The Best Way to Comfort Diaper Rash

Updated on July 25, 2008
H.R. asks from Valrico, FL
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My daughter is 15 months old and recently had a bout with diarrhea. We change her very frequently and use A+D ointment. However, the constant changing and wiping has left her chaffed. When its time for a diaper change, she cries and fight to keep her clothes on. I try to dab instead of wipe and be as gentle as possible. I feel so bad for her. The ointment doesn't seem to be working... or at least not fast enough.

Does anyone have any suggestion for ointments or ideas on keeping her as comfortable as possible.

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Wow! I was so amazed by all of the great advise and sugesstions. This was my daughter's first diaper rash, so I was pretty worried.
Here's what I did. Instead of using a wipe, I rinsed her bottom off, dried it with the cool setting of a hair dryer (which she actually liked) and allowed her to "air out" without a diaper for about 10 minutes, several times for the day. Then at night I plastered the butt paste on her. I bought Desitine also... just in case. She sleeps about 10 to 11 hours at night. So the next morning for her first diaper change she was about 80% improved... AMAZING. By the end of the day she was all better. It is fascitinating how quickly she healed. I'll continue to "air" her out and blow dry her bottom. :0
Thanks to everyone that offered advise. It's so much better to hear real life experiences and results. Thanks again.

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J.D.

answers from Port St. Lucie on

Boudreaux's Butt Paste is a really fast acting cream. We also found a Method cream at Target that works great! It's in a stand up pump.

We cloth diaper so we really don't deal with rashes too often. The only time Remy gets a rash is if he has too much juice.

We always pat the area with warm water on a cloth wipe and then blot with a dry cloth wipe and then apply the cream and a little cornstarch powder.

Sometimes letting them go diaper free for a good 30 minutes or so will help with a stubborn rash.

Good luck Mama!

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M.H.

answers from Miami on

I found the best ointment is this stuff called Triple Paste- You have to get it behind the pharmacy desk in Publix and it is over the counter- Works great

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A.G.

answers from Boca Raton on

I alternate between using the A&D ointment and any white cream like desitin. The desitin treats the irritation and the a&d provides a good protectorate. The best diaper rash cream is Triple Paste. It works great and is pretty expensive so I only use it when the desitin doesn't clear up the redness in one application. I usually see a substantial improvement in after one treatment of the triple paste. You can find it at walmart or probably any other pharmacy. You can get a large container of it from BJ's. H. this helps.

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M.L.

answers from Boca Raton on

Hi H.,
my son had rashes that went away and came back on and off and soon to find out it was a fungal infection so watch out for that. What I did find that helped was a mixture of Balmex and Malox at every changing(mispelled). Also no wipes use wet paper towels and make sure the area is dry before putting anything on. Its a weird consistancy but it does help. Also try let the area breathe without diapers. If you are still having problems bring her to the doctors. Good luck and I H. this helped.

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A.W.

answers from Miami on

apply cornstarch with a cotton ball and use cloth diapers or underwear. It will only take a couple days to clear up if you keep it dry and airy. The diaper rash ointment tends to trap moisture and make it worse.

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V.B.

answers from Boca Raton on

For my money, use water and nothing else. My 13 month old has NEVER had a diaper rash. We cloth diaper and usually rinse her bottom under the faucet in the sink or with a wash cloth. The creams tend to treat the symptom and not the cause. And wipes are filled with chemicals, no matter how gentle they say they are, and cause more harm than good, especially to already sensitive areas.

When her diarrhea settles, let her go diaper free for a while. Clean fresh air is mother nature's best remedy.

Good luck,
V.
Mom to Phoenix Rose

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D.H.

answers from Miami on

My daughter is now 16 years old, but I remember her getting real bad diaper rash at her babysitter. It was like red weeping welts, so I know what you are going through. What we did, is kept her naked during as much of the day as possible, letting her play on a stack of towels, so we could wash them and replace them as she peed on them. We also used A&D, but not the white waxy ointment, but the A&D gel that looks like vaseline. It was easier to apply and didn't hurt her. If you work during the days and can't keep her naked for obvious reasons, then when you are home on your days off, keep her naked then. What she needs is air down there. H. this helps.

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J.A.

answers from Miami on

I know this sounds weird, but if you're breastfeeding, dab a little breast milk on your babies bum. Breast milk has so many antibodies, that it cures many skin ailments. You can also try giving your baby acidophilus. It's a natural bacteria in your baby's stomach, it's found in yogurt, or you can add more to his diet. (talk to your pediatrician) Otherwise, you need to let his bum air out...pamperless as often as possible. GOOD LUCK!

