Diaper rash is a relatively common thing for a baby to have. Diaper rash can be rather frustrating both for the baby and for mom and dad. The good news is that diaper rash is generally relatively easy to treat. It is also fairly easy to know if your baby has diaper rash.
Diaper rash will often show up as a basic irritation to the skin. It may appear as red marks, or sometimes as bumps of pinkish to reddish color. If diaper rash develops a yeast infection, as diaper rash often will if it persists for three or more days, the diaper rash may show up as redness with white scales, and often with small lesions around the area of the main rash. Diaper rash may even resemble poison oak. Really, any general irritation of the skin in the diaper area is likely to be a diaper rash.
To know if your baby has diaper rash, it can be helpful to think about what may have caused it. In many cases, diaper rash is going to be caused just by friction. This will typically happen in the areas of the diaper that have elastic. So, the thigh areas and the wais area tends to be where this sort of diaper rash occurs. In other cases, diaper rash may be caused by irritants. This can happen when the baby goes too long without a diaper change. Prolonged exposure to urine or feces can irritate your baby’s skin. Diaper rash can also be caused by an allergic reaction.
Once you know that your baby has diaper rash, there are some things that you can do to address it. In addition to keeping the diaper area dry and letting it air out for a few minutes every few hours, there are also a variety of products that parents can use to help their children with diaper rash. There are, of course, the over-the-counter diaper rash medications available. However, many of these products contain ingredients that some parents would prefer not to expose their children to, such as propylene-glycol, or sodium lauryl sulfate. The good news here is that there are a variety of all-natural diaper creams that rely on milder, natural ingredients, such as aloe vera, shea butter, calendula, avocado butter, or any combination of herbs and natural oils.