Soothing Diaper Rash on a Baby’s Bottom

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by Patrice on May 30, 2011 · 0 comments

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We all know that most babies get rashes on their little bottoms at one time or another before they are potty trained, but that doesn’t make mom feel any better the first time she sees splotches as she takes the diaper off of the baby.  Even if the rash looks bad, if you treat it and the splotches go away it’s harmless.

Left untreated, the diaper rash will only get worse. Some rashes can escalate into a yeast infection that will stubbornly hang on because the diaper area offers the moist, dark and warm environments that yeast thrives in. A stubborn yeast infection on the baby’s bottom may need a medicated cream that only a medical professional can provide.

If a diaper rash doesn’t go away with treatment, or keeps coming back even though preventive measures are consistently being taken, bring the infant into the doctor.

The infant develops the diaper rash when the protective barrier of the skin is broken down as stool and urine are pressed against it. The best defense to prevent diaper rash is often the best way to treat the rash once it develops. Reduce the time that the irritants are on the skin.

Put a clean diaper on the baby as often as needed to keep the baby clean and dry. It’s normal to change a baby’s diaper eight to ten times a day so that the protective barrier on the skin isn’t exposed to urine for any length of time. At each changing, make sure that the diaper area is thoroughly cleaned. If you have any doubt that your cloth or wipe isn’t doing a good enough job at cleaning up the diaper area, you may find it easier to bathe the baby’s bottom in a few inches of bath water.

Let the clean baby’s skin completely dry before going further. Then, add protection to the skin by using a diaper cream that will act as another barrier between baby and the diaper. If you have a few minutes to spare, leave the baby’s bottom naked for a while.

You want the fresh diaper to fit securely, but make sure that it’s not fastened too tightly, causing further irritation. If the rash is mainly on the infant’s inner thighs or on areas of the skin that is exposed to the diaper elastic, the rash could be caused by friction.

Using these tips, most diaper rashes should start to improve within 72 hours. If the rash doesn’t start to get better, or if it seems to be getting  worse after that time, call the doctor to make sure that the rash isn’t a symptom of an infection, allergy or other condition.

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.

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