Thank You! - Sturbridge,MA

Updated on March 19, 2008
K.R. asks from Sturbridge, MA
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Thank you so much for all the great advise. Very happy to be a member of mamasource. Dillon's rash is getting better with Ammens powder. I will remeber all the great advise and when I come across the creams mentioned I will pick them up. Thanks for caring! KER

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C.H.

answers from Boston on

My youngest is prone to yeast infection rashes on her bum. If the rash isnt gone with diaper creams within 2 days, bring him to the doc. He may need some nystatin cream for his bum, it will take it away pretty quick, and its VERY common. Good luck

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L.L.

answers from Burlington on

my best advice is to air it out...my kids always had lots of time w/ diapers off, just bring them to a room where you don't mind if pee happens!
my friend's daughter had a really bad diaper rash, and she discovered that using regular (soft) toilet paper to wipe, instead of wet wipes, helped.
good luck,
L.

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S.C.

answers from Boston on

Hi K.,

Have you tried Triple Paste (very expensive but works well) or even Beaudreux's (sp) Butt Paste! I love that one. It works really well and cleared up my son's worst diaper rash when the Triple Paste didn't work. Now I use the Butt Paste all the time.

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S.H.

answers from Boston on

I see that many have suggested you use paper towels which can also be harsh on his bottom. Also, many wipes contain alcohol which can irritate him as well. I know these things are convenient, however, personally I believe a nice warm cloth is much more soothing than a cold wipe! I am a mother of two, and grandmother of 4 and I cringe when I see babies bottoms being cleaned with cold wipes. Also, I remember when my boys had diaper rashes, I would lay them down on a nice thick blanket in an empty bath tub filled with toys and let their bottoms air. If they wet it didn't matter because the clean up was easy Desitin and the other lotions mentioned do work wonders, but if the problem persists, it would be wise to have him checked by a dermatologist.

Good luck to both of you.

S.

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K.B.

answers from Providence on

My daughter had one of those awful rashes - very raw and sad to look at :( What worked for me was some "airing out" time, which could be more challenging with a 9 month old who's on the move. However, if you haven't tried Boudreaux's Butt Paste yet (someone else recommended it too), it's GREAT stuff. It is very thick, brownish and smells a little weird, but it really works. I would powder the bum first so that the paste will stick (otherwise it slides off the raw areas). You can get it at Walmart, CVS, etc. Good luck!

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L.S.

answers from Boston on

K.,

The same thing happened with my son. First, it is possible that it is a fungal infection so you may want to go to your doctor and they can give you a topical prescription to help clear things up. This is the care routine that I used for my son which seemed to help a lot and it did not cause him pain:

1)After he had a bowel movement I would stand him in the sink and run warm water on his bum~ using desitin or these types of creams are great to protect, BUT we have to wipe so much more and harder to remove it which further irriattes the skin~ so I found running his bum under warm water really did the trick in terms of gently removing both the bowel movement as well as the diaper cream
2) Then I would put CALENDULA gel-a thin layer on his bum and let this air dry (you can buy this at Whole Foods). It is very helpful in healing the area.

3) Once this dried I would then apply the diaper cream though sometimes I would just try to give his bum a break and not put the heavy desitin type creams on ~just the Calendula and then powder on top

4) Also if you can let him go diaper free for a bit that can help. I also borrowed a friends fleece dipaers which again gave his bum a break from regular diapers ~though with thes you can't use creams

Hope that this helps!

~L.

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K.F.

answers from Boston on

My daughter now 2.5 years old has always gotten really bad rashes. When she got old enough to talk I learned that at least for her on the really bad rashes destine would actually sting. A&D is much better I've also had a lot of luck with johnson's medicated powder. If you were breastfeeding and are no adding new food it could be a milk allergy or lactose intolerance. I would look up a picture of a yeast rash though they are horrible and get really raw if it looks like that I would go to the doctor. I didn't read all the responses so I'm not sure if anyone suggested that.

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C.L.

answers from Boston on

poor ur baby. just use either facecloth or paper towel with warm/cold water to dab on it and let the butt get much air as it can (mean NO DIAPER ON FOR A WHILE) it helps. he can crawling arund with no diaper for a while... it worth it. i did it with my son for over an hour.. i had to clean up his pee on floor but it was worth it because the rash heal fast.

if the rash cream is needed, just use triple paste, it works wonders. if prefer natural (i prefer natural) which is little of wedela's diaper cream. or burt s bee. Weldea works better.

avoid use petroleum, because it is nasty and not natural. i use natural jelly (non petroleum, such as Badger brand name... or alba brand name).

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T.S.

answers from Boston on

i just love butt paste pretty inexpensive but works great. my daughter has tons of rashes, but i would let the doc see it now especially if it is that bother some could be a yeast in fection. good luck to you guys.

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D.C.

answers from Boston on

I know you received lots of great advice - I haven't read through it all. But do call the Dr.- my guy has had two perscription diaper rash creams- one with zinc and one for yeast. They work 100 times better then over the counter desitin...and yes- let the little guy go diaper free or think about cloth...

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J.C.

answers from Boston on

Hi. I know its tough - poor guy! I used a mix of Balmex and lotrimine cream. Ask you pedi first, but the told me to mix the two together, and put it on so thick " you can't tell its the butt" It worked wonders! But really ask your doc or nurse first. Good luck!

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L.R.

answers from Boston on

Hi K.,
My son had a servere diaper rash too and it started when he was 8 months or so old. It was the worst we ever seen. My own pediatrician thought we needed to see a dermatologist. I was VERY good about changing his diaper all the time. So it surprised me that he got a diaper rash and that bad. I did however, change diaper brands and the Dr. thought that might have added to it. He has auburn hair, sometimes more red, so his skin appeared to be sensitive. We went to the dermatologist and he recommended to put the fire out first with two RX. But in the meantime, he said to only use the "cheap" diapers that had NO colors or dyes in it. The dye can cause irritation. I was always using the Pampers swaddlers and the baby dry brand. We changed to the Cruisers and that made it worse which was shocking and I tried Luvs' and that was even worse. Then we found and liked Huggies and the no name brand from CVS. They work well but also he recommended that you plaster on the "white" diaper cream after EACH change. Oh and NO powder. The Dr. said that diaper rash does not mean the child is teething or vice versa; causing diaper rash. That's an old wives tale! I hope this helps! L. R.

D.B.

answers from Boston on

Powder can cause a yeast infection - I would stop that immediately. Dry him THOROUGHLY with a soft towel - don't rub - after you clean his bottom with warm water. If there is any possibility that he is allergic to the Desitin, switch to something more natural and soothing. I've heard that Burt's Bees has a good product but I can't attest to that personally. The teething could be a factor - excess saliva works its way through his system.

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A.K.

answers from Boston on

hi, try triple paste. You have to ask pharmacist for it, they don't stock it in the regular part of drugstore but you do not need a prescription.. it is expensive but it works! Also, can use Donenbro soaks: over the counter, make solution, put on a guaze pad and put on rash and leave on and diaper. Initially with application, the little one may fuss, but once diaper is on, will be fine. This solution helps dry out the rash. I used this before I learned about triple past and now just use triple paste.

also, have you recently added milk products to his diet? Some children are very sensitive to anything with milk. My second child had a milk allergy and her bottom would be perfect and the minute she had a bowel movement, her bottom would break out in little blisters.

Good luck!

ACK

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B.B.

answers from Boston on

First of all I suggest you use paper towels to wipe opposed to wipes when your child has a rash (they tend to burn due to the alcohol in the wipes). Also this may sound weird but trust me it works use Lotimin it's an antifungal cream commonly used for athletes foot. The rash will clear up a lot quicker. It was recommended to me by my doctor when my son had a rash as you are describing for the same reasons. Also theres a cream that also works almost as well it's called "Butt paste."

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S.S.

answers from Boston on

Wow--122 responses! I apologize if this has already been said but I don't have time to wade through all of the responses. Our son is 11 now but I remember giving him a nice warm soak to sooth his skin when his teething and sore bottom got the worst. Not too hot, though! And slather on the Desitin afterwards. OUCH! Poor little guy!

