My grandson has bad diaper rash. It is hard for him to walk, and he cries when we bathe him or clean his bottom. Someone suggested making a paste with Maalox.
The Pharmacist's Letter, a professional publication, classifies Maalox for diaper rash as a rumor. Nonetheless, many parents and some pharmacists are enthusiastic about this home remedy.
The baby's skin is cleaned promptly and gently with water. Maalox liquid is applied with a cotton ball. Once it has dried, a protective barrier such as Aquaphor or zinc oxide cream can be smoothed on.
If the rash persists for more than a few days, check with the baby's doctor. Too-frequent use of Maalox might expose a baby to excessive amounts of aluminum and magnesium, especially if the skin is irritated. A diaper rash caused by yeast may disappear after treatment with an antifungal cream.