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
Thrush and Candidiasis
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.