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Diaper Rash

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

  • 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.

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