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Need cure for diaper rash...STAT!

DS is on antibiodics for two ear infections and a sinus infection.  He is having frequent loose stools and it has caused a diaper rash from hell that I can't get rid of.  He's taking probiodics every day and it isn't helping much.  The skin on his bottom is broken or cracked, it's just flaming red and he FREAKS every time you have to change his diaper or give him a bath.  Anything that touches it causes him to scream.  It's breaking my heart.  Right now I am applying Triple Paste and/or Aquaphor with every diaper change.  Does anyone have a fool proof treatment for this type of a diaper rash?  Any suggestions are welcome.
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Re: Need cure for diaper rash...STAT!

  • If it is really bad I use a combo of aquaphor and a bit of neosporin.  Works every time (not sure if it is a recommended way to treat it, but it has yet to fail for us).
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  • I have not tried this myself yet, but my very good friend is a mother of 2 year old triplets (so, countless bum changes and many diaper rashes), and she swears by cornstarch mixed with olive oil into a paste consistency. So much so, that she gave me a container of each with my shower gift. GL!
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  • The above. Plus, wash her bottom in the tub and then use a hair blow dryer on cool and blow it dry. It's the same as air drying. Also, maybe give her ibuprofen for the pain. 
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  • For cleaning wash cloths and warm water only, no wipes. 

    For bathing consider adding baking soda to your bath. Separately have your LO wear a diaper to create a barrier between the water. 

    For creams lanolin is best - lanisoh nipple cream with desitin max as a layer on top. 

    We had an awful rash in the NICU and 8 weeks later at home. This was the only thig that worked for us.

     

    GL! 

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  • I just went through that about 2 weeks ago. Worst diaper rash I ever saw on a child.

    Things that helped me:

    I finally had to stop with all the creams..it was like all that lotion was creating slime making it worse.

    I did baking soda baths and they helped more than anything. (I just set her in..didn't do the extra diaper thing).

    Then I let her be naked followed by a good dose of cornstarch.

  • Yea, I agree with pp above - have your LO wear a diaper if you don't do a baking soda bath, if you do then no diaper. I do believe you need to create a barrier on the wound and would recommend the lanolin, but anything petroleum based should work too.  
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  • After DS was on antibiotics he also got a horrible diaper rash. It was yeast based because of the antibiotics and so we used lotrimin and the I also ended up getting a prescript for a cream that was quite amazing.  I also liked triple paste but I think the lotrimin really helped. 
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  • Bag Balm works like a charm. Every time. You can get it online or at any pharmacy, Target, Walmart, etc.

    Check it out!

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  • Mix desitin and liquid Maalox. The Maalox will help heal the damage that the acid has caused. I got the recommendation from my doctor when my daughter had a rash caused by loose stools. It cleared it up in two days. I hope it gets better soon. It is so hard to see them in pain!
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  • I second the Lotrimin if the triple paste isn't working. For my LO's, I usually have used a mixture of Maalox and aquaphor, which is basically the 2 main ingredients in triple paste. The only time this mixture didn't work is when DD had a yeast- based rash and Lotrimin did the trick- it was recommended by pedi. Also as PP mentioned, try to keep LO's bottom open to air as much as possible. I've even just ran a hair dryer over that area to dry it out a bit after a diaper change- On cool or low heat of course.
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  • Do not wipe at changes, pat area with wash cloth n water, then pat dry. Neosporin next(rec from pedi) then triple paste or paste of your choice. Watch out for lanolin esp if you have a wool allergy. Lanolin made my lo's rash worse. If its yeast based, you will need an antifungal to get rid of it. GL.

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  • I have worked with babies for years and seen a few seriously bad cases of diaper rash. If it is not solved by any of the usual stuff (Aquaphor is my favorite) then you might want to ask your doctor for a prescription cream. There were two or three kids I have known who had to have this and they got some special mixture of a few different creams that always did the trick. I think the pharmacist mixed it themselves. I don't remember what was in it, but it might be worth asking your doc or pharmacist about it.
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  • If you're breastfeeding put breastmilk on it. A few of my friends swear by it!
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  • Im not trying to be funny.. But if your BF breastmilk.. It works very very well.
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  • baking soda baths, cornstarch or pinxav, and diaper-less time as much as possible.  To prevent, I always put on a pinxav or desitin before bed when I know DS will be in a wet diaper all night.

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  • My LO had a diaper rash from antibiotics too. I know I was told a while back on here not to use baby powder, but that seems to be what actually helped with LOs diaper rash. I used the corn starch kind. Aquaphor or neosporen might be a good idea right after a change then when it soaks in baby powder on the bottom. I was told plain cornstarch works great too. But I had the cornstarch baby powder so I just used that. The other thing we did was let her lay on the floor with a naked buttom (on a towel). Getting air helps a lot. I know this can be hard with loose stool, but it is worth a try.
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  • image Jelliebean1982:
    Mix desitin and liquid Maalox. The Maalox will help heal the damage that the acid has caused. I got the recommendation from my doctor when my daughter had a rash caused by loose stools. It cleared it up in two days. I hope it gets better soon. It is so hard to see them in pain!

