Almost every child gets a diaper rash. Usually it’s after prolonged contact with moisture and the combination of urine and feces, which irritate your baby’s skin. Other known causes include over cleansing with soaps and antibiotic usage. In many cases, mild diaper rash will appear with no known cause and will heal without treatment.
You can try to prevent diaper rash by avoiding harsh soaps, over-cleansing and wipes with alcohol or perfume. Using strictly water as a cleanser may be all that is necessary. Change diapers immediately after each bowel movement, as well as when it’s necessary to keep your baby dry. If desired, apply a thing layer of ointment such as Desitin, Vaselines, Balmex™ or other barrier application for protection against wetness. Avoid perfumed lotions or powders that can irritate your baby’s skin. If your baby gets a diaper rash, make sure you change the diaper often and avoid airtight fastening. Increase air circulation within the diaper by loosely attaching or by cutting the elastic bands around the legs on disposable diapers.
Leave your baby’s bottom exposed to the air as much as possible each day. Practical times are during naps or after bowel movements. Apply a thin layer of ointment, such as Destin, Vaseline or Blamex to your baby’s skin with each diaper change. This helps to protect the skin by sealing out the moisture and irritation that comes with it.
Instead of wiping your baby’s skin clean, try rinsing in a sink or tub, which is gentler on your baby’s skin Routine use of talcum powder is not recommended, as it can cause breathing problems if inhaled by the baby. Call the office if the rash continues to worsen. A yeast diaper rash, serious skin irritation or infection may require medical treatment.