of pain anymore.
My son had a similar rash that was being treated by the doctor because it wouldn't go away. It took a month before it cleared up. It ended up being a yeast infection that they treated with vagisil cream and zinc oxide on top of that to prevent wetness from getting back on top of it! Maybe your daughter won't have to suffer as long as my son did before they realize what it is! I have seen a commercial lately for this specific thing, actually. I don't recall the name of the product, but it is a cream for infants with yeast/diaper rashes. Good Luck!!
Looks like you've gotten many ideas, but you may need to identify the source of the irritation. You need to stop feeding her the food that's causing the problem. My 16 month old just had a bad rash and once we stopped giving her oranges, it cleared up. My neighbor, who's a nurse, said to cover the open wounds with Neosporin and then coat the entire diaper area with Desitin. I have also found that Desitin works MUCH better than Balmex!! Also, change her diapers more frequently so she's never sitting in wet pants.
I am a 37 yr old mom of four boys 6,4,2 and 7 months. My first child rarely had a rash but I used balmax. My second child's rash would not clear up with that so I tried many different brands. He only had a bad rash for a week. I think the key was to try to coat the ointment thick. My third and fourth boys got and still get rashes when they have been on antibiotics. Very bad very raw areas. We started using Calmoseptine ointment. It is good for a mild rash. The Desitin Original Overnight Relief is great it has 40% Zinc Oxide. I use it for a more serious rashes. I have also had to have the doctor give Oxistat Cream. Remember that some rashes are caused by yeast infections and powder can irritate a yeast infection. Try to keep area very dry and apply a lot of ointment with over the counter products.
Sorry about the baby's rash. Have you changed diapers lately? My son had a terrible reaction every time I put Huggies diapers on him. Didn't realize at first what the problem was, but narrowed it down to something that easy. Meanwhile if you can stand it, keep the diaper off a little here & there. Blobs of Desitin really helps (when the diaper is on), because it doesn't melt off the warm bottom like A&D ointment.
I would recommend taking her to the pediatrician to rule out an infection. Also, possibly cut strong sources of citric acid from her diet (citrus fruits and juices, fresh tomatoes and pineapple) - that may be irritating the rash.
My DD had varying degrees of diaper rash from birth until she was potty trained.
Here are some of the things the doctor had us use:
-Warm Water and a little washcloth, instead of diaper wipes.
-Letting her bum 'breathe' uncovered when you can.
-Mylanta (for acid/diarrhea stool) - applied to clean bum with cotton balls.
-Lotrimin (for fungal/yeast infection) - applied thinly to affected area. OTC
-Triple Paste (diaper cream) - applied *thickly* to whole red area. We used this even over blisters and it worked wonders! OTC, we get ours in Safeway. Usually behind the pharm desk.
My favorite "hinny" salve is Melagel. It is a tea tree oil salve. Quality tea tree has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, drying properties. I try to use a fresh bottle because a 6 month old bottle won't work as well (fresh salve on a mosquito bite[or a bee sting in my mouth]-for instance-will make it disappear really fast, old salve will just make me more comfortable.) You can get this salve from melaleuca.com . It is my favorite all-purpose stuff. This is a member buying club, so you can contact the company for a near member to help you or I can help at ____@____.com is no commercial for me. It is very easy and there are natural inexpensive home and body soaps there, too.
if the rash is that bad, maybe you should take her to her pediatrician. It could possibly be a yeast infection (yes, babies do get them too!), or it could just be a really bad rash. I am a 36yr old mom of three (19,18 & 14yrs old)and a grandma of a 5 mos old baby boy. All of my kids including my grandson, has had a yeast infection before. It will be ok, but for her sake maybe she should see her Doctor. you have my prayers and congratulations! Good luck!! ;-)
Have you change laundry detergent,soap or dryer sheets? The skin get very irritated from phosphate. This could also, be a fungus or yeast, which will need to be treated by a physician. You may try Aveeno for diaper rash.
My daughter also had a very bad rash that looked raw and blistery. My pediatrician told us it was a yeast infection; that they prescribed nystatin for. My advice would be to take her to the doctor so that give you the right meds to use. Also I would recommend not using the wipes but a wet wash cloth and to let her air dry completly before you put the diaper back on.
My oldest son would get a horrible diaper rash and the lady at the local health dept. gave me something to try...not telling me what it was at first..(after the dr. had prescribed this expensive diaper rash cream that didn't do anything to help)...