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C.B.

answers from Boston on

HI K., I saw that you got a zillion posts-but for what it is worth-I found the inexpensive store brand diapers helped, as did airing and using only water and plain paper towels-no wipes, as many of the other moms have suggested. The nurses at my ped's office recommend making a blend of equal parts zinc oxide cream (desitin, balmex, etc) with unscented petroleum jelly and corn starch. Blend into a thick paste and apply in a very thick layer. Put it on so thick that you don't wipe it all off if your son has just a wet diaper. I found this worked very well. Poor boy, and poor you! I also would recommend, as did so many moms, call your doctor just to check.

Good luck, C.

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P.R.

answers from Boston on

A nurse once told me to dab some Maalox on their bottom, let it dry them smear Aquaphor over the whole are. Works great for raw diaper rash...the Maalox seems to cut the acid and Aquaphor protects. Good luck!

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J.L.

answers from Burlington on

We had similar diaper rash with our two children, but it seemed to be more related to urine. Being in a wet diaper at night would burn and sting their bottoms. We used a lot of creams and could make it get better at times, but finally changed diapers (moving from cloth to disposable helped) and let them run around bare-bottom as much as possible to help clear it up. Good luck!

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R.J.

answers from Boston on

We have a 2 year old and use A&D pretty diligently with every diaper changes still. She rarely gets diaper rash, but when she does, we use Triple Paste. It's like magic--usually clears up within a day. You can definitely find it at CVS.

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B.B.

answers from Boston on

My son also has had terrible diaper rashes with teething. I have actually used corn starch...then when it was not so raw I used desitin and corn starch. That worked within two days. If that doesn't work...you could try an item called Triple Paste (or something close to that name). It is sold along with desitin. That worked well for my first son.
Hope that helps!

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D.W.

answers from Portland on

My daughter would experience the same type of rash as a baby. My pedetrician recommended welleda calendula diaper rash cream. I bought it at the health food store. It worked excellent. I also used daily as a preventitive. Also a anti fungal cream used for yeast infections in combination will clear it right up. If this does not work i would call the Dr.. Goodluck!

Hopeful,
D. W.

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D.M.

answers from Barnstable on

K.,
If you are using Desitin or any ointment, are you making sure that your son's bottom is absolutely, TOTALLY dry before you apply it? That is really key because the stuff works so well that it not only blocks out any moisture, but it will also keep in the moisture if there is any at all there and then make the rash worse than ever. I didn't have that many problems with diaper rash with my 3 girls, but did use Desitin for a few stretches. I learned you have to almost wave a completely dry towel or something aong the skin and make sure it's totally dry before you apply ointment. For really impossible rash I think I once used Cortaid which worked like magic. You don't want to use it long term, but it works for the toughest rashes.
Good luck,
D. M.
mom of 3 grown girls, 2 on earth, 1 with us in spirit

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J.H.

answers from Boston on

Triple Paste. This is an amazing ointment that my pedi recommended, and it clears up horrible diaper rash fast. It's not cheap, but it's the best stuff we've ever used. You can find it most pharmacies, and I'm sure it's available online.

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G.M.

answers from Boston on

I see you got a lot of responses, and perhaps this is repetitive, but put on diaper rash ointment EVERY time you change his diaper, and use petroleum jelly with it to make sure it is staying on and not rubbing off onto the diaper.

When you change him give his bum a few minutes to dry completely before putting on his new diaper.

I hope he is feeling better!

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K.S.

answers from Hartford on

My son went through that. His butt got so bad that it would actually bleed. The doctor told me to use 1% Hydrocortisone cream instead of diaper cream. It will take down the swelling as well as protect his butt. I also used cold wet wash clothes and dabbed it instead of wiping. The wipes have some alcohol in them and it will just make him scream. Soaking him in a luke warm tub will help too. Good luck!

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L.F.

answers from Boston on

Hi K.,
Definitely cover your son's bottom with some ointment, otherwise it will continue to be irritated from wet/messy diapers no matter how frequently you change him. My daughter is 2.5 yrs and just recently had a virus/bug and around her anal area was so raw it was bleeding. It was the most awful thing. She has never even had a diaper rash before this, so I was not sure the best stuff to use. The pharmacy suggested Triple Paste. I liberally used Triple Paste initially and then switched to Desitin after a week. Both seemed to work, but the Desistin seemed to be a little creamier so it was a litte easier to spread. As bad as it was, it looked better each day and is fine now. I also used Aveeno Oatmeal bath when giving her a bath. As others suggested, I did initially bring her to her pediatrician, who agreed to keep the area covered liberally with ointment. I hope your little one's bottom is feeling better in no time, good luck.

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K.M.

answers from Boston on

Hi K.,

Our doctor gave us a prescription for a blend of Aquaphor and Questral, which is like a tiny pellet that sucks up moisture. We had to take it to a special pharmacy to have it hand ground and it wasn't covered by our presrciption plan so it was $40. It worked like a charm, though. Very powerful stuff. In order to maximize the effect we were instructed not to wipe it off when we changed our son's diaper unless there was feces.
Hope that's helpful.

Katerie

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C.P.

answers from Pittsfield on

My son went through the same thing - teething wuold make his bottom get so read that it started to bleed. I would clean his bottom with only cool/luke warm water and gently apply a very mild soap, no wipes & no facecloths, as any touch would make him scream. Then I would let him run with no diaper for an hour or more, then apply extra strength zinc oxide (40% - you can get the equate brand at walmart). That would protect his bottom and heal at the same time. If that doesn't work after a few days, go to see the doctor - they can recommend a 1% hydrocortisone cream. Once its fully healed, you can go back to powder, which is what I use for every day.

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S.D.

answers from Boston on

Hi K.,
I have a little boy too who hasn't stopped teething since he was 3 months and the first two came in...just before any of the teeht pop through, he gets a SUPER DUPER diaper rash...nearly makes me cry when I see it. Anyway, we tried everything, then one day I found a tube of Aveeno Diaper rash cream. We tried that and literally within 1 DAY(!) it was a thousand times better. Our day care provider said she couldn't believe how well it worked as she had always recommended triple paste or butte paste, but said she will now recommend the aveeno paste. Anyway, it worked really well and now that's all we use! Just thought I would pass on the news! Good luck!

-S.

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H.R.

answers from Hartford on

Our pediatrician recommends TRIPLE PASTE or straight VASELINE. Clean with water only (not wipes) on a washcloth and just dab. Also, naked time is really helpful...just get some cars or blocks and play on the bathroom floor for half an hour or so together...any accidents will be easily cleaned up. Then coat it with triple paste or vaseline and go. Good luck. H.

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N.S.

answers from Boston on

I would try a cream. Our pedi recomends triple paste. Butt paste is great too. Powder is not usually the best, it pulls in moisture and then keeps it against their skin. A visit to the DR may not be a bad idea if it gets any worse. Good Luck!

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K.J.

answers from Boston on

I am the mother of two girls and when they were both getting their molars, they had the severe runny nose and extremely sensitive diaper rash. It was just as bad as you described. I have a different remedy to add and to my surprise it worked. Cook some plain white rice and feed it to your child. When my kids were going through this they were around 21-24 months old and it was about 2 tablespoons of rice. To make it appealing to gobble up, I put some butter on it and a few hours later the rash was gone. The reason is b/c teething makes them drool more and it creates more acidity that enters the tummy when swallowed and it comes out in the urine and that imbalance creates a rash. The rice soaks up the acid in the tummy and balances everything out so the rash disappears. I am not a doctor, just simply a mom who found this Indian remedy online and tried it out of desperation. I did use corn starch on her bum and avoided the creams to let her butt breath a bit. For less serious rashes I use both Triple Paste and Budreau's Butt Paste. Hope this helps and I know what you are going through! Good luck.

