SEVERE Diaper Rash!

Updated on January 15, 2009
G.L. asks from Oakland, CA
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My 17 month old daughter never really had diaper rash until about month ago when she developed one. It has gotten worse and then better and then worse again and the past 2 nights when she I wiped her she was in agony and I saw blood on the wipe! It was very disconcerting to say the least.
I use cloth diapers except at night and change her immediately when she is wet. I have been trying to let her spend some time naked each day but admittedly I get tired of cleaning pee off of everything. At home I use wet cloths instead of wipes but when we're out and about I use seventh generation wipes. I have tried soothing the rash with calendula cream, Mustela brand cream and Desitin. Should I switch from creams to powder? Any other suggestions to help my poor sweetie? Thanks!

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After 2 or 3 applications of the over the counter yeast infection medication (we don't have insurance) it has cleared up beautifully. Thanks for all the responses.

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L.G.

answers from San Francisco on

sitz bath, warm water with baking soda
and Lotrimin (it's the anti-fungal foot stuff), but that's what my pediatrician recommended to help with yeast infections.
Then use tons of butt cream (I prefer Desitin Original formula- the creamy just doesn't stay put and protect)

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K.M.

answers from San Francisco on

Like they all said, it could be yeast. If you find that it is, the cloth diapers and wipes could harbor it unless you do some extra sterilizing. I think there's something about soaking in a vinegar solution overnight before washing in hot water, but google isn't being my friend right now. When my daughter had a yeast diaper rash we used over the counter Clotrimazole ointment on the affected areas.

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M.O.

answers from San Francisco on

For both my daughter and son nothing no diper rash creams helped..my mother in law said to use vaseline and it worked wonderfully! No I swear the vaseline is the best thing for diper rashes!
Im glad the otc yeast creams helped!

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K.Z.

answers from Lubbock on

Gabriella,

Please do not listen to the people who have told you to use powder or cornstarch. Your story sounds like I could have told it myself from when my daughter was little. This is a yeast infection. I didn't know either and kept using desitin and balmex, A&D ointment, etc, but when I took her to the doctor they let me know that yeast infections are quite common for babies (both boys and girls). My daughter got a yeast infection just by LOOKING at a wet diaper, lol. The doctor will probably prescribe you nastatin; this is an antifungal medication. Try it, but if it doesn't work well enough, which it didn't with my daughter, don't be afraid to go to the store and buy some over the counter yeast infection medication, the 7 day kind. Put it on her little area with each diaper change and I promise you that it will clear it up. My daughter is 2 years old and I still keep a tube of that stuff on standby, just in case. It actually helped when my son (who is 4 months old) got a yeast infection himself! Good luck, and remember...NO POWDER!!! This will help the yeast grow and make it SOOO much worse.

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B.R.

answers from Bakersfield on

Sounds like she has a yeast infection in the diaper area. You need a prescription to clear this up. My daughter has had the same thing, it goes away and then comes back and you can't believe that it'll be fine one minute and then it'll be back worse than ever in a matter of an hour or so. The doctor gave us Nystatin cream for this it takes a few days but it clears it up. HTH!

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S.R.

answers from Sacramento on

My little boy also gets the most stubborn diaper rashes. So, we have become some experts on the subject. One thing to remember, when the rash is stubborn no matter what you use it will take a while to clear up. Just recently, we had great success with using Virgin coconut oil at every diaper change along with a 50/50 dilution of apple cider vinegar (braggs brand) and water but you may want even more water since there is an open wound. The apple cider vinegar can sting so a higher dilution will keep that from happening. Apple Cider Vinegar will create an alkaline environment which yeast, etc can't survive in and the Virgin coconut oil is natural anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. For small diaper rashes or at the start of them, I LOVE Earth's best diaper rash ointment! I hope you find something that works. Diaper rashes are so frustrating!

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T.B.

answers from Sacramento on

Sorry if this is a repeat, but triple paste (in the tub, not the tube) is a miracle product. Our daughter had bad diaper rash and was bleeding a bit too and I took her to the doctor (she was only an infant) and they gave me a sample and it cleared it up almost overnight. I went out and bought some and now anytime we have the slightest rash I slather a thick layer on and it keeps it at bay. Especially when she has had a lot of acidic foods, this works great. Like I said, the tub seems to be thicker than the tube and has worked better for us. I had tried pretty much every other brand of diaper cream with no results prior to going to the doctor. Good luck.

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H.A.

answers from San Francisco on

Hey there, I'd agree with Kim, sounds like yeast infection. See the pediatrician ASAP so you can get it diagnosed and healing. If you look online you can find photos of what a yeast infections looks like, too. But I'd see the doctor to be sure! Good luck. :)

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M.F.

answers from Modesto on

If the rash has little bumps then it is probably a yeast infection which will not clear up with regular diaper cream. Have it checked at her Dr.'s. Hope it gets better!

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A.W.

answers from San Francisco on

When my daughter has had severe diaper rash in the past, I used warm water and cotton balls to clean her---that with the Desitin worked wonderfully for us. Good luck!

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K.B.

answers from San Francisco on

Desitin w/ zinc always worked for me. The nice natural stuff never helped at this stage.

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J.D.

answers from Sacramento on

My 16 mo. son just got over stomach flu and diarrhea with terrible diaper rash. Dr. prescribed nystatin. Worked within 1 to 2 diaper changes.

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T.P.

answers from San Francisco on

Try using yogurt instead of a cream. If it is a yeast infection the live cultures and good bacteria in the yogurt will help get rid of the rash. I had severe thrush for about seven months and if I am not careful with my diet it returns and my son gets a diaper rash. I use cloth diapers during the day and disposables at night. I just put yogurt in place of the cream when I put him to bed at night and it is an amazing difference for me! Good luck.

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S.M.

answers from Fresno on

My son used to get really bad diaper rash, bleeding, pain like you describe. He had a yeast infection and he got it several times. My doctor prescribed a cream, but the second time my son got it he told me to use Lotrimin or any anitfungal cream (for athletes foot), it worked really well. The second I saw he was getting it again I'd pull out the Lotrimin and it would clear up quickly. I don't know if that is what your daughter has of course!!

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S.S.

answers from San Francisco on

Poor Baby! When my son had bleeding diaper rash I switched to a diaper rash cream called SebaMed. You can get it on the internet. It changes the Ph of thier skin to 5.5 and he was cleared up in 3 applications. After battling the rash for 2 weeks, I thought this cream to be a Godsend. I don't use anything else now. Also, my son is allergic to Lanolin which is an ingredient in most diaper rash cream/oint. which made things extra difficult. Good luck. It is so hard when your little one hurts down there.

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M.M.

answers from San Francisco on

You may want to have her checked for a yeast infection. My friend's little girl had what they thought was bad diaper rash, but turned out it was a yeast infection. Good luck!

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N.C.

answers from Sacramento on

sounds like a yeast infection, take her to her pediatrician

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K.H.

answers from San Francisco on

Sounds like she has a yeast infection. They can get this on their bottoms, and it doesn't go away unless you get some creme (prescription) from the doctor. My son had it a couple of times, and it usually went away, or a least improved significantly after about 24 hours.

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C.D.

answers from San Francisco on

Wow I remember my twin boys had a rash this bad when they were babies. It sounds like a yeast infection type of rash (this is what our pediatrican told us) We used a prescribed cream and left the boys naked pretty much all day. Yes there was tons of laundry but I didn't care as long as they got better. You need to go see the pediatrian so he can check it out. Good luck and I hope your little one gets better.
C.

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J.L.

