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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
My 16-month old has the worst diaper rash I've ever seen. If you rub it in the least, it will start bleeding (about 100 pinpoints of blood.) I've spoken to the nurse at her pediatrician's office who said just to soak her in a sinkful of baking soda and water (which I have been doing, because that's really the only way to get the poo off). She has had a touch of diarrhea for the past two days, and that is what caused it and is aggravating it. Does anyone have any remedies that they might suggest? I used to just squirt breastmilk on it and rub it in, then apply the diaper cream, but this well has run dry! Any other suggestions?
post #2 of 29
Can you leave her diaper free to let the air get at it? That will help, though I'm sure it will cause other problems

Also, maybe try old fashioned cotten ones for a few days, if you don't use them. I wouldn't put a plastic cover over them either unless you have to - maybe use a protector for the crib instead. That way you'll know the instant she's wet and can change her immediately.
post #3 of 29
Hi ya

My little man hasn't had a diaper rash that bad but I have been told the best remedy ever is to make a paste with cornstarch and apply to tushie and let her run around nekkid. I hope it works, I usually just end up putting some Palmer's Bottom Butter on (not sure if this is sold where you live) and it sorts it out in no time.

Good luck
post #4 of 29
Thread Starter 
I've been leaving her diaper off for about 10 minutes at every change. It looks like its starting to clear, and then bam! she has another bout of diarrhea again and its worse than before. I just called the pediatrician back, and he is going to call in a prescription diaper cream for me. The nurse this time also said to put Neosporin, then diaper cream, then Crisco on it to create an inpenetrable wetness shield until the script can be filled!
post #5 of 29
My friend is big on aroma therapys and SWEARS by this for even the worst of diaper rashes:

heres an expert with the recipe:
"and shared the diaper wipe recipe she has been using with me. She uses a 4 ounce cobalt bottle of distilled water, to which she adds 4 or 5 drops of French Lavender, 4 or 5 drops of Bulgarian Lavender, and 2 drops of Sandalwood. She says the baby had a dreadful diaper rash, since she has started using this mixture to clean her daughter's diaper area (using the round cotton pads that are available through most beauty supply shops as 'wipers') her daughter's bottom has healed and stayed fresh and clean and comfortable. Since there is no alcohol or other solubilizer in this recipe, the bottle needs to be wellshaken before each use."
post #6 of 29
Thread Starter 
I may actually check into that. I followed a recipe for making your own diaper wipes once in a fabulous book called "Super Baby Food." If you have a baby, and don't own it, get it. The baby did not have any form of diaper rash while using it. Unfortunately, its rather time consuming, but at this point I'm willing to do anything. I'm sure the babies bottom will smell great as well!
post #7 of 29
I bet I know i use alot of stuff for myself. and it works wonderfully so it cant hurt
post #8 of 29
Air.
very regualr changes on wee and no delay on poo
a more medicated cream with a normal barier cream on top so when you change nappy for wee you wipe off the barrier cream but don't touch the other or skin.
Is he teething? this often happens with teething.
more Air.
post #9 of 29
needs an hour of air each day at least. is it warm could your baby play in the garden bare bottom?
post #10 of 29
In the other forum I belonged to: www.savingadvice.com/forums there are some threads about using cloth diapers.

Apparently the biggest advantage of using cloth diapers instead of using disposable diapers is the lack of diaper rashes.
post #11 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by ScamperFarms
My friend is big on aroma therapys and SWEARS by this for even the worst of diaper rashes:

heres an expert with the recipe:
"and shared the diaper wipe recipe she has been using with me. She uses a 4 ounce cobalt bottle of distilled water, to which she adds 4 or 5 drops of French Lavender, 4 or 5 drops of Bulgarian Lavender, and 2 drops of Sandalwood. She says the baby had a dreadful diaper rash, since she has started using this mixture to clean her daughter's diaper area (using the round cotton pads that are available through most beauty supply shops as 'wipers') her daughter's bottom has healed and stayed fresh and clean and comfortable. Since there is no alcohol or other solubilizer in this recipe, the bottle needs to be wellshaken before each use."
That seems very much like this product I use for my own rashes:

http://www.burtsbees.com/webapp/wcs/...ubCategory=yes
post #12 of 29
Break up half a Tums and feed it to her. My Mom did that to me when I was a kid and it cleared it up.
post #13 of 29
That worked with the emphasis on "breaking it up".

My mom gave me half tums all the time. Once I choked on it.
post #14 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Meowsas
Air.
Is he teething? this often happens with teething.
more Air.
She is teething, that's what is causing the erratic diarrhea.

As far as the Tums, I think I'll give it a try if the prescription doesn't work. It's almost pure calcium, so it can't do any harm!
post #15 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Meowsas
needs an hour of air each day at least. is it warm could your baby play in the garden bare bottom?
I agree! The more naked time the better. If you have a little pool, she can play in the backyard, in the pool, and air her tushie at the same time. If you have nosey neighbors, just put a little dress or long t-shirt on her, and they will never know the difference.

I also would wonder if it has developed into a yeast infection. If it clears up with the treatment (even if it does come back), it probably isn't yeast. But if it persists, the doc will need to look at it, because it takes a different cream.

