Diaper rash is any skin irritation on the diaper area. On average, 35% of all babies suffer from diaper rashes from time to time.
Most of the time, baby diaper rash is just normal dermatitis, which is the irritation of the skin. This type of nappy rash is easily taken care of, by changing your baby’s diapers more often and applying any good diaper rash cream.
Types of diaper rash: Nappy rash can be classified as one of a few things namely: normal skin irritation, skin infection (yeast diaper rash or fungal diaper rash) or an allergic reaction.
A Candida Diaper Rash
A Yeast diaper rash infection
yeast infection diaper rash is caused by a type of fungus called Candida albicans. This rash is usually seen as red small dots, that start in the
creases of the skin. It is also seen most commonly on the anus area.
diaper rash yeast infection is usually due to the mother and baby consuming antibiotics, which end up killing off the
good bacteria that prevent the bad yeast from growing. A Candida diaper rash may also be the result of a recurrent, untreated diaper rash.
Everybody carries a certain amount of yeast in their
bodies, but if you give the yeast a warm, damp place to thrive in, like the
groin, vagina or diaper area, it will. If you leave a diaper rash for
too long, the yeast will start to thrive, causing a Candidal diaper rash.
If your baby has
it is easily transferred to the diaper area, because the yeast can travel from the mouth to the intestines.
Yeast Diaper Rash Treatment
A yeast nappy rash is usually a little more difficult to get rid of, you should see your doctor if the problem persists. Your baby will need an anti-yeast or antifungal cream to remedy the yeast infection.
Other than this, you can use all the preventative and treatment measures mentioned below.
Different Causes of Diaper Rash
Infant rashes are common, because babies have a sensitive skin to start off with.
Frequent and/or runny bowel movements may cause irritation to the skin.
Leaving a soiled (dirty) diaper on your baby’s bum for too long.
Your baby may be allergic to a certain type of soap, or type of baby wipes.
Some types of diapers do not allow for enough air flow, which creates a damp environment, this encourages yeast overgrowth and may result in a rash.
Using plastic pants over diapers, can also cause rash due to no air flow.
Certain types of foods can cause a baby’s bowel movement to become too acidic, which
might burn the skin.
Babies are more likely to experience diaper rash when they start eating solids. Try to introduce new solid foods, one at a time.
Diaper rash and
teething: Babies are more likely to develop a rash while they are teething, this is often
called a teething rash.
Thrush diaper rash: Sometimes when a baby has oral thrush, it can cause a yeast diaper rash, as mentioned above.
Rare causes of this type of infant rash include: nutritional
deficiency, rare infections, child abuse, immunodeficiency and
Diaper Rash Treatments and Prevention
Prevent diaper rash
Including natural cures for diaper rash…
The best diaper rash treatment, is to breastfeed as much as you can and for as long as possible. Breastfeeding will boost your baby’s resistance against yeast infections and will also minimize the need for antibiotics, which cause yeast infections.
Change your baby’s diaper as soon as it gets wet. This will keep your baby’s skin dry and clean. In newborns, this should be done at least every two hours.
Rinse your baby’s bottom as often as possible, preferably with each diaper change.
Let your baby’s bum dry, before putting on another diaper.
Pat your baby’s bum to dry, instead of rubbing, which could cause some irritation to the skin.
Don’t put the diaper on too tight, this could cause chafing.
If you are using material diapers, you will need to rinse them a few times, to remove any detergents used that might irritate your baby’s skin. Avoid using fabric softeners.
A great diaper rash remedy, is to give your baby a few "free hours" a day. Let him/her crawl around naked on a clean surface, to give the skin a breather.
Smear on a thick layer of the best diaper rash cream you can find, like Zinc oxide or Lanolin, with every diaper change. Lansinoh Diaper Rash Ointment is a great Lanolin containing cream, that can treat diaper rash quickly.
If the rash does not disappear after three days, you can get your doctor to prescribe some special diaper rash ointments like antibiotic cream, antifungal cream, steroid cream or a combination of some of these.
Cleaning your baby’s bottom with water and/or a soft cloth, is usually less irritating to the skin than using disposable wipes.
Some home remedies for diaper rash claim that you should use baking soda or boric acid to cure diaper rash. Do not bath your baby in baking soda or boric acid. If your baby’s skin is broken, it could cause these toxins to be absorbed into your baby’s body.
Try using different brands of disposable nappies. The brand that you are using currently, could be what is causing an allergic reaction. Also stay away from wipes that are scented.
Talcum powder is not recommended anymore, as many babies have been found to inhale it and this could hurt their lungs.
Make sure your that your little one's caretaker is taking the same preventative measures.
More Diaper Rash Home Remedies
Give your baby an oatmeal/chamomile bath. Add two chamomile tea bags to warm water and apply this to the nappy rash area. Fill a piece of cheese cloth with rolled oats, tie the cloth up to make a little bag. Add both the chamomile tea bags and rolled oats to the bath water, giving each of them a squeeze every now and then to release their goodness. The oatmeal will start to release a whitish milky substance, which is great for applying onto the skin; you can rub it all over your baby’s skin. Allow baby to soak for a few minutes. This natural diaper rash remedy will leave your baby’s bum feeling and looking better in no time.
Homemade diaper rash cream
For curing diaper rash fast, and saving money, you can mix equal parts of petroleum jelly, Zinc oxide and Boudreaux's Butt Paste.
Should I Contact my Doctor?
You should contact your doctor if…
It seems like your baby might need severe diaper rash treatment.
The rash does not improve within three days of using the above mentioned methods of prevention and treatment for nappy rash.
There is a blister diaper rash or boils on your baby’s diaper area.
There is a pus discharge or a bleeding diaper rash.
The rash is extending passed the diaper area.
Your baby has a fever.
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