Feb 2015 | Volume 5, Number 2
Preventing and Treating Diaper Rash
To see Children's of Alabama experts discuss this topic, click here.
wants a happy, healthy baby, but if your little one is in diapers, then it’s
inevitable at some point he or she will likely have a diaper rash. Diaper rash is a common condition that
usually occurs because a baby’s sensitive skin has been irritated by diapers
that are left on too long. The same plastic that prevents diapers from leaking
also prevents air circulation, thus creating a warm, moist environment where
rashes and fungi can thrive.
rash can be very uncomfortable for a little one, and in some cases may require
medical treatment. Some signs of a diaper rash can include:
- Redness and red bumps
a diaper rash can also result in an infection due to yeast or bacteria. Seek
medical care if your baby has any of the following symptoms:
- Blisters or open sores
- Pus filled sores
- Fluid seeping from red areas
Duncan is a Certified Nurse Practitioner at Children’s of Alabama with a focus
on pediatric dermatology. She says the best way to treat and even prevent
diaper rash is to use a barrier cream. Specifically, she says look for diaper
rash creams that contain Zinc Oxide to heal and protect your baby’s skin. Duncan
recommends smearing the cream on in a thick layer, as if icing a cake at each
Types of Treatment:
- Diaper rash creams with Zinc Oxide
- Petroleum Jelly
rash can usually be cleared up by checking your baby’s diaper often and
changing it as soon as it’s wet or soiled.
With treatment, the rash should usually go away within 2 or 3 days with
home care. If the rash persists, or if
sores appear talk to your baby’s doctor.
You should also seek medical advice if the rash is accompanied by a
fever, if there is pus draining from the rash, or if your child is irritable.
says in some cases, when a baby has sensitive skin, diaper wipes may cause
irritation. She recommends only using
wipes in the case of a soiled diaper, not when it’s wet. Instead, she says use a soft cloth and warm
water when it’s just a wet diaper. Then allow the baby’s skin to dry completely
before putting on a new diaper. Consider using a barrier diaper cream with each
change, if the baby is prone to getting diaper rash.
following are tips to help prevent diaper rash:
- Keep the skin dry
- Allow your baby time without a diaper
- Change diaper frequently
- Use warm water and diaper cream with each change
these simple tips you can help ensure your baby stays comfortable and rash
free, which makes for a happy baby and a happy mom and dad.
more information on this and other health and safety tips, visit www.childrensal.org.