Babies’ are known for having smooth skin that is sensitive and delicate, making it susceptible to diaper rash – a common and mild irritation of the skin that causes redness in the area where the diaper is worn. Most cases of diaper rash are caused by excessive moisture from leaving a wet or soiled diaper on for too long. The baby’s skin becomes red, irritated and prone to chafing. Painful sores can develop, and the baby becomes vulnerable to yeast and bacterial infections. MAKUKU created some helpful tips on how to soothe and protect your baby's bottom.
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Soothing Your Baby’s Bottom
If your baby develops diaper rash, one way to improve its condition is to change his or her diaper frequently. Other helpful ways to treat diaper rash include:
- Rinsing the affected area with warm water and a soft washcloth.
- Pat dry and never rub.
- Avoid baby wipes that contain alcohol or are fragranced.
- Allow your baby’s bottom to air out whenever possible.
Preventing Diaper Rash
- Don’t leave a soiled diaper on for too long. Baby’s skin can get irritated if you let him wear a soiled diaper — whether because of pee or poop — for an extended period. This is also the reason why babies with frequent bowel movements or diarrhea are more prone to diaper rash.
- Check if the baby's diapers are too tight. A tight diaper can rub against the skin and cause irritation and may lead to rashes.
- Watch out for yeast. Diapers can leave very little room for air circulation. This creates a warm, moist environment that bacteria and fungi like yeast infection.
- Be wary of irritants and allergic reactions. Ingredients in disposable diapers, baby wipes, laundry detergent, soap, or lotion can all irritate your little one’s delicate skin.
- Observe the baby when introducing new food. Rashes are common when your baby is introduced to solids or after feeding them a new type of food. The food can change the composition of your little one’s stool which causes rashes.
- Watch out when taking antibiotics. If you’re breastfeeding and taking antibiotics, or if the baby needs to take this medicine, it can increase the risk of yeast infection, according to WhatToExpect. Antibiotics can also lead to diarrhea, which leads to diaper rash as well.
- Check the diaper quality. Ensure that the baby's diaper brand is at best quality. Always choose diaper that is high-quality and safe for your baby