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Awful nappy rash - what do I do???

(30 Posts)
Poppymoptin Mon 17-Mar-14 20:09:18

Just changed my little girl's nappy and she was crying almost hysterically. She'd pooed and all around her bum and vulva was red and angry looking and appears to have some tiny spots where she's bleeding. I haven't put her nappy back on or put any cream or anything on it because I don't know what to use that won't make it worse.

She started getting little spots about a month ago and they've gradually spread and got bigger. I assumed it was something to do with the fact that she's now eating food so her wee and poo will be changing too, but this is much, much worse.

I'm taking her to the baby clinic tomorrow, but I don't know what to do now or over night!

Any suggestions please?

Beachcomber Mon 17-Mar-14 20:15:05

Have you got any honey or chamomile tea? My two had horrendous nappy rash and both of those helped to soothe. You can use them together.

Make the tea, nice and strong, add honey, when tepid dip strips of muslin in and drape over rash. Leave nappy off as long feasible. When you put nappy back on, line with a tea and honey dampened rag.

Dontlaugh Mon 17-Mar-14 20:16:31

Throw away the baby wipes for now.
This very minute change her nappy and fill the bathroom sink with warm water (not hot). Let her sit in it for a few minutes. Take her out, pat (don't rub) her bum dry.
Rub barrier cream on the area, Vaseline or sudocreme. New nappy. Keep doing that til it improves.
No wipes!!

Poppymoptin Mon 17-Mar-14 20:18:05

Thank you, I'll give it a go. I don't have chamomile tea (yet! I'll get some tomorrow) but I do have honey.

She's happy as anything again now that she's just pottering around without her nappy, but she's keeping off her bum - just kneeling and crawling.

Suzietwo Mon 17-Mar-14 20:20:08

Try and get her outside bum free if you can. Plus metanium.

LegoCaltrops Mon 17-Mar-14 20:21:25

Yellow metanium cream, as soon as you can get to a pharmacy. No baby wipes, use cotton wool & water. If it still doesn't start to clear up after a couple of days, see a doctor, she may need canesten or something.

Beachcomber Mon 17-Mar-14 20:22:51

You can use honey by itself. Dilute in some cooled boiled water and apply. Agree that you want to keep away from wipes and anything chemical.

If you have porridge oats they can soothe too. Run a bath and make a big tea bag of oats in a sock/muslin/knotted tea towel. Place in bath until water is milky and silky feeling. Put child in bath. Pat dry.

FruitBasedDrinkForALady Mon 17-Mar-14 20:23:42

Could be thrush, if so neem oil and udos probiotics (both should be in your health food shop) are amazing.

LegoCaltrops Mon 17-Mar-14 20:24:11

Ooh yes, fresh air. Put a big piece of fleece down, if you have carpet (cheap from a fabric shop, easy to wash). Nappy off, bare bum.

JugglingChaotically Mon 17-Mar-14 20:24:37

Had grim time with all 3 DCs.
No wipes as above - only if out and unavoidable.
Water and cotton wool.
Change nappy ASAP if poo. And regularly to ensure never soggy.
Lots of sudocrem at every nappy change.
Morhulin at first hint of nappy rash.
No bubble bath. (E45 bath bubbles and only v occasionally.)
Good luck!

Poppymoptin Mon 17-Mar-14 20:25:10

Do I just spread some honey on her skin?

noblegiraffe Mon 17-Mar-14 20:25:10

Metanium is the business, if the baby has nappy rash, sudocrem or bepanthan just doesn't cut it. It cleared up my DD's nappy rash where other creams failed.

imip Mon 17-Mar-14 20:25:34

Yay to metanium, used it on my 4 dds, brilliant stuff. ESP for dd1 who was allergic to her urine....

If it goes red and shiny, it may be infected with thrush and you'll need cream from the gp.

Its0kToBeMe Mon 17-Mar-14 20:25:43

Another vote for honey. Worked a treat on DD. That and fresh air when possible.
Hope she feels better soon.

TinyTear Mon 17-Mar-14 20:25:53

For really bad rash metanium was good. One or two days and it was fine. Great for teething rash

nilbyname Mon 17-Mar-14 20:26:00

Agree with the advice about no wipes.

Metanium, small yellow tube, it's really good for nappy rash. Apply a thin almost transparent layer, then layer on Vaseline to create a barrier. Do this at bedtime.