Anyhow...tried the stuff the nurse gave me....within hours, the rash was GONE! No lie!
What was this amazing stuff????
Prescription Vaginal Cream! (dang if I can remember the name...that was 20 + years ago....lol...but it worked like a charm! I think you can buy it over the counter now...but it's worth a try!
Have you tried corn starch powder? That will take the redness out and soak up any moisture from diapers. You can use it till it heals up, which well take a week or so. Thats what helps me when my stomach breaks out with blisters. I'm diabetic. Hope this helps. Let me know how this works.
My 15 month old recently has this exact rash. It was awful. Anyway I did some online research and found this cream called TriDerma it is a medical strength diaper rash cream. It worked well. I had already made a doctors appointment for her and he gave her a cream called Nystatin. It is a compound cream and you have to have a prescription for it. If you haven't already seen the doctor ask him about it when you do. It has to be applied with every diaper change. she looked better almost immediately. Even I was surprised. Good Luck.
The best advice a Doctor ever gave me was to let that butt air dry. She told me what creams were good and then said, "but the best thing is air". Leave her diaper-less for as long as you dare. Maybe put her in a pack-n-play diaperless with towels on the floor for 1/2 an hour. My nearly-2-year-old has always had a mega-sensative toosh and air is the only thing that will get him really all the way over it.
If that doesn't work - it must a yeast infection.
I had the same thing happen to my 11 month old son at 1 month and my mother in law who is an RN told me to use vaseline after every change and that was even after using prescpitions to get rid of it. He has not had anothe rash since that time Vaseline is a great product and very affective. Good luck!!! K.
Hi A., I know I am terribly late on this response, but i wanted to share with you THE BEST DIAPER CREAM EVER!!!! It's called "Dr. Smiths"- its better than all of the creams put together. I have seen it at BabyrUs- put it's a bit pricey, yet worth it. My youngets daughter had a terrible diaper rash recovering from a stomach bug, and her bottom was so raw and blistering, i applied that ointment and by the next diaper change the swelling was down and that redness was begining to fade. By the next morning it was COMPLETELY healed. So check it out, I promise you will have no regrets!
A n D ointment is my favorite diaper cream. it contains no zinc which causes alot of discomfort on the babies bottoms. Also using home-made wipes are a great thing. Cut a paper towel roll in half use a container that the roll fits in, the ones that the lid is removable you can find them at Bed Bath n Beyond, then mix 1 1/2 cups of water and 1 TBS of the soap you use for her in the bath, pour over, cover about 20 min then they should be ready.(pull from middle to start) Their alot better for sensitive bottoms.. Also if you have changed or started a new juice that may cause her urine to be stronger, water it down a bit.. Good luck!!! A.
Not sure if anyone has suggested this yet, but have try Bordeoux Butt Paste. You can get it at most grocery stores or Target or Walmart. I truly does take diaper rash away immediatley. If that doesn't work, I would call your pediatrician. Also, make sure the wipes you use don't have alcohol. I found Huggies Natural Care work best for sensitive skin.
looks like you have lots of advice, i'd call the nurse at your dr. office and see if they recommend bringing her in and if not then try some of these things...another alternative to the washcloths is to rinse out wipes (VERY WELL) or look up homemade wipes online (viva paper towels work best) my son is VERY allergic to reg. wipes, so we make all our wipes, but it could at least get you through the rash if you don't want to do it all the time! If you DO make wipes, make sure you boil the water for 5 min before mixing, otherwise, they will develop mold and smell NASTY!
I'm sure that this is taken care of by now, but my daughter just went through this a couple months ago. She was bleeding & very raw. I had thought that it was a yeast infection due to the look of it & the commercials I see on TV. I didn't want to take her to the doctor if I didn't have to, so I switched to Sensitive wipes & Boudreaux's Butt Paste (since I had heard that it was the BEST diaper cream.) It took a couple days of this & she was almost 100% better. Boudreaux's is the best cream! It's a little more expensive, but I have tried all of the creams, and nothing topped this.
Hi - I have 4 kids and never encounter such a nasty diaper rash as my 4th child had. When he was a couple of weeks old I switched diaper brands and it was horrible! He developed a nasty diaper rash that was so raw you can see little bits of blood all over the place. I took him to the Army clinic here and his PC gave me a flyer for a diaper rash cream called "Triple Paste". Here's the website: http://www.triplepaste.com/. It's actually made to handle the "raw/bloody" or even just mild rashes.
