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Diper Rash in 10 Month Old

My daughter is 10 months today and has a horrable diper rash for about 1.5 weeks now, I have used neosporian, aveno diper rash crean, vasoline, and bathed her in baking soda and water, nothing is working.. Any ideas? She is pain when I wipe her to change her diper which I am doing very ofer to keep it dry..

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THANK YOU to everyone with all of their wonderul ideas... I ended up this morning taking her to see her dr.. She has had mrsa withch is a bacterial form of staff infection when she was 7 weeks old it is VERY deadly to children.. She had it in her diper area. We believe she got it from the nicu when she was born.. Anyways the dr was very concerned for the same reason because she will always be a carrier of it.. She gave her nystatin and silver sulfadiazine cream(precription only)... She told me to let her go all day today and tomarrow with no diper and to give her aveno oatmeal baths...Hope this all works....Thank you again .......This group is the most wonderful thing....

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my kids use to get rashes like that and the children i babysit for also do sometimes. i found this cream called DRC. it is a diaper rash cream and walgreens and osco carry it. it cost around 5 or 6 dollars but i think it's great stuff. the tube is pretty good size. well worth the money

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A., After the rash clears up, I would advise you to hose her down in the bath tub after she poops. It's a lot of work, I know, but that's what I've done since my two yr old was born and she's NEVER had a diaper rash. I use Balmex or Baby Aveno at night only occasionally and it seems to work. Good Luck!!! J. Mom of Sydney-two and a half.

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Hi A.. I too had this problem with my son when he was about 11 months old. My pediatrician told me to use zync oxide only as his diaper rash cream. He said all the other stuff (balmex, butt paste, etc.) is no good for them. Also, he said until the rash goes away to stop using baby wipes as they just make it more painful for the child. He said use warm wash clothes and as much as possible let the baby sit in a warm sink of water as that is very helpful. I followed his instructions and within two days the rash was gone. Good luck!!!

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The only thing that works with my little ones when they have horrible diaper rash is Bourdeux's Butt Paste. I know, funny name. It is a little over $4.00 for a pretty small tube but it works! My kid's nurse recommended it saying she uses it for her little one. You can find it at Walmart in the baby area. I'm sure other stores carry it too but I only buy it from there. Good luck!

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Hi,

I'm not sure if we are allowed to link to websites with products, so I will just tell you the name. Try "Angel Baby" Diaper Rash soap. I also use "Bottom Butter." It's organic and natural.

About once a month or every two, I put fresh garlic in my baby's bathwater. It is a natural antibiotic.

Also, try using a hand dryer set on COOL and LOW after each diaper change. If possible, leave her diaper off as long as possible to give her a chance to "air out." I did not use any diapers during the first two weeks (using a hospital bed pad) which is much easier when they are not mobile.

I also give my baby a few spoonfuls of Yogurt with live cultures about one a week (or so).

We use cloth diapers. I chose them because of health and environmental reasons. I believe they help the bottom "breath" better as disposables tend to "lock" everything in. We've experienced very few leaks with CDs and that was due to not wrapping the cover correctly versus the diaper, itself.

My daughter is almost 16 months old and has NEVER had a diaper rash. She has never even been red on the bottom. I can't pinpoint one specific action but believe it is all of them combined.

I hope your baby feels better soon.

Take care,
J.

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It could be yeast. My son gets them frequently. An over the counter anti-fungal cream would take care of it. It can take a couple of weeks to clear. Here is a link to a picture of one: http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/t081401.asp There is also info on diaper rashes here: http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/T081400.asp Hope that helps!

C.

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Hi A.--my 7 month odl jsut had this problem last week. After about 3 days and not getting any better, and him screeeeaming every diaper change, we took him to the doctor. It wasn't fungal as I had suspected, but it WAS worse than normal, the doc said, and gave him a prescription cream that's for burns (I don;t remember the name). THat started to clear it up in less than 24 hours. Aquaphor was helpign a little before that, but this stuff was awesome--if your baby is truly miserable, a trip to the doctor is warranted, in my opinion. good luck!

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I agree with Christine W, Triple Paste sold in Walgreens and I think most stores. I love it and it works right away.

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I would take her to the doctor and have them look at it. I had the same situation with my oldest and they ended up giving me an antibiotic cream. It cleared it right up and I didn't even have to use it very long. I remember I tried every butt cream I could think of and nothing worked.
Hope this helps.
E.

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What always works for my son is using hydrocortisone 1% cream. You can get it at most drug stores I think (you don't need a perscription).

