Your baby’s skin is very soft and delicate. Unfortunately, however, the more supple the skin, the more prone it is to the dreaded diaper rash. If you are a new parent don’t worry – the menacing red irritation is very common. Diaper rash is normal. It is very common and has nothing to do with malnutrition, allergies, diarrhea/yeast infections (in most cases), or illness. When parents first see the transformation of their baby’s beautifully white skin turn to the red inflamed rash, they automatically think, “there is something wrong.” That is not true – diaper rash is very common and it is a part of being a baby and a parent.
What are the causes of diaper rash? Well, the answer is a combination of things. First, when your baby is a newborn their skin is the softest and smoothest it is every going to be. Secondly, the diaper is in place to stop the urine and feces, thus it sits against the skin until the parent changes the diaper. Thirdly, the diaper itself is snug against the skin and rubs the excrement against the bottom. Thus, causing the skin to react in a rash. It is important to change diapers and clean the skin when needed to reduce the skin damage and the possibility of yeast or even bacteria infections, which will worsen the rash.
If you know what you are up against, it is easier to treat or even prevent these rashes. If you want to minimize your baby’s risk of diaper rash it is important to change the diapers frequently. To begin with it is good to start with changing/checking the diapers about every two hours. If your child poops, it’s very important to clean it right away to lessen the chance of irritation to the skin. Also, it is important to do a good clean up job. When using wipes, it is a good idea to use unscented wipes, or just plain water – this can help to lesson the irritation.
Diaper rash creams are another great way to soothe the skin. There are two basic creams that you can get. The first is a petroleum cream, which is good for preventative, it oils the skin making clean up easier and protects the moisture. The second is white zinc oxide, it is a heavier duty cream that would be good for those who skin is more sensitive and is known to get rashes easily.