I've had prescription's for severe diaper rash's but never has any of them worked wonders like the Triple Paste. After the 1st day I noticed a big difference and after a few days it was almost gone. I did switch diapers again when he was about 7 months just to see if it happened again and it sure did. I used the Triple Paste again and it worked.
The thing is pretty thick stuff so just glob it where it's needed and let it work it's wonders. This stuff is NOT a prescription either. It's a bit pricer than the other diaper rash medicines but well worth it. I always have an extra tube on hand. I don't know how much the tubs of Triple Paste costs but I know tube that's in a box is about $7.99 or somewhere around that range which is more than enough to clear more than a few cases severe diaper rashes. I know for a fact they sell it at Target, WalMart, and Babies-R-Us. Walmart is almost always out of stock with it here so I usually go to Target for it.
You might want to have it checked by your pediatrician. it could be an infection.
As for diaper rash creams the best is Penaten, a German cream that is very thick and my kids have never had bad cases of diaper rash. You can buy it at the Swiss-German Gourmet Store 7185 Lee Hwy
Falls Church, VA 22046
When my baby was 3 weeks old he had to go back into the hospital in intensive care and was given powerful antibiotics wich resulted in him getting a horrible rash. the nurses on duty at the hospital gave me the best and simplest advice to get rid of it.Liquid antacid,like mylanta. when you go to change your baby rinse the area with water dry completly and then apply the liquid atacid with cotton balls,let that dry completly and then add your regular diaper rash ointment to keep further moisture at bay. the antacid nutralizes the acids in her urine or stool that are causeing the rash. it worked like a charm and now i always keep a bottle near.if this doesnt work your babmight have a kind of yeast infectin. good luck.
You could try Triple paste, which is a crema that you will have to ask your pharmacist to order. It is not a perscription but they don't sell it over the counter normally. Or you could try bag balm, which is sold at wal MArt in a green container. It is usually sold in the pet section becasue they use it on horses. Triple paste was the best thing for my oldest daughter though. HAs your daughter eaten anything new or unusual lately/ Maybe she is allergic. Does she have a new type of diaper on or new wipes? HAve you used anything new on her such as baby wash, cream,etc? Is she teething?It could be irritation form something or an allergic reaction to something. Just some thigns to think aboout, hope everythign works out!
I use Calmastine cream which can be found at a pharmacy like CVS. You have to ask the pharmacy section for this. I know Walmart does not carry. My son also had the same problem. You can also just let you little one be without a diaper. I also use the old fashion method of corn starch. All this hleps and clears it up with in hours.
My newborn had a BAD rash not too long after we brought her home from the hospital and put desitin on the rash and it made it worst. The one thing that has been passed down on my family for generations is taking white flour, browning it in a pan and then once it cools apply it to the areas where the rash is. I did that for a few times when I changed her diaper and it healed the area after a few days. I did not put it on her everytime. I only used it in the morning, once in the afternoon and once in the evening.
hi - i am a mother of 5 children -my youngest is 9yrs old - i been thru diaper rashes- i would hold my child s bottom under slow warm running water with EVERY diaper chnge and and used a bit of soap on my hand ever so gently wash the area clean- dried the area gentle w/papertowl. then i aplied zinc oxide cream again and a bit of baby powder not to o much thou. and i would not put a diaper on just a clthdiaper so air can get to the area. yes its a long process and a lot of caring and cleaning but it will get better sooner. i sure hope the little one will feel better real soon.
My daughter had the exact same thing at 7 months. It is actually a yeast infection. I would call your pediatrician and get a precriptioin. Nystatin works best. I still use it when there is a hint of a rash.
Maybe food allergies, yeast, or she could be allergic to the diapers. If you can try to remember what she ate that day. The cure for me was keeping him as naked as possible as long as possible. Creams tended to keep it wet and the rash needs to dry out.
Diaperene is the best! But if Diaperene doesn't clear it up, it's NOT diaper rash. It's a yeast infection. Yes, babies can get it, too. You MUST get her to the doctor immediately for the right medication. It will NOT go away on it's own and it is very painful. Let her air dry, too, as much as possible. Please let us know how she is.