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A couple people have mentioned the possibility already, but it may be a teething rash. If so, there's not a lot you can do to stop it, but wait it out. It makes for a great indicator that your child is teething though.

My son went through this. My daughter hasn't seemed to yet, but the vote's not entirely in yet, so I'm not placing any bets. With my son, I made sure to use the sensitive diaper wipes that wouldn't burn. Sometimes the spots on his bottom would break open and bleed - the pediatrician told me to put some neosporin on it to help prevent infection. DON'T combine neosporin with desitin though - it seemed to burn when I tried that. When it got bad enough to use the neosporin I used only that and I bought the stuff with pain reliever in it too. I also would generally give him a little children's tylenol too, when it got really bad.

We've had a problem with my son too, since he will sit for a while in poop and not tell me. I have a diminished sense of smell, so I have to check him at least every half an hour to make sure his pants are still clean!

If it is a teething rash - you'll have to get into a groove dealing with it. My mother-in-law said my husband had the same problem growing up and it showed up again when his adult teeth were coming in too!

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When it is that bad, it is usually an infection, you need prescription strenth cream like nystatin. My daughter used to get bad diaper rash and we would have to get a prescription for it, nothing else worked.
M.

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A.,
My daughter (now 4) used to get diaper rashes a lot, regardless of how often I changed her. Our ped recommended Triple Paste and it worked like a miracle. The only place I could find it was the pharmacy in the 680 N. Lake Shore Drive building.

I loved it so much, that I give it as a baby gift for every baby shower I go to.
It's not a cheap option, but it's worth it and it lasts -- I still have some left, and my daughter's 4!

The other thing that we did sometimes was to literally put a hair dryer on low and point it on her bottom. I think it was a comfort in keeping her dry and the sound soothed her too.
Good luck to you,
C.

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HI- we had that problem as well. 2 things- try Flaudners (behind the RX counter at walgreens) or it could be a yeast infection and if that's the case it requires nystantin. Good luck.I would call your ped and ask as well. C.

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She might need a prescription ointment...I cannot think of the name of the one my doctor gave us for my son when he was little with a horrible diaper rash that would not clear up, but it worked lieka charm...also my doctor told us to let him lay around with out a diaper on for a bit each day, just let the air get to the rash. I also like Beaudrox's Butt Paste alot too.

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My daughter was pron to diaper rashes and nothing would work to clear it. I tried EVERYTHING. What finally worked was cornstarch! I would apply it at every diaper change and I could see it working almost immediately!! Good luck.

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I actually was told when my son was in the hospital that over the counter wipes can be painful for diaper rash. They suggested using Viva paper towels(they are soft) in water to wipe with and then to put A&D ointment with Destin mix with it on the bottom. My son has had a few rashes and it seemed to clear up in a few days after using these items. Hope this helps

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Dr. Smiths Diaper Cream is the best accordign to my dermotologist(who is also a dad)

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Use washclothes and water instead of wipes and apply A&D ointment at every diaper change. THis worked for both of my kids.

Good luck.

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This may sound crazy, but have you given her any new foods?
My co-worker's daughter got a horrible diaper rash, which they went to the doc for. She eventually found out it was caused by an allergy to banannas! She only got the rash in the diaper area.

So maybe it could be an allergy.

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My doctor also said Triple Paste. At that time it was prescription only. I don't know if it is now but it is worth it!! It would clear up almost completely in one day!!!

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Hello,

Personally for diaper rashes, I think the best creme is Desitin. However, the same thing happened to my daughter two years ago. Her rash actually started to bleed a little and would not go away. I finally took her into the doctor and it turned out to be a yeast infection which required an antibiotic creme. So, if your rash doesn't go away, and most cremes should help diaper rashes, you might want to get it checked out by your doctor to see if it's a yeast infection. J.

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Try DRC. You can find it a walgreens or online. It's what has worked best for my daughter.

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When I was in the prenatal classes the instuctor told us about Triple Creme or Triple Paste. At the time you would have to talk to the pharmacist at Walgreens about it because they kept it behind the counter (even though you don't need a prescription). I have purchased it in one store but the best place to go would be Walgreens. It worked like a charm. The rash was cleared up in a day.

I did realize via trial and error what was causing the rash. Everytime he gets a few servings of mandarin oranges in a close time fram he gets a rash. In addition, I think acidic foods like red sauces might cause it as well.

Good Luck!

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are there red dots/sploches? it might not be a diaper rash at all usually when it goes on this long it usually means it is a yeast infection. Try some Lotrimin AF (anti fungal) from Walgreens, they carry the generic brand, and apply over the whole area, then use some of the best cream "triple paste" at Walgreens too, I swear by this stuff, I have 3 kids also. It should be almost gone in 48 hours.... it always works on the tough ones!!

