Diaper rash is any rash in the diaper area. It is a common problem, especially in babies who are not kept clean and dry, infants eight to ten months old, those who are just starting to eat solid food, babies who are taking antibiotics and nursing babies whose mothers are taking antibiotics.
what causes baby diaper rash
Skin wetness is the common denominator underlying these various causes of diaper rash. Wetness from urine increases skin friction, raises the skin pH, makes the skin less cohesive, and makes it more permeable. These effects combine to intensify the action of stool enzymes or other irritants that then inflame the skin.
Yeast or bacterial infection and allergies also cause diaper rash. If your baby is takes medication and develops a diaper rash, check with a healthcare provider before giving the next dose. Some babies develop yeast infections, which may appear on the buttocks and genitals as bright red raw spots covering a large area. These infections may require a visit to the health care provider, as they do not always respond to traditional treatments.
Diaper rash can occur with both cloth and disposable diapers. It usually appears as a mild red rash around the genitals and in the folds of the skin of the thighs and buttocks. Most cases clear up in a few days.
how to prevent and treat baby diaper rash
You can help prevent and treat diaper rash by checking your baby's diaper often and changing wet or soiled diapers right away. Keep diapers loose to allow air in and to keep wet and soiled diapers from rubbing against the skin. Clean your baby's diaper area with water or gentle wipes formulated for sensitive skin like Noodle & Boo's baby wipes (Ultimate Cleansing Cloths). Thoroughly pat the diaper area dry. Do not rub. Apply a generous amount of Noodle & Boo's Ultimate Ointment at each diaper change.
If the baby has a rash, diapers should be left off as much as possible each day in order to allow the skin to be exposed to air. Good times to leave the diaper off may be during naps or after bowel movements.
Diaper rash usually responds to treatment within 48 to 72 hours, although it may not completely disappear for several days. It may not heal until an underlying problem is treated. Contact your child's healthcare provider if the diaper rash gets worse, returns after being treated, or has blisters or sores.
While the information published here is meant to be accurate, it is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician or local medical facility for information specific to your individual needs. We urge that you check with your physician before undertaking any course of action and recommend that you always follow the advice and recommendations of your health practitioner.
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