Diaper rash can be caused by your baby’s urine and also if a new food is introduced in their diet. Babies with sensitive skin are also a reason for diaper rash even if the diapers are changed immediately after the baby urinates. Another reason is if the diapers are rubbing against the skin and the chemicals, like fragrance in the disposable diaper or the detergents used to was a cloth diaper. Normally when babies are introduced to solid foods they can get a rash. Inside the diaper it is warm and moist and bacterial yeast infection grows best in an environment as such. The rash usually grows around the cracks and folds of the baby’s skin. Also when the baby or the breast feeding mother is on antibiotics, yeast infection grows. Antibiotics reduce the healthy bacteria that keep the yeast under control.
Change your baby’s diaper often to keep the skin dry and clean. Get up at night to check and change the baby’s diaper. Wash the diaper area before putting on a new diaper. Many parents keep a bottle with warm water and cotton balls near the changing table to cleanup before a diaper change. Gently pat the skin dry, do not rub. Apply a barrier cream or ointment to form a protective layer on the skin. There are several barrier creams and ointments in the market, including Mustela baby products with white zinc oxide, which is thicker and helps protect sensitive skin. Put the diaper on loosely or use a diaper that is one size larger for air circulation.
During warm weather leave the diaper off for as long as possible and let the baby play in the room. Exposure to the air will help heal the rash. You may also let your baby sleep without the diaper on when he/she has a rash. A plastic sheet under the cloth sheet will protect the mattress. Before a diaper change, clean the baby’s genital area well.
Give your baby one new food at a time when you introduce your baby to solid foods. Wait for a few days before trying out another solid food, this way you can find out if your baby is sensitive to the food that causes a diaper rash. Do not feed the baby any solid food that causes a rash. Breast feeding is the best way to go, it boost your baby’s immune system and builds a resistance to any infection.