- C.

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When my son was about a year old, he had an awful diaper rash that just wouldn't go away. His pediatrician told me to use Gold Bond powder when I changed his diaper and after his bath. I also left him out of his diaper for about 15 minutes after each diaper change, because the skin needs air to be healthy. I've used the Gold Bond lotion on his bottom, too. I thought it was a little weird at first but after two days his bottom went from being bloody (his poor bottom was literally raw) to being pink, and within a couple more days it was completely healed.

Make sure the wipes you are using are alcohol free and fragrance free -- the alcohol and frangrance BURN and can make the rash worse. You can also try using just a warm (wet) washcloth, though that isn't practical with a bowel movement! I used to buy the fragrance/dye/alcohol free baby wipes (I think I used Huggies Wipes if I remember right, my son is almost 6 so it's been a few years!) and when he had a rash, I would pre-rinse them in warm water - just in case.

One mom offered the idea of garlic in the bathwater - I've never tried it but it makes sense. Herbal remedies are oftentimes safer and just as effective. You can also try a sitz bath (just a couple inches of water) and swish it around her bottom. Adding chamomile or calendula to the water would probably help, too.

Someone else mentioned foods... excellent point. Has your son eaten anything new at all? If you are still breastfeeding, have you eaten anything different?

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In the past I have used a cotton swab drenched with Mylanta (for heartburn) on the diaper rash and then pun on creamy desitin over it. It has worked really well. The mylanta sounds weird, but it works well.
Good Luck,
S.

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I used to work for a day care about ten years back. We had a little girl that would get horrible diaper rashes. Her doctor recommended getting liquid Mylanta and putting it right on the rash. It cleared it up right away. I hope that this helps.

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Hi A.,

Definitely try the Lotramin. My son has had several of these really bad diaper rashes usually caused when he's sick and is having diahrea. The doctor instructed us to clean the area gently (think blotting instead of wiping)with a wet washcloth (no wipes -- the chemicals they contain hurt too much) then coat the area heavily with Lotramin. Then cover the area with something like Aquaphor.

Also, the doctor said if the area begins to bleed, we had to bring him in. Well, the last rash my son had like this, it did begin to bleed ever so slightly but we were in NY and two days away from a long drive home. The lotramin and Aquaphor helped so much and so quickly that later that day there was no more bleeding and two days later we were able to drive home with no problems.

Good luck.
-Jen

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I only read a few the the many responses, however my son also got bad diaper rashes. We would allow his butt to dry very thoroughly and put baby powder on it, it worked MUCH more quickly and better than any cream I used on him.

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The BEST product I have used for diaper rash is called PINXAV (pronounced pink-salve) My daughter had horrible rashes and this would clear it up by the next day. The company has been around for a very long time(my Mom used it on me)Unfortunately, it is everywhere in Ohio, but I have been unable to find it here in Chicago. I ordered it online at www.pinxav.com. GOOD LUCK!!!!

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A., After the rash clears up, I would advise you to hose her down in the bath tub after she poops. It's a lot of work, I know, but that's what I've done since my two yr old was born and she's NEVER had a diaper rash. I use Balmex or Baby Aveno at night only occasionally and it seems to work. Good Luck!!! J. Mom of Sydney-two and a half.

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My son would get diaper rash slightly on only two occasions. One, when we used Huggies diapers (not sure why, but maybe they don't breathe as well), and two, when he was cutting a tooth.

Our Dr told us to use A&D ointment which worked really well. We also use powder after diaper changes.

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I personally think it could be yeast. Any antifungal cream would work. My boys use to get really bad diaper rashes and the dr prescribed an antifungal cream and it was gone within a day. On top of the antifungal cream our pedi recommends triple paste as well. I get ours from the pharmacy in the building 680 N Lake Shore Drive as well. But was told it is at walgreens.

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I have used Kiehls diaper rash cream and it is wonderful. 1-2 days and rash was gone. Only availbale thru kiehls stores or online on at saks fith ave. w/c is where I buy mine.
hope this helps.

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It sounds like it could be yeast, which is what my daughter had when she was about 4 months old. The doctor told me to use Lotrimin and it cleared it right up.

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The only thing that works for me is corn starch. Just sprinkle some(alot) on like powder. Also, use wet paper towels instead of wipes. Or rinse her off in a sink. The wipes irritate the rash. The corn starch WILL work. Good luck.
S.

