Diaper rash can be an extremely distressing experience for infants of ages from nine months to a year. Diaper rash symptoms are reddening of the skin, spots and bumps, as well as an inflammation around the diaper area. These symptoms cause discomfort and pain for babies as well as distress for mothers when changing diapers.
What are the main causes for diaper rash?
- Once there is constant contact and friction of the wet, stained diaper with the baby’s sensitive skin, chemicals in the urine and fecal matter cause inflammation.
- Not changing a diaper often, especially during the hot season, can cause diaper rash.
- Diarrhea makes your baby more susceptible to diaper rash, due to the wetness and the bacteria in the stool.
- Changing the diaper brand to one that your baby is not used to can cause diaper rash.
- Some soaps and creams can cause an inflammation, as they could be perfumed.
- Changing the food type causes changes in the stools, which can cause diaper rash.
- Your baby’s skin type affects his susceptibility to diaper rash, especially if he has a severely sensitive skin or eczema.
- Some antibiotics can cause a baby to get a yeast infection, which leads to rashes in the diaper area.
- Change the diaper often to keep your baby’s skin dry and clean.
- Avoid using perfumed soaps or creams to minimize inflammation of the skin.
- Wash the area properly and dry it gently.
- Ask your doctor for a recommended cream to soothe and protect the inflamed area.
- Leave your baby without a diaper for a while to allow ventilation of the area.
- Avoid tight diapers and clothes and use a larger size during this period until the diaper area is completely healed from the rash.