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My boy just turned 2. He never had diaper rash at all until starting daycare last August. Maybe it's just coincidence on the timing? He's only in daycare 2 days a week.<br><br>
Anyway, the rash has been going away and coming back off and on for several months with varying degrees of intensity. This past week he's had a cold, and the diaper rash has turned into a terrible blistering red welt on his poor little cheeks. Right where the cheeks touch each other. He doesn't like to sit down or have his diaper changed, and he's been sleeping poorly since this started. (Which means *I'm* sleep deprived too, of course!)<br><br>
I don't know what I've done wrong, nor do I know what to do. We change his diaper frequently as a matter of habit, and we're a very clean family. Since the rashes started appearing we have been alternating two different kinds of creams and doubling up on the diaper powder. Since it got really bad, I've been letting him take warm baths 2 or 3 times per day. (He loves it) I'm on 5,000 iu of vitamin D per day and take Mercola's probiotic every other day. He is still breastfeeding, so he should be getting those things into him too.<br><br>
Any advice? thanks!
 

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i agree with stopping the powder and give his little booty some air. the cream is good for a barrier againt wetness but it can smother the wound and slow healing.<br>
i would have him nakey butt for a few hours a day and try only putting the cream on at night and for day care.<br>
also, is he eating something different at daycare than at home? considering it coincided i would look into the possibility of an allergy issue.<br><br>
ETA: my daughter gets the same kind of rash when i use baby wipes on her, i know some kids get it when the type of wipe used is changed. maybe look into that as well, do they use your provided wipes or do they have their own stock?
 

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Sounds like yeast.
 

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My dd has always been pretty sensitive. When she gets rashy what works for us is very infrequent diaper rash cream, just cornstarch powder, and Mustela or Lansinoh wipes ONLY.<br><br>
Using rash cream seems to keep her rashes wet and they don't heal as fast. Now that she is older and verbal, too, if I ever put rash cream on her she complains that it is painful and does not like to sit down. I think it might increase her discomfort.
 

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Thanks all for your responses so far. To clarify, he only goes to daycare Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so he has the other 5 days of the week to heal from any damage done there. I'm fairly certain that his diaper is changed enough when he's there. I'm friends with the daycare provider, and she's a very careful attentive person.<br><br>
When he first started going, he got diarrhea, and I figured it must be because she's required to give all the kids milk. We don't drink milk at home b/c I recently figured out that I react to it, so I asked her to stop giving him milk. I think they eat a lot more sweets and processed foods there than he's used to at home. But I'd have to put him in a different daycare if I wanted him to avoid those foods. I don't have the courage to require him to be on a completely different diet from the other kids (that would be asking a lot of her, I think), and I don't have the money to put him anywhere else.<br><br>
I let him go naked as often as possible, but hubby freaks out when he sees him without a diaper, so it's not possible all the time.<br><br>
I was thinking that it might be related to some kind of virus, since the rash got so much worse when he got his cold. I get warts on my hands during seasons of stress or sickness, which I think is related to some kind of virus latent in my body. Could it be the same kind of thing?<br><br>
As for yeast-- I'm on probiotics, and he's breast feeding. Is that enough, or should I try to find probiotics for toddlers??<br><br>
Oh, and what's the reasoning behind stopping baby powder? I thought it helped them not to sweat and stick to the diaper?
 

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My middle DD got a rash like that when she was about two, and I had the doctor look at it. Turned out to be a strep infection in her skin. You might want to get it checked out.
 

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The fragrance in baby powder can aggravate a diaper rash...so can any of the store bought wipes...when my son got a blistery bum we aired him out frequently, used water moistened cloths for diaper changes and Baby Bottom Better or Weleda diaper cream.
 

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if it is yeast you can try some OTC miconizol...sold for vaginal yeast infections. not as strong as the nystatin script the doctor will give you, but may be lots cheaper depending on your copay for visit/rx.
 