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Demboro (or close to that spelling) you can get it at Walrgreens it works wonderful you Put a packet in the bath water and let them soak.
I have found that with my children all the things you have tried made my children worse the other thing that you can do with the demboro is you can soak a washrag in the water that the demboro is in ring it out and put that washrag in the diaper and leave it till the next diaper change.

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My little one just had diaper rash when she was 4 weeks old, poor little thing. Destin Creamy (not regular) got rid of it right away. Good luck, and I hope your little girl feels better very soon.

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HI Amy, my son had one too. use johnson baby oil every time you open her and instead of wiping with a cloth just go to the restroom and wash her but with your bare hand with luke warm water. do not use any kind of soap. mines were gone that day. Hopefully it will helo you too.

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Our pediatrican recommended Lotrimen. It's an anti-fungal cream you can find by the athlete's foot cream or jock itch cream (I know, I know...). But it kills yeast and your little one might have a skin yeast infection (it looks just like diaper rash). Worked on my son in about a day. Apply the same as you would diaper cream. Hope that helps!

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my kids use to get rashes like that and the children i babysit for also do sometimes. i found this cream called DRC. it is a diaper rash cream and walgreens and osco carry it. it cost around 5 or 6 dollars but i think it's great stuff. the tube is pretty good size. well worth the money

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Hello. I know that there is an antiobiotic cream, that your doctor can prescribe. We had some for our daughter and it cleared it up right away!!

Good luck!

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Hi A.
My twins just had a week of diarrea, and they both had terrible diaper rash. I use the good old corn starch. It worked! It keeps the moisture away from their skin. Good Luck!

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try plain corn starch just sprinkle it on her butt! use more the worse the rash is!! also let her run around with out a diaper as much as possible!! while she is takin a nap just put a couple of towels under her and let her sleep with just some underwear on!!! also rinse her off in the tub or sink when she needs a diaper change don't use baby wipes they burn!!! also just keep doin what your doin if she has to wear a diaper put lots of whatever ointment your using try and just stick with one don't switch them all the time!! mabye it is her diapers or the laundry soap your usin!!!if none of this works call your doctor they have prescription ointment that is wonderful!!!!! good luck A.

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Wow! What a response! Guess we are ALL experts on this!

Here is a couple things to think about. First, when my boys would get rashes I would use a product called Aloe Vista. Here is a link to their products.

http://woundcareshop.safeshopper.com/309/cat309.htm

I would use the ointment and cleansing cream, but now I see they have a lot more products like wipes, etc.

Here's another thing to think about. My oldest was 6 months old and got "Hand, foot, and mouth disease" from his cousins, but his showed up first on his bottom as a horrible rash (his butt looked like raw hamburger). He did run a HIGH fever before he got the rash, and there was very little I could do for him even after knowing what he had.

Hope this info helps!
J.

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This has happened to my twins in the past year too. I took them to the doctor for it because the skin was starting to peel off. They gave me some yeast infection medicine for it, but it didn't work that well.. I stopped using wipes, which seemed to irritate it more. I only used a warm wash cloth, then patted them dry. Any moisture left just fed the rash. I stopped giving any sort of juice because the acid in that just made it worse. I put a layer of neosporin and tonz of that white diaper rash creme every time I changed them and after 4-5 days I started to see some improvement. If I stopped using that combo, it started up again at square one. It was horrible, they scream and squirm when I had to change their diaper. It took two people sometimes! I know what you are going through, it is terrible!

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I agree that it sounds like it could be yeast. You can go to any drug store and get an antifungal cream that will clear it up in a couple days if that is what it is (these creams have various names but are usually in the foot section).

If it is a regular diaper rash, regular desitin or something else with that same ingredient (zinc oxide). Most of the stuff you mentioned only protects the skin from further irritation, won't help clear it up. My son always got the yeast rashes and the antifungal works wonders on rashes he had been battling for weeks. Also letting her air dry will help alot.

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Try Aveeno skin relief bath treatment. It is an oatmeal bath. 2 of my daycare children have had bad rashes and i suggested the Aveeno Skin relief bath treatment. It comes in a box with 3 single use bath packets. My moms just used part of a packet in the bath. It helped alot. And here, when I have their children, I change them every hour and use lots of powder. Please do not use wipes. Soft warm cloths work well. A little more work, but it doesnt hurt them.

Good luck

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My kids are famous for diaper rash. What works for me is DRC, it is behind the pharmacy counter at Target. Load her little behind up with that then put some vaseline on top of it to coat it. I swear by this.When I do that it's usually gone the next day. Don't use wipes on her, rinse her off in the sink or use a soft washcloth on her.

