Guide to Prescription Diaper Rash Ointments

Are there any Diaper Rash Ointments that work?

You bring your new baby homeand it’s unbelievable the amount of diapers you are suddenly changing! And usually they are blowouts! You know, the kind that makes an ungodly sound and runs up her back, dirtying whatever she was wearing and sitting in. It’s usually at the most unopportune time and place. However, the more diapers you change, the more concerned you become over seeing her bright red bottom. You rub some diaper rash cream and petroleum jelly on her, but that only seems to make it look worse.

Does this sound familiar?

With my first daughter, I noticed her bottom becoming really red, really fast. Then, her skin soon blistered and the rash appeared raised. It even bled a little when I wiped her with a wipe made especially for sensitive skin. I had to start using cotton balls with water to clean her skin. It was horrible. At one of her checkups, I asked her pediatrician about it. To my surprise, she didn’t prescribe anything for her. Instead, she offered a unique treatment that I thought sounded crazy at the time. That is until I tried it. She told me to mix Mylanta antacid medicine with Aquaphor Ointment until it became a wet, spreadable paste. When I put this on her bottom, it began to clear up over the next few days. Soon, it was gone completely. I found out that most diaper rashes are formed by acid left behind by urine and stool, and the moisture is trapped by the diaper against the baby’s sensitive skin. Well, Mylanta eliminates acid and Aquaphor soothes the skin, so the two components mixed together work magic.

Another type of diaper rash is called a yeast diaper rash caused by candida yeast infection. Because yeast lives in the intestine, your baby’s damp and irritated bottom may set forth for the yeast to invade her already sensitive skin. There are several medicated antifungal medicines that may work to clear it up such as Nystatin (Mycostatin), econazole (Spectazole), clotrimazole (Lotrimin), or miconazole (Micatin, Monistat-Derm) (1). They all work about the same.

Lastly, there is a great product on the market used for preventing and treating diaper rashes that I had found to soothe minor rashes better than any other cream or jelly. It’s called Butt Paste by Boudreaux. This product has been featured on Oprah Show, Today Show, Tonight Show, ESPN, & People Magazine. Although its name is risky, it really does work in a pinch.

Yet, I believe the best way to prevent diaper rashes is to change your baby’s diapers frequently, and use a damp (not wet) cloth to clean him or her. Then, dry the area off with a towel. Baby wipes, even ones for sensitive skin, often irritate the skin, so in the first three months, you may want to steer clear of them. Unfortunately, I think my daycare provider wasn’t changing my infant daughter as often as she should have, and this was probably what led to her severe diaper rash.

Good luck, and keep changing those smelly, stinky diapers – It does get easier (when they start using a toilet)!

Resources:

(1) WebMD, Diaper Rash, Topic Overview & How is Yeast Diaper Rash Treated, retrieved from www.webmd.com on April 9, 2008