Diaper rash can range to mild to severe and can spread to a baby’s thighs and even get as far as the child’s belly if it becomes extremely severe, diaper rash is almost always found in a concentrated area and is caused mostly by wetness, most diaper manufacturers claim that they have the most absorbent diapers but even the best diapers can leak and leave moisture in their wake. Do not let your baby keep on the same diaper for a prolonged period of time as this can aggravate diaper rash or cause a flare up, naturally there is no 100 percent guarantee that your baby will still not get diaper rash.
Chafing has also been known to cause diaper rash, when a diaper rubs against a babies skin it will cause irritation. If you are using any form of powder on your baby’s skin it may also cause irritation. When babies start to eat solid foods and they begin to pass waste the contents of their waste may cause diaper rash.
Babies who have eczema are even more prone to getting diaper rash and if you or your baby are on antibiotics this can kill not only bad bacteria but all the good bacteria as well, creating a prime breeding ground for yeast which can cause a flare up in diaper rash. Some antibiotics trigger loose bowels as well, further irritating the babies skin and creating a prime breeding environment for diaper rash.
Babies who have eczema are even more likely to get diaper rash and if you or your young one are on antibiotics for any ailment this will not only destroy bad bacteria but the good ones as well making you both more open to getting a yeast infection and thereby triggering diaper rash in your baby.
The best way to curb diaper rash is to change diapers regularly even at night, although this might disrupt your sleep. When you are cleaning your baby try to pat and not rub. Also use some kind of ointment that creates a barrier when cleaning your baby, petroleum jelly and white zinc oxide are good choices for this purpose.
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