Let’s talk about Diaper Rash. What are the cause , how it can spread when untreated, and how to stop secondary bacterial and fungal infections. Infections of bacteria or fungus can become a nightmare for both you and your baby.
The main cause of diaper diaper rash is urine on baby’s skin. The time between diaper changes can cause, urine begins to change into ammonia and other chemicals and by-products. Fecal matter in the diaper, between baby’s diaper changes, can cause the rapid growth of bacteria and or fungus which will irritate the skin and infect the irritated diaper area.
The breakdown of urine, and the continuous contact with your baby’s skin will result in skin irritation. This begins the diaper rash syndrome that affect most babies. It was believed that Huggies, Pampers and other disposable diapers would be a better than the cloth diapers when introduced to the market. The new diapers were better. But diaper rash is still a problem seen in countless babies.
The most important treatment to diaper rash is PREVENTION!
You must prevent urine from coming into contact with your baby’s delicate skin by putting a barrier on the skin that prevents urine and fecal matter from contacting your baby’s diaper area. Old fashioned petroleum jelly can be used to cover the diaper area and create a barrier that allows the skin to breathe, keeping moisture and other irritants from away from the area. This preventative action of is cheap and very effective. It’s use is accompanied by a healing, soothing action and stops the irritation that produces Diaper Rash.
It is important that the skin to create a barrier that prevents moisture from touching the skin and heals and soothes the diaper area. Many diaper rash products are heavy creams, pastes or lotions and are very expensive. While some create a barrier to keep moisture away from the skin, many of these products contain substance such as zinc oxide that many babies have sensitivities or allergies and should not be used.. The existing moisture can not be released and the healing process is slowed dramatically.
Here are some commonly asked question about diaper rash:
What is it?
1. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin in the diaper area that is commonly caused by ammonia forming when urine breaks-down.
What are causes ?
1. Diaper rash caused by prolonged contact of a urine soaked diaper on a baby’s skin. The skin turns red and tissue breaks down, creating a rash. This worsens as the skin remains in contact with urine and feces.
2. Chafing or rubbing of diaper or pull ups on the area
3. Possible allergic reaction to diaper or creams
4. Bacterial or fungal infection in rash area
5. Allergies to food can cause urine to be irritating to some babies
Who can get it?
1. It is seen on babies between the ages of 2-24 months
2. It also can happens to babies whose diapers are not changed frequently
3. It may also happen to babies taking antibiotics or are nursing while mother might be taking antibiotics
4. It can also occur on babies when they begin to eat solid foods
What are the symptoms of it?
1. Red, irritated, and sometimes warm skin in and around the stomach, genitals, and inside the skin folds of the thighs and bottom
2. Pain, burning and itching, and a cranky baby!
Is diaper rash contagious?
1. Diaper rash is almost never a contagious skin condition
2. However, fungal and bacteria infections can be transferred from contact
How can I prevent diaper rash?
1. Apply Petroleum Jelly with every diaper change
2. Change baby’s diaper often, and keep the area dry and clean
3. Use a gentle cleanser formulated especially for babies’ skin, such as wipes
4. After washing your baby, gently pat dry the area, do not rub the area
5. The diapers you use should fit properly, so as not to rub against the skin
If your babies bottom does not heal within a few days of treatment or gets worse consult your pediatrician. You baby may have a fungal or bacteria infection that need professional treatment. You doctor may prescribe drops or ointments to treat this type of infection.