Fé is ALMOST 6 Months old! Time goes by wayyy too fast! So far, we have considered ourselves super lucky and have not experienced any diaper rash whatsoever. That was, until last night. Last night, Fé was up about every two hours screaming because her little bum hurt so badly due to this nasty red rash. This morning, groggy and zombie-like, I poured myself a cup of coffee (or two) and had a rendezvous with my dear friend Google, to try to tackle this nappy problem and learn how to treat diaper rash.
In order to tackle Fé red rump, I wanted to find out what exactly it is.
What is Diaper Rash?
Diaper rash is red rash found on the surface of the skin underneath the diaper. It is very likely that your child will suffer from diaper rash at some point before they are potty trained!
What Causes Diaper Rash?
Diaper rash is most commonly caused by either FRICTION from a child’s diaper rubbing against their skin, or from IRRITANTS. Irritants can be anything from feces, urine, cleaning agents, or basically anything that comes into contact with the skin under their diaper.
In some cases, it can be caused by a fungal or bacterial infection. In this case, it may spread to other areas of the body and not just the diaper area.
Common Causes include:
- Irritation from stool or urine. If your child is peeing more than usual or is s/he is suffering from diarrhea (which Fé has had a bit of the past week!)
- Chafing or rubbing from tight-fitting diapers or other tight clothes.
- Irritation from a new product. If you have recently switched diapers, baby wipes, laundry soap, softener, lotion, oil etc. Anything new that your baby comes into contact with could possibly irritate their sensitive skin!
- Bacterial or Yeast Infection
- Introduction to new foods. If you are starting your baby on solid foods, introduce a different formula, or introduce a new food that they may be sensitive to.
- Use of antibiotics. If your baby is using antibiotics or has recently used antibiotics they may cause a rash!
Preventing Diaper Rash
- Change diapers often to prevent irritation.
- Make sure diapers are the correct size and assembled properly.
- Make sure the skin is dry and clean before putting on a diaper
- Use nappy rash cream to prevent irritation
Treating Diaper Rash
There is no magical treatment for diaper rash. No matter what, it may take a few days (or up to a week) for your baby’s rash to clear up! In the meantime, there are many measures you can take right at home!
- Change their diaper VERY often so minimize contact with irritants as much as possible.
- Keep skin as clean as possible. You may want to avoid using baby wipes and just use a wet cloth to clean skin until the rash clears.
- Use a diaper rash cream containing Zinc Oxide (such as Aquaphor, Cetaphil, or Destin), to help soothe and heal the rash.
- Stop using any new soaps, foods, or any possible irritants until you know what the cause of the rash is.
- Let the skin breathe! Let your baby play without their diaper by putting down a layer of towels on the floor. You may think this is gross but a little bit of baby urine (or poo) never hurt anyone!
If your baby’s diaper rash lasts longer than seven days call a doctor! Also, call a doctor if you suspect the rash is a bacterial or fungal infection, you may receive a prescription steroid cream, antifungal cream or even antibiotics to help clear up the rash.