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We've gotten that quite often actually. After three years of me feeling like it must be the diapers, wash routine etc etc etc.. we figured it out.
My dd was on pumped breastmilk for the first 8 months of her life, then was switched to formula for my medical reasons.. that that time, she started getting rashes. We switched formulas a few times and they always cleared up in a reasonable amout of time. She's been on cows milk for some time now at almost three years old.. the first time on whole milk.. and she got a major rash every time she pooped. Then, on 2% milk and the rashes went away. It tooks us a long time to figure it down ot the milk. Then, just recently, she got another rash that looked very much like blisters that would break, puss, bleed.. it was heartbreaking. I did EVERYTHING I could think of.. used every cream.. tried yeast creams, took her to the doctor etc..
Then, one night, we were out of her 2% milk, so I gave her some of my own fat free milk .. and by morning, her rash was no longer hurting her.. and within three days it was cleared up completely.
So, for us, it was a food allergy. I don't find hard cheese to bother her..but yogurt, cottage cheese, and milk do... even lactose free milk. Other things we've noticed.. chef boyardee stuff gives her an immediate rashe even though regular marinara sauces don't bother her at all.
I don't know what kind of milk your little guy is on, but if he's still on breastmilk, look at your own intake of things like milk or yogurt first. It might not be a food allergy, but that has been our experience and I feel horrible that it took me so long to figure it out each time.
Other than that, i can recommend a cream called triple paste. It's over the counter but you usually still have to ask the pharmacist for it. It's got white lanolin, zinc etc etc in it and is a wonderful barrier cream. It kept the pee and poop off my dd's skin so the pee didn't hurt her and the poo didn't make the rash worse. Use a liner with it though.. it's hard to get out of diapers.