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D.G.

answers from Boston on

This may sound strange but it works great, liquid maalox or mylanta (antiacid). Does just what you want take away acid. There is also a product called triple paste that is great if you can't find it mix petroleum jelly (vaseline) with a zinc oxide paste (about 50/50). PS I was a pharmacist in my former life,

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L.M.

answers from Boston on

Hi K.,

This has happened to my son before. He had a bad diaper rash that was just not responding to Desitin, which usually did the trick for us after 1 or 2 applications. His babysitter suggested that it might be a yeast infection. I was unaware that boys could get one. She told me to try Lotrimin(the kind for jock itch, not for athletes foot) and it should clear it up. I tried it and it worked. I was so grateful because his bottom was so raw and red and he just screamed when I changed his diaper. You can find it in any drugstore with all of the athletes foot products. It comes in a small tube and just make sure it is the one for Jock Itch. I think it costs around $6 or $7. Good luck.

L.

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M.W.

answers from Providence on

Hi ~
There is a product called Resinol...you can have your local pharmacy order it, it usually only takes a day to come in. there is a 3.3 oz. size that runs for about $7.57 (at CVS) Places don't usually carry it in stock. anyway, this is the greatest product for diaper rash. I don't believe it is advertised for diaper rash - But it works incredibly! you will notice a difference after the first time you use it!! my family has used it for over 20 years on all the babies in our family! you must try it!
good luck and I guarantee you will Love it!
~M.

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B.E.

answers from Portland on

Hey there my name is B. my son michael had a servere dipear rash as well for the longest time it was so bad that it was actull raise like an 1/8 of an inch or more and would crack and bleed we tryed everything we brought him to a specialiest after trying every cream in the world including high potient staroids.... The concules was letting him be dipear less as much as possible and to use bag balm i know it sounds so simplee after everything we went though but it really worked. Hope this helps

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S.E.

answers from Boston on

Don't you feel so bad for the little guy? Both my sons went through the same thing when they were teething. When I called the pedi nurse she said the best thing is diaper off. Like one of the responses, if he pees, he pees. And if he poops... Also, you mentioned his BMs being more acidic, this is true. The nurse also recommended applying liquid antacid to their bottoms. You have to make sure his bottom is completely dry. Having a dry bottom before putting on any kind of treatment is key. I used cotton balls to apply the antacid. I hope this helps and good luck. Looks like you have a lot of advice here!!!

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C.R.

answers from Boston on

Bag Balm works wonders. It's original use is for cows so you can buy it at a pet supply store or online. It is perfectly safe. I am very careful about toxins. We also use vaseline.

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E.B.

answers from Boston on

Hi Kerri, I've dealt with that too. But with my daughter I took her to the doctors and he told me to use Balmex and it cleared it up overnight. The reason for my daughter's rash was the type of diapers I was using, mixed with her BM's were acidic too. It was a chemical reaction to it. I had it with both kids and it was because of the diapers. It had something to do with the gel that is used in the diapers to hold the wetness. I ended up with luvs because it was the only one that wouldn't give them a rash. Good luck. E.

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S.S.

answers from Boston on

Pure cornstarch is probably the best thing I ever used... and use it generously... and get the cooking variety, not some scented, specially-packaged, more expensive "baby" version!

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E.L.

answers from Boston on

My son had really bad diaper rash recently as well...it was so bad that it was actually bleeding. We tried all different kinds of creams and found that Butt Paste worked the best...it cleared it up in one day! It is a bit more pricey than the others but it works wonders! Just make sure to let his bum air dry for a minute or two before putting it on. Good luck!

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S.C.

answers from Boston on

If you are giving him any juice right now, you should cut that out for the time being. Whenever my daughter had severe rashes/ blisters while teething, I used Bag Balm to coat the area. It's soothing and will keep it coated, protecting the skin. After you apply it, if you can give him some air time, that'll help too. Poor kiddo, I hope it resolves quickly.
Make sure it isn't the diapers either. All four of my girls were extremely sensitive and I had to use specific brands. Even just swapping out with one diaper would cause painful rashes.

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R.B.

answers from Boston on

I found Balmex when my kids were little. It was the wonder ointment of diaper rash. If his bottom is really bad, sometimes you have to get it out of that warm, wet environment of a diaper, which, of course, means leaving him without. The air will help to heal. Keep an eye on the rash. Sometimes kids will get a yeast rash which requires a nystatin cream by prescription or an anti-fungal cream. The yeast rash is caused by the warm, wet environment.

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R.D.

answers from Boston on

I had the same problem with my daughter. She was allergic to the type of diapers I was using. She had open sores and it was very heartbreaking until we figured out it was the diapers.

P.H.

answers from Boston on

I think the ointment is betetr than the powder..also try Aquaphor, they gave it to me in the hospital when my son was born..he was in the NICU as he was a preemie and he got diaper rash after his 1st week of being born!

Also get Aveeno baby bath wash and soak him in the tub in that (it has the oatmeal in it) or any oatmeal soak so that will help..I always found Destine to work the best (altho the ButtCream smells so good!). Let him also 'air out' a little after he poops or pees so he is without a diaper to let his bum get some air.

Good Luck! P.S. Bagbalm is Really Smelly!! just an FYI!

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L.C.

answers from New London on

Hi K.,

My pediatrician gave me samples of Vusion ointment when I had the same problem with my daughter a couple months back. She was rubbed raw to the point of a bit of bleeding in a couple spots so needless to say, I brought her in after about 2 days of over the counter remedies not working. With this ointment, she was pretty much back to normal within 2 days.

L.

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A.E.

answers from Springfield on

Hi K.! I find a combination of A&D ointment with Boudrieau's Butt Paste diaper rash cream to be the most helpful with a severe diaper rash (even with raw skin- which my 2 year old son sometimes gets, too when he gets his molars in). Good luck, A. E

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J.M.

answers from Boston on

I soak my kids in Aveeno Oatmeal bath and it helps a lot!

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K.D.

answers from Boston on

Hi K.,
Are you sure it isnt a Yeast infection. My Little one just got over one. It was very Painful:( .My pediatrition said to use Lotrimin Anti-fungle(over the counter). It takes about a week to fully go away,butt( No pun intended...lol) it should start to look and feel better right away.
K.

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L.L.

answers from Boston on

let him air out as much as possible-just let him pee everywhere :-) the pee will irritate the skin, too

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S.M.

answers from Boston on

Another thing you can try that I used with all my kids is bagbalm it comes in a green can and you actually find it in the pet section at places like walmart. It is really amazing stuff and really protects their bottom. Or you can try a very thick layer of vaseline mixed with desitin. Good luck.

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S.T.

answers from Boston on

Hello K.. I know you will probably think i've lost my mind... I was given this recipe for "butt paste" from one of our pediatricians (who is also a mother of 4 young children) when my son was under a year. It is rather expensive to buy at first but it will last all of your diaper years i'm sure. You will need to mix equal parts of desitin creamy (make sure it's the creamy in the lighter blue tube not the regular in the navy and white tube) liquid maalox (doesn't matter what "flavor") and aquaphor. The aquaphor is the expensive part, it can be found near the first aid creams. It has the consistency of vaseline. What I would do us get a small rubbermaid container with a tight sealing lid and make up a whole batch, that way I had it on had. It is tough to get mixed all together at first because the aquaphor is so thick and the maalox is so thin. I mixed those two together first and then added the desitin. This "butt paste" as she called it, was an absolute life saver. It clears the rash up SO fast. At one point, my son had had a very serious case of diarrhea for about 2 weeks, his bum was SO agitated that it had open sores. This butt paste cleared it up in a matter of two days. Don't be afraid to slather it right on. I hope this helps, diaper rashes are the WORST!

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W.G.

answers from Boston on

Hi there,

This may sound weird - but this remedy was recommended to me by my friend who is a pediatric intesive care nurse - and I used it on my daughter and it works WONDERS! Using a cotton ball or a tissue dab regular Mylanta (yup - the liquid antacid) all over the affected area. I usually let it air dry a little, using my hand to fan the area - this also helped to cool and sooth the rash. Then sprinkle pure corn starch powder - make sure it is pure corn starch - no talc. Whenever my daughter had a bad rash I would do this - and the rash would literally be gone in the morning:) Hope this helps!

W.

