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DesignedForLife Sat 24-Sep-16 18:47:48

My 3 week old has come out in a terrible nappy rash, started when he was about a week old, and is getting worse to the point where he's raw.

We use water & cotton wool, started off with bepantherm, moved onto sudocream, prescribed timodine by the nurse on Thursday, and it's just getting worse. Is there anything else I can try? Using pampers but just send DH out to get a different make in case it's a reaction.

seven201 Sat 24-Sep-16 18:49:51

You're probably not as clueless as us but a nurse told us our dd had nappy rash as we hadn't been drying her bottom after using water and cotton wool. Also the sudocrem in a tube is more of an every time sort of protective thing rather than like the normal in a tub stuff.

Newlywed56 Sat 24-Sep-16 18:51:56

We got this mix from a hospital because of dd severe nappy rash , we literally tried everything and this was all that worked. It's a mix of Vaseline, orabase and metanium. (Orabase is just a barrier cream you can buy from the chemist) but we have done just the yellow metanium and Vaseline mix as well if you can't get it. Once it cleared up we use bepanthem as a daily protect and never had anymore issues smile

Nanasueathome Sat 24-Sep-16 18:52:15

Metanium

TeaPleaseLouise Sat 24-Sep-16 18:52:59

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Artandco Sat 24-Sep-16 18:53:34

Mine usually used reusable nappies, once use pampers when travelling and my son ended up with almost a burn from the silicone gels beads inside the nappy.

After that we used Naty brand nappies when travelling and was fine ( can buy in boots, Waitrose, ocado, Amazon)

For now to heal the rash I would leave baby nappy free as much as possible. Lay him on a folded towel on his changing mat. Add small flannel over his penis so he doesn't see on the ceiling. Swap towels when wet and wash.

Also would you consider reusable nappies? They have no harmful absorbant stuff in and I don't think many get a rash in them. There's lots of types to choose from

Toddlerteaplease Sat 24-Sep-16 18:54:06

Newly. That cream had made feel all nostalgic. Used to love making that up.(paediatric nurse) I nicked named it bum gum. Love it. It's amazing for really severe nappy rash.

Ninasimoneinthemorning Sat 24-Sep-16 18:54:18

We used meta in an oil based one which was very greasy but worked a treat. It stains also!

I'd be looking at reasons it was why it was happening than just a treatment.

Hope it clears up soon - plenty of nappy off time!

What nappies are you using ?

gamerchick Sat 24-Sep-16 18:55:05

I was just about to ask if you were using Pampers, my youngest was really allergic to them. In the end it was only lidl/aldi and huggies I could use. I don't think huggies exist anymore though.

JohnLapsleyParlabane Sat 24-Sep-16 18:56:50

I suggest you contact your local nappy library and try cloth nappies. Baby may have an allergic reaction to the chemicals in disposable nappies. UK Cloth Nappy Library Map

goo.gl/maps/tNDo6tkkFbo

Newlywed56 Sat 24-Sep-16 19:02:06

Aww thanks toddler. We had weeks of back and forth to the GP about it , lots of different creams etc then one evening it was so bad , could tell dd in pain so I packed myself up and took her to the children's hospital to get it sorted . Was the best thing I did as they put that mix on straight away, how the GP , hv etc had never heard of that done I have no idea. They should put that sort of info in those hospital packs when you bring your baby home! Far more worthwhile

DavidPuddy Sat 24-Sep-16 19:03:06

Luvos Heilerde (healing earth) works wonders on nappy rash. It is like a kind of clay. You can buy it in any chemist or drugstore in Germany, but I am not sure about the UK, sorry. It is good if you want to clear up the nappy rash without resorting to chemical creams.

ameliesfolly Sat 24-Sep-16 19:03:15

Just a note of caution as we were recommended Metanium by everyone and in fact ds was allergic to it, he also had the most appalling red raw patches and howled whenever I changed him sad.

He was prescribed something by the GP and then I used Mustela which is a French brand, not available everywhere but more widely available now than 10yrs ago! That was brilliant really soothing and a good barrier without stopping the skin breathing. Hope you get it sorted soon, it is miserable they are so little and unhappy.

DigestiveMuncher Sat 24-Sep-16 19:17:14

OP be careful with metanium some children can be really allergic too it and it can burn your hands when applying!!
My daughter has very acidic poos and gets blisters all over her bum it's awful. We was prescribed from the hospital white paraffin (Vaseline) & Orabase powder!! You may have to get it from the dr or you could probably get it from Amazon but if you put the Vaseline on and then throw the powder over the top it's becomes a barrier so that every wee or poo doesn't actually touch his bottom!!

DigestiveMuncher Sat 24-Sep-16 19:17:30

OP be careful with metanium some children can be really allergic too it and it can burn your hands when applying!!
My daughter has very acidic poos and gets blisters all over her bum it's awful. We was prescribed from the hospital white paraffin (Vaseline) & Orabase powder!! You may have to get it from the dr or you could probably get it from Amazon but if you put the Vaseline on and then throw the powder over the top it's becomes a barrier so that every wee or poo doesn't actually touch his bottom!!

DigestiveMuncher Sat 24-Sep-16 19:17:57

Sorry for the double comment the app keeps messing me about blush

heatherwithapee Sat 24-Sep-16 19:19:38

Pampers gave my babies horrid rashes. Try a different brand ASAP, lots of nappy off time and get some Metanium cream (not the everyday barrier one, the yellow one).

allypally1983 Sat 24-Sep-16 19:21:56

We had a prescription of daktarin fungal cream. Had to keep it in the fridge. Worked wonders

fairgroundsnack Sat 24-Sep-16 19:26:16

We used a combination of timodine and metanium, and switched to cloth nappies.

EsmesBees Sat 24-Sep-16 19:26:47

Second the idea that it could be fungal. We had to use an anti-fungal cream with a steroid for a while. The best thing we were prescribed was a spray they use in hospital to provide a film over small wounds.

Laineymc7 Sat 24-Sep-16 19:52:48

I found the best barrier cream to be neals yard. It's expensive but the tub lasts for months. It's really soothing and prevents nappy rash.

Toddlerteaplease Sat 24-Sep-16 20:33:57

Newly, was it Nottingham hospital you took her too? Neve heard of it anywhere else!

BossWitch Sat 24-Sep-16 20:36:32

We have a barrier spray (cavilon) which we were prescribed but you can buy over the counter too. It's brilliant, it forms a complete barrier so that nothing gets to the skin. I'd do nappy off as much as possible and then use the spray, with cream on top (we use metanium when it's really bad), when he needs to be in nappies. This is what our gp recommended and it worked well for us. Also lots of baths to keep the skin clean.

Poor little boy, hope he gets better soon.

BikeRunSki Sat 24-Sep-16 20:57:23

I would also recommend cloth nappies, bio nappies (Naty, Moltex or Bambo) and lots of nappy free time. Also - cleaning his bum with cold chamomile or marigold tea. Sounds cranky I know, but both those plants are used by herbalists for their soothing properties.

Whosthemummy16 Sat 24-Sep-16 21:06:53

I've found drapolene the bright pink cream good for nappy rash.
Using baby lotion and cotton wool when bottom's aren't sore for dirty nappies seems to help to as there isn't as much wiping and dragging across the skin.

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