Diaper Rash: Causes & Effects
Diaper rash is mainly caused by skin wetness through sitting too long in a wet diaper.
Urinary wetness makes the skin more susceptible to irritation from stool enzymes, becoming inflamed and painful.
Diaper rash is more common with babies receiving anti-biotics, or those passing loose stools, or who have just started taking in solid foods.
Harsh soaps or perfumed skin products intended to soothe, can sometimes produce an allergic skin reaction.
Diaper rash appears either on the buttocks, or in the folds of the skin and around the inner thigh.
The rash could be through friction, irritation, or allergic reaction.
Diaper Rash: Prevention & Control
Change diapers after each bowel movement or whenever the baby is wet.
Air the skin regularly
Avoid using wipes and cleansers with perfume or which contain alcohol
Pat the area dry rather than wipe it
Avoid making the diaper air-tight, especially overnight
Stand the baby in a sink and pour water from a dispenser over the area to clean it rather than wipe it clean
Allow more air to circulate by choosing diapers which are loose fitting
Use a talcum powder if necessary but don't overuse - be careful not to allow the baby to breathe in the powder - apply gently
Use a neutral cream or ointment to protect the skin from further wetness and diaper rash.
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