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J.B.

answers from Boston on

hi

K., try the BALMEX and air dry after each change never mind the mess, but it works make sure that your wipes are alcohol free and use water to wash after bowel movements instead of wipeing, let him play without a diaper sometimes for his skin to air

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C.N.

answers from Boston on

Contact your baby's pediatrician before trying this--the doctor told me to use Lotrimin on my daughter's redness & it cleared up immediatly. I don't know if this is the right thing for you to use, but it couldn't hurt to ask the doctor if you should give it a try.

Good luck!

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J.M.

answers from Providence on

HI Kerri - please take him to the doctor. They can give you a stronger medicine that will take care of that rash. My son is now 4 and only had severe diaper rash once but the Dr is the best route to go for it. Good Luck

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B.M.

answers from Boston on

My son's poops would burn his skin, also. To the point of bleeding. It was because he has a cow milk and soy protien allergy.

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R.M.

answers from Hartford on

Hi, my kids (2yrs & 5 mo) have very sensitive bums and have had some pretty bad rashes. I suggest not using wipes, use wet paper towels. I loved A&D ointment over Destitin. It usually does the trick. My daughter did get rashes and stuff when she was teething as well. I didn't use powder b/c it seemed not to help at all. My friend's toddler had severe diaper rash and used ILEX. It's an ointment you can get a hospital pharmacy. I haven't had to use that yet but I have come close. Just make sure you use Vaseline with it to prevent it from sticking to their bums.
I also tried to let my kids "air out" as much as possible (w/o diaper). A&D saved the day though! Plus, I tried to not eat acidic foods (b/c I nurse). Not sure if it helped, but it made me feel better. Good luck!

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J.M.

answers from Boston on

hello,
first thing is to use wet paper towels to clean him with, even alcohol free wipes have some in them and it only makes the problem worse. then i have found that A&D ointment works the best, not the zinc, the regular type. another thing is you could try using a blow dryer on cool to make sure that he's completely dry before you diaper him. any moisture or wetness will just make him more uncomfortable. good luck.

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A.H.

answers from Providence on

Use Aquaphor! It is a little pricey but works great. It is also super for chapped lips and chapped noses from bad colds. You can get it at Babies r Us, Walmart, Target etc. Babies r Us has it in a giant tub and it is a better deal if you are finding you are using it alot. Good Luck!

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J.M.

answers from Hartford on

The same thing would happen to our daughter. When Desitin didn't work, I used Balmex. For whatever reason, it seemed to work better. Usually took a couple of applications, but it always did the trick. Good luck!

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S.O.

answers from Providence on

My on had SEVERE diaper rash for his first year of life. The only product that worked for us is Triple Paste. You don't need a script, but you do have to get it at the pharmacy counter. CVS carries it. It's pricey, but it is the only thing that worked. It made all the difference for us!

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S.S.

answers from Boston on

Calendula cream worked wonderfully for my son when he was a baby and had the same problem. You can find it at Whole Foods in the Homeopathic section. Also if you are nursing, stay away from greasy and spicy foods. Hope it helps!
S.

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R.B.

answers from Denver on

This is going to sound a little crazy but it works. A nurse practitioner in our ped office told me about it and I've since passed it on to other friends and its worked for them too. Soak a little mylanta in a cotton ball and spread it on the rash. Her rationale is that in neutralizes the stomach acids, just like it would internally for an adult. Just coat his bum with a thin layer and then leave him out of diaper for it to dry.
good luck!

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H.C.

answers from Boston on

go see the dr. It might be something else. I had to use a special cream for my son at one point.

good luck

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K.T.

answers from Boston on

If it is as severe of a rash as you say, I would call the doctor and have him seen to get a prescription cream asap. It should clear it right up. In the future to prevent diaper rash, I would apply a coat of vaseline all over his diaper area it really protects the skin.

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M.H.

answers from New London on

Hi Kerri

I just went through some pretty bad diaper rash with my 4 month old....(teething...) I used that A&D faithfully and it went away. Desitin just wasn't cuttin it. Good Luck!

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J.A.

answers from Boston on

Hi K.,

So sorry to hear about your son's rash, sounds so painful. I think adding powder to an open rash is probably not a good idea. At this point, assuming there is no secondary infection, I would recommend letting your son sit in a warm bath with baking soda to soak a couple of times a day, (five or ten minutes should do) then dry his bottom thoroughly and, if practical leave him without a diaper so he can get air to the area. Another possibility is to try some cotton "training pants" they are thickly padded so somewhat absorbent. (I was able to find them at "Babies R Us". However, you will need to change him as soon as he wets or soils himself. Do not use rubber pants over as this encourages a warm moist environment which will only worsen the situation. when he needs changing it is best to clean his bottom by holding him directly under warm running water. After he is wet you can use a small amount of baby wash for emollient to eliminate all feces without too much friction. Just be sure to rinse him and dry him thoroughly after. I know this sounds time consuming but if you stick with this religously you should see improvement within a day or two. If you don't consult your pediatrician.
Some people do say certain foods or teething can contribute to more acidic stools, I'm not sure if that is true, but at this point you need to be aggressive to heal this rash. I would avoid powders and lotions at this point. Good Luck!

J. L.

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S.W.

answers from Boston on

Aquaphor works great on diaper rash!

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E.T.

answers from Boston on

My suggestion for you - I have 2 boys, ages 6 and 4, and they both went through terrible diaper rashes, especially when teething. Try to air out his little tushy (totally naked) for a while. He may not like any water on him right now, even warm bath water, or cool water (the water can make it more sore, too). Also - go to CVS, and ask the pharmacist (it is not prescription, but they have it at the pharmacy counter), for something called Flanders Butt Cream. It is a very thick, light brown paste (comes in a white tube) and it works miracles. It is a bit smelly (on your fingers), but slather on a ton right onto his bottom. You will see pretty quick results. Don't be nervous when you see the brown residue on his diaper - it stains the diaper, but it really works. I would stay clear of the powder, which can dry out the tushy even more. And, when he stops teething, the rash will definitely settle down.

Good luck!!

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R.O.

answers from Lewiston on

Hi K.
Try Cornstarch. Its more silky than baby powder and seemed not to irritate my son when he had a bad spell of diaper rash.

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B.K.

answers from Springfield on

This is going to sound odd, but it will work. My son had severe diaper rash and ezcema (sp)... my pediatrician recommended- an equal mix of rice cereal and oatmeal cereal and desetin cream. Mix it all together to make a thick paste- then paste it on every diaper treatment. I made it in a big tupperware bowl and it would last a day or two before drying out... it was the only thing that worked with my son...even prescriptions bothered his skin!

Good luck!

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M.K.

answers from New York on

Hi K.
With both my kids I use Triple Paste. It is a little more expensive but it works! It could also be a yeast infection and in that case your son's pediatrician will probably prescribe Nystatin, and anti-fungal cream. When my kids went through that I mixed the triple paste and Nystatin together. The combo cleared up their bum quickly. Keeping a diaper off and exposing them to air is also helpful.
Good Luck!

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M.H.

answers from Boston on

There are two things that always worked on my 5 kids. First after washing his bottom with warm compresses (no diaper wipes) let his bottom air dry. The longer you can leave a diaper off the better. If he is crawling put old towels on the floor and if he pees he pees.
If you have a hair dryer with a cool setting it works well. Then coat his bottom with straight Zinc Oxide (you can pick it up at CVS). Zinc is the ingredient in Desitin that helps the rash. Straight Zinc will not only sooth the pain but will really protect the skin.

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S.G.

answers from Boston on

Hi i always used bag balm, yes the little green can they used on cows utters, so doctors don't like it cause it's not their idea. Women have used it for years and years, i've raised 3 kids and have 6 grandkids, both my mom and mother-in-law used it. You can buy it at your local drug store,grocery store, ask anyone over 50..S. p.s. use cloth diapers for awhile when you can

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L.F.

answers from Providence on

This was an issue with my granddaughter also. My daughter actually called the pediatrician and he gave her a prescription - I believe it was for Nystatin cream - to be used every time you change a diaper. I did not have this problem when my children were small and I did hear about the acidity when babies teeth but if the desitin is not working than you need to call your pediatrician. The nystatin cream actually cleared up my granddaughters bottom within 2 changes (made it bearable to her)

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R.S.

answers from Providence on

My daughter gets nasty diaper rashes & I've found that a combo of the Butt paste & A&D ointment works the best. Also, it sounds weird but if your nursing, putting some breastmilk on the rash & letting it dry, then applying the ointment works great & fast (in less then a day it's usually gone). Good luck to you.