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I agree that it could be thrush, which most barrier-type diaper creams (and powder) make worse, because they feed the yeast.<br><br>
I would try plain water wipes, drying the bum with a hair dryer at each diaper change, and using <a href="http://www.motherlove.com/product_diaper_rash_relief.php" target="_blank">Motherlove Diaper Rash and Thrush Salve</a>.<br><br>
eta: I would give LO probiotics too.
 

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Bright red right between can be strep. Staph is also very common in the diaper area and I'm wondering about that given it started when he started there (it's contagious) and you're mentioning blistering. I don't have experience with yeast rashes down there.<br><br>
I guess I'm saying have someone take a look because based on what you've described I think you're dealing with something more than diaper rash.
 

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Yeah, my first thought was staph infection (I have a friend - another MDC mama - whose daughter got MRSA infections on her bum for a while - they beat them though). I'd have it checked out.
 

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Poor little guy. My son has very sensitive skin and breaks out in rashes like you've described if he wears disposable diapers (except for one brand, which I use the 2 mornings he goes to preschool).<br><br>
He had a horrible rash that continued for quite some time and I finally took him in to the ped's when nothing I did had any effect on his hiney. Basically at that point, when it was broken out in big welts and blistered it was then a staph infection AND a yeast infection. We left with a prescription cream. It was a combination of miconazole, antibiotic ointment, zinc diaper rash cream and calamine lotion.<br><br>
My little guy's hiney was looking much better by the next day and it was completely cleared up in 3 days.<br><br>
With how long your LO's rash has gone on, I'd recommend having him seen by a doc.<br><br>
-Beth
 

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Wow, thanks ladies. I'm overwhelmed. I need to figure out what to do now.<br>
We don't have health insurance, and we're pretty low income during this season when hubby's in school. The charity place in town always has at least a month-long waiting list... I hope his rash/blister/whatever-it-is doesn't last for a month!<br>
Poor guy, indeed. I feel so badly for him.
 

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oh, and I should mention the skin is very dry and cracked all over the bum, but gets worse near the blistery area. Drying it with a hair dryer seems counter-intuitive to me, since the skin is so dry.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wow, thanks ladies. I'm overwhelmed. I need to figure out what to do now.<br>
We don't have health insurance, and we're pretty low income during this season when hubby's in school. The charity place in town always has at least a month-long waiting list... I hope his rash/blister/whatever-it-is doesn't last for a month!<br>
Poor guy, indeed. I feel so badly for him.</div>
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Well, for what it's worth, my friend was alternating between wiping the MRSA boils/whole area (when there were no boils) down with thieves essential oil (mixed with a carrier oil - almond, maybe?) or one of the thieves products and using the what's it called? hibiclense? the stuff the hospital gave her. I'd see if I could get some thieves oil, imo. It's not cheap, but it's cheaper than a doctor visit and it kills bacteria, viruses, and fungus. Even MRSA <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> And it's useful for other health uses, too, not just the baby bum <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I think if you get it on Amazon, instead of through young living (the company that makes it) it's a bit cheaper....<br><br>
Barring that, I might try tea tree oil or lavender oil, which both are good at clearing up skin issues... but if you're putting them on a boo-boo, definitely use a carrier oil (olive oil works fine, I like coconut oil because it's solid so it's easier to control...)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wow, thanks ladies. I'm overwhelmed. I need to figure out what to do now.<br>
We don't have health insurance, and we're pretty low income during this season when hubby's in school. The charity place in town always has at least a month-long waiting list... I hope his rash/blister/whatever-it-is doesn't last for a month!<br>
Poor guy, indeed. I feel so badly for him.</div>
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Why don't you have medicaid for your child then? Usually for an infant the limits are very generous for free/low cost insurance.
 

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I would absolutely stop the dietary stuff that is happening at the daycare. You are the mom. Don't feel bad about standing up for your child's health. It is okay. Can you send along other food and just tell her to ONLY feed your child what you send? Whether it's yeast, or a bacteria, or whatever, having junk food and processed foods and sugar will only make it worse.
 
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