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I am very fortunate that my beautiful 6 month old has never had a nappy rash until now. But the poor little thing ate pear puree and had 2 days of clearing her system out. This has left a bad rash around her bottom. I have tried the regular creams- sudocream, bepanthen etc. I also tried nappy free time but it hasn’t helped a lot. Does anyone have any tried and tested advice and how long does it take to clear up?


Posted by teacup83, 6th March 2014


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  • I love Bepanthen and PawPaw cream and when it doesn’t clear I’ve had also good experiences with Canestan. When it doesn’t clear I would visit the Gp as well.


  • If this going on for a couple of days there might be a little bacteria preventing it to heal. Check with the pharmacist as they do sell stronger creams then your general nappy rash creams


  • covitol, it is zinc based, smells horrid, but covers completely, I had twins who would get the most horrific nappy rash and this was the only thing that would clear it up, I used to smother their backsides with it and overnight the difference was amazing, when starting I used to dab it on to avoid any pain of dragging the ointment across their bottoms, my mother used to use this on me as well and she put me on to it and she was a nurse and she said they used to use it in the nursery at the hospital in the 60’s very old, australian remedy but it is effective and relatively cheap and works quickly. it also is very soothing as once on if the child wets it is acting as a shield over the skin so does not cause more acidic pain.


  • A zinc based cream helps my kids. Also, Pinetarsel (from the chemist) in the bath water helps for nappy rash or any rash for that matter. Smells a bit, but brings calming relief. Only needs a capful or two in the tubs or a bit more in the big bath.


  • If it is really bad you may need to use a light steriod cream your doctor can give you. (dont freak out about the word steriod as it is very minimal and works overnight!


  • I love Curash products but in severe cases 4 drops of pure tea tree oil in 20mls warm water. apply with cotton wool and air dry as much as possible. This was the only thing that worked for my daughter – her rash was so bad it was weeping (eczema was involved) but this took the redness out almost immediately. I just kept applying every nappy change until it disappeared and you can put any barrier type cream over it


  • aaww poor little thing…..
    perhaps give curash a try


  • I swear by Gaia Skin Soothing Lotion, I use it on nappy rash and sunburn and it’s alwayas gone or drastically lightened the next day. Magic stuff :)


  • I would suggest a visit to the Dr, just to make sure there isn’t bacteria there stopping the healing. The creams you have tried should have worked. My middle child needed a low percent quartazone cream to clear it up quickly. It’s a terrible thing to have to see your child go through, good luck.


  • We use Sudocreme and Paw Paw ointment, but our Naughties have been lucky enough this far to escape nappy rash *knocks on wood* good luck and hope it clears up soon!


  • Pawpaw works great to clear it and prevent it


  • My little one used to use pawpaw ointment as a barrier and never got a rash until one day I noticed it that it looked worse then what a normal rash would look like. He ended up having a bit of a fungal infection as well. So the doctor told me to apply sudocream and canesten at the same time and it cleared up by the next day. Other then that I always use pawpaw after every nappy change.


  • Lots of advice here! Keep up with air time, don’t use wipes as they leave film of bacteria, just wash with water, bicarb soak 1 tbspn to tub of water 3 x per day,zinc based cream eg sudocrem. If not improved in 24hrs u prob dealing with thrush as well. Just add canestan prior to sudocrem layer


  • Zinc cream – try a chemist who does compounding. They can put a high dose of zinc in a cream for you. Avoid baby wipes and use a warm wet soft cloth at nappy change times. When it warms up have some nappy free time. Avoid any bath bubbles etc until settled down as it can sting.


  • Cornstarch to keep her dry and I’ve found MooGoo sitting cream to be very good.


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