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R.A.

answers from Boston on

think of diaper rash like a burn, you should try a&d and put lots on everytime you change him so that his skin is always covered. and if possible let him go diaper free, even if it means covering you floors with dozens of towels

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K.R.

answers from Boston on

Definately the best thing I ever used on my daughter who always had rashes so bad that they'd blister, A & D ointment. Just smear it on every diaper change, It's the best thing on the market.
Good luck, it's painful to see your baby suffer!
K.

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L.P.

answers from Boston on

you can get butt paste some small local pharmacies make it Madia in Arlington used to. Not ure if they still do. Or you can make your own use regular (not creamy) Desatin mix with Batricn and corn starch powder 3 parts Desatin 1 part other stuff.L.

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B.R.

answers from Boston on

Aquaphor works every time. Can be found in the lotion or baby section at the grocery store or cvs.. Also don't use wipes use warm water on soft cotton pads and pat don't rub. I hope it clears up quickly for your little guy : )

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A.F.

answers from Portland on

My first born daughter was prone to really severe diaper rash..one or two even broke open and would weep or occassionally bleed. My doctor had me use 1/2% hydrocortizone cream and then had me put Butt paste on top of it. Yes, I said Butt Paste. That's what it's really called. I think you can now get it at Walmart and Target. It is amazing stuff. We found that it almost worked better than the Hydrocortizone. We use it for everything, scarpes, stracthes, etc. Ofcourse, make sure that it is not a yeast infection first. But really...get the Butt Paste. It's the best.

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L.

answers from Providence on

My little guys have experienced this too! I recommend using the Desitin Original, not the "creamy" one. It tends to stay on better. The other thing I would recommend is letting the wounds dry out. Allowing the bottom to be undiapered for 10 minutes or so at each diaper change is great. When my youngest son had a really bad case of diaper rash, we let him go bare bottomed for long stretches of time; it cleared up pretty quickly. Good luck!

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S.L.

answers from Pittsfield on

Hi K.,
My name is S. and I have 3 daughters (16, 12 & 21 mos), so unfortunately I have seen ALOT of diaper rash!!! We have found 2 prouducts that work great, Boudreaux's Butt Paste & Triple Paste. We usually try the Butt Paste first and if the rash is so severe that that doesn't work (most times it does) then we use the Triple Paste. We have had great success with both. With my older girls I used Desitin, Balmex & A&D, none of which were very helpful. I would also suggest laying your son on a towel or blanket without a diaper just to air thing out, I know it is difficult at that age when they are so anxious to move around but even just a few minutes does a lot of good. I hope these suggestions help as I know how difficult it is to see your child in pain.

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T.D.

answers from Boston on

You may want to check with the doctor. My daughter had an awful rash when she was little and after quite some time I found out that it was a yeast infection. Can't hurt to check with the doctor. Good luck.

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E.M.

answers from Boston on

Hi,,my daughter was going through some formula issues as an infant and used to get severe diaper rashes from diarreah, and I know it was absolutely heartbreaking how she would scream. Diapering is supposed to be a bonding experience and I would dread it! Her pediatrician suggested Boudreaux's Butt Paste. I know the name sounds funny, but it worked great! I used to use a little neosporin too and it eventually cleared up. You may want to check with his pediatrician first. Hang in there in the meantime..you are not alone!

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C.M.

answers from Boston on

I have just read your issue about bad diaper rashes. One thing that I can recommend is that you make sure the area of the rash is completely dry before you apply anything. Use Triple Paste cream. It is a bit expensive, but I have seen it work on all kinds or rashes quickly. It may also halp if once it is gone, you use a regular ointment like A&D ointment or petroleum jelly at every diaper change to help prevent another from starting because it acts like a protectant on the skin. I wish you luck! C. M.

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C.G.

answers from Portland on

K.,

I know exactly what you are going through! I used to wince changing my youngest son's diaper because he rash was so bad that it started bleeding! Every mom feels the pain their baby is going through. After a trip to his pediatrician, we found something that truly works well. The doctor told us that after each time we bathed him to dry his bottom really well (as best we could with him screaming) and to put vaseline on him to seal his bum. He suggested a little bacitracin on the areas that were bleeding, but vaseline for the rest in a thin layer like putting lotion on. He said that the vaseline acts like a barrier so that when he pooped, it would not go directly on his skin causing the irritation. (I was using desitin, too. But he told us not to use desitin because it dries the skin out.) When we changed his diaper, we would pat him dry again and reapply a little to that area. He also said that if we could stand to do it, that we should let his bum air out with no diaper on right after he pooped and we had cleaned him. With in two days, my son's rash went from his whole bum to the area just around his anus, and the few spots that were raw enough to have bled. It really worked well! You truly have my sympathy in this, I can remember crying right along with my son as I changed him because I knew how much it hurt. I hope that this helps you!

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L.L.

answers from Hartford on

Hi K., As an older Mom of two grown kids ( now 21 and 25 with kids of their own), let me tell you that although teething can make a baby get a rash, if it is severe, they need to go to a Dr. Babies can get a form of yeast infection that gives them a horrible rash, sometimes even opens the skin into bleeding spots. My kids ( both male and female ) had them. I don't think it's due to doing anything wrong, it just happens, much like how women get vaginal yeast infections, only theirs is on their skin. You might want to shorten the healing time by seeing the Dr. There are topicals that they can give you. Good luck and God bless. L.

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H.D.

answers from Providence on

Hi Kerri,

You have gotten a lot of responses! My daughter used to get terrible diaper rash. One time it was so bad that I brought her to the doctor. He agreed it was very bad and prescribed a medicated cream. If your son's diaper rash is severe you may want to call his doctor. Besides the medicated cream that I had to use on my daughter, I tried Triple Paste (I think another Mom had suggested this). It used to be a "special order" item, but now you can get it over-the-counter. It works wonders! My daughter never had any more diaper rash problems after I started using Triple Paste. Good luck!

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L.C.

answers from Springfield on

It might be a yeast infection. If it's that bad it's worth a trip to the doctor's office, he's probably miserable. Good luck!

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P.W.

answers from Boston on

Hi K.,

My daughter used to get very bad yeast diaper rashes periodically. She had a milk protein allergy and they were definitely caused by her bowel movements, probably when she had any kind of dairy or when she was on an antibiotic for an ear infection (she had quite a few). If his rash is yeast caused, you would need something other than desitin to make it go away. We were told by the Pedi to use the kind of cream used for jock itch, I've also used the generic cream that women use for yeast infections. It eventually happened that we were prescribed Nystatin for them. Desitin definitely helped w/ the redness but we needed the other stuff to get rid of it totally. The way you can tell if it is yeast related is if there are little red dots or bumps. Good luck, it's so tough when they are not feeling well.

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B.P.

answers from Boston on

You have some great advice here. Of course, I would also recommend you take him to see the doctor if it continues to worsen. I have had good luck using several of the things listed in other responses. The bag balm is absolutely wonderful. Just make sure you put any ointment on dry skin. I would leave off the diaper as much as possible. Also, using cloth diapers will help. I think they are helpful because you won't leave them on him the way you would a disposable diaper. Changing it more often keeps him cleaner and allows more air to get to it. Also, the corn starch is comforting and healing. Warm baths help and also the cool cloths when changing the diaper helps as well.

Hope he gets better soon!

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T.F.

answers from Boston on

My daughter used to get severe 'diaper rashes', and I couldnt use any thing on her rear end, it would cause the rashes to become more severe. I took her to a routine drs appt with one of these rashes and he said that it was not a diaper rash but a yeast infection. You should probably consult your sons dr to be sure.

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A.M.

answers from Boston on

We used Boudreaux Butt Paste actually has a pleasant smell) for my daugter's worst diaper rash. Sometimes we would put her in the bath with the Aveeno Oatmeal mix or just plain water. In the worst case, it healed within a day and a half. We also let her go bare bottom when we could around the house. In the meantime, we used loosely secured diaper clothes which allowed for better ventilation. Hopefully, your son's rash will heal quickly.

