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1165284 tn?1323455476

Male Factor Diaper pain

My son got diaper rash. He was perscribed an antibiotic for an ear infection. It gave him diaper rash which I was able to get rid of with zinc based diaper rash ointment. but now he has a sensitive & red scrotum  & inner upper thighs. What should I put on this to ease the pain? I know it is caused by the  antibiotic but he is having alot of discomfort. I would like to know the best thing to help him because I don't want to put the wrong thing on him & make it worse. Help please.
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377493 tn?1356502149
With antibiotics this is actually a yeast infection.  It's super common to have this happen.   As your pharmacist for a topical nystatin.  In some cases, if the rash is severe enough, this can also be prescribed orally in addition to the topical treatment.  Stay away from anything petroleum based for now as well as powders - so for now until the rash is gone, no vaseline, no baby powders or corn starch.  Also, for any over the counter creams...check them with your pharmacist that none of them contain any form of steroid. I was surprised to discover recently that some do and on the scrotum/penis this can actually increase irritation.

Let him sit in a cool bath as often as possible.  Stay away from soap in the area, no bubble bath or oils in the bath.  You can add baking soda to the tub.  When he gets out let him air dry if possible, or just pat dry, no rubbing.  I was told to treat this exact same problem as a continuation of a yeast infection or diaper rash.  Especially on the penis/scrotum.  My son was in serious pain so I know how you feel.  It's so hard on them.  Best of luck to you.
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535822 tn?1443976780
Desitin may help and I have always found that vaseline creates a barrier between the diaper and the urine,it is also soothing, use it every day even when the child does not have a rash ..
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1165284 tn?1323455476
marypops & abgal:

Just so you all know adgal is 100% correct...NO Desitin bc it is a fungal infection.marypops I just wanted you to know in case your little one every gets it. You are very sweet to try to help me.
I took him to the Pediatrician & she basically said every single thing that adgal said. The antibiotic gave him diarea & the wetness & heat from the diarea (here in Texas) gave him a fungal infection on his male area even though I was changing him as soon as he pooped.
He was in so much pain that he continually cried & at first I did put a petrolium based product & he got worse so fast that I was completely panicked
She is/was having me put LOTRIMIN on that area 2 times a day, just a dime size amount or less.
He is already looking almost perfect. She told me to do that for 4 to 7 days & to stop use the second he looks better so I just stopped last night.
Thank you ladies for your support and help on this confusing issue. i have a smiling baby today!!!
xoxox
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535822 tn?1443976780
well you are very kind ....hope baby is doing okay ...I dont mind it being pointed out when I am wrong thanks for your words .
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377493 tn?1356502149
I'm so happy to hear he is on the mend.  It is amazing how quickly things improve, and I'm so glad you took him in.  My little man had a virus called rotavirus that can (and did) last several months with diarea.  We went through this type of infection on and off for months.  I felt so awful as I worried people would think I was just leaving him in a dirty diaper (which I have never done - just like you I changed him right away).  My Pedi reassured me it didn't matter how often I was changing him, this is one of the those things that often accompanies a virus like this, or a bacterial infection treated with antibiotics (been down that road too).  So no thinking this is due to anything you did wrong ok?  So so glad he's better.  That is such a sensitive area of their little bodies and your heart just breaks for them when it's in that condition...so painful.  
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