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My son only got diaper rash when he was on antibiotics for ear infections--the medicine gave him diarreah. A friend recommended Caldescene, which was a miracle. Unfortunately, the cream no longer seems to be made, but the powder is still available--it is a little more expensive than regular baby powder, but well worth it. I have seen it at Target, BelAir, and Raley's. It is packaged in a round pink cylinder-shaped container.

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S.D.

answers from San Francisco on

I am not sure what the other posts have said...I was only able to read a few, but I have heard that Triple Paste works the best on diaper rash. Now if it is a yeast infection, I am not sure what to do with it. I would take her to the doctor and see if they know anymore.

Good luck!

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M.S.

answers from Salinas on

I have 3 little girls, and have had them on antibiotics which then led to the severe diaper rash. I know this works wonders, just put her in a bath with a few cups of whole oat oatmeal. The cloudy milky residue heals, also you can have her on her tummy with your hand pat a handful of the oatmeal. Always try to have more time for her to be clothes free so the air can help her heal.
M.

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N.L.

answers from Fresno on

Hi G.,

There are a lot of great suggestions here, so if I'm repeating one, sorry. My son, who has sensitive skin, was prone to rashes on his bottom a lot when he was younger. I tried several different kinds of creams, but what worked for me was corn starch powder (Johnson&Johnson makes one). I found it in the baby aisle at Target next to regular powder. Make sure you grab the corn starch, because regular powder doesn't work (I tried that too).

Good luck and hope this helps your little one's bottom!!

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C.P.

answers from Sacramento on

My two boys are both red headed with sensitive skin. Both have gotten what I precieved as severe diaper rashes. Upon taking them to the Dr.'s I found out that they had yeast infections. The Dr. advised me both times to use an ointment with an antifungal (such as what people who have athletes foot would use.) I have Kaiser and the pharmasist advised me to use Antifungal Cream by Actavis. If you do not have Kaiser (as I do not know if this is a cream only available in a Kaiser Pharmacy) I find that any pharmasist is really helpful in advise. I just applied a thin amount all over their bottoms and with in 2-3 days the reash was getting better and with in 7 days the rash was gone. You can tell if the rash is yeast because it developes raised bumps and is really prevalent in the areas of the bottom that are quite wet. Keep using the wet paper towels or warm wet cloth. Any wipe will cause pain. Also try to blot vs. wipe the area since the skin is so tender. On another note I found that a nice combo of vasaline, butpaste and desiten mixed on my hand and then applied all over the diaper area was the only best bet against a regular diaper rash. I hope this helps!

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S.H.

answers from San Francisco on

You may want to take her to her peditrician to get checked out. It could be a number of things that made her break out from what food she eats to teething.

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T.V.

answers from San Francisco on

ANOTHER THOUGHT.....After her next loaded diaper, wash her well, dust the corstarch all over and let her air out for a while....NO diaper at all.

G.,

Kingsford Cornstarch (yellow box)--Inexpensive-it will work!

Blessings....

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N.C.

answers from San Francisco on

Try Boudreaux's Butt Paste (easier to get off than Destin). What is especially great is Aveeno oatmeal bath for babies. Bathe your baby in that for 20 minutes, then let her air dry before putting on a diaper. I also liked Burt's Bees baby powder.

My son had terrible diaper rash for a long time and these things helped.

**NOTE - make sure it's not a yeast infection, which would show little white bumps.

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A.D.

answers from Sacramento on

hi!
my daughter also had major diaper rash..when i saw blood i took her to the doctor & it ended up being a yeast infection! of all things! i had no idea infants can get that! he prescribed some lotion..i forgot what its called..i know it starts with an n..sorry! neostatin? oh im not sure.. other than the yeast infection, when it was just a rash i always had huge success with desitin especially at night i made sure there was a ton on her! good luck! i know it always killed me to see them in so much pain!

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K.M.

answers from Chico on

Hi G.,
Unless there's been a change in your laundry detergent or wash routine I would suspect yeast. If she's been on antibiotics recently I'd suspect yeast. If you think she may be reacting to the detergent check out www.pinstripesandpolkadots.com/detergentchoices.htm for tips on best detergents for cloth diapers. You're doing the right things by giving her plenty of diaper free time and washing her with warm clear water whenever possible. I would ask her doctor what ointment to use.

My daughter has only had diaper rash after antibiotics and when I was using a detergent with enzymes (which eat away at her skin when the diaper becomes wet) on her diapers. Best wishes getting it cleared up and your little girl pain free quickly. - K.

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M.C.

answers from San Francisco on

Have you tried A&D cream/ointment? Also, try oatmeal bath.

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K.M.

answers from San Francisco on

Try the Aveeno brand diaper cream in the baby section. Has worked wonders on our daughter. We used A&D gold on our first without issues, but our second reacted to it. Aveeno has been a life saver.

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A.A.

answers from San Francisco on

G.
I have not read the rest - however a warm vineager sitz bath with a blow dryer on no heat after each diaper change works wonders...Best wishes...AnnA

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J.D.

answers from Fresno on

Hey G.-
My daughter also had SEVERE diaper rash around 4 and 5 months of age. She saw pediatrician who was no help. I read online about fungal yeast diaper rash, which the doctor said she did not have. After his suggestions and nothing else helped, I tried anti-fungal cream on her bottom where the redness and sores were. OTC cream like for yeast infections, jock itch, or athletes foot is what was suggested on the Web. I believe I got the one for jock itch!! Was a little concerned about using in that area on her but became so desperate watching her suffer, so tried it. Within 2-3 days she was cleared up. I think I had googled diaper rash and finally found some info- don't remember exact site though. Good luck to you and your little one!

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T.C.

answers from San Francisco on

Try using warm water and a clean washcloth instead of wipes. Get a stack of white ones at Target or Costco. Once you have gently cleaned her, blow dry her bottom on cool/warm/low by holding the blow dryer at least 14 inches from her bottom for five minutes moving it the entire time. You need to dry it out. My childhood pediatrician suggested this. Do not hold the blow dryer any closer. Also, try using non-cloth diapers during the night so that the moisture is pulled away from her bottom.

Do not use baby powder by any means since it only feeds the fungus which is what diaper rash is. Keep up the blow drying for a month and do it every time. This really works.

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A.S.

answers from Sacramento on

A friend of mine who used cloth diapers would blow dry her little girl's bum after each changing she could (just low setting). Apparently her daughter loved it : ) It is really important that she is completely dry before applying anytime of ointment, otherwise you are just trapping in moisture instead of blocking it out.

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K.H.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi G..
Are you washing the diapers at home? When I first used cloth diapers I made the mistake of putting a little soap and bleach in the diaper pail. Then, of course, when I washed a load of them, more soap and bleach. Unfortunately, not all of it was coming out in the wash. I didn't realize this until my son had diaper rash similar to what you're talking about.

My mother-in-law was a nurse (thank goodness). She laid him out with a sun lamp (at a great distance and for only a very short time) to dry out the diaper rash. Then we used Desitin. I switched to disposables until the rash cleared completely. Then eliminated the diaper pail 'extras' and ensured a double rinse when washing the loads to clear the cloth of the detergent and bleach that had been reacting to/with the urine. Oh, and I also used 'Downey' detergent.

-- For my second and third sons I used a diaper service. No problem ever with diaper rash. Yay! :)

Good luck.

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R.R.

answers from San Francisco on

Well my son is 14 months old and he did have severe diaper rash and it wouldn't go away with normal creams. So I took him to see his pediatrician and she had to prescribe him some cream that is stronger than the stuff over-the-counter. After only using the cream for a day and a half it was going away. But I also tried to switch diapers to see if that was the case so you could try that if you'd like. I hope it works cause I know when our kids are in pain we are as well.

