As babies start to eat solid foods,
the content of their stool changes,
increasing instances of diaper rash.
a rashy bottom is so uncomfortable.
What can parents do
to help their little ones avoid diaper rash?
on how sensitive your baby's skin is and how acidic the diaper's
contents are, but rashes in your baby's diaper area are pretty
common even for babies with the most excellent parents.
Diaper rash and food allergies
who are fed only breast milk tend to have a lower incidence of diaper rash, but
even in these babies rashes do occur.
Diaper rash is most common in infants 812
months old which also tends to be the time that more solid foods are introduced
to baby's diet. If you notice that eating any specific food increases the redness
in your baby's diaper area, try eliminating it and see if the rash improves.
The most common cause of diaper rash
ones who wear diapers and training pants can, and commonly do, develop all sorts
of rashes. Having a wet diaper or underwear in contact with baby's skin is the
most common cause of rashes in the diaper area. Wetness from contact with urine
is a powerful promoter of rashes. When you add in the effects of bacteria, other
microorganisms and enzymes that are found in healthy babies' stool you have the
perfect environment for developing a diaper rash.
with the diaper's contents raises the pH of baby's skin and increases friction
against baby's tender bottom. Combine those conditions with the damp, warm area
and you can understand why damage to the skin is almost unavoidable.
Once the protective barrier of the skin is damaged, the microorganisms sitting
in the diaper's contents and on the baby's skin begin to grow which leads to the
painful, red bottoms parents dread.
a majority of diaper rashes are not serious and usually go away by themselves
or with the aid of over-the-counter creams or medications. Vaseline, creams and
lotions may also be advised to add an additional layer of protection to the skin
to avoid getting rashes and help soothe any accompanying painful burn or itch.
your baby's diaper often and change it as soon as possible after it is soiled.
This reduces the amount of time baby's skin is in contact with the contents and
reduced the damage to the skin.
you change your baby's diaper, use warm water and a mild soap to make sure all
of the enzymes, microorganisms and acidic residue is removed.
your baby's skin dry after a bath or diaper change. Never scrub baby's sensitive
skin. Remember that friction contributes to the skin damage that causes diaper
your baby is completely dry before you put on a clean diaper and use a zinc oxide
ointment or petroleum jelly to protect baby's skin from wetness. The more you
control the wetness, the less chance that moisture loving microorganisms will
decide to invade.
use scented baby wipes or wipes containing alcohol. Many babies have skin sensitivities
to the ingredients used to scent the wipes. Alcohol tends to dry out baby's tender
skin too much and kills some protective skin bacteria that help fight rashes.
diapers with plastic edges, or plastic pants may keep the area around your baby
dryer, plastic does not breathe and keeps more moisture in contact with sensitive
baby bottoms. Avoid using plastic or rubber pants or diapers with moisture trapping
Other causes of diaper rash
to make sure that your baby is not sensitive to lanolin. It's an ingredient in
many skin products and baby ointments. If your baby is allergic to lanolin, using
these soothing products will make the skin condition worse. If you are using a
disposable diaper or pull-ups, try changing brands if a diaper rash refuses to
disappear. If you are using cloth diapers or 'big kid' undies, changing your laundry
detergents or softeners may ease the irritation. Contact dermatitis, a rash caused
by skin irritation from contact with any offending substance, can easily be confused
with diaper rash.
your baby develops a diaper rash during or after taking antibiotics, check with
your doctor. Yeast and fungal infections are common following these treatments
and require special medicines to make the rash go away.
your baby develops a rash that doesn't go away after a couple of days or a rash
that seems redder or nastier than normal diaper rashes, go see your doctor. It
may seem silly to make an appointment to talk about diaper rash, but what looks
like a simple diaper rash may be a yeast or fungus infection that has to be treated
with specific medications.
out more about diaper or nappy rashes in our Web guide to the topic offering identifying
pictures, typical symptoms, and expert advice on preventing and treating those
uncomfortable bumps, spots and blotches ...