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M.B.

answers from Miami on

Hi H.!!

When my children are going through the same situstion, I ALWAYS use Triple Paste. and it ALWAYS works!!
It is a bit expensive compared to the other brands , but SO worth it!

Good Luck!

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D.J.

answers from Miami on

desitine has worked very well for me with my son.
after a whole day of using desitine creme i notice a big difference from morning to nite.
good luck,
D.

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M.S.

answers from Boca Raton on

My son had the same problem and his pediatrician recommended Butt Paste. Butt Paste works and is the best product I have tried.

J.D.

answers from Boca Raton on

Believe it or not, I have tried them all even the expensive ones such as Butt Paste (which I liked but I found one better) I LOVE the Publix Brand version of Desitin, I know it sounds crazy how can that be better than the expensive ones, but it totally is and works fast!!!!! Good luck.............also instead of wipes which some have alcohol in it use a washcloth and warm water until the rash is better.....................

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K.S.

answers from Miami on

Hi H.,
My daughter is 2 now and potty trained. However, when she was in diapers, I do not think a day went by that I did not put Vaseline on her!

Early on, I thought it was the diapers and I tried every brand out there. I ended up sticking with Pampers cruisers b/c I felt they fit her the best. With each type of diaper she still seemed to get diaper rashes often. I spoke w/ my pediatrician thinking it was my fault! (maybe I wasn't cleaning her good enough or maybe I was using too many wipes, etc.) He assured me it was not me, she has sensitive skin. I began using Vaseline EVERY diaper change- really slopping it on!- and voila! She rarely ever got a diaper rash again. It worked wonders for me!

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G.M.

answers from Boca Raton on

BUTT PASTE works wonders on our little girl.Also you can try Malox, yes the stuff we take for our stomachs, I am a nurse for over 20 years and we used this all the time back then, it really does work, dab it on with cotton balls.

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S.M.

answers from Miami on

When my daughter (wh has very sensitive skin) would suffer with diaper rash I would use a warm cloth th clean her instead of wipes. Dabbing intead of wiping is key. I also tried warm sprays of water-- As far as the ointment goes, the Palmer's cocoa butter Bottom Butter worked best for me. Good luck.

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S.G.

answers from Boca Raton on

Because the A&D ointment isn't enough of a barrier. Please use one of the thick, white zinc oxide creams(Balmex, Desitin, etc.) as a soothing barrier until she stops being miserable and then you can switch back to the A&D if more healing is needed.

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Y.K.

answers from Boca Raton on

H., I have always used an ointment called Balmex and it is the best. You can find it in any Walgreens or CVS. In one day you will see the difference. Even as adults, we still use it in my home. Let me know if it works for you. Good luck. You will definitely see a difference.
Best, Y.

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A.Z.

answers from Boca Raton on

Get something called "BUTTPASTE" it's at any drug store.. it comforts the rash quickly and doesn't burn like Desitin can. I use it on my 3 mth old, and she doesn't mind it at all, and it doesn't smell!!

Good luck!

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B.M.

answers from Miami on

My son went through a period when he had very bad diaper rash. I could not wipe him at all it hurt so much. Instead I used water. I would stand him in the bath tub and use one of those bath toys that shoot the water to squirt water at his bum until he was clean. Use a bowl of warm water or the sink if it is close enough to the tub to refill the toy. That way you are not reusing dirty water and getting lots of bacteria inside the toy.
When he had the rash he was so scared to be changed because he expected it to hurt but having a toy dinosaur spit water at him was silly not scary and didn't hurt at all.
As for ointments he likes Aquaphor the best and would even point it out in the drugstore and ask me to buy it.

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S.B.

answers from Miami on

I always used Desitin. My nieces used a hair dyer on low to thoroughly dry the area. It's worth calling your doctor's office and asking a nurse for advice. Also leave the diaper off for awhile each day until she heals. Poor thing. I also remember my nurse saying to wash the baby with Dial or antibacterial soap. It went against my idea of being gentle on the skin, but worked. Good luck. You don't want too many ointments, you want the area to get dry first.

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L.B.

answers from Miami on

Dear H.,
Go to Walgreen's or CVS and ask the pharmacist for Triple Paste. You don't need a prescription, but sometimes they store it behind the counter. It's a bit pricey, but worth every penny. When my kids had diaper rash, it was the only thing worked.
Good Luck!
L.

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M.P.

answers from Port St. Lucie on

Little ones is the main diaper rash my son had the same problem before and I did'd know what to do my friend told me about it really good you can found it at K-MART.

