Causes Of Diaper Rash & How To Prevent It

Diaper rash is a common condition that affects most babies at some point, no matter how careful you are. The rash is harmless though, if treated. Most babies will stop having the rash once they are toilet trained.


Diaper rash can happen for a number of reasons.

1. Leaving a wet or dirty diaper on too long

Even the most absorbent diaper leaves some moisture on your child’s skin. That is why babies with frequent bowel movements or diarrhea are more prone to diaper rash.

2. Rubbing against the diaper itself

Your baby may have allergic reaction to the diaper. For example, fragrances in a disposable diaper or the laundry detergent used to wash a cloth diaper.

3. Starting on solid foods or try new food

According to Baby Center, any new food your baby intakes changes the composition of the stool, and the acids in certain foods (such as strawberries and fruit juices) can be especially troublesome for some babies. It also increases the frequency of your baby’s bowel movements.

4. Bacterial or yeast infection

The diaper area is warm and moist. It is easy for a bacterial or yeast infection to flourish there and cause a rash, especially in the cracks and folds of your baby’s skin.


How can parents prevent diaper rash?

Keep your baby dry and fresh. Thoroughly clean and air-dry the diaper area at each changing. And change baby’s diaper frequently, 8 to 10 times a day is normal. Also, make sure that you did not fasten the diapers too tightly.

Besides that, you can apply barrier cream on baby’s diaper area to protect skin from urine and stool. Also, from time to time, give your baby some naked time. This it to allow some air time to expose your baby’s bare bottom to keep it dry.


Sources: Parents, Baby Center.