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E.S.

answers from San Francisco on

Have there been any changes in her diet? You may want to consider eliminating acidic foods and seeing if there's any change.

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J.H.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi G.~

I feel your pain! My little guy has very sensitive skin and often gets daiper rash. Here are some things that have worked for me: First, I usually give him a warm bath to make sure that everything is clean. Second, I give him children's Motrin to ease the pain and inflammation. Third, if there are bleeding sores, I put neosporin on it to hlp heal it up and decrease infection. Fourth, I slather on Desitin in a very thick coat. Good luck! I can't wait until he is done with daipers!

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M.S.

answers from San Francisco on

I have had success with Bourdeax butt paste.

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L.O.

answers from Sacramento on

Sounds like it may be a yeast infection. I'd take your little one in just to be sure. If it is, the doctor will prescribe an antifungal cream for you to use and it will clear it right up. Good Luck.

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M.P.

answers from San Francisco on

That sounds awful. I would definitely let the pediatrician see her. There is a risk of infection, and you don't want her to get staph or misdiagnose staph yourself it as diaper rash.

See what the doctor says - maybe no diaper for stretches of time. I know that Desitin actually caused my kids pain sometimes. There's something called A+D which seems to feel better to them, but I would absolutely get her to the doctor to ruse out skin infections.

Good luck!

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E.S.

answers from San Francisco on

My daughter had the same thing around the same age. We also used cloth diapers. The pediatritian prescribed an anti-fungal which seemed to help, but once that rash started I never fully got rid of it until I switched her out of cloth. (at 18 months it was pretty much her first rash (any previous rashes had been easily cleared up w/ Burts Bees (our fave) in a few hours). I was bummed to make the switch to disposables but also had a newborn at the time and couldn't do the research and extra effort required for cloth. I know there are steps you can take (baking soda/vinegar/etc) to fix it so you can continue using cloth ~ the ph sometimes gets out of balance and can irritate their skin. In all this rambling I'm really just wanting to let you know that it may be the diapers (try googling it for instructions on how to solve the cloth/diaper rash issue). You could always switch to disposables for a week or two and see if that clears up the rash. I use Seventh Generation diapers on my youngest and she never gets a rash.
Best of luck to you and great job using cloth!

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C.M.

answers from San Francisco on

Sounds like you're doing a great job. You may want to consult your doctor and make sure it is diaper rash and not some sort of yeast infection or something different that you won't be able to treat with diaper rash creams. Otherwise, these are a couple of things I have tried and/or read about trying: Drying my kids off with a dry, clean towel after each diaper change after I've wiped (with a wipe or a warm wet cloth). Rinsing her bottom off after a change in warm water and then drying with a cloth. Switching to alternative diapers: and sorry if you like your cloth diapers, but just for a while maybe try a disposable and see it that helps clear things up. And I know that sometimes when my kids have gotten diaper rash it is related to something they've eaten, so maybe keep track of her foods and see if there might be some connection. Good luck!

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D.D.

answers from Fresno on

This may not be the case for you, but my girlfriend was treating a diaper rash for a couple weeks with her infant daughter. She finally took her into the physician and learned that it was not a diaper rash, but a yeast infection. to make it worse she learned that the powder she was using was making it worse. It's worth looking into if you haven't already.

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M.S.

answers from San Francisco on

I find Burt's Bee's Diaper rash cream to be the best!
good luck!

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A.K.

answers from San Francisco on

Dear G.,

Oh dear! I'm so sorry to hear you and your daughter are dealing with such a painful problem! My son had really terrible diaper rash when he was younger (he's six months old now), but since we tried the ointment recommended by my nephew's pediatrician, his little bottom hasn't been even the tiniest bit irritated. For us, the magic potion was Aquaphor from Eucerin. (And, happily, it's available at Walgreens, Target, and other similar stores!)

I really hope it works for your daughter, too!
A.

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C.D.

answers from San Francisco on

I got this "recipe" from our pediatrician's office when my daughter had a horrible diaper rash. It really helped.

Diaper Rash Cream:

1/2 tube of A&D
1/2 tube zinc oxide
1 Tbsp bacitracin
1 tsp maalox or mylanta
1 Tbsp betadine

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J.C.

answers from San Francisco on

I had the same problem when my daughter was a baby. First of all, she probably has very sensitive skin like my daughter but I didn't know it at the time. You are going to have to switch to disposable diapers. The cloth diapers only make matters worse. I would have to wash my daughter at each diaper change and it really isn't a hassle. It is worth it instead of dealing with painful diaper rash. I would use a little pan of warm water with a little baby bath, then wash & dry her and then apply a zinc oxide ointment such as butt paste. ( I know a funny name) Don't use desitin it never worked! I know for a fact this will help so please let me know what happens.

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N.P.

answers from Modesto on

Hi G.,

I used to to LAYER on the Desitin, then let my boys run around in underpants. Only so the Desitin would not get on everything because it's so thick and greasy. I also would let them sit in a bath then "air dry". It was hard for them to get in the bath, but once they did, they began to feel better.

I always tried to remember not to WIPE, but always to "press" and dab everything off that little bottom. Any wiping will hurt.

I am so sorry your little one has a diaper rash. I hope she feels better soon.

~N. :o)

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Y.C.

answers from Salinas on

Are you in Hollister by chance? Not sure if this sites 'sorts' the postings by city.

Anyhow if you are, go to the Raley's Pharamacy and ask the Pharmacist for some of their diaper rash cream-it's amazing stuff. They actually make the cream and you will not find it over the counter. It heals over night - it's amazing.

Good luck!!!!

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S.W.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi G.,

My son suffered from bouts of severe diaper rash, so I feel your agony. It's awful! I used Bordeaux Butt Paste and it worked the best. Also, if she's never suffered from this before, you might want to think about what's she's been eating. This could be the result of a new food that is not agreeing with her system. Just a thought... Good luck and I hope it clears up SOON!

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R.C.

answers from San Francisco on

If she is not responding she may have a secondary infection possibly yeast. You may want to have her checked by her doctor. Good luck I know how frustrating that can be.

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P.S.

answers from San Francisco on

I had four children and the old fashioned remedy that seemed to help the most was simple cornstarch. Try sprinkling some in the bath tub when you bathe her and then afterward on her bottom like you would use powder and then diaper. It works quickly and doesn't sting.

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C.H.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi G..
I am so sorry the two of you are going through this!
You got a lot of responses, but I just want to add something that was our case. My daughter had horrible diaper rashes, bleeding and everything. I took her to our ND and she said she might be allergic to milk, even though she got her rash from eating any kind of fruit. She said if she has low tolerance for both milk and fruit, cut one out and she will be able to handle the other. I chose to use alternatives to milk and have her keep eating fruit and she got better very quickly. Later we did more testing and found out she is lactose intolerant. All this to say you may want to treat your little one from the inside to prevent the rash from coming back, at the same time as treating the symptoms from the outside. Hope you find your answers.

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M.L.

answers from Redding on

Also check the other end of her. What has she been eating lately? Many fruits are quite acidic and will cause major diaper rash. Cut back on tomatoes, watermelon, cantelope, blueberries, pineapple, apples etc. I'm sure there are more on this list, but these were the ones that bothered my son.

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J.S.

answers from San Francisco on

Wow! You've received so many responses! I didn't have time to read them all, so please excuse me if this is a repeat. :o)
The best cure/protection for diaper rash is cornstarch. It's pretty amazing stuff really. A little desitin or vaseline to help keep the cornstarch in place with each diaper change and your rash worries should be gone very quickly. I didn't find the specialized baby cornstarch products to be nearly as effective, maybe since they have added ingredients. I just kept the good ol' yellow box with the changing stuff and kept a spoon in it so I didn't accidentally dump half the contents on her bottom at once!

