Diaper Rash Treatment and Cures

Diaper rash is an irritation that commonly appears in the diaper area in babies between 4 and 15 months old, although it can occur at other ages. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, it often occurs when babies start solid foods. The baby may feel itchy or uncomfortable. The Candida yeast or fungus is often the culprit. Various strategies can combat diaper rash.

It is important to keep the diaper area dry. If possible, take the diaper off the baby while at home and let the baby lie on a table. This will keep the area dry and avoid him or her soaking in it.

Change the diapers regularly. The more the baby is clean and dry, the less the diaper rash will appear.

Different strategies during diaper changes can also combat diaper rash. Make sure your hands are clean before you change the diaper.  Rubbing or scrubbing can worsen the rash, so try to pat with a cotton ball or soft cloth. Perfumed wipes may irritate the baby more. Also avoid corn starch since this can make things worse. Likewise, talc powder can be dangerous for a baby’s lungs. You can also use a squirt bottle to wash the area as well.

Make sure the area is dry before putting the diaper back on. When you put the diaper on, it shouldn’t be too tight because this can stop air flow and keep moisture in. Make it as loose as you can without allowing for accidents.

Look for diapers that are very absorbent. This can also help in infection prevention. Diaper rash cream, such as ones with petroleum-based jelly, will often help the diaper rash. Speak to your pediatrician to see what he or she recommends for your particular situation.

You can also buy over the counter meditations that combat diaper rash such as medications with nystatin, miconazole, clotrimazole and ketaconazole. Again, speak to your doctor to decide what might be best for your child. Sometimes they will even suggest a corticosteroid, but only use it with a doctor’s orders.

There are some special considerations if you use cloth diapers. Do not use plastic or rubber pants because they constrict air flow. Avoid dryer sheets and fabric softeners when washing the diapers. Make sure they are rinsed multiple times and that all of the soap is gone.

Although diaper rash can be problematic, it usually goes away with the right treatment. Speak to your doctor if it spreads to other areas, occurs in a baby 6 weeks old or less, the baby develops a fever, it does not get better or the sores develop pus or get large.