As a new mother, one of the more common problems you will probably experience at some point with your new baby is diaper rash. In fact, most babies develop diaper rash, and even when the baby is your second or third child, chances are, they too, will experience it. One way to be prepared for diaper rash is to plan ahead, so you will be ready should it develop.
Causes of Diaper Rash
There are all sorts of different causes that can cause diaper rash on your baby’s sensitive areas. Some of the more common ones are:
- Allergic Reactions
- Yeast Infections
- Not Changing a Dirty Diaper
- The Diaper Rubs and Chaffs the Skin
- Bacterial Infections
Diaper rashes typically start appearing between nine and twelve months but could occur at any time. Your baby might also experience a diaper rash when the start eating solid foods, as their body is adjusting to the new food and may have periods of diarrhea or go to the bathroom more often, so it is important to change diapers frequently.
Furthermore, certain types of antibiotics can cause diaper rash. If they are ones you are taking, consult with your doctor to ensure they will not affect your baby if you are breastfeeding. If they are ones prescribed for your baby, ask the doctor whether diaper rash is a side effect.
Treating Diaper Rash
It is important to not ignore diaper rash and hope it clears up on its own. If not treated correctly, it can worsen, create an infection, and lead to puss-filled bumps, scabbing, and discomfort. If you notice your baby has a fever or the previously mentioned symptoms, they need to see their pediatrician.
- Always wash your hands before and after changing diapers.
- Use a soft washcloth and warm water to clean up your baby and always use a clean cloth for each change. You can also use a mild baby soap for those messier cleanups. Just remember to rinse all soap off.
- If you use diaper wipes, only use the ones that are mild and do not contain alcohol or fragrances.
- When cleaning up your baby, do not rub the skin, but blot and pat it instead.
- Make sure the diaper area is completely dry after baths.
- Get into the habit of checking your baby’s diaper frequently and change it whenever it is wet or dirty. Do not let them remain in a wet diaper, even if there is only a small wet spot.
- Allow your baby’s bottom and sensitive areas dry completely before putting on a new diaper.
- Let your baby be “diaper-free” for as long as possible as the fresh air can help heal the skin faster.
In cases where the diaper rash could be an allergic reaction, switch the brand of disposal diapers, or try cloth diapers. If you already use cloth diaper, change the type of detergent you use. Remember to stop by and visit Apple Babies today for all of your baby product needs or call us at 416-546-8483 for directions to our Toronto baby store.