A diaper rash, known as Dermatitis, is an inflamed, red and patchy area of skin on a baby’s bottom. The common causes are:
§ Prolonged urine and fecal matter against the skin
§ Inadequate drying of the skin after a bath
§ Seborrheic Dermatitis
§ Thrush and Candidiasis
o Babies on antibiotics are extremely susceptible to candida-related rashes
§ Food sensitivities, most commonly dairy
When a rash does occur, and most babies will have a mild one even with the most vigilant of moms, early treatment of is the best solution to the problem. Zara got her first small rash after having a poopy diaper in the middle of the night and not waking for us to change it. Here are the best prevention and treatment options:
§ Frequent diaper changes, at least every 3 hours while awake
§ Drying off completely after bath time
§ Using non-alcohol diaper wipes as the alcohol can be more irritating to the skin and spread the bacteria. Kaiser sells some wipes that you just add warm water to.
§ Giving the baby more fluids. If on solids offer water in a sippy cup.
§ Add 2 Tbsp. of baking soda to a warm bath to help dry and heal the skin.
§ Use creams like Burt’s Bee’s diaper rash to protect healthy skin. Desitin can be used in more extreme cases to keep skin dry.
§ Don’t use baby powder as it can cause skin moisture to get trapped in the creases.