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Bad Diaper Rash Cure - How to Treat & Cure Severe Diaper Rash

Updated on February 27, 2013

How to Cure Bad Diaper Rash

Diaper rash, also known as Irritant Diaper Dermatitis (IDD) can be mild showing as a little redness, but it can also be severe showing as bleeding sores. This page will cover bad diaper rash and what steps you need to take in order to cure it.

In all cases of diaper rash, wether it is light or severe, it is important to let your baby's skin (where the rash is present) to be exposed to air and sunlight as much as possible. In some cases it is impossible to get sunlight on your baby's bottom, like in the winter for example. In these cases, focus on getting the rash area in contact with air as much as possible instead. By doing this, the diaper rash will heal more quickly.

Follow these steps to cure your baby's bad diaper rash.

Step 1: You need to keep the affected rash dry and free from moisture. Moisture will make the rash worse and prevent it from healing. This means that you have to change diapers as soon as your baby has "gone". Also make sure that your baby's skin has dried out before you put on a new diaper. In some cases of severe diaper rash it is better to let your baby be without diapers. The key here is to keep the rash dry and in contact with air.

Step 2: Some diaper rashes are caused by an yeast infection and doesn't go away on their own. Because you have called your baby's rash as bad, chances are that it is actually an yeast infection. Yeast infections will when full-blown produce a beefy red color and the border to the surrounding skin will be raised slightly. Also, scaly skin is another indicator.

If you suspect yeast to be the cause, you need to buy an anti-fungal cream at your drug store. See below for brands.

Step 3: Use an ointment to create a protective barrier which prevents moisture from reaching your baby's skin. Good ones are cocoa and coconut butter.

Step 4: Make sure that the rash gets in contact with as much air and sunlight as possible.

If you follow these steps then the diaper rash will vanish quickly. Keep it dry, treat possible yeast infection, create protective barrier, and as much contact with air and sunlight as possible.

If the rash hasn't improved after 3 - 4 days following this protocol call your doctor since it could be a bacterial infection.


Treat Diaper Rash Right Away

Once you notice redness on your baby you should begin treating it. Do not wait for it to disappear on its own. If you wait, you could risk making the diaper rash worse which will be even more uncomfortable for your baby. Also, if you do not treat your baby's rash right away, there's a chance that it will develop into a yeast infection which is much more difficult to cure.

Use Ointments to Create a Protecting Barrier

Moisture will make the rash worse, and wearing a diaper will prevent your baby's skin from breathing. Ointments create a barrier between moisture and your baby's skin and thus protects it and allowing it to heal. Using ointments is a good idea if your baby can't be naked.

There are different forms of ointments to use. Some have zinc-oxide in them which dries out moisture, and others have oil which prevents moisture from reaching your baby's skin. In my opinion, the best ones are natural and organic. Also, zinc-oxide can dry out your baby's skin.

Organic cocoa and coconut butter are some very good diaper rash remedies, which are also very healthy for your baby. See below which ones that are best.

Try to Avoid Baby Powders

Baby powders can if inhaled by your baby cause breathing difficulties and damage their lungs. If you have to, make sure that you apply it on your hand first away from your baby and then apply it on your baby's skin. The cornstarch variety are preferred.

The Bad Diaper Rash Could be an Yeast Infection

In some cases, diaper rash can turn into an yeast infection. Yeast, well it's actually fungus, thrives in wet and warm surroundings. A baby diaper is close to a perfect condition.

The type of fungus is much likely Candida albicans. An yeast infection is rather easy to detect when it is full blown. It will produce a rash that's beefy red in color and has raised borders to the surrounding skin. It's also most likely an yeast infection if the rash doesn't go away, even if you treat it. If you suspect that your baby has a yeast infection, you can get an antifungal cream like nystatin, lotrimin, miconazole and clotrimazole. Once you start the treatment and it's an yeast infection that's causing the rash it should disappear within a few days. However, if your baby has open sores and yellow patches you should go to your doctor. It could be an bacterial inflammation that need antibiotics to treat.

After you apply antifungal cream make sure that the affected area on your baby's skin is exposed to as much air as possible. If this is impossible, use cocoa or coconut butter on top of the antifungal cream to create a protective barrier.

Cocoa Butter & Coconut Butter are Excellent

Cocoa and coconut butter are excellent as a natural ointment that creates a protective barrier between moisture and your baby's skin. Many mothers in India, Hawaii and other places that has high humidity and where diaper rash is very common use these two. Below you will find the best ones (organic of course).


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