The other thing I would mention is more preventative than cure. Diaper rash is often caused by food sensitivities. Keep an eye on what she's eating especially since rashes are new for her. It could be she's begun to eat more acidic foods (citrus, tomatoes, etc.) and you just need to limit how much of these she gets, or is having a reaction to something fairly new. With a food sensitivity there is usually no reaction the first time you eat it, but the reactions will sort of build over time with more exposure to the food. Sometimes building to a full blown allergy. I know my daughter didn't develop a rash from cantaloup until she'd had it a few times. Now at 11 yrs old she can't have it at all. Even the smallest amount of the juice (like if it has touched other fruit in the bowl) she gets an ugly rash around her mouth within minutes.

I hope your little angel feels better soon!

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H.L.

answers from San Francisco on

It sounds like what happened to both my kiddos. It was a yeast infection- I had to be put on antibiotics while i was breastfeeding my son (maybe what contributed to it). my ped prescribed nystatin (same as some other responses). if it is a yeast infection, diaper rash cream will not help it go away- the underlying cause needs to be treated or it will not get better. i would definitely recommend seeing the pediatrician since the things you have tried (all good ideas for just regular diaper rash) are not working. it only took 1 day for my son's to begin clearing up and was totally gone in about 3 days. he has not had diaper rash since! I also agree with the other moms who suggested looking for a reason the rash started in the first place- food sensitivity, etc.- to hopefully prevent it from coming back again! Good Luck!

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K.L.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi Gaby,

My son recently had a bad diaper rash and I found Deitin in combinaton with baby powder really helped. Try and keep the area as dry as possible and if its getting as worse as it sounds I would try taking to her to the doctor. I had a friend who had a baby who had diaper rash and the actual cream was the one making it worse. It turned out she was allergic to the creams she was using to treat her diaper rash. She said her daughter was in agony as well. Hope this helps!

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K.H.

answers from Modesto on

Go to www.askdrsears.com and enter "diaper rash" in the search field. Click on "diaper rash" and you'll get lots of good suggestions!

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H.C.

answers from Sacramento on

I suggest that you take her into the doctor. It may be a type of rash that needs a prescription cream. My son has gotten yeast infections before and the doctor prescribed an anti-fungal cream. When the yeast infection gets bad it has bumps that can get irritated and bleed a little bit.

G.K.

answers from San Francisco on

There were too many responses to read them all, but I second (or third or fourth... haha) the yeast infection "diagnosis." It's not necessarily something a doctor needs to diagnose, but that's how I found out when my son had a similar "diaper rash." My NP recommended using Lotrimin AF for the yeast infection, A+D ointment or Neosporin for the open sores (the blood you saw), then topping it all off with Desitin (not creamy, the real stuff). She said to put the Desitin on like you're frosting a cake. Not only did the first one go away in a few days, but we've experienced an infection every time he gets his immunizations, so we've had practice and much success. We just keep all the stuff on hand now!

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B.M.

answers from San Francisco on

I would have her seen by a doctor,it could be a fungal infection. The same thing happened to my daughter and we used the nystatin cream or over the counter lotrimum cream. We also use on a regular basis Aloe Vista cream that you can purchase at a medical supply.
Good luck

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J.C.

answers from San Francisco on

Hello. I had the same problem with my little one years ago...It was recommended that I use an anti-fungus cream (recommended by a pharmacist)! It cleared it right up!! Ask your local pharmacist...they are SO knowledgeable!! My daughter's diaper rash was from cloth diapers and the sitter not changing often enough. Needless to say, I went to disposables.

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K.B.

answers from San Francisco on

This sounds like the severe yeast infections that my daughter used to get. A diaper rash is something that usually clears up in a few days with a moisture barrier like Desitin. You need to get your little one to the doctor right away - like tomorrow.

This rash WILL get worse until you get an anti-fungal cream. I would even just call her doctor first thing in the morning and explain what is going on. They may just call in a prescription to your local pharmacy without a visit if you sound determined enough.

For now, don't use anything to wipe her off. Rinse her bottom in warm water, then gently pat her dry (no rubbing) with a soft wash cloth.

The good news is that results with an anti-fungal cream are pretty much instantaneous. She will start to feel better right away. Just like with anti-boitics, though, you want to finish the ENTIRE course. (If your Doctor says 3x a day for seven days, and she starts looking better in two KEEP PUTTING IT ON for all seven days!)

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T.B.

answers from San Francisco on

My daughter used to get diaper rashes like that and we discovered that she was allergic to the wipes--in addition to just having very sensitive skin. I used water and cotton squares for every diaper change and used a combination of Bag Balm (recommended by our dr) and Baby Gold Bond Medicated powder.

I've used it ever since on my other 2 and the little one I take care of and it's a miracle worker. Sometimes I'll alternate them and sometimes I put the powder on top of the Bag Balm.

Good luck!!

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L.P.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi G., I have six children, and they ALL have had the same severe diaper rash. It's caused by a yeast infection. My first two kids went to the Dr. and recieved expensive prescription meds. My third kid got the same thing, and I didn't have medical insurance at the time. I had a friend who was a nurse and she told me to buy Vagasil (yeast medicine for women) and it worked! I'm from Hawaii, and my Mom thinks that it's because of the heat. Anyhoo, my other kids had the same type of horrible rash, where you just can't even wipe them because of the pain, and I just applied Vagasil, a pretty cheap OTC medicine and it worked! Anyway, try it! It sure beats having to bathe the baby just to get the poop off, and the horrible pain that you see your child go through. Good luck!

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J.F.

answers from San Francisco on

I had the same problem a couple months ago, when she was about 17 mos (now 19 mos). Desitin original worked much better, it had a higher percentage of zinc oxide. Her poor little bottom must be bone dry before you put SLATHER on the Desitin.

There will be significant improvement if you change him every two hours and right away after she poops.

Good luck!

J.P.

answers from Stockton on

I would try using both a cream and powder. I really like the Aquaphor. I would put that pretty generously onto the rash area, and then I would put the powder in the diaper and on the areas that don't have a rash. My daughter used to get horrible rashes like this also - the dr. gave her a prescription to help, you may want to contact your dr. and see what he/she says. Good Luck!

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C.F.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi, not sure if you've already been to the doctor, but at this point you may want to take her. My son was the same way, never a rash and then he got it really bad. I tried everything with no luck.

The doctor took one little peak and immediately diagnosed it. It turns out he had a yeast infection from his poop. The doctor gave me an antifungal cream and it immediately started working and was gone within a few days to a week.

Good luck; I hope she gets better soon.

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T.E.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi G.,
My 2 month old also has had very bad diaper rash notwithstanding religious diaper changes. My pediatrician recommended using soft washcloths wet with water only instead of wipes (which sounds like you're already doing) AND Triple Paste diaper cream. That combination cleared it up and usually keeps it away. I tried many other high-end diaper creams and that's the only one that works. I couldn't find it in the local drugsotres, but found it online at diapers.com. It's pricey, but worth it!
Hope that helps,
T.

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E.W.

answers from Sacramento on

Hi G.,
I had the same problem with my son (now 21 months old). I tried everything! I changed his diet several times, tried every natural product and the best product for us has been Triple Paste diaper cream. We use it now every diaper change. It is the BEST diaper cream! We also rinse out the diaper wipes. ( just take a stack of wipes and run them under the faucet and squeeze them out before putting them back in the container ). We also avoid spaghetti sauce and too many strawberries in his diet. Too much acid in his diet seems to make for more acidic poop. I took my son to a pediatric allergist, but found he was not allergic to any of the major allergenic foods. As a precaution, I have him on lactose-free organic milk (available at Whole Foods). I think he may be slightly lactose-intolerant, although not allergic to dairy. I also give him baby probiotics ever day. It's just a powder that you mix into his milk, water or food every day. I get it at Whole Foods. It's called Dinosaurs Baby Bifidactyl. That seems to help. He was having pretty runny poops, lots of blow-outs and that does seem to help. The diarhea often causes the diaper rash. His bum is totally fine now.
I hope you find a solution that works for you. A raw, bleeding bummy is just horrible!!!
-E.

