This summer my son had a case of diaper rash that wouldn’t go away. In fact, there were little red dots that indicated it was a yeast problem too. So I got some tips from our pediatrician’s nurse. I’m about to share what worked and what didn’t.
To start, I let him walk around without a diaper. This worked at first because I didn’t mind mopping the floor when he peed on it. I called it quits when he pooped on the floor.
I let him play naked in the backyard. I called that quits when he sat in the grass and had dirt everywhere.
I used a water spray bottle and patted him dry with tissues. I called that quits when poop got everywhere and I couldn’t clean his bottom (which needed to be poop free to get rid of the diaper rash).
Okay, so that seems like what didn’t work; but it was worth explaining what happened when I tried!
I bought Vaseline to put over the prescription Nystatin, and I also thought that worked.
And when all else failed during these hot summer days, I sprinkled baking soda into his tubby and let him play for ten minutes three times a day.
See this link: https://www.healthline.com/health/baking-soda-bath#how-to
I switched diaper brands from store brand to a more expensive brand. That was by far the hardest change to make because I already change my son way more often than anyone I know, and diapers are expensive even if changed infrequently. I’ve always been a fast diaper changer; I see him make the poop face and off comes the diaper. So you can imagine my surprise when I had to deal with diaper rash at all! I blame the trip to the beach and kiddie pool as the beginning of the problem that has lasted a month!
Yes, that is “ has lasted.” Just when I thought I was winning the battle, the diaper rash returned! I think I stopped the Nystatin and started using A&D cream too soon. So back to the beginning with the prescription and Vaseline to hold it on his skin alternated with Desitin or Butt Paste.
Meanwhile, my poor kiddo came down with hand foot and mouth disease (HFMD)! The diaper rash was the least of my worries then. I had to get things to treat that like oatmeal soaks, Benadryl, and Mylanta. One good thing that came of HFMD was that I discovered another use for generic Mylanta.
I mixed 1 part Maalox, 1 part 40% zinc oxide (Desitin or Butt Paste), 1 part A&D ointment to make a diaper rash cream. It was a little runny, so once mixed I did keep it refrigerated to thicken. As an added bonus, by refrigerating it’s soothing once applied. So far I’ve put that on before bedtime twice.
Hopefully this clears up for good soon!