    Our doctor also recommended Maalox!  We layered it with Triple Paste on top.  It was gone in 2 days.. this was after antibiotics had left LO with a horrible rash.

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  • My DD had an awful diaper rash after she was in the NICU for a week.  Her pedi actually prescribed Poop Goop (yes, this is the actual name for it) and it helped within a day.  I would also recommend airing out LO's bum.  Put baby on his tummy with a cloth diaper underneath for a few minutes. 
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  • I just spoke to our pedi for the same issue. I was told to give an infant probiotic, usually behind the counter at a pharmacy because it needs to be cold, Lotrimin antifungal cream twice a day and A & D diaper rash cream. She also suggested lots of apples and bananas and no veggies. 

    I have also been rinsing him in the tub at home when we have a messy diaper and while he is still raw and sore since we just started this after work the quick rinse bath prevents a lot of the screaming. 

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  • Baking soda baths cleared my DD's rash right up.  I just added a ton of baking soda to a warm bath, dissolved, and let her play for a bit.  After 5 minutes I dried her off VERY well, then added a ton of diaper cream (like THICK layers, 2x what I would usually apply), and when she woke up..... All better :)
  • Not exactly a cure and I'm sure you've considered this but change the diapers your using. My little one was having trouble with diaper rash and after no creams could calm it down we switched from pampers baby dry and it's been considerably better. Good luck hope he feels better !
  • My son was having horrible diaper rashes during his horrible "teething" poops- so much so that his little bum was starting to break open.  Just super acidic.  So after talking with the pharmacist he recommended that I dab mylanta liquid on his bottom, let it dry and even let him run around without a diaper for a 'breather' and then A&D ointment.  The mylanta neutralized the acid before it could reach his bottom and the ointment allowed his skin to heal.  He quit crying during diaper changes and it was almost over night that he was not as red and it was clearing up!  I have 2 children and have always used desitin and powder but for the big rashes and even the small ones now I just use A&D ointment and the mylanta!  Awesome!

     

  • Good ole A&D ointment.  Works better than any other "diaper rash" product out there.  Have used Desitin, ButtPaste, Burt's Bees, everything out there.  After a day of applying A&D after every diaper change, it is completely gone.  Get a huge tube at your local grocery or pharmacy and use it on cuts, scrapes, anything. The only thing that works I swear! And you don't have to mix and create your own remedy!!
  •  My LO used to get really bad rashes and we were always wrestling with how to deal with them. We finally figured out to use A&D {the Target brand equivalent works just as well for almost half the price} mixed with Mary Kay's Extra Emollient Night Cream. I think you buy it by itself or with the Satin Hands set. I know it sounds weird, and I don't work for Mary Kay so I'm not trying to endorse them necessarily, but this combo works miracles on bad rashes. My LO's diaper rashes were so bad, she was bleeding and would scream and we all dreaded diaper changes. Getting as much air to the rash as possible was good but you can only hang out with a naked baby for so long. We would combine those two things and rub a bunch on and within a day, the rash was gone or at least almost there.

    My niece gets bad diaper rash when she's on antibiotics, too. For those bad rashes, my SIL has to get a prescription cream to make them go away.  Good luck! Bad rashes sure are miserable.

  • Air and light are key to curing diaper rash. If you can, have him nap naked. If you're using ANYTHING that is a barrier. (coconut oil, lotions, Butt Paste, Aquaphor) make sure that his bottom is completely dry before putting them on. If the diaper rash looks like it has little dots in it (or around the edges of it), he has a yeast rash as well and the typical diaper rash ointments won't work on it. You would need something to address the yeast issue.

    If you are breastfeeding the breast milk can help. Also, it's not going to solve the problem, but going on a bland diet yourself can cut the amount of acid in his bowel movements. Avoid anything acidic or spicy and stick to boring foods for a few days. It might sound extreme, but there is also the option of trying to catch him before he has a bowel movement, ripping his diaper off and holding him over the toilet. It would keep it from sitting on his skin any longer than the minute or so it takes for him to finish and you to get anything else off his bottom.

    When my son has diaper rash I also splurge and buy the huggies naturals diapers. I don't know that it actually helps all that much, but they're the softest disposables that I've found and it helps me feel a little better. 

  • I use California Baby Non-Burning Diaper Area Wash  

    Does the job in less than 2 days.  I love the smell too!

    http://www.target.com/p/California-Baby-Non-Burning-Diaper-Area-Wash-6-5-oz/-/A-12717097


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  • This may sound extreme and bizarre, but it's amazing: White Vinegar.

    This is if the rash is Yeast based, but if you're unsure, just give it a go. And no, it doesn't burn.

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  • I love Angel Baby Bottom Balm http://www.earthmamaangelbaby.com/angel-baby/angel-baby-bottom-balm.html it's all organic, has no perfumes or ingredients you can't read. It smells good too :)   Hope you find something that helps your LO!!
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