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E.L.

answers from San Francisco on

Here is what I did.
-I switched to disposables until it cleaned up.
-I used organic cotton balls as wipes. (I took them with me. Yes a pain, but worth it.)
-I dried her with a blow dryer every change.
-I switched my diaper cream to Desitin Overnight (I always use the 'green' brands like Burt's Bees and Weleda...but Desitin overnight is the highest Zinc I could find.)
-I made sure our laundry detergent was completely scent free and hypoallergenic. No softeners.
-We used 'Super Sensitive California Baby' body wash.
-We put her on a tiny bit of probiotics everyday. The doctor said just to use a bit of Bifidus in her water. I just put a bit on the tip of my pinky. This helps balance the digestive system and can help clear up a yeast problem.

It eventually cleared up. I empathize! Good Luck.

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C.S.

answers from San Francisco on

My daughter had about 2-3 weeks on and off. What her pedi advised was to find a diaper rash cream with the highest zinc oxide. The highest percentage that I found was actually a Longs generic brand, I believe it was 40% or more. She recommended using the zinc that surfers use on their face because it is the strongest protectant. It worked honestly within just a day to two days. Also, I found the contributing factor was tomatoes in my daughhters diet that was making her urine and bm's so acidic it was actually burning her. Talk about a sensitive skined child :) Best of luck to you

S.A.

answers from Salinas on

The best thing is to clean gently, dry throughly and lather on vaseline every diaper change. Powders just caked the urine or stool to the skin. If you have a cream with nystatin in it that may help too. If the vaseline doesn't help in a day I would call your pediatrician for an appt.

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C.K.

answers from Sacramento on

You need to buy the Arbonne diaper cream. It's herbal/botanical and works wonders. You can get it on-line at www.arbonne.com. Good luck!

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J.S.

answers from San Francisco on

I use Nature Babycare diapers and they are the only ones out there that breathe. Although I agree with the other mothers that it could be a yeast infection, it's also important to consider other diaper options as well. The only time that my son has gotten a diaper rash was when I HAD to use 7th generation diapers because mine were out of stock. The other time was because of the wipes themselves! Give my brand a shot... yes they are more expensive, but when you don't have to worry about a rash, it's WORTH every extra penny. Also, I use their diaper rash cream or Burts Bees and I use Burts Bees powder. It's not made with the harmful talc that most powders are... this is actually just pretty scented corn starch. :D

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D.M.

answers from San Francisco on

I can see you've gotten a ton of advice, so sorry if this is a repeat. All three of our children had this issue, one being particularly bad and often bloody. It was from foods, particularly: tomatoes, citrus/acidic fruit (lemon, orange and pineapple), black pepper, and other spices, like in sausages, etc. Think about any new foods she has tried and back off of them.

The best diaper ointment for this situation is called Triple Paste. I used to only be able to order it on-line, but I did see it at Target in the last year.

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S.L.

answers from Sacramento on

I also use cloth diapers with my son and he has rarely had any issues. I wash them in plain soap with baking soda and then add white vinegar to the end of the cycle. I'm not sure if you can get just plain soap for the washing machine in the states. We live in the Dominican Republic and the plain soap is the best stuff and also the cheapest. It is also best for the skin. If you can find just some plain old soap with no fragrances, dyes, nothing, you may want to try washing your daughter and your diapers with it. When he does get red I use Butt Paste and it works amazingly well. I usually only have to apply it twice and it does the job. Your daughter's situation is obviously more advanced. It might be a yeast infection as others have pointed out. You might want to try giving her yogurt each day with live active cultures. If she has a yeast infection the probiotics will help. That is what my pediatrician recommended because the antibiotics didn't work for us and I prefer a natural approach. I am still nursing so my pediatrician also recommended that I take probiotics. If you are still nursing you might want to try that. I hope she feels better soon!

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A.B.

answers from San Francisco on

A diaper rash with blood deserves a trip to your pediatrician. It may be a yeast infection and will need anti-fungal medication to heal.

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L.S.

answers from San Francisco on

I hope it's cleared up by now. If it happens again to this degree, you should air it out completely until dry. Also, don't use creams or lotions when the skin is bleeding. One of the BEST things you can do is apply Tea Tree Oil (melaleuca alternifolia oil). It is a safe, natural oil which heals all kinds of skin related issues, from cuts, scrapes, burns to this type of stuff.

I use it almost daily, and use it on my son when his bottom gets red. You will need to apply it regularly and often, and don't be afraid to use a lot of it. It also repels insects, and keeps the bugs away!

I'm happy to hear you use Seventh Gen wipes, too. Most brands out there contain cheap, caustic chemical preservatives in baby wipes. Chemicals like DMDM Hydantoin, Quanterium-15, or Triethelanomine and parabens. It makes me sick that these big manufacturers put caustic chemicals in baby products.

You know, in fact, you might be interested in this new online company that I've found to do some of your shopping at, if you buy greener type products. This wellness company I've found is amazing and they make the safest products for your home but at wholesale pricing. It's called Melaleuca, and I love their products! They also make the highest grade tea tree oil out there.

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Wishing you all good things,
Linné S.

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J.H.

answers from Bakersfield on

Hi G.,
Just like everybody else, to me it sounds like the yeasty-beasties. My ped prescribes this cream called HNZ cream. I don't know if they have it where you are, but it is wonderful stuff. It contains (H)hydrocortisone for the itching and swelling, (N)Nystatin for the yeast infection, and (Z)zinc, which is the Desitin/barrier stuff. However, she may also need to take Nystatin orally for a while as well. It is a yellow liquid medication they drink so that it can take care of the yeast imbalance from the inside out. In fact, my 6 month old just got over a horrible rash just like yours with the bleeding and everything. It's easier to give a 6 month old no diaper time because they don't run around peeing on everything, but that is important so it will dry up. And again, no wipees, just water and a washcloth. It's a hassle, but there's no other way, and those rashes are so painful. Good luck and God bless.

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L.H.

answers from Sacramento on

TRY "EUCERIN" It comes in a plastic container like cold creme and looks like shortning (CRISCO)! It sounds like she has sensitive skin and a tough rash to get rid of. This "cream" is soothing and takes out the fire of the rash. Use this for a few days and she will get rid of the rash. You need to keep pants on her, it holds the medicine in place, protects the area, and keeps the air from drying and cracking her skin. Her skin will be a little moist for a while until the rash lightens ---you can see a difference in the first few hours. IT IS EXPENSIVE $12 + lth

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T.N.

answers from San Francisco on

I swear by an ointment called Calmoseptine. It is a little expensive but seems to work much better than all the other brands. You can get it online or Walgreens carries it behind the prescription counter (even though it is nonprescription). Good luck.