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D.W.

answers from Boston on

Hi there,
My friend's son used to get bad diaper rash and she used vaseline first and then put baby power over that. Sorry to hear your son is in pain! :(

D.

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E.A.

answers from Boston on

Hi
The thing I use on my son I actually scrolled through all of the responses and didn't see (I dont think, there are a lot of responses)- mix liquid maalox (mint kind is best) with a tube of a/d ointment, then add cornstarch baby powder until its the right consistency to spread on. If there is any white patches on the rash, you can add a tube of antifungal cream (over the counter, ask a pharmacist)- but the maalox helps with the acidity, works every time-
Good luck
E. (mom to 3 boys under 4)

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W.D.

answers from Boston on

Boudreaux's Butt Paste .. get it at any drug store or you can have your ped prescribe "Dr Doody's butt Balm".. it works so great.. my son's bum was bleeding from a tummy bug and in one day, his butt was pink. it's thick and goes a long way and I swear by it. I never bought any other diaper cream since..

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C.M.

answers from Boston on

My daughter has super sensitive skin and I have battled diaper rash since she started eating solids. Literally if she sits in a poopy diaper longer than 5 minutes its red. And forget about juice. If she drinks too much juice she has about 3 or 4 loose BMs and she gets so raw that she bleeds....its horrible. I really feel for her especially when she is screaming as I am wiping her. My solutions when she has gotten like that is take antibiotic ointment, and vaseline and slather it on nice and thick, and repeat every diaper change until it heals. If you know its going to reaccur like when he is teething (which they are right, Ashley's got bad around teething time too)keep slathering on the vaseline. It seemed to be the only thing that would totally prevent it. Vaseline is so thick that it creates a barrier to protect the skin much better than diaper rash ointment does. I hope this helps. Also if you can....let him go diaperless for a few minutes to let the air get to hi bottom.

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B.A.

answers from Boston on

Hi K.,
I had much better luck with A&D ointment. My son had some serious rashes when he was teething too and this really worked wonders. You might try putting it on at every diaper change too.
B.

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B.D.

answers from Boston on

A call to the doc is always a good idea if the rash is really horrible. For OTC, I find that Triple Paste works better than anything I've used on my three munchkins, better even than the 'butt paste' the hospital sent home with my son. Regular pharmacies carry it although you may have to ask for it. It's expensive but I've had the same little tub forever - I love the stuff and wouldn't use anything else! Good luck!

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H.B.

answers from Providence on

What I've used on my son since he was born was every morning after his bath I would put some vasaline all around the diaper area. I also do this every night before he goes to bed. He's 14 months old now and luckily has never had any kind of diaper rash. I really feel that by doing this it has helped prevent any. Hope that helps.

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L.F.

answers from Boston on

Try a mixture of vaseline and corn starch. Make sure the mixture is cloudy when done. Put it on everytime you change him and also dry his bottom with a wash cloth after each change. The little moisture left from the wipes can bother some kids bottoms. This worked for me. The drying the bottom was the biggest helper in the long run. Good Luck!

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Q.F.

answers from New London on

OHH, poor little guy :( my son seems to be allergic to his own pee, so i make a balm out of beeswax, olive oil and esential oils. it works great on his bum and his eczema. i havn't started offering it for sale yet but i know there are lots of people who make the same kind of thing on www.etsy.com and just search under baby, natural lotions or something like that. everything on this site is handmade and mostly by moms. i hope this helps. oh, and stay away from prescriptions unless NOTHING else works. they are all petroleum ( mineral oil, petrolatum...) based and actually toxic, same with vaseline and "petroleum"jelly. they are 100% petroleum, which is made from left overs when they are refining crude oil for our cars and heating fuel. grooossss

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D.G.

answers from Boston on

Try adding a little baking soda to the bath or keep a spray bottle with a mixture of baking soda and water on the changing table and use it at each diaper change. The baking soda kills the aciditcy of the rash. Use wipes that are free of everything. Also, I have always used Balmex and got great results. Hope this helps.

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C.F.

answers from Boston on

Call the doctor, they can prescribe him Nystatin. My two girls were both the same way, teething or if on antibiotics. Usually put that on and coat with Desitin and clears up in a couple days.

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A.M.

answers from Boston on

I use Caldesene Powder and Butt Paste. Both work wonders for that terrible teething diaper rash. Both my kids have had it that bad and even bad enough that it bleeds. Poor kids! I have done warm baths and then dried well and applied both the paste and the powder. Usually in a day it is good.
I use Desitin and A&D on a regular basis (as the other two are a bit pricey) but when the bad rash starts up I change. Hope this helps!!

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L.F.

answers from Boston on

K.,

Been through this too :(

It is so tough to watch them hurt like this and they do hurt!

Yes, there is a common pattern to some babies teething and this diaper rash...but not all babies have this...weird.

The key is to use the "right" treatment. Some diaper rash treatments are better for preventative than actual treatments. I have found Desitin to be one of these. The best Desitin is the newer creamy version. The older has a definite fragrance which is not good. I believe in "airing" the area out as much as possible. I also use the pure cornstarch powder (no talc). In the past I would cool the area down by just putting the baby in the tub or sink. It can both clean the area without rubbing and soothe at the same time. I have even used the spray bottle. The diaper wipes can be brutal!

IF the rash gets so bad that you have bleeding or sores, you should go the doctors...they have an ointment by prescription that is AWESOME and clears things up within days.

Good Luck!

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L.L.

answers from Boston on

Hi K.,

The best choice of treatment for my son is Triple Paste which can be found at Target. It is a god send and works wonders quickly. Spread it on thick and warm baths with no soap helps the bum.

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T.C.

answers from Portland on

Boudreaux's Butt Paste is a wonder ointment for diaper rash! There is nothing like it! I know you said you are hesitant to use anything on it now, but next time you do use ointment, I would higly suggest buying some Boudreaux's Butt Paste! Until them, call the pedi to see what he/she would suggest. A mother purchased BBP for me as a baby shower gift a year and a half ago, and told me there is nothing else! I have since bought it for every new mother I know. It is AWESOME! Good luck! I hope your little guy is pain and rash free soon.

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J.P.

answers from Burlington on

use a + d ointment or vasaline it puts a protective layer on the skin so when they have a BM it doesnt hurt so put it on and it will also help the the rash give it a berrier to heal. My son has had the runs seince last sunday and this has been the only thing that has worked for me.

jenn

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H.Z.

answers from Boston on

K.,

Years ago when I was a day care provider I was told never to use Desitin...it actually pulls skin away when you clean it off. When I became a mom I was told only to use petroleum jelly. Which is what I have used ever since I became a mom and none of my three sons have ever had any severe diaper rashes (some minor ones that weren't so bad.)

Good luck!! H..

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H.H.

answers from Boston on

I had a baby with diaper rash so bad it was bleeding and my friends all told me...A&D OINTMENT!!! AND LOTS OF IT. He's fine now, and I have tubes of the stuff at each changing station in the house and in both diaper bags!! :)

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R.H.

answers from Portland on

Hey your coworkers may be correct but I think it may be related to the fact their teeth hurt and therefore take less liquid therefore making their urine stronger. The back side weather irritated by strong pee or pooh needs air to dry it out. I used cloth most of the time on my kids except my last but my mom told me @ air bathes when my daughter's butt was like what your son's is like, RAW!

So he needs to lie on his belly; don't know if you can do that anymore, and I put the diaper on backwards so you have easy tape access or just lie him down on the diaper. What the heck you may have a wet bed in the morning so throw him in the tub, by then the healing would have started and there may even be a thin see through layer over the raw areas.

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P.H.

answers from Boston on

Corn starch all over his bottom each time you change his diaper. do not use a facecloth as they are too rough. Works great. Old fashioned but is the absolute best. Good luck Pam(been a mother for 34 years)

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S.B.

answers from Providence on

Try to leave his diaper off as often as possible. I know it sounds very messy but, the fresh air will help. Set down a blanket you can wash... perhaps over a vinyl table cloth if you have carpets... and just let him play there for as long as you can. Hope he feels better!

