Are There Things I Can Do To Avoid Diaper Rash?
Diaper rash is an unfortunate condition. While diaper rash in itself is not a condition that is going to be dangerous to your baby, not treating your baby’s diaper rash can lead to other problems, such as an infection. Diaper rash can be caused by the same fungus that causes thrush, so it is not uncommon for a baby who has thrush to also have diaper rash.
There are some things that you can do to avoid diaper rash. First, however, you need to understand what can cause diaper rash. Chafing of the diaper area is known to cause diaper rash. Sometimes, diaper rash is a result of an allergic reaction to food. Sometimes it is caused by prolonged exposure of the baby’s skin to feces or urine. Even Diarrhea can contribute to diaper rash.
Some of the things that you can do to avoid diaper rash can be:
- Make sure you are changing your baby’s diaper frequently enough.
- Consider a different brand of diaper if you are using disposable diapers. It may be that your current brand is not absorbent enough, or that the elastic around the belly or legs is too tight for your baby.
- If possible, let your little one go for a few minutes without a diaper a couple of times a day. This will help to keep his diaper area nice and dry.
- Use an ointment after a diaper change. There are a variety of products, including herbal ointments that do not contain artificial chemicals and preservatives, which you may wish to consider using for your baby’s diaper rash.
- There is some evidence to suggest that breastfeeding actually helps with diaper rash, by changing the acid levels in your baby’s bowel movements, and by boosting your baby’s resistance to infections. If you choose and are able to breastfeed, keep breastfeeding as long as you can.
As always, if your baby’s diaper rash doesn’t go away, gets worse, or is accompanied by other skin irritation, contact your health care provider. This may indicate some other problem, such as a yeast infection or a bacterial infection.