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DIAPER RASH

Diaper rash may be more common after solid foods are added to your baby's diet or when your baby is taking antibiotics. 

Diaper rashes can occur at  any time when your child is wearing diapers. However, it is more common in babies under 15 months, particularly in the period between 8 and 10 months of age.  

Although it can be annoying for infants and worrying for parents, most cases respond to basic home treatments and tend to disappear after a few days.

Possibly due to an increase in eating solid foods, diaper rash is also most likely to be diagnosed in infants 812 months old. The change in diet at that age having an effect on the excretion composition. 

An extremely common infection, diaper rash can cause your baby's skin to become red, scaly, sore aand tender.

Whenever your child has diaper rash it is a good idea to ensure you change the nappy whenever you notice it becomes wet or soiled. When you change the diaper you can use a zinc oxide cream to soote the skin and help protect it from moisture.

Diaper rash usually goes away within 2 to 3 days with home care. 

Diaper rash refers to any irritation of your baby's bottom, from a slight red flush to a full-blown pustular outbreak. 

Diaper rash is often caused by chemicals in baby products. 

Most infants develop a diaper rash at some time or another; some even arrive home from the hospital with a slight rash. 

Other factors that can lead to diaper rash include continuously wet or infrequently changed diapers, diarrhea and the use of plastic pants to cover a diaper. 

Breast-fed babies have a lower incidence of diaper rash, possibly because their stools have lower pH and lower enzymatic activity (Hockenberry, 2003).   

When a diaper rash lasts for more than 3 days, even with changes to the diapering routine, it's usually caused by candida, a yeast-like fungus. 

A mild diaper rash will have reddened areas where the diaper meets the skin. 

You should call the doctor if the child's diaper rash:

  • Does not respond to frequent diaper changes and air drying
  • Spreads to other areas not covered by the diaper
  • Develops pus pockets
  • Is red and raw
  • Develops blisters What Do I Do. 

Babies wearing cloth diapers are five times less likely to develop diaper rash. 

Allergies to certain foods can also cause diaper rash, usually in the form of a red ring around the anus. 

If your baby is on antibiotics, he may develop a diaper rash caused by yeast because the antibiotic also kills "healthy" bacteria.   

If your baby has a diaper rash and also has a fever or seems sick, you should see your doctor.