My son who is almost 3 had these exact diaper rashes until he stopped pooping in his diaper! His would actually bleed a little. His daycare teachers actually claimed they'd never seen any as bad as his. I tried so many things, some helped, some didn't, but I'll list as many as I can remember so you can trial & error.
-Don't use "baby wipes"...use a wet rag instead or just run her bottom under the faucet.
-Don't rub or wipe...blot instead.
-Let her "air out" as much as possible. Even though it can get messy if she pees/poops, it helps. I would let him sleep over night without a diaper. This is what helped the most out of anything else.
-Desitin Creamy has the most Zinc Oxide in it...even more % than a tube of Zinc Oxide by itself. Dr. said to use Zinc Oxide.
-Aquaphor feels like vaseline but is medicated. I actually used this all the time as a preventative (more costly than Desitin though). Another mom friend recommended it as what cleared up her kids' rashes. I actually used it when my son's mouth "broke out" once from a shrimp dip and use it still when his lips get chapped (he has allergies so when he's congested he's a "mouth breather").
-Let her play in the tub with 1/4 cup pure baking soda added to the water. And avoid any bubble baths or play soaps while she's broken out.
-Try Dial Antibacterial soap (or any other antibacterial soap) on the area when bathing. Now, a pharmacist told me about this & said it cleared up her daughter's bottom every time. However, it didn't help with my son. I actually think that it burned him, but can't remember for sure. It's worth a shot though.
Hope this helps.
It sounds like a infection which needs to be seen by the doctor. My grandson had the same thing. A good thing is to let the baby air out if you are not going out. Don't put a diaper on her while you are in the house. It's good for them to get some air in their private area because those diapers be on a skin alot.
Warm plain yogurt in your hand then apply. Also make sure if you are nursing or breast feeding to take or put probotics!!
It's real good you for and baby! Soak babies buttom in water 2 or 3 times a day, use no oily lotions or cream...this is in case it's yeast. Prayer works best too!!
when our adopted daughter came to us for Foster care, she had a diaper rash quite similar to the one you describe on your daughter. Do not put off getting medical attention. Especially since these areas are exposed to fecal matter and urine. We took our daughter...who was also 13 months old at the time, to our family physician. She prescribed 'Greer's Goo'. It is a salve/paste that will be mixed by your pharmicist. You apply it to the affected areas with each changing, making sure to gently cleanse the area prior to application. It was awesome at healing these areas. With all the MRSA these days, you can never be to cautious at having any open sore checked. Good luck!!
I have 2 phrases for you...corn starch and air dry....make sure you rinse those wipes. The alcohol in those wipes just irritate the bum so if you rinse it and wipe, then blow on it to dry it, it can heal a lot faster....also if you use corn starch...for some reason it helps it..it dries it out immensely. I always caked that cream on too. The babies tend to get really irritated so be careful..
Also, you may want to see if the milk she is drinking might be tearing up her stomach. I know that was happening with my daughter and it just came out of the blue. You have to switch the milk if so...I hope this helps your poor baby out.
I haven't read all the other responses (too many and not enough time) so I don't know what they suggested. However, I can tell you my experience with my 2 year old son and what looked like a diaper rash with raw spots. He had two similar spots on his bottom cheeks and creamy Desitin wasn't clearing it up whereas in the past it had always worked overnight. I was able to narrow it down to a food sensitivity (rice and corn). In sitting on stool with those foods in it even for a short period of time (long enough to make sure he was done pooping), it left his bottom raw. After cleaning the area (in the bath or with wipes), I used vaseline to coat the area at each diaper change, and within a few days it was almost gone. If the vaseline works, then try to think of any new foods you introduced that could be the culprit (cow's milk maybe?). I'm hoping that once my son is potty-trained, he can eat rice and corn again (which he loves).
If after a couple of days the vaseline doesn't work, I would definitely contact your pediatrician to make sure it's not something more serious.
Hi, I know I am about 5 days beyond when you posted, but thought I'd reply anyway. My daughter had no real problems with diaper rash until she was about 1 yr. old, she'll be 4 next month. I tried all kinds of diaper rash creams but the one that I found worked best was Burt's Bees diaper rash paste. My pediatrician also suggested that we use Lotrimin(sp?) on the really bad areas, it's the anti-fungal cream for feet. These two things really worked well. The pediatrician said the anti-fungal cream was safe to use on the outside areas, but not to put it between her little crack. Hope this helps!