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How To Protect Your Baby From Diaper Rash

Updated on July 19, 2017

Diaper rash also called diaper dermatitis occurs when the baby's delicate skin gets in contact with urine or with a combination of urine and feces for long periods of time.

It also occurs when the baby is:

  • first introduced to solid food,
  • when a mom who is breastfeeding eats food that causes the baby to develop rashes, or
  • when the baby reacts to a certain type of antibiotic.

The urea content in the urine, when converted to ammonium hydroxide, causes the pH level to rise.

When the pH level becomes basic, the enzymes released from the pancreas or from the intestines such as lipases or urease are activated making them more irritating and harmful to the skin.


You can protect your baby from diaper rash by protecting her skin from coming in contact, as much as possible, with urine or feces or a combination of both which is present in a soiled diaper.

You can protect your baby from diaper rash by:

  • making sure that the diaper area is kept dry at all times
  • changing diapers frequently
  • washing the diaper area with soap and water before changing into fresh diapers
  • avoiding the use of plastic diapers that can irritate baby's skin
  • washing diapers thoroughly and sterilizing them to kill bacteria and germs
  • using preparations that will protect from Candida albicans yeast
  • applying topical preparations before changing diapers to protect baby's delicate skin from bacteria

Four Types of Diaper Rash

  • Chafing diaper rash. Chafing diaper rash is characterized by the reddening of the buttocks, waist, and butt areas. It is more prevalent after the baby's third month of age.
  • Red rashes in the folds of the diaper area. The red rashes are very distinct and are usually found in the folds of the genitals and butt area.
  • Diaper rash with ulcerations. The red rashes affect most of the diaper area and spreading to the baby's genitals.
  • Diaper rash with lesions. The red rashes are mostly seen in the anus area characterized by the presence of oval lesions and the presence of candida albicans.


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