Dealing with Diaper Rash in Newborns
If you have a newborn, you've probably deal with diaper rash at least once. And if you haven't, consider yourself lucky! Diaper rash is incredibly common in newborns, and there are a number of things that can cause it. The good news is that it's usually nothing to worry about and can be treated easily at home. Let's take a closer look at what diaper rash is, what causes it, and how you can treat it.
What Is Diaper Rash?
Diaper rash is a general term used to describe any kind of irritation or inflammation that occurs on the skin in the diaper area. It can show up as redness, swelling, bumps, or even pimples. Diaper rash is usually mild and resolves on its own within a few days, but sometimes it can become more severe. In rare cases, diaper rash can lead to an infection.
What Causes Diaper Rash?
There are a number of things that can cause diaper rash. Wearing a wet or dirty diaper for too long is the most common culprit, as this can irritate the skin and lead to inflammation. Other possible causes include sensitivities or allergies to laundry detergent, wipes, diapers, or creams/lotions; antibiotic use; teething; illness; and tight-fitting diapers.
How Can I Treat Diaper Rash?
Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to treat diaper rash at home. Start by changing your baby's diaper more frequently to prevent irritation from wetness/dirtiness. You should also make sure to clean the area well with warm water and pat it dry (do not rub!) after each change. Apply a barrier cream or ointment after each change to help protect the skin and speed up healing.
Use diapers that are free of harsh chemicals and hypoallergenic, our recommendation is nateen diapers.
And finally, give your baby some "bottom time" each day to let the skin air out. If the rash does not improve within a few days or if it appears to be getting worse, contact your pediatrician.
Dealing with diaper rash is just one of the many challenges that comes with being a parent of a newborn! Fortunately, most cases of diaper rash are mild and easy to treat at home. Just remember to change diapers frequently, clean the area well, apply a barrier cream or ointment, and give your baby some "bottom time" each day. If the rash does not improve within a few days or if it gets worse, be sure to contact your pediatrician.
Disclaimer: This is not professional or medical advice of any kind. Please see your health care provider for any guidance.
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