Diaper Rash

By  on November 05, 2007

WHAT IS DIAPER RASH?
Diaper rash is irritated skin. It may be mildly red and scaly, or severe if it becomes infected.


DIAPER RASH CAN BE CAUSED BY:

  • friction of the diaper rubbing against the skin
  • overly snug diapers
  • wet diapers left on too long
  • pee and poop that can ‘burn’ the skin, especially if there is diarrhea
  • an allergic reaction to the soap used to wash cloth diapers
  • an allergic reaction to some brands of diapers or baby wipes
  • plastic pants over diapers that hold in heat and wetness

WHEN YOUR BABY HAS A RASH:
  • change diapers more often
  • wipe the diaper area gently with a soft, wet washcloth, with or without a mild soap
  • expose the skin to air whenever possible
  • use barrier creams that protect baby’s skin such as petroleum jelly or a zinc oxide cream in the diaper area
  • try changing the brand of soap you use for washing cloth diapers
  • boil cloth diapers for 15 minutes to sterilize them
  • try using disposable diapers with an extra-absorbent gel material that helps keep the skin dry
  • don’t use talcum powder that can get into your baby’s lungs
  • corn starch talcum may make a yeast infection worse

SEE YOUR DOCTOR IF THE RASH:
  • doesn’t clear up within a few days
  • turns a deep red
  • develops blisters, pimples or raised marks
  • becomes bright red and swollen
  • spreads beyond the diaper area

WHAT IF THE RASH BECOMES INFECTED?
Your baby’s doctor might give you a prescription for an antifungal cream for your baby’s rash if it’s a yeast infection, also called Monilia or Candida. If your baby has thrush (yeast in the mouth), this needs to be treated, too. Bacteria can also infect the skin. Your doctor may recommend using a hydrocortisone cream for a short time to clear a stubborn rash. PC

November 05, 2007

Add A Comment

Comment

Allowed HTML: <b>, <i>, <u>

Comments

Follow ParentsCanada

Save



Our Magazines

Our Partners

Save

Save

Copyright ParentsCanada.com
 2018