A common condition that many babies get is a diaper rash. Symptoms include skin that is sore, red, scaly and tender. This can make the baby uncomfortable and fussy. Luckily, most cases clear up on their own with simple changes in diapering. However, if your child is dealing with chronic diaper rash then you need to seek treatments. Our team of skin specialists at Trillium Creek Dermatology & Surgery Center offer a range of treatments to clear the diaper rash and help your child’s comfort.
What Causes Diaper Rash?
A diaper rash can occur for various reasons. The main causes are irritation, infection, or allergy. If a diaper is left on for too long, then the baby’s skin could become irritated and itchy. An infection can also occur with diapers that are left on for long periods. Urine changes the skin’s pH levels, and lets bacteria and fungi grow more easily. The diaper itself creates a warm, moist environment for bacteria to thrive in. It can also be irritation from detergents, soaps, or wipes. It is important to keep track of what products you use on your child and see if these are the cause of the irritation.
Infection, irritation, and allergies are the most common causes of diaper rash. Also, changes in a nursing mother or baby’s diet could lead to a change in the content and frequency of a baby’s stool which causes a diaper rash.
A common infection in the diaper area is a yeast infection. This is characterized by red skin with small, slightly raised bumps that spread beyond the main area of the rash. A history of previous antibiotics can cause yeast infection.
How is Diaper Rash Treated?
Diaper rash, while uncomfortable for you and your child, can be easily treated. To help clear up diaper rash, you should change it frequently. When you change the diaper, gently clean your baby’s diaper area with gentle soap and water, and pat dry. Our team of specialists at Trillium Creek recommends creams and ointments that can help soothe the skin and protect it.
Tips to Prevent Diaper Rash
To prevent your baby from getting diaper rash, you need to keep their skin as dry and clean as possible.
Try these tips:
- Change the soiled or wet diaper as soon as possible
- Clean the diaper area well with a gentle cleanser or unscented wipes
- Let your baby’s skin dry completely before you put on another diaper.
- Put the diaper on loosely.
- Change diapers often – this is the most important feature
- Bathe the bottom daily to remove urine and stool