Virtually all babies will
suffer with diaper rash or skin irritation in the diaper area at some
point. Diaper rashes typically result when urine or stool (especially
with both together) stays on the baby's skin too long. Other causes
include irritants, allergic reactions to commercial diapers or wipes, or
infections on the skin like yeast or bacteria. Your doctor can prescribe
the best treatment once the cause of the rash has been determined.
For most diaper
rashes, the following will help:
Change the diaper
immediately when soiled, both day and night
Clean the diaper area
gently with warm water at each diaper change and allow to air dry after gently
Apply a thick layer of
any good waterproof barrier ointment to affected area.
If rash persists,
spreads, or blisters, please call the office.
page was authored by Dr. Lauren Mitchell.