I never heard of using Tums, but since what is irritating her is the diarrhea, it is probably very hard on her skin, and the Tums may slow the diarrhea and soothe the skin! (I would double check with the doc, first, just to be safe. A lot of things our Mom's did are considered no-no's today!)
post #16 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by shengmei
That seems very much like this product I use for my own rashes:

http://www.burtsbees.com/webapp/wcs/...ubCategory=yes
wow that stuffs spendy heh I use a similar formula for myself when i get bug bites and posion ivy
post #17 of 29
Air drying is good, also it might sound like you are overdoing it but diaper rash ointment (desitin is the best) and petroleum jelly that waterproofs it.

I know my daughter when she was little what caused super bad diaper rash with her was acidic juices and fruits.

But it sounds more like a diarrhea thing....so as much as you can keep that diaper off the best and keep it as dry as possible.

Which is advice already given.
post #18 of 29
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Originally Posted by AnnasMom
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In Chinese medicine newts are good for rashes. Perhaps that was what the poster was trying to convey.
post #19 of 29
I wonder if you would want to try olive oil on her bottom. I learned of it from a Midwife, and it has been effective for me many times in the past. Also, a natural, hypoallergenic body butter is soothing and somewhat of a barrier. Get better little bottom!
post #20 of 29
My mother swore by Desitin and I used it on my own kids. It works wonderfully and is inexpensive.

Mark had bad diarrhea and had horrible diaper rash. As much as possible, we kept him diaperless on his stomach on a waterproof pad. As he was in the hospital, he ws given 15 minute heat lamp treatments, too (I don't recommend this at home).
post #21 of 29
when my daughter was a baby she had an allergic reaction to a proprietary cream used at nappy changing time here. Her entire nappy (diaper) area became extremely inflamed and needed treatment with hydrocortisone cream, it was terrible, like a burn and a lot of her skin peeled away.

We allowed the area to breathe at nappy change for 10 minutes and then applied a barrier of vaseline (petroleum jelly) to prevent anything from a soiled nappy getting through to her skin. it worked wonders and cleared up in just a few days.

I don't know whether it will help your baby - I hope so. Good luck
post #22 of 29
Thread Starter 
The diaper rash has all but disappeared this morning, We picked up the prescription, Nystatin, last night and after only one treatment, its pretty much cleared. At least you can wipe it without bleeding. The pharmacist said that Nystatin is almost identical to Lotrimin-AF (the stuff for athlete's foot). Both treat fungal rashes, and Lotrimin is fairly cheap over the counter. Next time, I'll likely try the Lotrimin first, before resorting to the prescription! Thanks for all the advice!
post #23 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by AnnasMom
The diaper rash has all but disappeared this morning, We picked up the prescription, Nystatin, last night and after only one treatment, its pretty much cleared. At least you can wipe it without bleeding. The pharmacist said that Nystatin is almost identical to Lotrimin-AF (the stuff for athlete's foot). Both treat fungal rashes, and Lotrimin is fairly cheap over the counter. Next time, I'll likely try the Lotrimin first, before resorting to the prescription! Thanks for all the advice!
Nystatin is for a yeast infection. Since it worked so quickly, that confirms that she had a yeast infection (poor baby). Just hold onto the tube of Nystatin-it should stay good for a while. If you get a rash that looks the same as this one, use it! Otherwise, the other pointers are the best way to treat a basic diaper rash.

I'm so glad to hear the rash is gone!
post #24 of 29
Yeah, Beckiboo is right, Nystatin is for yeast infections. My nephew gets them all the time... from antibiotics that he has to take regularly. Poor baby.
I agree that air time is good for the tushy...even without a rash.

My other concern would be the diarhea, even with teething, there are things you can feed/not feed to stop/prevent diarhea... the 1st would be stop with the juice. Juice loosens your stool, and is good to give for constipation. It's also loaded with sugar (read the labels, most have more than a chocolate bar), and sugar will dehydrate, as will the diarhea, so the baby needs to keep hydrated. So no more juice, just water (pedialyte will work as well). Also, feed binding foods when they have diarhea... no fruit except banannas, every other fruit acts as a natural laxative, except banannas, they will bind you. Cheese, this will also bind your child, and crackers or bread type foods, they will bind your baby. So even grilled cheese, or mac & cheese. So for brkfst you can even do a bananna smootie w/milk. Every baby I know will go for this! They will think it's a milkshake! I only know all of this cause my SIL is going to school to be a nurse, also works for a pediatrician, and my nephew has gotten every thing under the sun from colic to acid reflux, to every possible virus imaginable...
post #25 of 29
Oh I am so gald its gone.
phew its so stressful hurting them while cleaning.
yeah for happy bottoms!
post #26 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Meowsas
Oh I am so gald its gone.
phew its so stressful hurting them while cleaning.
yeah for happy bottoms!
Oh I hate having to do it. She screams and her little legs just shake, that's why when its really bad, I just put her in lukewarm water with baking soda. Its soothing and it makes it easy to get the poopies off!
post #27 of 29
I was referred to a product about sinus stuff (I'm having issues with my allergies) and one of these products was on the page, and I thought of you, so I went to check it out...and they have a few other products as well. Maybe these would help?

http://www.drugstore.com/products/pr...BUY-GFI-0-PPXS
post #28 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the link. I actually got some Burt's Bees at my baby shower, and it really doesn't seem to be more effective than desitin or even the Wal-Mart brand of Desitin (at least not for the price difference.)
post #29 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by AnnasMom
Thanks for the link. I actually got some Burt's Bees at my baby shower, and it really doesn't seem to be more effective than desitin or even the Wal-Mart brand of Desitin (at least not for the price difference.)

Ah okay...that's good to know for future reference.
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