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Horrific bleeding nappy rash - advice please

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Rumpel Tue 11-Aug-09 15:28:47

My DS 12 months was diagnosed with an upper repsiratory tract viral infection last Tuesday - he'd had it for a few days. He developed diarrhoea by Wednesday, we went off on holiday on Thursday morning. Friday I called NHS 24 as his nappy rash was so bad. Basically they couldn't do much.

Saturday we took him to A&E and they gave us Timidine (sp?) which he has had before.
Upon returning home I have left him bum out as much as I can - but with diarrhoea it is not so easy to do! I have been applying the timidine, vaseline and nappy changing as much as I can. Took him back to GP yesterday - who gave me dietry advice for him.

But his wee bum/scrotum is red raw and bleeding. Anyone got any other advice or helpful hints for me please? I handed in 2 stool samples today and will get results Friday.

kitkatqueen Tue 11-Aug-09 15:47:08

Oh Bless him! that sounds terrible! No real advice for you, sounds as tho you are doing everything that you possibly can...

saythatagain Tue 11-Aug-09 15:50:48

Metanium - putty-like ointment but very good. Try not to get it on your clothes though - it will stain.

floaty Tue 11-Aug-09 16:03:56

i also used to find metanium good,leave nappy off as much as poossible difficult with diarrhoea I know and dry with hairdryer on cool after nappy change to make sure completely dry.My ds used to love this,very funny and cheered him up no end!Also check that its not a bout of thrush or fungal infection which can often happen if they have had antibiotics

Poor little chap,hope he feels better soon

LIZS Tue 11-Aug-09 16:14:31

what is it he has been prescribed , is it an antifungal or antibiotic ? try to leave the nappy off as much as possible and bathe it with lukewarm camomile tea

foreverchanges Tue 11-Aug-09 16:19:25

green vaseline very soothing

i used to use it mixed with sudocrem

hope hes better soon

PerArduaAdNauseum Tue 11-Aug-09 16:21:37

Old midwive's trick - paint on beaten eggwhite - as it dries it forms a second skin to allow the skin beneath to heal. You can then put a nappy back on for a bit - pref timed to the worst of the diarhhoea. Sympathy for you - sounds awful...

sobloodystupid Tue 11-Aug-09 16:21:52

Put him in a basin of warm water with a little bread soda in it for a few mins. I found Bepanthen great, when I ran out of that I put Manuka honey on, did the trick. hth

flimflammum Tue 11-Aug-09 16:23:05

Another vote for Metanium - I got the advice to use it from MN and it cured DD's horrible nappy rash when sudocreme etc were useless.

beanstalk Tue 11-Aug-09 16:23:10

Poor thing, my DD had nappy rash like this and it was so sore. Keep his skin as clean and dry as possible. Don't use wipes, use soft cotton wool and lukewarm water, put a towel under his bum and dribble the water over him if he can't stand being touched (DD couldn't and this was the only way I could clean her). As others say make sure he is totally dry and then use metanium - I found this was the only thing that worked. You need to follow its instructions and use it sparingly though, it should be applied thinly so that it dries, not left as a thick paste on his skin. If you can't leave his nappy off then change it as often as you can, even a wee can sting rash like this dreadfully. Also I found a bath every day - lukewarm and nothing added to it, just the water - helped to clean her skin and once she lowered herself into it, the water seemed soothing.

thefortbuilder Tue 11-Aug-09 16:25:58

metanium's good. also calendula cream is very soothing and healing - you can mix it with sudocrem which has always helped my two.

if by any chance you're an extended bf'er then breast milk helps with most infections etc.

bless you both - you must be going through the mill with it

crumpet Tue 11-Aug-09 16:27:05

Use the shower head with gently running water to help. Also we used to mix the metanium with a little sudacreme which helped it spread more easily.

Agree to check that it is not thrush etc

Bettymum Tue 11-Aug-09 16:32:34

Poor wee thing. Another vote for metanium, it is the only thing that really seems to heal bad nappy rash. I think it must sting though when it first goes on judging by DD's reaction, so be prepared for some weeping and wailing when you apply it .

Bettymum Tue 11-Aug-09 16:33:23

p.s. it is not located with the Sudocreme and nappy rash ointments (at least it isn't in our Boots) it is in the Children's Health section.

ra29needsabettername Tue 11-Aug-09 16:40:44

when ds had this i was advised by the hospital to clean him with cottn wool and baby oil and not use water at all. It really helped as water was just too abrasive. Your poor ds sad

alexw Tue 11-Aug-09 16:52:33

canestan 1% cream works wonders too

Rumpel Tue 11-Aug-09 20:03:04

Thanks all. I'll buy some metanium tomorrow. He is screeching like a banshee every nappy change anyway - must hurt like hell. sad

PerArduaAdNauseum Tue 11-Aug-09 20:40:01

If you've got an egg in the fridge, try some eggwhite now?

Bettymum Wed 12-Aug-09 11:07:09

How is he today, Rumpel?

Rumpel Wed 12-Aug-09 16:05:05

Still got diarrhoea - quite sleepy today. His bum looks a wee bit better but I have just bought the metanium so shall apply it when he wakens up. Thanks for asking.

Bettymum Thu 13-Aug-09 10:12:24

Poor little sausage, hope he gets better soon.

MrsGokWantsalargeglassofwine Thu 13-Aug-09 10:31:08

I second the egg white trick.

Another one is put a couple of handlfuls of oats in the foot of some cut up tights. Put them under the hot tap in the bath and run a bath. Pop your LO in and let them play. You will find the oat milkinthe bath will work wonders on the nappy rashand it is very naturel.

It's great for keeping Mum's skin soft too.

tryingtobemarypoppins Thu 13-Aug-09 10:45:55

Our GP gave us metanium and canestan but said the most important thing was to leave the nappy off and allow the area to air.

How are things today?

Rumpel Thu 13-Aug-09 13:07:04

terrible - I have only used the metanium once as he screamed like a banshee and I am scared of hurting him more. I am getting really wooried now as he looks pale and he is just passing rusty water - it doesn not seem to be improving. Should get the results of the stool samples tomorrow aft. I shall try the egg white and see if it helps. I have been putting on heaps of vaseline to try to form a barrier but his bum is still red raw and bleeding. It goes from slightly better to horrific again sad My poor wee man.

TitsalinaBumsquash Thu 13-Aug-09 13:16:25

My DS is 2 and still ets really nasty Nappy Rash, he bleeds and gets realy big sores.
He refuses to have cream on so i put him in a salt water bath and then make sure he is dried well. Sine he hates having cream rubbed on i put the cream in his nappy then put the nappy on.

Poor little mite. I hope it gets better soon, do go back to another gp if it doesn't DS was prescribed some stuff, i forget what its called but it was in a pump spray bottle and we had to spray it on after every nappy change, its created a second skin.

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