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K.M.

answers from Boston on

After four kids I've found that Triple Paste works the best. It is expensive but does the job. If the rash isn't going away you may want to make sure it's not a yeast infection. That would require a perscription from your doctor. Good Luck!

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L.P.

answers from Hartford on

TRIPLE PASTE!!!!!! It works miracles on diaper rash...noticable improvement after the first use. It used to have to be ordered through the pharmacy although not a prescription but I know Stop and Shop sells it with the other diaper cream...I have a 14 13 8 and 5 month old who always had pretty little bottoms with that. good luck

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S.G.

answers from Boston on

I just had this happen to my son. He screamed and tried with all his might to get away from me when I put desitin on his behind. Then I discovered Butt Paste. You can get it at the grocery store, CVS, lots of places. I put it on him before bed, when I changed his diaper in the middle of the night, and by morning, it looked soooo much better. It's been two days now and it's just about cleared up. Go get some butt paste! It's in a yellow tube. And I really wouldn't recommend using powder. Also, make sure you let his tush dry before you apply anything. Try to let him air out a bit if you can, give him like 15 minutes of naked butt time. I did this, and yeah, my son peed on the blanket, but that washes. I hope this helps.

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A.S.

answers from Providence on

Best thing is to let his little bum air out. Don't put ointment or powder on it. Try Bag Balm. It is like petrolum jelly. You find it in the pet isle at Wal-Mart. Both of my children have every dry skin, and my daughter would get vicious diaper rashes, and it works great.

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M.L.

answers from Portland on

My daughter suffered and still will suffer from severe diaper rash, as well. Your best bet is to leave a diaper off as long as possible. When they are sleeping is best, b/c you can slip a towel under them. Giving them fresh air really, really helps. Also, make sure that they are completely dry before diapering them. Any moisture at all will make matters worse, or bring it on. ALso, I started off using every fancy natural diaper ointment out there. From there - I tried all the "regular" medicated brands. Burts Bees was pretty good, but we've found that Butt Paste is the best out there. You can find it at Target. It has greatly helped with all those acidic horrible sad diaper rashes. I HIGHLY recommend it.
Good luck. I hope our experience helps a little.

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K.S.

answers from Boston on

K.,
My son is recovering from a horrendous diaper rash. We learned that the critical thing to do is to make sure that (before you put on the desitin/vaseline/other cream) that he is completely dry AND that there are no chemicals/powders on the skin. Our pediatrician told us that those chemicals (from wipes, powders, etc.) get sealed into the skin by the desitin/other creams and actually cause the rash to get worse. To get the skin dry we actually used a hair dryer (no heat). It worked like a charm to speed up the process. And to clean the poop off, we used wet paper towels (with no scent or dyes). You could also use a washcloth.

The only exceptions to the "nothing but bone-dry skin under the rash" are hydrocortisone (you will need to see your pediatrician to get a prescription... see if they recommend it) or lotrimin (if the rash is yeast based - again, I suggest seeing the pediatrician on this one).

Good luck. Diaper rashes suck.
K.

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Y.P.

answers from Boston on

The best diaper rash cream I've found is called Triple Paste. It's very thick and works great.

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T.P.

answers from Hartford on

I am a mom of two, a son that is six now and a daughter that is 16 months. My son used to get severe diaper rash. His doctor told us to use Boudreaux's Butt Paste. It is sold at the grocery store and places like CVS. It works magic. It creates a coating that protects their little skin so well. Then we also would let him go diaperless (I know that sounds gross) for as much as we could for certain times of the day. If there is any way to keep your son in the kitchen playing so the clean up is minimal. Just keeping his skin dry and not contained in a diaper worked wonders. Good luck!!

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B.G.

answers from Boston on

Hi K.,
That exact same thing happened to my son. I thought I was a bad mother because the rash got so bad (and just on his behind). My neighbor said it was teething and I totally believe it. He never had a rash like that before; this was so bad and raw. Anyway, I did call the doctor and they said balmex and air. I left his diaper off for at least a few minutes everytime I changed him. Plus, if you use a wipe, be sure he is totally dry before putting on the ointment. I know how bad it is. He would cry just to sit down. Good new is the Balmex (and time) worked and the rash was completely gone in just a few days.

Good luck,
B. G

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K.B.

answers from New London on

K.
this sounds like a food allergy. I would look at his diet, see what has changes, remove many of the allergy causing foods and let his little fanny get exposed to some sunlight (sorry in advance for the pee on the floor) bur it works
good luck
K.

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L.B.

answers from Boston on

Try dabbing some Maalox on to the area...should neutralize the acid.

Good luck!

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C.W.

answers from Boston on

hi, this also happened with my second son. he would get so bad it would be open sores. my friend suggested i buy triplepaste it is in most pharmacies and is expensive but worth EVERY penny. i highly recommend. good luck. so sad to see them in such pain. their urine also burns as well, so keeping dry diapers and letting them air dry a bit before placing a new diaper on helps also. hope this helps. i never used powder per pediatrician recommendation. powder holds in moisture so he says. good luck and if you use triplepaste at each diaper change, he should be healed in just a couple of days. best of luck.

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M.F.

answers from New London on

A&D ointment works wonders-and alot of it.

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E.C.

answers from Boston on

Hi K.,

My daughter had severe diaper rash for about a year of her life and no amount of dermatologist appointments could diagnose the problem. We tried every prescription and OTC cream out there, and had a lot of sucess with a product called "Hydrolatum" - it's hydrated petrolatum which is basically vaseline emulsified with water. It is an OTC product but lives behind the pharmacy counter at most drugstores. It's a very thick and goopy white cream and if you slather a very thick layer on your son's bottom at every diaper change you will see favorable results fairly quickly. It won't -cure- whatever's causing the rash, necessarily, but it will absolutely heal the skin. Good luck!!

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R.Z.

answers from Boston on

K.

He might have a yeast infection. Probably a good idea to consult your pediatrician. My son had the same symptoms and it was a yeast infection. You could also consult your pharmacist and ask what to use.

Good Luck

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L.H.

answers from Boston on

Hi, K.,

I agree completely with your co-workers about the teething ~ I could always tell when my daughter was getting ready to cut a tooth because her stool would get pasty and would smell like low tide (ugh! :). Supernanny even mentions it in one of her books, so it must be true! I was told that it's due to the increased saliva in the mouth from teething ~ it dilutes the stool and makes it potent (stinky and painful) at the same time.

The BEST advice I ever got was to buy "Triple Paste". It's in the baby section at most pharmacies (Walmart might even have it, you'd have to call). It's pretty pricey at 8 dollars a tube, but you get what you pay for which is a magical cure. I was having the darndest time with my little girl's rash and tried every thing from Desitin to Aquafor to Boudreau's Butt Paste to Balmex to air drying and washing with just warm water. *Nothing* worked, and the poor bugger was getting *raw*. A friend recommended the paste and I reluctantly bought it after spending so much already and then seeing the price of this supposed miracle ~ but I was desperate, so I bought it. It was the best money spent, and now my sisters use it for their little ones, too, and we bought a big tub to split amongst us. It has the consistency of Crisco and really coats the baby's bottom, protecting it from future BM's/pee and helping it to heal.

Hope this helps,
L. :)

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N.A.

answers from Boston on

My daughter gets severe diaper rash whenever she is feeling unwell - it can be due to teething or having a cold, etc. I have a few approaches that seem to work well for us:

-- I use Aquaphor Baby cream for her. I didn't find any powders or other creams that worked for her.
-- At bath-time, add some baking soda to the bath water, and then apply a sprinkling of baking soda to the rash before putting on the clean diaper.
-- I always use a soft baby cloth wet with warm water to gently pat clean her butt, and then use a clean dry one to pat her dry before applying any powder or cream.
-- I switched from using Pampers diapers to Huggies Supreme, and that has reduced the number of 'outbreaks'.
-- On days where it was warm enough to let her outside, I'd take off her diaper and let her play without any pants on. Pure fresh air, with a dappling of sunshine, is one of the best things to clear up diaper rash.