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T.B.

answers from Miami on

Go out and buy yourself Boudreaux's Butt Paste. It works better than A & D and Desitin. Make sure that your baby's bottom is completely dry before putting the new diaper on and change her often until you get the rash under control. Also, let her baby soak in a basin or tub with Aveeno oatmeal soak. You don't need to fill the tub up very much and you can easily use half of a bag of the powder. Aveeno makes a baby variety but any oatmeal soak will do.

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A.T.

answers from Charlotte on

I swear by Triple Paste diaper rash ointment. I was told about it by my sister's mother-in-law, who is a pediatric nurse. My daughter had a horrible bleeding diaper rash from diarrhea and it cleared it up by the time I changed her 3rd diaper. As far as changing her and wiping...I used sensitive wipes or had her sit in the bath with warm water. I can tell you that the Triple Paste is a little bit more money but all the other ointments/creams are just a waste of money in my opinion.
Good Luck!

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S.T.

answers from Miami on

I went through the same thing when my son was 9 mths old. Instead of using wipes, use a soft cloth or paper towels moistened with warm water. Vaseline does wonders too.

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J.Z.

answers from Boca Raton on

Balmex always worked quicker for my 4 kids. Good luck-no easy solution except extra kisses & hugs!

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C.P.

answers from Miami on

Hi H.,

I know that many have responded to you already but I wanted to tell you that extra virgin coconut oil is the best! My niece had problems and they weren't sure if it was rash or excema and they had been using steroid cream for 3 weeks. I used coconut oil for 3 diaper changes and it started clearing up right away. It's amazing stuff! Also, if you are breast feeding, putting breast milk on it helps as well. Both coconut oil and breast milk has lauric acid which is a medium chain fatty acid and I believe that is what helps it! Good luck!

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J.K.

answers from Miami on

The best Diaper rash Cream is Arbonne's ABC. It prevents and cures daiper rash break outs over night!

www.J..myarbonne.com click shop online click ABC BABY

45 day money back guarantee from the company and i don't care who you buy this from just buy it! Your baby's will never get another break out. Use it right after their bath and its truely amazing!

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K.K.

answers from Boca Raton on

TRIPLE PASTE!!! It is the BEST diaper rash cream I have ever bought. It is a bit pricier but totally worth it because after just one application, you really notice a difference. You can get it at Target in the baby aisle. It was actually recommended to me by both my sister, her friend, and my pediatrician.

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K.A.

answers from Port St. Lucie on

When my dd got diaper rash, our best relief was to go diaper-free. The air getting to her bottom was better and faster than any creams. We spent a lot of time outside when diaper-free (and at about the same age as your dd) and introduced the potty (if she wanted to try) at the same time. I explained that if she didn't want to wear a diaper, she could use the potty instead. But I also didn't say more than "whoops" if she didn't use it and peed on the floor/patio/grass.

Cloth diapers or g-diapers also allow a bottom to breathe more than disposables if you can't go diaper-free. G-diapers are available online- a starter kit is a good option if you just want to try them out. For cloth dipes- there are so many- check out diaperpin.com for reviews, etc before you shop around. We love our cloth diapers, but even just having a couple cloth dipes for when bad diaper rash happens is worth the effort, but if you don't want to try cloth, we REALLY like g-diapers over disposables any day of the week.

Good luck.

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K.H.

answers from Boca Raton on

Okay, this has ALWAYS worked for me and my pediatrician told me about this.
Since my oldest just grad. HS and My youngest is 10, I can't remember at this moment the
exact name but, There is a powder it starts with a C (Cal - something) and is in a pink container, you take this and mix it with Vaseline to make a thin paste, it is messy to make but worth it, I used a small tupperware container and made one up for the diaper bag and one for home. I would also let her soak in an Aveno Oatmeal Bath to help soothe her bottom - my oldest had diaper rash so bad that her bottom became so raw that it was bleeding - I had tried ever diaper rash creme made and went to the Dr. and he had me try this and it worked so well that I never bought diaper rash creme again - I used it on all 4 of my children.
If you send me an email - I will look it up and send you the name. [email protected]____.com
I feel for you - it's hard when our babies are hurting and we can't fix it right away!

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D.H.

answers from Miami on

You will probably get tons of advice - I posed the same queston two months ago re: my then 2 week old newborn. The doctor said her bad diaper rash was also caused by the all the wiping because newborns move their bowels about 100 times a day! Anyway, we tried quite a few things, but ultimately at the advice of our doctor we alternate Budreaux's (spelling??) Butt Creme and Aquaphor. Use on on one diaper change and the other the next time. Both can be found at Publix, Target, etc. The Butt Creme treats the diaper rash and the Aquaphor is like super fancy Vaseline that keeps the moisture out. The important thing is to make sure the skin is dry before you put them on. Also, if possible the doctor said to try to clean the butt without wiping - my daughter was really small so I could use the sink sprayer and I tried to keep her out of her diaper for about 1/2 hour each day. That was hard because she inevitable would spray poop or pee on me. I understand how you feel - my baby was only two weeks and her butt was all raw and red! We still use both after all diaper changes and now when she starts getting a bit of rash it's usually gone within a day or two. Good luck!

