Yes, I am writing this out of experience. Sailor, my almost one-year old, had diarrhea for about two days. She had 4-5 runny poops per day and developed not merely a diaper rash, but a diarrhea BURN. Literally, the acid in the diarrhea burned every where that it sat in her diaper. Unfortunately, many of the times she'd poop were during nap times or nighttimes and so it sat there until she woke up. The result was, as I said, a horribly nasty burn that, at worst, was dark red/borderline purple, very warm to the touch, had a few areas that were so raw the skin was peeling and caused her legs to shake in pain and her face streak with tears no matter how gently we tried to wipe her.
It was awful - it still is awful, but it's healing rapidly thanks to the doc who takes over our pediatrician's office on Saturday's when it becomes a walk-in clinic.
If you're a first-time parent, this situation is heart-wrenching and the first where my husband and I wished we could take the burn for her. The doctor, however, gave me a big smile saying it was obvious I was a first-time mom, that this kind of thing was easily treatable, would go away quickly and would almost certainly happen again.
So, let me save you a trip to and a long wait at your walk-in clinic with these wonderful useful ways to make things easier for you and your baby, and the brilliant concoction that had things looking markedly better after just one treatment.
1. When baby poops, wash her off in the tub. Get a squirt bottle or rinse out a ketchup bottle (or anything that squeezes) and use that to get in cracks and crevices. Use lukewarm to cool water. Check baby for any remaining poo before applying RASH CREAM (recipe below).
2. If you need to use wipes (and sometimes you do because some stuff is just stuck up in there), either use a soft wet cloth or thoroughly rinse out the baby wipes so as not to sting the rash.
3. MAKE AND APPLY RASH CREAM. Head to your local drug store and pick up the following three items. Mix them roughly in a 1:1:1 ratio, adding extra zinc oxide to thicken as necessary.
- Lotrimin (It's an anti-fungal cream that will keep fungus from growing, and apparently fungus loves itself some diarrhea baby burn. It'll be in the foot cream section. Feel free to get generic.)
- Zinc Oxide (For the burn. It's just generic Desitin, so Desitin will work as well.)
- Maalox (Since it's the acid that's causing the burn and Maalox is an antacid, it calms the area quickly and soothingly.)
We went to the walk-in clinic two days ago and the only parts left of the burn are two spots that were really horrible. The rest is completely clear. Before we tried the rash cream we were using Vaseline and although it made her feel better, the burn didn't get any better. We were using Vaseline for about two days.
NOTE: I'm not a doctor. I'm simply passing on advice that we were given that worked wonders for us. Our baby did not have a fever or any other cold symptoms.