How to Get Rid of Diaper Rash Fast
Diaper rash is a common concern among parents with infants. Diaper rash is usually caused by contact dermatitis, but can also be caused by yeast. Fortunately, you can treat diaper rash at home in both instances.
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What causes diaper rash?
Most diaper rashes are caused by contact dermatitis. This contact dermatitis is caused by urine, feces, your baby’s diaper rubbing their skin, chemicals in wipes, and even your baby’s bath soap. A diaper rash caused by contact dermatitis is flat, red, and sometimes peels or becomes raw.
Yeast rashes are caused by yeast invading the skin in the diaper area. This frequently occurs when a child has a prolonged diaper rash or is on oral antibiotics. A yeast rash is a bright red raised, patchy rash with definite borders mostly over the genitalia but with spots sprinkled around the diaper area. *If your baby has been on antibiotics recently, go ahead and start with all my suggestions, and add the yeast rash treatment as well*
Ditch the wipes
One of the most important changes to make when you notice your baby has developed a diaper rash, is to quit using wipes. When you need to change your child’s diaper, rinse their bottom with warm water, and pat them dry.
The reason this is helpful is because rinsing reduces friction against your baby’s irritated skin. Also, wipes leave bacteria on the skin.
You can pour water from a cup or hold your baby’s bottom right under the faucet, but it is easier if you have a water sprayer attachement for your faucet.
It may also be helpful to place a foam bath pad beside your sink to make your baby more comfortable during diaper changes.
If you are not home and have to use baby wipes, make your own by using Viva paper towels and warm water.
Let the rash air out
When possible, leave your baby’s diaper off for as long as possible after diaper changes. Increased exposure to air helps prevent yeast infections.
For bad diaper rashes, you can even let your baby nap without a diaper. Just be sure you have some extra sheets on hand.
Change diapers frequently
Change your baby’s diaper frequently to prevent prolonged exposure to stool and urine. You may even have to change your baby in the middle of the night. I know it is hard to lose the sleep, but if your baby has a diaper rash, wearing a wet diaper all night will make it worse.
Apply diaper rash cream
I prefer Desitin Maximum Strength cream because it is very thick and doesn’t rub off when a diaper is touching it, but any diaper cream will be helpful if you are using the above measures to treat your baby’s diaper rash.
How do you know when your baby has a yeast diaper rash?
If you use the above measures for a few days with no improvement, suspect a yeast rash. If you suspect a yeast rash, you will continue with the above measures (these are very important), but also apply clotrimazole 1% cream to the rash three times a day BENEATH the diaper cream that you have chosen.
Clotrimazole can be found at the pharmacy or Walmart in the foot care section. The name brand is Lotrimin AF, and it is marketed for athlete’s foot. The generic version only costs a few dollars and works just as well as prescription cream.
In addition to using antifungal cream for your infant’s yeast rash, you can use baking soda baths a few times a day. Add a little warm water and two ounces of baking soda to the tub. Allow your baby to play for at least ten minutes, three times a day.
When to call the doctor about a diaper rash:
If the diaper rash has not improved after a couple days of yeast treatment
If you start to notice: pimples (with pus), blisters, red streaks, yellow crusts, or sores
If the diaper rash spreads beyond the diaper area
If your baby develops a fever
As with all things related to YOUR baby. If you are worried about it, call the pediatrician. We may be busy, but we are here for the sole purpose of helping parents with sick children. Always call when you feel like something is not right.
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