As much as I prefer natural treatments, when my son came down with a horrible diaper rash, I just wanted something to work! My son had a rash from about 2 weeks until just recently (7 weeks). Yes, he had a horrible diaper rash for over a month! The rash likely started and then became severe because Ethan seems to have a sensitivity to cow’s milk protein and at the time I was still consuming dairy, which caused super acidic, irritating poops! Poor kid.
The rash had open sores that were red and angry. My doctor recommended Desitin and prescribed an antibiotic (Mupirocin) and told me to use Monistat in case it was yeast. Not the most natural course of treatment, but the rash was a force to be reckoned with so I switched to disposables for a few days and tried his remedy. And despite all the creams, the rash didn’t budge. I then tried just about every traditional and natural remedy available:
- Desitin–No improvement.
- Triple Paste–No improvement.
- Baby Powder (corn starch formula)–Some improvement but I worried about the corn starch causing yeast overgrowth.
- Anti Monkey Butt Powder (Baby version)–Some improvement but I worried about the corn starch causing yeast overgrowth.
- Neosporin–I used this when my Mupirocin prescription from the doctor ran out. But frankly, I don’t think I would have needed an antibiotic or yeast treatment if I had tried Ilex from the start.
- Cortisone: If you try this, be sure to only use it 2-3 times a day for a day or two as it can thin the skin. I did see an improvement from it, but it wasn’t a cure.
- Monistat: I used this at my doctor’s suggestion. Can’t say it made a huge difference, but I imagine it prevented the rash from further complication by yeast.
- Aquaphor–The most improvement of anything I tried before Ilex.
- Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm–Maybe slight improvement.
- Grovia Magic Stick–Nada.
- CJ’s BUTTer Balm–Some improvement probably because the oils are all so healing, but I just didn’t feel like it was creating enough of a barrier to make a big impact.
After just one use of Ilex, the rash showed huge improvement. The sores were smaller and less red, and I could tell I’d found my cure.
You must use a disposable diaper as the Ilex becomes extremely sticky, almost like glue (which is why it creates such a great barrier). I think it’s glue-like consistency is the secret to why it worked so well. It allows it to bond even to slippery open sores, when every other cream just seemed to slip right off. You’re also supposed to use a petroleum product over the layer of Ilex to prevent sticking to the diaper. I used Aquaphor but you could use Vaseline, and you really should use plenty of it. The first diaper I used with Ilex was totally stuck to his butt when I went to take it off.
So, how quickly does it work? It probably depends on the severity of your rash but my baby probably had about 20 open sores and it took all of THREE diaper changes (about 6 hours) to get the rash to a point where it was no longer severe. The rash was totally gone about 24 hours later. And that was after WEEKS of other remedies failing to show much improvement at all.
It is slightly expensive, but since its so adherent, you really only need to use a thin layer and it will cure the rash in far fewer applications than other creams. And frankly, when you’ve got a severe rash you’ll save yourself a lot of time and money trying other creams first if you just go straight for the Ilex.
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*I am not a doctor, a nurse, or any kind of health practitioner. I’m just a gal with a pretty keen intuitive sense, great research abilities, and curiosity that is easily peaked. Please understand that my advice is really just another opinion and it’s for you (and your doctor) to decide the best course for your health and well-being.
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