Does your baby have diaper rash? If you are a new parent, sooner or later while you’re changing a diaper you may notice a rash on your baby’s bottom and or the genital area. What is diaper rash? How can it be prevented? What should you put on it, if anything at all?
Diaper rashes are common between the ages of 4 to 15 months. They may become more frequent when baby begins eating solid food. There are 2 main types; those caused by yeast or fungus and those caused by direct irritation of the skin from acidic stools.
Candida (yeast) is typically fiery red with scattered red dots around the periphery called “satellite lesions” and grow in warm moist area. Causes include recent antibiotic usage by baby or by a breast feeding mom, staying in a wet diaper too long, and frequent stools. Treatment includes frequent diaper changes (keeping area dry) and over the counter creams that target fungus and yeast. Ask your pharmacist if you can’t locate.
Acidic stools can cause a painful skin irritation. These stools begin after baby begins eating solids. These are areas of skin that look “raw” or irritated. Treatment is aimed again at keeping baby dry (frequent diaper changes) and skin barrier preparations such as Zinc oxide or petroleum base jelly. These create a safe barrier from harmful acidic moisture and allow skin to heal.
Lesson of the day: Keep baby clean and dry and baby will be happy…happy baby=happy parents.