GOOD LUCK!

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H.D.

answers from Boston on

Hi Kerri,
I just wanted to say that I know another Mom who uses the same mixture that Shanee mentioned and it works wonders very quickly. The other thing I would mention is that if you haven't already done so, you may want the Dr to check it out just to be sure it isn't an allergic rash or yeast.
Good luck.. Diaper Rashes are awful, for baby and parents!

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J.E.

answers from Boston on

It could possibly be a Yeast Infection. I know that with both of my girls after they had been on antibiotics they would get a severe diaper rash for me to find out it was a yeast infection. If it's so sever that he is screaming after a BM, I would call your doctor to have him been seen and see if there is a prescription ointment you could put on it instead of using Desitin which has zinc oxide in it and can tend to "burn" or "upset" the area more. My doctor had once recommended hydracortizone 1% because it was over the counter however I had a hard time finding it in stores so we finally just called for a prescription after our daughters rash wouldn't go away and got so bad her skin was starting to break open. Cold clothes would be much better than wipes at this point if it's that bad and if you are using wipes, make sure they are unscented so the alcohol doesn't upset the rash either. Good luck.

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J.W.

answers from Boston on

Hi, My 2 yr old son gets frequent diaper rashes and often times are pretty bad (with bumps on his bum) I've been using Bordeaux's Butt paste (recommended by his pediatrician) - tube is a yellow and white one and can be found pretty much everywhere that sells bum ointment - also use corn starch (tip from my daycare provider). I sometimes substitute the bum paste with regular old vasoline to act as a barrier to anyother BMs he has to give it a chance to heal....his most recent one went away within a day and a half. good luck.

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J.P.

answers from Boston on

I had one that had horrible rashes and after trying everything under the sun the only thing that worked was goldbond for babies( its not that easy to find and they only sell it in small bottles, I could always find it at cvs)after the rash was clear I would use aquaphor to help prevent the rash, but I swore his came from the inside.Good luck.

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L.B.

answers from Providence on

I tell everyone to try chamomile tea. It is said to actually reduce the acid in the urine which reduces further irritation & leads to quicker healing. I used it for my son, who rarely got rashes, but when he did they were terrible! It worked for him & it's natural.
Hope this helps.

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L.A.

answers from Boston on

K.,
Poor little guy! Have you asked your pediatrician to take a look? Especially since the rash hasn't cleared up with typical diaper rash ointment; it is possible that he has a yeast infection. My son had one and once diagnosed we were advised to use a lotrimin (spelling?) cream and within 2 days the rash was gone! If it's not yeast, the one thing that has worked on my daughter who gets terrible diaper rash is Domboro's. You can get it at any pharmacy. Mix the little packed with warm water, soak a clean washcloth with it and put it in his diaper on the affected area for 15 minutes 4 times a day. Good luck!
L.

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L.F.

answers from Boston on

I fond the best thing is to NOT put any ointment on a rash like that.Personally, I never found Desitin to be any good.
Look for a baby powder that has corn starch in it, like Baby Gold Bond - it works wonders! Put in on the diaper, not directly onto the rash. And don't put a ton of it, it only takes a little. Also, air dry him. Whenever you can just let him lay out with his bare bum. Leaving it exposed to the air helps too, because he won't be in the wet diaper. It worked for all three of my kids!

M.B.

answers from Providence on

Hey K.! I have had a similar problem with diaper rash and a teething son. He used to get it really bad. You should stop using the powder ASAP, it's just drying out his poor little bum and irritating it. So stop using that stuff pronto until the rash goes away. I've also used every cream known to man. The best that I've found are Aveeno for when it's just starting and Triple paste if it already looks bad. Triple paste is expensive, but it gets rid of it fast. Also, you mimght want to try letting little man air-dry for a little while before the re-diaper and ointment. I know, we're all scared of the mess that could follow, but if it helps his butt, what's a little clean up right? Good luck!

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H.M.

answers from Boston on

I've found Boudreaux's Butt Paste to have the highest concentration of zinc for off the shelf products. It worked really well. It's about 16% i believe...and Triple Paste is 11% and it is even stickier and works well too!

Good luck!!!

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B.D.

answers from Barnstable on

Hi K. ...
I know it's going to sound crazy, but try Bag Balm ... it's in a green can & was originally designed to treat cows' udders.
I know that sounds nuts!! BUT, my father grew up on a farm and he swore by it.
One day, I was waterskiing with my dad and got a fairly bad injury -- won't go into gory details, but my thighs were pretty torn up. My dad put bag balm on the cuts ... they healed much faster than anything else I had ever experienced. I kept it in my life and used it for cuts and severe dry skin treatments.
SO, 8 years after the waterskiing thing, when my son had severe diaper rash, I tried the bag balm -- IT WORKED!!!
I used it for both of my kids' whenever a rash began to develop and it truly saved us all!! :)
It's SO sad when your child is in pain and you feel helpless to comfort them ...
Like I said, I know this sounds crazy, but you should really give it a try.
GOOD LUCK!
B.
PS ... I wouldn't use Desitin ... I can't remember why, but I remember hearing that it wasn't a good thing for the baby's bottom .. something about locking stuff in there. (My boys are now 13 & 9, hence the "not remembering why" thing!) ;-)

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D.K.

answers from Boston on

I used desitin every time I changed my daughters diaper and applied it generously. However, the creamy formula does not work as well as the original Desitin! Baby wipes sometime irritate so maybe switching to washcloth and then applying desitin to totally dry skin to create that barrier.

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S.F.

answers from Boston on

You've received so many responses already I hesitate to add another, but I just wanted to suggest Dr. Smith's - I used to buy it at CVS and have noticed it at Stop & Shop. My son had quite a rash for a while and Dr. Smith's was like an answer to my prayers, recommended by a friend of mine who is a pediatrician. We tried several different things, for us the Dr. Smith's worked even better than air drying.
Best of luck, glad to hear Dillon's rash is getting better!

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M.W.

answers from Portland on

Bag Balm....works much better than any other diaper rash cream! I have used it on my 4 year old son since he was a baby....amazing stuff!!! None of the other creams ever cured his diaper rash like this stuff. You can get it right in the pharmacy area (health & beauty area). Good luck....

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L.G.

answers from Boston on

although my children are now teens adding corn starch to bath water always worked

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D.L.

answers from Hartford on

Hi K.- I would absolutely take him to the dr, they can give you a prescription cream that will clear it up quicker than otc creams. Good Luck

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F.G.

answers from Boston on

I have dealt with some major diaper rash with all my kids (3 of them) and the paste seemed hard to put on if they were bleeding or wet at all. I agree with the advice to take him to the doctor and see if you need an antibiotic cream or something to help him heal. With my youngest I had started a new pediatrician and he suggested vasoline. I tried that and it worked for me better than all the creams. Especially since alot of the creams have stuff that can irritate further because it is hard to wipe off next diaper change. Also, he told me to never use baby powder, though I never have. One thing to think about with the baby powder is that it is made with cornstarch and he could be reacting to that.

Also, has he had a problem with diaper rash from birth? If so, you might want to try a new brand of diaper. I have some friends that some brands would make their kids break out. Not sure what the difference is other than some seem to keep moisture away from the butt better than others. I hope this helps.

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M.T.

answers from Providence on

Hi K.,

What is your son drinking or eating? Any citrus fruit? My son got a horrendous rash when I tried to give him watered down orange juice. He was a bit older, but my brother's son had the same thing happen after giving him a pineapple/oj juice. My kids did seem to be more sensitive and get slight rashes when teething.

Also, I found that A & D ointment or petroleum jelly (no scent), put a kind of coating over my son's bum as a preventative measure or to protect it from anything stinging the rash. Some diaper rash creams seemed to sting more and I wondered if it was all the extra stuff they put in it. I would let him go diaperless for a bit to let it get air and heal it. I also let him soak in Aveeno oatmeal bath and that seemed to help.

You may need to get a prescription from your pediatrician for something stronger if nothing else works, or to make sure it's not yeast or strep. Yes, one of my sons actually had strep butt! No idea how he got it, but he was in school at that time.

Hope this helps a bit.

M.

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