Diaper rash is always a pain in the butt lol. But honestly there is nothing worse than dealing with a baby with diaper rash and the screaming that occurs when you change the diaper. It is difficult to even change the baby because they don’t want you to touch the area because of the pain, often times making the cleaning process difficult and possibly making the rash worse. Here is what you need to know about taking care of that rash.
What is the cause of the rash?
Think about why the baby is getting the diaper rash and if possible eliminate the cause. Here can be some causes:
- Type of diapers you are using. Some brands have more chemicals than others causing sensitive skin. If you have tried many brands you may need to try a cotton brand, non disposable.
- The wipes you are using, many are full of chemicals
- The baby was left in a soiled diaper
- The baby is teething
- The baby is sick, usually having a runny nose causing some diarrhea
- The baby is on medications causing diarrhea
What do I do?
- First you should wash your hands before changing the diaper to prevent transferring more bacteria to the area. This is important because this is how you can get infected skin if the skin has become broken down.
- Check the diaper area often. Especially if the baby has diarrhea which can make the rash worse. Change the baby immediately if you see anything in the diaper.
- Do not use baby wipes unless you are 100% certain the wipes you are using are free of chemicals. I have researched many brands of wipes. Very few of them have little to no chemicals. I would recommend be safe and simply use a paper towel and water. I think that even bringing the baby to the sink once or twice a day and rinsing that little butt in the sink helps to heal it also.
- Pat the area, do not wipe as this can cause the skin to break down more. Be sure to get all of the stool off. It will not heal if the stool is left on. Another reason I like to bring that little butt to the sink!
- Leave off the diaper for some air time. This can get messy but try to do it right after the baby goes to the bathroom or before eating and drinking. This may give you more time without making it a mess to clean up.
- Get baby started on a probiotic especially if she/he was on an antibiotic to help get that good gut flora back.
- Skip creams with ingredients that are actually more harmful than helpful such as Petroleum Jelly. See this post about its potential carcinogenic ingredients.
- Make your own diaper rash cream. It is super easy to make, tear free and will heal up that rash better than any cream.
When to call the doctor?
- If the rash worsens or doesn’t respond to your treatment in 2-3 days.
- If the baby develops a fever over 101 without any other signs of infections
- If you see yellow fluid filled bumps or pustules.
- The rash is spreading beyond the diaper area.