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K.G.

answers from San Francisco on

Good morning,
When my children were babies we used cloth diapers. We used a diaper service for a while then I laundered my own. I would contact the diaper service and they would do disinfect/rinse the diapers twice or wash them twice with two rinses until the rash cleared up. The last rinse I would make sure I did not use any softener. Hanging the diapers on a clothes line also helps. The sun disinfects too.
Have you changed laundry soap, bath soap, baby shampoo, baby lotion, laundry softener, types or brands of disposable diapers in the last month? She might be allergic to something. It could also be a new food she has been introduced to in the last month. My children would sometimes get a rash when they were getting a new tooth. The doctors would say it was not possible but it happened.
Are you putting the desitin on very thick? The desitin is supposed to protect the skin from the acidity of the urine and allow the skin to heal from the inside out. Be sure not to try and wipe the desitin off each time you clean her. You should have desitin still on the skin after you clean her. Each time you clean her you would add more desitin. If the skin in bleeding you might want to put some Triple antibiotic ointment on 3 times a day. They sell it now in the drug store with pain relief added to the ointment. That helps with her pain a lot. Clean the skin by patting. We had a hand held shower message that was wonderful for cleaning bottoms. We could gently wash the skin in the shower or tub, pat it dry and put the diaper on.
Good luck!

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A.B.

answers from Sacramento on

Hi G.,
I know you have a ton of advice already; but I'd been going through something similar, so thought I would share what has worked for us..... Our son was getting red on/off and when I thought it would heal, it seemed to come right back. I switched to cloth diapers & wipes, and it cleared right up.... but then came back when I used paper diapers over a weekend. Now what worked for us was to go back to cloth, but I put a little amount of fleece that I bought/cut from a Joann store on top of the cloth diaper. It really keeps his bottom dry. And it protects your diapers from the rash cream. Our Dr. said to use some over the counter athletes foot/or jock itch cream 3x day.... now when that didn't fully work, to also use some cortizone 2x day to really cut down the inflammation. The other changes I started to use some triple paste. This has worked. I did notice that if I stop doing the ointments or fleece too early it will come back...(which shows it really was a yeast) so we are doing it for a little long to make sure it is really kicked.

Let me know what works for you! I love hearing what other moms do with cloth diapers.... it is hard since things/ointments can stain!

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L.D.

answers from Modesto on

If it has gotten so bad as to bleed, please see your physician. It could be yeast or even something else. They can also prescribe a topical anesthetic cream to help the pain until it starts to heal over with whatever treatment is recommended to heal the skin.

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N.K.

answers from San Francisco on

We had the same thing with our son...she needs to see a doctor as soon as possible. Infants can develop diaper rshes that are associated with yeast. Our doctor gave us a fabulous medication called Nystatan (spelling?). I have heard that doctors usually try a few things before prescribing this - maybe because of the cost? If you do get it, have them give you refills for all the diaper bags!! Also, he prescribed the use of Vaseline or petroluem jelly - to use in conjunction with the product several times a day. The jelly provides a barrier between their gentle skin and the moisture. Have you thought about using a disposable diaper to get her over this? We found that we had to stay on top of it - it will reoccur. Use the jelly for EVERY diaper change and get her to a doctor. This is so painful for them. Good luck!!!

P.S. I was also told that the old fashioned Desitin is the best - more zinc. Do not use the creamy kind. A and D was also a good product.

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M.H.

answers from Stockton on

From an old grandma, with my kids and grandkids nothing worked as well as old fashion corn starch on the butt and bathing in warm water with baking soda in it. Old fashioned but always effective. The sun on a bare butt through a window works well, too.

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N.D.

answers from San Francisco on

It may sound weird, but Corn Starch really helps. Not sure if you can get some Titri oil, but both of those combined always got rid of my son's rashes. Did you introduce her to a new food? Seventh Generation probably doesn't have alcohol in them, but most wipes do, so make sure when she has a rash to NOT use wipes with alcohol it burns, that may be why she is in such agony. There are some people in my mother's group that used anti-fungal cream and that helped. You can also get a prescription through your daughter's pediatrician. We had to do this once, and the rash went away in a day or two. Make sure that you reapply ointment everytime you change her. Hope this helps.

N.

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A.T.

answers from Stockton on

Get her to a Pediatrician! do NOT put powder!!!
Aveeno Baby Oatmeal bath will help - I mixed in a little Epzom Zaltz (broken key on lap top - thank you darling Boy!)
But I think it iz yeazt infection and will not go away without a Rx. My kiddo got them all the time - very painful - but he never bled - that iz alarming!
Go now!!
The tip about uzing Vazeline to go on top of the medicine worked great for Ian & I uzed it for every diaper change from then on. The cloth diaperz may be too irritating - you may want to go to Pamperz full time until thingz get better.
Cotton iz rough when wet and chafing occurz.

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T.K.

answers from San Francisco on

Put flour in the oven until it is brown. Then dust it on her bum. Very old school but it works if it is not a yeast or other infection. If it is thrush (yeast) then she needs probiotics and I love motherlove thrush and diaper cream.
If she is bleeding I would take her to the doctor.
I hope she feels better!

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V.T.

answers from Redding on

Try my rash relief, available in oil and lotion. Heals the problem at the source. Also good for cradle cap and any other skin reactions to metals or other allergenics. www.mccluckfarms.com

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M.F.

answers from San Francisco on

This has happened to my son a couple of times. My doctor and a good friend both recomended using a combination of lotramin...I think the generic kind is called loratizine??? (antifungal lotion) and cortizone creme. Both can be found in your supermarket. The rash and bleeding improves dramatically within 24 hours. Good Luck

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A.E.

answers from San Francisco on

You've gotten a lot of advice already and I didn't have time to read them all. My son was the same way. When he does get a diaper rash it's usually because of the foods he's eating. Like acidic foods (tomatoes & berry's). It can be so bad that he's just "screams" like your poking him with 15 needles when you touch it with the wipes. It is heart breaking. We use aquaphor and it has always worked really well. Our pediatrician recommended it when he was first born.
Good luck with it.

http://www.aquaphorhealing.com/#/stories/

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A.H.

answers from San Francisco on

It might not be daiper rash, at all. My daughter had one case of what I thought was diaper rash and after taking her to the doctor, discovered that it was a yeast infection on the skin.

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K.S.

answers from San Francisco on

My 18 month old has just been through the same thing. Tried everything but nothing worked. The dr told me to try Lotrimin cream 3 times a day. It has made such a difference and is now almost gone. Give it a go, hope it works.
K.

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I.C.

answers from Salinas on

Flanders Buttocks Ointment. Most pharmacy's carry it but sometimes you have to ask for it because it's behind the pharmacy counter for some reason. Best thing I ever used, cleared up every rash in a single application.

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E.E.

answers from San Francisco on

It may not be an ordinary diaper rash. Yeast doesn't respond to diaper creams and it sounds severe enough that it should be checked by her pediatrician.

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J.S.

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Hi G.,

totally sounds like yeast infection. We're trying to get over one ourselves. Are you breastfeeding? if so how are your nipples? are they sore by any chance...From all my reading it follows that if baby has yeast, mom would have it too. I got an oral thrush in my nipples while my baby girl has an yeast diaper rush. I was prescribed Diflucan and antifungal ointment for her...unfortunately after almost 3 week of using ointment the rash hasn't cleared up completely, it did get better though. I second topical use of coconut oil, or olive oil for this matter...and/or a little plain yogurt down there..G'Luck,J.

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M.R.

answers from Sacramento on

BUTTPASTE works wonders get this at TARGET good luck.

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S.B.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi G.,

While at home, try giving bottom baths at each diaper change with soap and warm water. Of course while you are out you can't do that (I have on occasion though depending on how bad the dirty diaper was). I heard that corn starch works really good on diaper rashes. My baby has never had a rash so I haven't tried this but it may be worth a try. Good Luck!

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S.R.

answers from Sacramento on

I found that regular old baby powder worked for my son. He doesn't get diaper rash very often, but when he does it's usually pretty bad. He had the disconcerting bloody rash a couple times too. Every time you change your baby's diaper put a bunch of powder all over her butt. I always get powder with vitamin e and aloe in it. I hope it works for you.

