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Old 06-11-2008, 11:18 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Ds is 2 weeks old. He developed a little rash right around the crack of his bottom/butt cheeks. In 12 hours it got really RED and really angry looking and has not gotten better. I have been using Weleda's Calendula cream, Weleda's Diaper Rash cream (zinc oxide) and Burts Bees Diaper Rash cream (again, zinc oxide based). None of these have worked so I suspected it could be a yeast based rash. Two days ago I started using Miconazole nitrate cream 2% (basically Monistat). I saw some improvement in the rashy area but now I am seeing the redness spreading.

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Vinegar has worked wonders for us when the boys have yeasty rashes. Just a cotton swab with white distilled vinegar. If that doesn't work, try grapefruit seed extract (you have to mix it with distilled water; we use 20 drops per ounce). I have found that a combination of that and lots of naked time do the trick. Good luck!
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My babe had what I was definately sure was a yeasty rash....only to have it turn out not to be yeast at all! Our dr. prescribed something called "magic butt cream". I believe you can even mix it yourself; it's a combo of desitin, maalox, nystatin, and something else...just google it. It cleared my ds3 up all the way for the first time in 8 weeks of dealing with a horrid rash. I also had tried the things you mentioned, but this stuff did the trick.

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For our yeast rash we were told to use the foot antifungal cream... know what I am talking about? I don't remember the name. Maybe it is the same active ingredient as the monistat. We took lots of nakey butt time and about 24 hours to see improvement.

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For our yeast rash we were told to use the foot antifungal cream... know what I am talking about? I don't remember the name. Maybe it is the same active ingredient as the monistat. We took lots of nakey butt time and about 24 hours to see improvement.
I think you are talking about Lotrimin?

I'm off to google "Magic butt cream".

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We've had great luck with adding vinegar to bathwater, and also using tea tree oil (a strong natural antifungal): dilute a few drops in olive oil (test it on your skin first--it can be strong) and daub it on after diaper changes. It works GREAT!

I would also give him some probiotics: let her suck the powder off your finger, or mix some in breastmilk and give it in a dropper.

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For a nasty diaper rashes we make some green tea (organic) compresses. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes and put on a clean diaper. At first it doesn’t look like it is doing anything but in a couple of hour there will be a huge difference and the next day it will be almost cleared. Repeat as/if needed.

We also use green tea for my grandmother who is receiving chemo. She was breaking out with these horrible painful blisters on her head and face. My mother made her some green tea compresses and did it a couple times daily for a few days and it cleared them right up while it took away the pain. Another reason why I love green tea!

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We used Aquaphor and it cleared up Gage's bum pretty fast.

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I like to use the blow dryer to really dry off my baby's butt after every diaper change. After I wipe him clean I just turn on the blow dryer to low and hold it far enough away that he doesn't get burned by the heat.

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My DD had a really bad diaper rash when she was just a few weeks old and we tried pretty much everything on the market (including some anti-yeast meds). The only thing that helped was "California Baby" cream.

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We've been fighting a rash too, we're using nystatin 3x a day and this morning we gave him an oatmeal bath in cool-ish water and that made a lot of redness go away

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I found that frequent baths (basically just water and a drop of cleanser) and some air (along with some sun) does wonders on the bottom. I also use this stuff (and I have used it on other rashes...especially the ones in the folds of her neck): http://www.earthmamaangelbaby.com/an...ttom_balm.html
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Are there lots of little red dots? Is that why you think it's yeast? Have you tried just plain old Vaseline. I think the butt crack gets really dry. My lo used to get lots of rashes which turned out to be reaction to the dyes in Pampers diapers...now that we use 7th Generation, no problem whatsoever.
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It's not a rash with dots, it's just red and angry looking. I am seeing our family practitioner tomorrow. I just don't know what to do with this.

The original red area looks better but the redness is spreading! It's the spreading that has me worried.

Thanks for all the feedback.

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