P.S. I'm not sure if A&D is like Desitin, but I had started with Desitin and felt that it made it worse because the cream was so thick I had to wipe more to get her clean. The Butt Cream wipes off much more easily!

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J.C.

answers from Miami on

My son who is now 21 mos, also suffered from really bad diaper rash. At the time he was going to a dermatalogist to also treat EXZEMA. I asked his dermatologist about his really bad diaper rash, which she mentioned its very common in cases of diarrhea and lots of wet diapers. She prescribed "VUSION." I can't tell you how good this ointment is.... I believe it can only be prescribed by a ped or derm. I know there are some physicians who carry samples of this ointment. It worked great for him. Good Luck!

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L.O.

answers from Miami on

Weleda Calandula Diaper Care Cream.

My son had a rash from his 1st week of life to the 6th week. NOTHING worked accept that one...it healed immediately!!! Cake it on. It is worth the money.

Good Luck...sorry you and she has to go through this.

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J.W.

answers from Miami on

I know this sounds crazy but the Publix generic ointment works better than anything. My 16 month old went through the same thing this weekend with blisters it was so bad. We were away for the long weekend. I remember my nanny complaining about Desitin and telling me to buy Publix. It was so much better the next day. She still has two red spots but they are almost gone.

Funny... I just read through the responses and the other J. said the same thing!!!

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M.H.

answers from Miami on

My son had a fairly bad diaper rash when he was just a few weeks old. We stopped using diaper wipes (even the ones that are for sensitive skin). Instead we used soft paper towels or tissue soaked in water. We would actually squeeze water from the towel onto his bottom to get him clean. Then we would dab the area dry. It's really important to make sure her bottom is dry before applying any cream. Butt Paste worked really well for us. You can buy it anywhere. It's really thick and protective. My friend said the only thing that worked for her baby's rash was applying corn starch to the area. I didn't try this because the Butt Paste worked. Good Luck!!!

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C.W.

answers from Miami on

try a lavender based solution. i'm not sure where you are at, but i can give you the name of a store that would be able to help. if you are not in the s. florida area, find a place that sells essential oils, oils that would be used to the face, not the mall kiosk kind, and see if they have any lavender tonic, or lavender hydrosol. and you can spray on to the rash. i'm an esthetician, and i use the lavender water at home for rash and sunburns

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A.S.

answers from Miami on

you are going to have to let her air out... that helps the medication as well. While she is playing/ sleeping w/o undies diaper on. this idea may be absurd to some but it works to go w/o coverage during this time. My twins had a reaction to the detergent used on their clothes and it caused a regular rash go severe...we let them air dry way before they were 2 years old... My twins are now 24 years old.... they have discovered they are allergic to shea butter.
Your daughter screams to keep her clothes on because she would rather do that than go thru the pain of getting cleaned up after each bm. So get long tank tshirts or dresses and let her run around. good time for potty training. my best to you......

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B.M.

answers from Boca Raton on

The best thing that we found was Bordeaux's butt paste. Walmart sells this or target. It's in the baby aisle.
We also found early in the beginning, we used white cloud diapers, and our son never had but 1 diaper rash, and bordeaux's butt paste took care of that. The huggies, pampers, and the other variety just didn't work for him.

1 day of the bordeaux's and your daughter will be on the mend.

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S.L.

answers from Boca Raton on

My daughter was really sensitive to what she ate and drank when she was little and my doctor had retired and a new one replaced her and told me about a Miracle Ointment called Aquafor. I had put it on my daughters rash and by the next diaper change is was almost completely gone. This was 9 years ago and just recently over the last 2 years they actually have it in the baby aisle and 5 kids later its the best miracle rash ointment out there. Its on the pricey side but so worth the money. Good Luck, I H. your daughter feels better with her rash soon.
Sahm to 5 beautiful kids 16yrs,8years,6years,2years and 8 months, check out my son's journey at liamlockhart.com

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J.M.

answers from Boca Raton on

I am not sure if your daughter is having the same situation as we had, but when my son was ten months he broke out with a lot of diaper rash. The ointment was working quickly enough for me so I started giving him yogurt everyday. Within two days the rash was cleared up. A lot of diaper rash is yeast and yogurt will get that under control!
H. it helps!

