About Diaper Rash
Diaper rash is akin to a chemical burn.
Most babies will have a diaper rash at some point. Some babies have very sensitive skin and will be prone to getting rashes easily and quickly. Although the number of severe diaper rash cases have decreased over time, diaper rash is just as common now as it was 30 years ago.
When using Baby Butz cream, a mild case of diaper rash should clear up in less than 6 hours or by the next diaper change. Severe rashes will heal in 24 hours or less!
It’s important to understand that diaper rashes are very common and do not indicate poor child care.
WHAT DOES DIAPER RASH LOOK LIKE?
Diaper rash usually causes mild redness and scaling where the diaper touches your baby’s skin. In bad cases, the rash can cause pimples, blisters and other sores on your baby’s buttocks, thighs or gential area and may tend to get bloody. If the rash gets infected, it will become bright red and the skin may get swollen. Small red patches or spots may spread beyond the main part of the rash, even outside the diaper rash.
WHAT CAUSES DIAPER RASH?
- Babies skin is 30% thinner than that of an adult making it much more sensitive and some babies have ultra sensitive skin.
- Most diaper rashes are caused by skin irritation which can occur from the ammonia in urine and/or bacteria in stool.
- Rashes commonly develop overnight when baby is asleep.
- Acidic foods and drinks
- Your baby’s skin can also be irritated by the soap used to wash cloth diapers, or by some brands of disposable diapers or baby wipes.
- Heat, moisture and friction make it easier for diaper rash to start and for germs to grow. Diaper rash can also develop while the baby is on antibiotics (or if the mother is on antibiotics while breastfeeding.
TIPS ON PREVENTING AND TREATING DIAPER RASH
- Check your baby’s diaper often and change it as soon as it’s wet or soiled.
- Carefully clean your baby’s bottom, use plain warm (not hot) water or unscented wipes.
- Avoid baby wipes and soaps that are scented. The alcohol or fragrance can make skin irritation worse.
- After bathing, pat your baby’s bottom dry with a towel rather than scrubbing it.
- Scrubbing can irritate your baby’s sensitive skin.
- If you use cloth diapers, after washing, use a warm vinegar rinse to kill germs and remove soap that could irritate your baby’s skin
- Use Baby Butz cream to protect and heal your baby’s skin.
- If diaper rash persists, and Baby Butz Cream cannot heal the skin, it may be a yeast infection, a visit to your doctor is recommended.
SHOULD I USE CLOTH OR DISPOSABLE DIAPERS?
Some research suggests that because disposable diapers are more absorbent they keep babies drier. Cloth diapers are more cost effective. The choice is up to you.
Remember, that the most important thing about diapers is to check them often and change as necessary.