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How To Protect Your Baby From Diaper Rash

Updated on August 28, 2014

Diaper rash or 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.

It also occurs when the baby is first introduced to solid food or 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 is converted to ammonium hydroxide which causes pH level to rise.

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


You can protect your baby from diaper rash by keeping 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.


© 2013 Zee Mercado


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