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R.J.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi G. - the same thing happened to my daughter and here is what the advice nurses told me:

1. Do not use wipes once your child has a diaper rash, use soft paper towels or a wet wash cloth, the wipes leave a residue that burns
2. Warms baths help heal
2. they suggested the following concoction that worked miracles for my daughter:

1/2 tube desitin (or any zinc oxide cream)
1/2 tube a&d ointment
1 tablespoon antacid (maalox or something like it)
1 tablespoon bacitracin (over the counter ointment like neosporin)

Mix it all together and voila, a miracle cream.

I also just let my daughter run around with no diaper but I put panties on her to help with the mess if she did pee and I also put her to bed at night with no diaper for a couple nights. All the above combined and within 3 days her rash was gone. And when I see a rash beginning I use the cream and am generally able to stop it before it begins.

Good luck!
R.

K.B.

answers from Spokane on

I didn't have time to read through all your responses but one thing to look for is yeast infections. THey look a lot like rashes. I'd take your little one in just to make sure. They can also give you medicated cream with some numbing agents to help relive the pain. Both of my kids were super sensitive got rashes all the time! But one time it was a yeast infection I admittingly tried to treat it like a rash for too long.

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R.A.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi there it sounds like the exact same thing my little guy went through at the exact same age. He'd never had one before and then got a whooper that just wouldn't go away. I ended up taking him in to the doctor. They said it was a yeast infection. They gave him an ointment to put on his rash...I can't remember the name of it but within a week he had completely healed. i wished i hadn't waited so long to take him in. Good luck!

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L.R.

answers from Modesto on

G.
When my youngest grandson was born, and broke out in a rash, which my daughter and I could not get rid of with Desitin and or creams, my daughter-in-law told us she use Bag Balm it comes in a green square tin. It worked on getting rid of the rash, his rash also broke open, before we stated using the Bag Balm. You might have to use just cloth diapers and if she still breaks out, try using the disposal kind. My daughter when she was a baby could not use cloth diapers, so I had to use disposal diapers. You can fine Bag Balm in with the other creams like Desitin or in the pet dept. Yes, the pet dept. as it is used on Milk Cows to keep them from getting sore after they have been Milked. It really does work. Good Luck with what every you chose. L.

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K.W.

answers from San Francisco on

It might not be a diaper rash, it sounds to me like it could be a yeast infection of the skin. If it's bleeding it's serious enough to need a dr. visit. My recomendation until you get to teh dr. is to try Aquaphor, it's awesome for blocking moisture.

good luck
K.

ps, yeast infections are common in babies, don't get yourself worked up over it, just go and have it treated before it gets worse. Also, try not to wipe her, if you can splash her with water instead that will help with the pain.

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M.C.

answers from San Francisco on

G.,

I haven't read all the replies, but one thing I did for my son was use this red liquid which dries up the sore. You'll need to ask the pharmacist about this, but it helps to have the sore dry up, especially since it's in a covered area that can be moist. After cleaning, apply the liquid to the sores with a cotton ball, patting gently. Then, cake frosting style apply a cream that protects and heals (with zinc oxcide), don't hesitate to put it everywhere. The red drying liquid can be used at each change for about 2-3 days, you'll see when it's all better. When my son was really sore, I just stuck his little bottom in the sink and washed gently with the water running. I can't speak for the cloth diaper, as long as you change her quickly after she soils, but if she has to wait a while a plastic diaper which absorbs liquides might be helpful until her problem heals. My son got diaper rash frequently; a day care kid who wasn't realy "stinky" and rarely told the day care people when he had soiled. I have my share of painful diaper rash stories, but don't worry, your daughter will be fine with a conscientious mother like you taking care of her.

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S.K.

answers from San Francisco on

Apply desitin and Johnson's powder.
Apply powder after every change as it will help keep the area dry. When you apply cream do put the powder over the cream.
Do not change the brands of diaper rash cream as it makes it worse. Try to wash her under water directly instead of using wipes. Make sure you wipe her dry with a dry cloth after using a wipe or washing using plain water.

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S.E.

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Any of the wipes will burn except Pampers Natural with aloe vera (tealy green box). I know this personally....I have passed out from the pain caused by other wipes. No alcohol doesn't mean they don't burn.

When my daughter had severe rash the doctor prescribed Calmaceptene. You can order it online. We used it until she was 5 yr. old for any butt irritations.

Once the doc prescribed silvadene and that helped.

S

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D.V.

answers from San Francisco on

Take her to the peditrician. At this level of severity if it isn't healing on its own it may be a yeast infection in the skin and medication may be required to help her heal. Some foods also cause rashes. Any citrus and my daughter's bottom gets bright red and sensitive. However, the length of time you are talking about has me concerned about a skin infection. Try to get her in ASAP for her comfort.

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C.P.

answers from Sacramento on

My 4 boys had very little diaper rash but when they got it, it was bad (similar to what you've described). The best advice I ever got (from my pediatritian) was forget the store-bought creams and just use vaseline. Pat them dry and clean as much as possible (or put them in the tub to clean up) and really slather on the vaseline. Keep checking and reapplying vaseline everytime time you change your daughter (every couple hours at least). Everytime, it really worked well and the rash was significantly better in a day or two. Good luck!

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A.L.

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My son who is now 18 months gets severe diaper rash as well. This was due to diarrhea for 2 weeks. A doctor friend recommended triple paste. I would clean him using cotton with water (i think it is less painful than wipes and I would put it in a small ziploc bag and use it when we are out, I would just add water). Then slather on the thick triple paste. It helps protect the area and hopefully you will see an improvement soon. You can get Triple paste in drug stores, Target etc. Good luck.

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C.S.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi G.,
Yeast infections aren't typically painful or bloody (check with your ped about this to be sure). I use plain cornstarch sprinkled on their behinds at every diaper change when my kids had rashes. However, if it is a yeast infection, cornstarch is not good as it feeds the fungus! Check with you Dr. I am sorry if this is repeating what others wrote!
C.

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K.M.

answers from San Francisco on

I've been in the same boat recently with my 14 month old who has never had a diaper rash until recently. First of all, I'd make sure your little one doesn't have a yeast infection. It is a red, beefy looking rash (almost makes the lips of the vagina look about 3x bigger). It won't respond to regular diaper creams but an antifungal like clotrimazole. It will also take about 14 days before it's gone. Of course, once that rash went away, another one came - this time on her bottom cheeks. I don't like commercial wipes either and I use a wet cloth which is much like a very soft paper towel (I buy them at Kaiser Walnut Creek after I was given some to use when she was born). These are great! Just wet them with warm water. In any event, I noticed that her skin was chaffing and eventually became raw. I didn't think it was me as I don't wipe her bottom and she goes to grandma's and daycare too, but who knows. What I began to do was, no wiping or even blotting when I change her wet diaper. I only blot if the skin is wet. I also put lots of diaper cream - A&D or Butt Paste (my favorite) with every diaper change, especially at night. This helps create a barrier. If she poops, I very gently pat her and also may give her bottom a quick wash with water depending on how much poop there is. Plus, I change her diaper pretty much every 2 hours unless I know that she's pooped. This has helped tremendously. Good luck!!!

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D.C.

answers from Salinas on

G., it's possible she may have a yeast infection. You could take her to the pediatrician for the diagnosis. The doctor can prescribe an ointment that will help nearly immediately (antifungal). If she has a yeast infection, it may be possible she might have thrush in her mouth also. Do you give her yogurt with live cultures (acidophilus)? It's a good thing for children to eat on a regular basis, and can help with preventing yeast infections/thrush. Something else that is good for YI is Gentian Violet. This is over the counter and will stain skin purple temporarily, but is a natural remedy. Good luck.

