Angela was a foster parent for eight years and has four daughters. She has taken many courses to help her better understand children.
How to Treat Severe Diaper Rash
Having raised or helped raise 14 children, I have used a lot of different diaper creams in my life. There are two that are far superior to any others I have ever used.
The first is Bag Balm, which you can find at most grocery stores. You will not find it in a diaper cream aisle, but it's often shelved with lotions in the pharmacy. If you cannot find it, ask a pharmacist. You can also order it off Amazon. It was initially used to treat severely dry skin on the utters of cows. They later found that it was beneficial to severely dry skin on a person. Then some fantastic human used it on a baby's bum and learned that this cures almost any diaper rash.
Magic Butt Cream
Unfortunately, some rashes have a yeasty appearance to them and may need an antifungal to clear them up entirely. That is when I choose to use Magic Butt Cream. Your doctor can prescribe it, but often insurance is unwilling to pay for it, and you will need to make it yourself. Your doctor may prescribe an antifungal, and you can combine it with the remainder. Otherwise, you can buy some antifungals over the counter, usually in the athlete's foot section of the pharmacy.
- 1 tube zinc oxide, (Desitin)
- 1 tube A and D Ointment
- 1 tube antifungal
- 1/4 cup Maalox
- Combine equal parts of each ingredient above together. Blend the mixture until it is a thin cream with even consistency. You may want to cut the ingredients in half, since the Maalox may separate as it sits. If that occurs, you can try to whip it again.
- Once the cream is blended, clean the affected area well and let air dry before applying.
- Spread liberally on the affected area at each diaper change.
- If ingredients separate, whip the cream again to recombine the elements.
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When to Use an Antifungal on Diaper Rash
If your child's diaper rash is caused by yeast, then you will need to use an antifungal to treat it. If you notice that the appearance has any of the following traits, there is a good chance you are dealing with a yeast infection.
- raised bumpy rash
- a dark red rash with a raised border
- raw tender skin
- scaly or flaky skin
You also may want to use an antifungal if you have been treating a rash for two or more days and it still has not cleared. Depending on what strength or what antifungal you use, you may need to get a prescription for it. Some antifungals that are good to use either alone or in the Magic Butt Cream are:
- clotrimazole cream
- nystatin cream
- most athlete's foot creams
If your child's rash will not clear or worsens with the use of either Bag Balm or Magic Butt Cream after two days, be sure to contact your doctor.
- Diaper Rash Diagnosis and Treatment: Mayo Clinic
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