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Nightowl, sorry to the others here but Metanium never ever worked for either of my two, who were both prone to it. I tried so many different creams, including one I even got online from America! Desperate measures! In the end, the absolute best tip I was ever given was for common old Drapoline cream - you get it from Boots and other chemists and it is brill. Give it a go - it really works. Good luck.
Ps, meant to agree with expat too though - I didn't realise with ds1 that it can be thrush. My Gp told me with ds2 that when it was really scarlet, it usually means thrush and you'll need some canestan. That usually does the trick after about a day, although you need to keep it up for a few more.
Def go to GP in case it's thrush. DD had canesten prescribed for 6 weeks, and when that didn't work she then had a hydrocortisone cream for 4 weeks, and as that hasn't worked she now has oral stuff to take, which is supposed to work in a few days.
If it's really really bad and blistered then it can also be a sign of lactose intolerance, although she'd exhibit some other symptoms then too.
dd only once had a problem with nappy rash, when showed it to HV was told it was thrush, was given some canestan and it went within a couple of days. I would get it looked at by dr or hv unless you've come across it before on a little one and know what you're looking for. Hope you sort it soon!
canestan 0.1g (i think) i get it at the pharmacy over the counter, didn't bother with gp. used it on dd1 all the time. also heard of bicarb in bath and lots of no nappy time on a mat if she doesn't crawl off.
Reading with interest - missed the begining of thread though. My DD has the most terrible nappy rash, it usually clears with metanium but this time hasn't. It usually coincides with teething - again this time hasn't cleared. Had wondered if it was chicken pox as this was doing rounds at nursery. DD is really going mad to scratch at her bottom. I now wonder if it is thrush? I was very red and spotty, and blistery.
can't get metanium in aus but paw paw ointment worked wonders. when dd1 has blisters and bleeding - they suggested metanium mixed with sudocrem. Rarely get nappy rash in my 2 - use reusable wipes and the mixture I use seems to ward it off. But when it did happen - paw paw ointment.