My son, 5 years old never had a diaper rash in his life.Two weeks ago, he was constantly itching his butt and it was very red and raw in his rectal area. His doctor prescribed nystatin cream and told me it was a diaper rash. My son does not wear diapers and is potty trained. I also remember my child passing gas much more frequently since the rash started but doesn't have any diaherra. Although he complained a couple of times he had stomach cramping before he developed the rash. Been using the the nystatin cream for almost 2 weeks and the rash is about only 20% better. He is still very itchy. I'm wondering if this could be rectal strep? A couple of his classmates had strep throat 2 weeks ago. Around that time my son had a sore throat too but didn't have a fever so we didn't goto the doctor. Please help.
The diaper rash -- usually found in the genital area, the inner thighs, or the buttocks -- can be either dry or moist.
The main culprit is wetness. Even the most absorbent diaper or training pants are apt to leave some moisture on a toddler's skin. If your child stays in a dirty diaper too long, he's more likely to develop diaper rash. However, it can strike even kids whose parents are diligent diaper changers, often because the children are having an allergic reaction to diaper wipes, a disposable diaper, a laundry detergent that was used to wash cloth diapers, or a new food in their diet. Toddlers who are sick or taking antibiotics may get diarrhea (a side effect of the medication), which can also lead to diaper rash.
Leave his diaper or training pants off for as long as possible to let the air keep him dry and speed healing. If fresh air isn't enough, try an over-the-counter lotion containing zinc oxide.
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