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Diaper Rash

Alison Wood |19, October 2013


It's pitiful to see your little one suffer from a diaper rash. You know she is in pain and you wish you could make it go away—now!

If your baby is suffering from a mild diaper rash, a little airing out and some diaper cream will probably do the trick. However, if the diaper rash begins to worsen, ooze or bleed, the solution can be much more complicated.

The best advice is to try to prevent these types of diaper rashes from occurring. If you know what causes it then you can possibly prevent it from happening again.

The typical causes of a diaper rash are:

  • Irritated skin due to prolonged contact with urine or stool.
  • New baby foods that are acidic.
  • The baby is wearing a diaper that is too small and it continuously rubs against the skin.
  • An allergic reaction to perfumes and other substances found in diapers and baby wipes.
  • Different types of eczema or undiagnosed skin conditions.

How can you treat diaper rash?

Keep it dry. Even if you have to give up some extra zzz's at night, don't let your baby sleep in a wet or soiled diaper. Always ensure your little one is enjoying a fresh diaper.

Wash it off. Instead of using commercial wipes for diaper changes, wash your baby's diaper area with warm water. You can use a mild soap for dirty diapers, but try to only use mild soap when absolutely necessary. Commercial baby wipes may have irritating chemicals in them as well as leave a film of bacteria in your baby's diaper area.

Air it out. During the day, attaché the diaper loosely to the waist to improve air circulation. During naps, completely remove the diaper and let your little one sleep on a blanket or towel that you can wash later. Doing so will clear up the diaper rash---quick!

Apply some cream. If the rash becomes bright red and is not improving try an anti-yeast cream such as Lotrimin. You can apply this 3 times per day.

Soak it! If skin becomes raw, try soaking your baby's diaper area in warm water for about 10 minutes. Do this three times per day. You can add 2 Tablespoons of baking soda to the water and then apply the anti-yeast cream after the warm bath.

Avoid new foods. During this time of healing, avoid adding new foods to your baby's diet. Some baby's tummies have difficult times digesting certain foods and their skin is easily irritated by them. Stick with what you know has worked for your little one. You can always try new foods after the rash has cleared up.

If these at-home remedies do not help your baby's diaper rash improve in just a few days, call your Pediatrician promptly. Possible causes of a worsening diaper rash could be a fungal or bacterial infection that only a medical professional could diagnose. For your baby's comfort and health, the cause of the diaper rash needs to be determined. When the doctor is able to determine the cause, he then can prescribe proper treatment and you and your baby can return to the happy, pre-rash days you enjoyed before!

Alison Wood is a stay-at-home mom of six and freelance writer and blogger. She enjoys raising her six children and desires to share her experiences to help other mothers.

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