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Hi A.,
My son went through this once, and the Dr. told me to get something that is called Butt Cream. Yep, that is what it is called for real, and you know, in two days, the rash was gone, and it worked great. I think you can get this over the counter, but I cant be positive, because the Dr. gave me sample tubes. Call the ped and ask about it. You will be so surprised how good this works..

S. Bailey CLD
Aurora
www.tendermomentsdoula.com

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When my daughter was teething, we had the same problem. I used Aquaphor for a few days (she responded really well to it), and then Boudreaux's Butt Paste (I'm from Louisiana, where you can get it EVERYWHERE...but here it's at Walmart or Toys R Us has the larger tubes) for about a week.

Hope it heals soon!

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Hi A.....I have had so much experience on this topic. My son gets yeast infections everytime he is on antibiotics and it took forever for me to get this down to a science. First of all, try and figure out why she's getting the rash...diahrea - medicine, or just a plain rash....if it's from diahrea (sp?) - give her the BRAT diet (bananas, rice ,applesauce and toast) and each time you clean her...let the area dry and slather her with desitin (not the creamy - the 40% original desitin). If she is really red and the skin seems broken from the rash being so bad, first put neosporin and then desitin.....now, if it's super raw and raised bumps (also white-head looking, it's probably a yeast infection so you would want to put lotrimin cream 2 times/day (antifungal - in foot care aisle)under the desitin and destitin at each diaper change. For immediate redness relief you can use some hydrocortisone cream the first day to kick start the healing and again, desitin over that. So basically, the rule of thumb is ALWAYS desitin (original) and neosporin, lotrimin or hydrocortisone depending on how it looks. It sounds like it's probably a yeast infection because it has lasted so long. I would try to keep her out of diapers as much as possible (to dry out - like 15 minutes every diaper change). Then, use a little hydrocortisone, a litle lotrimin and DESITIN two times a day and the rest of the day, just DESITIN. During bath time, add a packet of aveeno oatmeal bath (the 100% colloidal oatmeal) to the bath water and use the baby aveeno hair/body wash. Demboro is another soak that the pediatrician has recommended to me. I haven't tried it, but it sounds like it would work well. It has a lot of soothing antiseptic properties in it. Also, there is this stuff called balenol that gets the diaper area clean if the wipes are not soft enough. I think it's in the cortisone section at the pharmacy. It's actually for the perianal area and I think it's geared towards people who need help cleaning around there. I use a cotton ball or pad and clean him with that if the wipes are hurting too much. It's a great thing to have if your daughter gets bad rashes. Good luck!!!!

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Hi A.. I too had this problem with my son when he was about 11 months old. My pediatrician told me to use zync oxide only as his diaper rash cream. He said all the other stuff (balmex, butt paste, etc.) is no good for them. Also, he said until the rash goes away to stop using baby wipes as they just make it more painful for the child. He said use warm wash clothes and as much as possible let the baby sit in a warm sink of water as that is very helpful. I followed his instructions and within two days the rash was gone. Good luck!!!

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Hi! Definitely have experience with this one. A few ideas: leave her diaper off for a while and let her hang out diaper-free. Try foregoing wipes for several days and just patting her dry with a very soft cloth like an old t-shirt (wet it with warm water if she's pooped). Burt's Bee's diaper cream was the best stuff we found. Put it on GENEROUSLY after changing, after her bottom is all dry.

best of luck to you and your little sweetie.

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Hi my son is now 5 but he had very bad diaper rash and the best powder that worked for him was Caldesene is a pink bottle I would use this and it will clear up fast. This is pretty cheap at walgreens.

Good Luck.

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Hi A.,

Unfortunately, I'm not sure there's one "miracle cure" that works for everyone, but here's what we did. We use Desitin and have had no problems with diaper rash except for the time when my daughter would not let us change her diapers. At that point, she developed what I considered to be a pretty bad rash (having not been used to her having one), and it would not go away for several days. We ended up using Aquaphor, and it worked almost immediately. We also bathed our daughter 1-2 times a day in Aveeno Oatmeal bath which also helped tremendously.

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buy some cornstarch and brown it in a pain it will make her feel so much better i went through the same things with my son it was torture until i tried the cornstarch. she will feel so much better.

have you tried A & D, Destin? I use A& D & desitin & my daughter's rash never lasted for longer than a day or 2 using those products. How about Triple paste??
That's supposed to be a medicated super diaper creme. You'll have to ask your pharmacist for it, as you won't find it on the shelves. I actually Had to order it from the pharmacy.

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