Defeating Diaper Rash
The Ins & Outs: Soothing and Treating Diaper Rash
Almost every parent encounters diaper rash at some point in the diapering years. Between time exploring the world, sick days (and nights), and trying out new foods, your baby’s bum is bound to get red and irritated at some point. While they—and you—may be feeling uncomfortable, the bottom line is: it’s easily treatable with the right product. Read on to learn what causes diaper rash, how to treat it, and when to call the doctor.
Did you know?
1 in 4 babies experience a diaper rash in their first month! It’s that common.
Diaper Rash Triggers
The most likely cause of diaper rash is a soggy, wet diaper. But there are other reasons your little one’s bum can become red and tender to the touch. Some of them may surprise you!
- Stool, urine, or illness
Your baby’s skin is very sensitive and can quickly become irritated by stool and urine. This can intensify when they are sick or have diarrhea.
If your baby’s diaper or clothing is too tight, this can lead to chafing, rubbing, and irritation.
- New products
Have you recently switched to a new brand of diapers, wipes, laundry detergent, or lotions? Your child’s skin may be having a reaction.
This growth stage causes many issues you wouldn’t expect. Loose stool is one of them, and this can trigger a rash.
- Starting solids or trying new foods
Changes in what your child eats can affect their stool. Or, if you’re breastfeeding, foods in your diet can impact your baby’s stool. When introducing them to a new food, it’s a good idea to do so over the course of a few days and see how it goes.
Unfortunately, antibiotics can impact the healthy balance of bacteria in your baby’s gut. This can lead to a yeast infection or diarrhea—which may trigger diaper rash.
The Degrees of Diaper Rash
The illustration below is meant to help you assess the severity of your baby’s rash.
When to call the doctor: If their rash gets worse, bleeds, or your baby develops a fever or sluggishness, call your pediatrician.
More info: 5 Signs to Call a Doctor for Diaper Rash
Solutions to Prevent and Treat Diaper Rash
One of the best ways to help prevent diaper rash is to change diapers frequently. But don’t fret if your baby develops a rash. There are steps you can take to relieve their discomfort.
- Skip the wipes
Wipes can leave a residue that can further irritate the skin. When possible, simply rinse with warm water and gently pat dry. For when you’re on the go, use a water-based, alcohol- and fragrance-free wipe.
- Give them airtime
Whenever possible let your baby go diaper-free so their bums can air dry.
- Protect their sensitive skin
Use a thick layer of ointment, like Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment®, with every diaper change to help protect from wetness, acidity, and chafing. Use Aquaphor® Baby Diaper Rash Paste with 40% zinc oxide for fast relief from more troublesome diaper rash. If the rash persists, call your pediatrician.
- Loosen up
Make sure their diaper is not too tight.