I have three kids, two with chronic diarrhea. One of those two also has very sensitive skin. This can make diaper rashes horrific and very painful. I am not a doctor, but I have ran this past our own pediatrician. However, I do suggest you talk to your own pediatrician before using this as a precaution.
1 part commercial diaper rash cream with the highest level of zinc oxide you can find
1 part Nystatin (prescription anti-fungal used for yeast rashes)
1 part Maalox
Mix together until blended. Store in an air tight container. Use as needed. Plastic baby food containers are perfect for this. I normally just mix about a tablespoon of each because you don’t need to apply it more than a few times to cure the rash.
Nystatin is only available as a prescription for yeast rashes. If your baby is prone to diaper rashes and they are red bumps, see your doctor about a yeast rash. If you don’t have any Nystatin you can leave it out and ask your doctor about it the next time you see him or her.
The Maalox will help neutralize the acid from the bowel movement and urine and stop more irritation from occurring.
This normally cures my kids rashes in just a day. My kids have gotten a rash with bloody open sores from just one dirty diaper!
You’ll also want to follow other advice for diaper rashes. Try not to use commercial baby wipes. If your child is prone to rashes buy a roll of very soft paper towels and use those with warm water. You’ll also want to let your child “air out”. When they are very young you lie a towel in a bathtub and place the child on the towel with some toys. When they are older use a blanket you don’t mind getting dirty or ruined and let them play on that. You should let them air out a few times a day.
Generic diapers don’t bother my sensitive skinned child, but when she does get these rashes I do get the Huggies Natural diapers. I use them until the rash is gone then she can go back to regular diapers.
Bath time can be very soothing for a diaper rash. Fill the tub with warm water as usual and add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of baking soda. Again, this will neutralize the acid and aid in healing. It’s great for skin and will make the rest of their skin soft as well. Don’t use soap or shampoo because this can irritate the skin. If you must use a soap, use it at the end and have your child stand up and hold them while washing and quickly rinse.
I hope these tips help you combat severe diaper rash. Remember to consult your pediatrician before using and use your own common sense when treating any type of malady with your child.