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S.C.

answers from San Francisco on

It sounds like your daughter has a yeast infection. You need to take her to the dr's so they can perscribe a treatment for her. If you don't this can get very worse. But don't worry, as soon as you've been using the cream for a few days, the rash and the blooding will get better. Good luck

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A.M.

answers from Stockton on

Hi G.! I have used Calmoseptine now for about a year. It is the best I've ever used! Stays on even after a diaper change, although for a rash you are trying to get under control, I would definately reapply after each change. It DOES not sting and stays put, very thick.

Also, for the times you're letting her lay with no diaper (great idea - have done that, too!). Ask your doctor for disposable chucks. You can buy them, but your pediatrician may have some in the office and might be glad to give you some.

Hugs to your little one and to you, keep up the great job, Mom!
A.

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R.R.

answers from San Francisco on

oh G.! I hope "fierce angel" doesn't have a yeast infection. Go to the drugstore and get some over the counter lomitril, or whatever that Is called. If one application makes a difference, there's your problem. If ur sure it's just diaper rash, which is a common curse of being a great citizen of the cloth we had (also cloth users) good luck with A&D, butts bees baby butt and nudity. Poor lil punkin! Oh I just remembered that my niece used to suffer when she ate certain fruit. Yogurt is always a good choice for any intestinal thing.good luck

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G.C.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi G.,

My 2 year old had the same thing. Bad rash and an area that looked like a sore with some blood. My pediatrician recommended an equal amount of diaper cream (I use Desitin), neosporin (I use the one with pain relief) and lotrimin (an antifungal cream). Mix it up, apply it, and you will see some results overnight. Within a few days it will get much better. It seems that once the child have something like this, he is more prone to it. So I always make sure I put diaper cream on with each change. Good luck.

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R.W.

answers from San Francisco on

Just want to echo the suggestion that you go to the pediatrician. It sounds like a yeast infection. If it's bleeding your daughter can get a secondary infection too, so I strongly urge you to have it looked at by her doc. Good luck.

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J.S.

answers from Sacramento on

My son had a terrible diaper rash, with some blood as well(or so we thought) when he was only a month old. We took him to the Dr. and she prescribed 2 different ointments. 2 days later (on the weekend of course) I took him to urgent care because he had a huge boil on his bottom....turns out it was an anal fistula (sp?) and he had to have surgery to have it drained. I am now super sensitive with rashes, and while the rash didn't lead to the fistula I always like to make sure it isn't something more...so if it seems to be getting worse I would bring her in...just my opinion... =-) Goodluck!

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M.K.

answers from San Francisco on

I would suggest using hydrocortisone cream (like Cortaid) on the affected area and using soft paper towels dipped in water instead of 'regular' baby wipes. The advice nurse told me this when my son had really bad diaper rash and it helped.

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C.S.

answers from Modesto on

Take her the doctor as she may have developed a rash that requires a prescription cream whether it be an antiobiotic or an anti-fungal. Pure corn starch works well on a diaper rash as well but what you have described sounds like it needs a doctor's attention.

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C.M.

answers from San Francisco on

G.,

Has your daughter been on antibiotics lately? If so, take her into her pediatrician for a fungal cream as this can happen each time she's on antibiotic.

If her physician has determined it is yeast caused by an antibiotic, each time she is put on this type of prophylaxis you may want to request the fungal prescription at the same time; just in case.

Good Luck
CM

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S.R.

answers from San Francisco on

My 19-month-old son has had severe diaper rash off and on since birth. I can really relate to how you feel. It's terrible when you cause them pain just by wiping!
Early on, the following suggestion was made to us. There is a hospital product called Ilex. You may need to go to a medical supply store to get it, rather than your general pharmacy. It is not for every day use, but when it gets really severe like that, use it for 24 hours (you have to use Vaseline over it) and you will see amazing results.
We find the Desitin works well for prevention when he isn't having a severe rash. I also find that a little powder right after the wiping, then just a few minutes naked, then the Desitin and diaper, is a good method.
Good luck.

J.L.

answers from Redding on

You may still want to take your little one to the doctor. My son just recently had what I thought was a REALLY bad diaper rash so I called the his ped. who thought it may be a yeast infection so they called in Nystatin(yeast infection cream). Turns out it wasn't either one of those, it was excema(sp?) which I'm treating with hydrocortisone cream. I would definitely talk to the doctor before trying anything. The yeast infection cream just seemed to make my sons excema angrier.
Good Luck and I hope your babes bum feels better soon!

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A.P.

answers from Fresno on

The ONLY thing that has worked for my daughter's diaper rash is A&D Original Formula. I had previously tried all of the newer brands and none of them worked. My doctor finally recomended A&D and I swear by it now. Good Luck!

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C.D.

answers from San Francisco on

I was having this problem with my 15 month old and started using paper diapers at night and using Weleda diaper cream which seemed to help. At times if the rash was really red it was a yeast infection and I would apply gynalotrimin, women's yeast infection medicine to the red spots and they would heal in a few days, might be worth a try. Keep giving her time without diapers on outside to really dry out
good luck

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L.N.

answers from Stockton on

Sounds like it could be a yeast type diaper rash. Maybe your ped. can call in an rx for Nystatin, or another type of cream. I've heard of moms using their own yeast infection cream on their babys bums - but I'd want to just run it by my dr to make sure it wasn't too strong for their bods. The only thing is that if it is a yeast rash, the typical diaper rash cream like Desitin (which is great btw) won't work.

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N.S.

answers from Sacramento on

Hi Gabrela, Everyone seems to have plenty of advice on creams, and checking with the Dr. I to used cloth diapers on my children. Just wanted to let you know that when my son would be cutting teeth. He would immediately get a raw butt. Just a small dose of tylonal would help, as there was a small fever. God's Blessings to you and your little one, N.

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B.W.

answers from San Francisco on

Morning,

You may have to use anti-fungal cream which you can buy over the counter. It could also be a yeast infection and the doctor can prescribe some stronger lotion to help that disappear almost instantly 9well probably overnight)

Hope this helps
B.

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A.O.

answers from Salinas on

Plain old corn starch, works wonders.

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P.R.

answers from Redding on

Besides cleanliness, you have to find out what is causing the diaper rash. My grandson had a severe reaction to strawberries. Too acidic. Anything new added to her diet?
My daughter rinsed my grandson in tub at diaper changes so as not to irritate his sore bottom anymore. She also used Aveeno in the water at bathtime.
Also, are your diapers rinsing clean? I used to put my kids diapers through two rinses and no harsh detergents.
I cannot remember the exact name of the cream my daughter's pediatrician recommended....A and D Ointment???

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K.W.

answers from Sacramento on

You should probably check with your babies Dr. and see if it could be a yeast infection. It always sounded weird to me for babies to get a yeast infection and for it to be on the "outside",but as it was explained to me by my babies Dr. it is nothing more than an "imbalance" of the yeast that nateratly covers your skin. My son had one when he was about 1 yr, but it went away quickly with some medicine. Good luck!
K.

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A.K.

answers from San Francisco on

We just had our first bout with really bad diaper rash as well, so I really feel for you! Our doctor told us to make sure he was clean and once we wiped him (she suggested warm water as we were using Huggies wipes which really stung him) to use a hair dryer on a low cool setting to make sure he was dry and then put A&D cream on him. For the life of me, I can't remember why she said to stop using desitin which is what we normally use. Good luck and I'll be hoping for a speedy recovery for your little girl!

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