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Old 04-13-2011, 10:45 PM
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*baby diaper rash* advice please

So my almost to be 4 month old baby has had what I thought was a really bad diaper rash, so went to look online to see it compared to other pictures. I searched it in google & HOLY SHIT, some of those pictures are horrible! Anyway it's not as bad as those pictures (thank god) but she's had it for awhile now (5 days or so) and I have used bag balm, butt cream (desitin) let her air dry, etc. I am thinking I am just going to take her to the Doctor. I have never had to deal with diaper rash before so I am lost. Any suggestions?
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D had really bad diaper rashes when he was little, and a couple of times they said it was like a yeast infection. Anyway, he was given a couple different prescription creams at different times that cleared it up right away.
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Old 04-14-2011, 12:18 AM
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aw yeah I am just really worried but I know it's not uncommon so I am not taking her the ER tonight or anything...I have asked a couple I know about it and they just say it's 'normal' so I figured I would post here, because I just don't think it's 'normal.' Maybe I am wrong.
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Old 04-14-2011, 12:22 AM
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So my almost to be 4 month old baby has had what I thought was a really bad diaper rash, so went to look online to see it compared to other pictures. I searched it in google & HOLY SHIT, some of those pictures are horrible! Anyway it's not as bad as those pictures (thank god) but she's had it for awhile now (5 days or so) and I have used bag balm, butt cream (desitin) let her air dry, etc. I am thinking I am just going to take her to the Doctor. I have never had to deal with diaper rash before so I am lost. Any suggestions?
I made the mistake of googling that too once, it's enough to make you cry.

My baby boy had a rash a few months ago when he had a tummy flu (all that diarrhea ), and I used Boudreaux's Butt Paste and it cleared it up quickly. I agree with Stacey though, if it's really bad, then don't hesitate to get her checked out by a doctor. Poor baby girl. Good luck, I hope she's feeling better soon!
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Old 04-14-2011, 05:17 AM
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My daughter got some rashes that nothing would clear (I tried Desitin, Triple Paste, A&D Ointment, etc.). Wound up taking her to the dr fearing it was a yeast infection (it wasn't), and they said to use a washcloth instead of wipes to clean the area, let it dry. Dab on a liquid antacid (I used cotton balls) and let that dry. Glob on vaseline. Worked great for us when nothing else would touch it. Also, some bare-butt time is helpful.
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Old 04-14-2011, 05:55 AM
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AFter Connor had the stomach flu, he had the most aweful diaper rash/yeast infection combo We cleaned him with Pampers Sensitive Skin wipes, dabbed dry with a cloth diaper, spread anti-fungal cream over the rash and then coated that in triple paste. with in 3 days it was gone
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Old 04-14-2011, 05:58 AM
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awww, poor baby.

if it's yeast, you'll need anti-fungal cream to clear it up. does it have a smell? because yeast infections definitely have an odor.

letting baby's bottom dry is HUGELY helpful...and i mean totally dry. have her lie down on the diaper with it open (in case she decides to pee or poo, lol) and sing to her, distract her (i used this time to give baby a little massage). another thing that seems to help is to add baking soda to her bath water and letting her sit there for a few minutes. again, let her dry thoroughly before you put any cream on her so the moisture isn't trapped under the cream(s).

if it doesn't clear in the next few days i'd have the rash looked at.

a few considerations:
not sure if you're nursing or formula feeding, but if you're using formula and you switched, you may want to explore the possibility she's sensitive to that.

i'm pretty clueless about formulas, so others may have advice about that...but i have a friend whose baby had trouble with diaper rash because she switched formulas...so just a thought.

if you're nursing, is there something new you ate?

are you using the same brand of diapers/wipes as always?
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:01 AM
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Shi said it all!

We use Aquaphor and it works wonders! The only thing that has cleared up Ruby's diaper rash

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Old 04-14-2011, 09:54 AM
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Yep.

Hope it clears up soon.

To add with a couple personal experiences- We used Desitin (the heavy duty one) and Butt Paste for most small rashes. When Junior had a really bad one it turned out to be the new Kirkland diapers we were using- once they got wet, whatever was in the absorbent portion irritated his skin. Another time it was what I was eating (chocolate)- since I was breast feeding. Definitely try the process of elimination or think if there is anything that has been recently introduced.

Good luck! Hope her tiny bottom feels better asap!
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Old 04-14-2011, 10:58 AM
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Poor Baby I definitely slather petrolium jelly every time you change her diaper. I also use a cream called Calendula Cream by California baby (you can find it at target or whole foods) I like to call it a miracle cream

I hope it clears up soon. Diaper rashes are no fun.
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Old 04-14-2011, 04:07 PM
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Aww I hate it for her. Elijah got his first diaper rash right before he turned one and I felt just awful for him.

A friend recommended baking soda in the bath water, making sure he was totally dry before diapering, and we also slathered on desitin/bodreax's butt paste (sp?) worked pretty well for us.
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Old 04-14-2011, 10:47 PM
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I always had good luck with Vaselene. Good luck! poor little girl.
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We have dealt with a yeast rash before. It looks different in thar the rash is slightly raised. You can see pictures of it on line. We treated it with lotrimin and hydrocortisone. We would mix the lotrimin and hydrocortisone in our palms, apply that and then cover with rash cream. My favorites are california baby calming rash cream and triple paste. Another thing to do if it is yeast is to bleach and wash towels, bedding in hot water because you can reinfect since yeast can harbor itself in towels, etc. Goods luck and hope your lo gets some relief soon.

ETA: if using cloth diapers, I would switch to sposies and wash the cloth dipes with a several drops of grapefruit seed extract instead of bleach.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:01 AM
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My doctor had said Desitin is a preventative cream only, after the fact it is more "burning" than anything! If we get a rash that lasts any longer than a day we bust out the Lotrimin AF (antifungal cream) and use that covered in Vaseline or Aquaphor, within 24 hours it ALWAYS looks a million times better! They get yeasty pretty easily since theyre always so wet!

Poor baby girl! Hope she is doing better!!!!
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:05 AM
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ugh, that just reminded me.
Yasmeen got this HORRIBLE yeast infection last summer; it progressed so very fast. of course she's well potty-trained (she was 4.5 years old at the time) but it was just downright nasty. we had to go to prescription medications to get rid of it...oral and topical.

that is one smell i'll NEVER forget. poor girl.
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:10 PM
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I forgot about this thread. She is formula fed & does not wear cloth diapers (for those that asked) her rash is looking A LOT better. She had been having REALLY bad diarrhea until Saturday so it started getting better as soon as that stopped. I am pretty sure that it was just a diaper rash because there wasn't any odor or anything.

Thanks for all of the suggestions, advice & poor baby girls!
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:16 PM
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Last summer, I got the worst "diaper rash" from working out in the heat and having to wear nylons under my short-shorts. I slathered Zinc Cream all over my lower half for days and it went away on it's own.

Having it as an adult really sucked.
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Mason and Sloane have never had a diaper rash yet. I have used Caldesene powder since Mason was born so its been more of a preventative measure than anything.
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