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Updated on March 10, 2009

How to Overcome Diaper Rash

During the first year or two most babies will get some amount of diaper rash. Many newborn infant are mostly susceptible to getting red, inflamed areas on their bottom, thighs, and genital. Also were the rash is located may be wormer to the touch. Treating a diaper rash at home is a very easy thing to do.

Diaper rash can be caused by anything that irritate the skin. Sensitive is the word that describe a baby skin. Still, there are a couple ordinary causes.

Extended contact with urine and feces is a good example. Fresh urine is considered sterile not contaminated. But once it comes in contact with a non-sterile surface, it's considered non-sterile, and an environment is created for bacteria growth. Good bacteria are often found in human stool, as a normal part of the body's food waste removal process.

Yeast (candida) infection

Little red spots that multiply and may run together into an elevated, patchy bright or dark red rash with distinct borders. Yeast, is one organism in particular that accounts for a great number of diaper rash cases. The affected area is red and may be sensitive or tender, and the rash can creep into the folds of the skin all-around your baby's genitals and legs. This ordinary fungus grows well in warm, moist environments, such as dirty diapers.

Excessive humidity in the air encourages moisture under the diaper, even when waste isn't present. That situation is especially likely in skin folds that trap moisture.

Yeast infections are more frequent in babies taking antibiotics; these drugs kill the "good" bacteria that normally keep yeast in balance. Over-the-counter antifungal crèmes can help.

Changing a baby’s diet can increase faces production, which increases the amount of time the baby's skin is in contact with it.

Though not often the cause, thanks to extensive testing, some babies are sensitive to individual products.

Chemicals in the cloth diaper such as leftover detergent, new detergent, fabric softener, a new disposable wipe, or chemicals added to disposable diapers to increase absorbency might also lead to skin irritation.

A number of babies are simply more sensitive than others to possible irritants; again these irritants can be cause by:

• Exposure to urine or feces for long periods of time

• A semi-allergic response to foods

• Food mom eat shows up in her breast milk

• Different types of diapers • Baby wipes

• Detergents

• Snug diapers that are just right for one will irritate another

Diaper rash will usually increase between 7 and 9 months, this is when an infant diet undergoes a significant change (Eating solid foods) which may cause more i

In the overwhelming majority of cases of diaper rash, home treatment is all that's required.

Powders, Talcum powder and cornstarch should not be used because it can accidentally be inhaled by your baby and cause respiratory infections. An ointment based antifungal applied with each diaper change will usually resolve the condition in about 2-3 weeks. If not or worsens, you should see a dermatologist.

In nearly every case, simply cleaning your baby's diaper region softly but thoroughly with each diaper change will provide the correct environment for time to do the rest.

Leave your baby expose without a diaper as often as you can, this works wonders.

Changing your baby diapers promptly and often as soon as he or she wets or soils the diaper, this will help prevent any instance or reoccurrence.

If you wash your own cloth diapers, to remove all trace of urine and feces be sure to wash diapers in hot water and mild laundry soap and use bleach to sterilize the diapers. Rinse them at least two times to get rid of extra laundry soap and bleach.

Diaper Rash Treatment

I don’t think it’s a good idea to use alcohol on a diaper rash because of the burning effect and it often can be counterproductive.

It tends to excessively dry the skin.

Wash your baby with each changing using plain water, and pat dry with a soft towel followed by air drying is best. Allow the area to dry thoroughly before putting on a clean diaper.

On behalf of babies that tend to develop diaper rash, keep away from outer pants that have elastic bands that tighten against the legs or diapers. They may also scrape and blocks air flow that helps to keep the area dry.

An antifungal cream may be called for, for more serious cases, diaper rash cream are created to help reduce the duration and severity of diaper rash.

There are over the counter ointments and prescription strength ointments such as A&D ointment work well for preventing diaper rash, while zinc oxide ointments such as Desitin are effective for either treating or preventing a rash. Which treatment will be needed depends of course on individual babies because that should be discussed with your medical doctor.

Within a few days almost all cases of diaper rash can be conquered with proper care. See your doctor, for those that persist or grow. You should look for professional treatment for your baby at once; any time the rash is accompanied by pus or boils.


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      Party Girl 9 years ago

      A great hub. it will guide new parents and help stop them worrying too much.

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