K.N.

answers from Miami on

CORN STARCH--just sprinkle on like you would a powder! It works wonders quickly! I've used it when nothing else worked and still do on my niece!
Kathy N.

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A.M.

answers from Miami on

If you are using wipes they sometimes sting, rinse them out with warm water than wipe your daughter. Another tip is to just put her in a little bit of water in the tub for a minute or so and then use a hair dryer on cool setting to dry. Also I am a big believer in Destin and Aquaphor. I read a tip somewhere that you can use cortisone cream in a tiny amount to help with diaper rash.

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S.Z.

answers from Miami on

I like cloth wipes with water.
Try a natural diaper rash cream like Arbonne. For info on how to get it, email me.
A&D ointment is petroleum based (which dries out the skin-ouch). Petroleum is the same stuff we put in our cars.
Good luck,
S.

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S.M.

answers from Boca Raton on

Bordoux butt paste, (not sure on the spelling) has worked the best for me. Clears everything up within 24 hrs. I love this product!!!

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L.P.

answers from Boca Raton on

I had the same problem with my son. When he would get diaper rash I would rinse his bottom off in the sink rather than use wipes. I also found out that Desitin worked better than the A & D ointment.

Good Luck

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P.R.

answers from Miami on

Try aloe vera.the gel is the best medicine for burns
of all types too.
You can find the plant easily in florida.
It is good to have in you garden when ever there is
a burn of any type.
Takes the sting out of burns immediately.
H. this helps.

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C.G.

answers from Boca Raton on

Take a hairdryer on cool setting to her bottom after diaper change and just let her run around without a diaper for a little while to keep the area dry.
Also warm, moist environments can cause yeast infections to the skin. This has happened to my son many, many times and regular diaper rash creams don't help. The pediatrician has prescribed for us Nystatin to put on his bottom. I am sure you could also use any over the counter anti-fungal creams as well instead of diaper rash cream and you should see some results within a 2-3 diaper changes.
Good luck!!

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A.G.

answers from Port St. Lucie on

Stop using diaper wipes if you are using them. Use a wash cloth with just water or rinse out the wipes before using them. Even if they are for sensitive skin. If you are still breastfeeding, try dabbing the area with some breast milk. Also look for Desitin Original with Overnight relief. That has saved my little one many times. Could the rash be turning into an infection? A little anti-fungal ointment may work too.
Good luck and I H. this helps!

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T.H.

answers from Miami on

I have the same problem with my little one i have to be changing her pamper all the time because if not she gets really bad.I have tried everything but if it so bad take her to the doctor they can get her medicine for that.The thing that now i buy all the time and its working is BUTT PASTE its really works good try it good luck i hoope she feels better :)

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M.A.

answers from Miami on

H., forget the A&D. Desitin works much better. It's thicker and makes a much better barrier. The Zinc Oxide is also great for soothing rashes, and it has a cooling effect when it's first put on. My two boys are teenagers, and I still have tubes of Desiting around. It works great on all kinds of rashes effecting those delicate tissues. As an nurse for 20 years, I have always thought that Desitin worked better. Try that on her today and see how much better she'll feel. Wipe gently as best as you can, then put a nice coat of Desitin on. You should see a difference by the next 2 diaper changes. Please get back to me and let me know how it worked for your little one. (I prefer the original desitin, not the new creamy ointment.)
M.

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L.S.

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Hi H.,
I know when my son had a stomache virus, his doctor told me to put so much desitin on him that he was white, so he would be protected from the acidicness (is that a word??? lol) of the "poop". But, he also did not have a diaper rash yet. But you can do that once you have the rash under control.

I suggest to dry her very, very well everytime you change her. I keep a burp cloth by the changing table at all times and dry them very well before putting deistin on first. Also, it is really good to let them air out for like 5 minutes (or more if you can) I just keep them on their backs and legs up and play with them and keep blowing air or fanning their butt to keep it dry and give relief. It really does help a lot.

You might want to add a little powder (corn starch), rub it around, then add desitin. The most important thing is to keep it as dry as possible for as long as possible. And change her as soon as you see she pooped or pee'd.

My doctor also prescribed something once. It was actually for me (for a problem I was having on my mouth) but she said I could use it if they ever got a bad diaper rash.

Anyway, good luck. If you want to ask me any more questions don't hesitate to write me.

Best Regards.

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I have had four children and tried every product out there. Thick creamy products are they best, with any brand Butt Paste being my favorite. I have seen Butt Paste clear up chapped bleeding cheeks overnite.

My middle son has extremely senstive skin and the A&D made his rashes worse.

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