Poor thing. Lavender and tea tree oil, a couple of drops in the bath is good too.

Boris13 Mon 17-Mar-14 20:26:36

zinc and castor cream is best

Poppymoptin Mon 17-Mar-14 20:29:25

Wow, thanks all. I'll run her a bath now then try some honey and some metanium cream tomorrow once I can get out.

I have lavender and tea tree oils too, so I'll try them as well.

Thanks again.

Suzietwo Mon 17-Mar-14 20:31:19

Those oils might sting a bit!

MavisG Mon 17-Mar-14 20:36:29

If you're breastfeeding mix some BM with the honey. Use unheated honey if you have it (rowse don't hear high they say, there are posher rawer ones from small producers, heather and Manuka both especially potent).

If you have raw coconut oil in the house it's anti-fungal and v v gentle.

If you use cloth nappies, use some without the waterproof cover when convenient, as you can tell as soon as she's peed then (line w stay-dry liner so it's not next to her skin).

If disposables, choose ones with natural/organic components and see if that makes a difference - I've seen pictures of chemical burns on Facebook apparently from the ones that rhyme with hampers, though I guess the middle gel bit must have somehow got in contact with the babies' skin. Or maybe they were allergic to something.

Hope it clears up soon.

Dontlaugh Mon 17-Mar-14 20:38:58

I'm not an expert on oils but I think you need to dilute them in a carrier oil like grapeseed or almond oil? Don't apply neat or it will burn her. Or drop some tea tree into her bath.

kawaii Mon 17-Mar-14 20:39:42

Corn flour has stopped DD nappy rash in its tracks every time it has started. Use like you would talc after every nappy change.

Also natty nappies are bleach free and worth changing to as very non irritating. Available at Sainsburys.

MavisG Mon 17-Mar-14 20:41:38

Yeah mix the oils in a spoonful of milk or vodka/similar and add to bath. ( disperses it )

Peggy2211 Mon 17-Mar-14 21:40:38

Drapolene best stuff ever

ceeveebee Mon 17-Mar-14 22:00:46

Sounds like thrush/fungal nappy rash to me, if so you need an anti-fungal cream from pharmacy or GP, Metanium and sudacrem etc will not clear a fungal rash

rachmini Mon 17-Mar-14 22:06:14

my ds has got a bowel complaint (hirschsprungs disease) one of the side effects is severe nappy rash, we use Ilex cream and a layer of vaseline over the top. we buy the cream from oakmed medical supplies, it is amazing and the rash disappears within a couple of hours. we now use it every nappy change and it provides a barrier and reduces the risk of developing severe nappy rash. x

MyLatest Mon 17-Mar-14 22:09:36

Phone your health visitor and get a prescription for Trimovate cream. It's like Metanium I think but stronger and has an antifungal thing too possibly. It's fantastic stuff - within 8-12 hours the screams at changing time will have stopped. After a couple of days you can change to Metanium. Metanium is available in supermarkets if someone can get you some tonight.

Also check your DD's mouth and lips for white spots, if so make sure you get Daktarin gel for mouth too. The thrush (if it's that) can pass through kids and keep reinfecting.

Badmumof3 Mon 17-Mar-14 22:14:50

I'd agree with the suggestion of camomile tea. I'd also ask the health visitor to prescribe some canesten cream as it could well be thrush. Hope it settles soon x

bonzo77 Mon 17-Mar-14 22:20:11

I'd do nappy off time, cleaning with warm water and cotton wool. Metanium + a layer of sudocreme or zinc/caster oil or Vaseline. If no significant improvement in 24 hrs go to gp. If DS2 has bleeding points after 24 hrs of this we use timodine, which is magic, but prescription only and is anti fungal + mild steroid.

Poppymoptin Tue 18-Mar-14 23:31:05

Thanks everyone. I left her nappy off until she went to bed. We bathed her with oats and she loved it - although to be fair, she always loves a bath. I dabbed her sore bits with the diluted honey and put her to bed. She must have felt better because she slept longer than she has in ages.

I took her to the health visitor today and she says it's thrush so has prescribed an anti-fungal and some metanium. I have to use the anti-fungal 2-3 times a day and the metanium at all the other nappy changes. I'm leaving her nappy-free whenever possible and have stopped using wipes. So far so good!

Thanks again for all your help, it really helped, especially last night.

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