Diaper rash is common in babies during the first year, especially between 9-12 months and is often associated with constant moisture in the diaper area. It can also occur after you start feeding your baby or if your baby is taking antibiotics. It can rarely occur in a breastfed baby if the mother consumes certain foods.
- Introduction of new foods.
- Change of the type of diapers you use.
- Change the laundry detergent or softener.
- Bacterial or yeast (fungal) infection - because the warm and moist environment present in the diaper area is a good breeding ground for bacteria and yeast..
- Sensitive skin such as atopic dermatitis or eczema.
- Rubbing the skin.
- Use of antibiotics.
- Redness, swollen and tense skin in the diaper region - buttocks, thighs and genitals.
- The baby feels uncomfortable, is often upset, and when cleansing with water or wiping his bottom, the baby cries.
- The most important thing is to keep the diaper area dry and clean by changing the diapers frequently.
- During each diaper change, rinse the diaper area with water only, and gently soak up the water with a towel without rubbing the skin.
- Do not use wet wipes for diaper hygiene.
- You can use a protective cream with zinc oxide that is applied in a thin layer on the affected skin several times during the day. This cream can also be used on healthy skin to prevent diaper rash.
- Leave the diaper area open without diapers to dry..
- Avoid plastic panties or tight diapers.
- Use more diapers until the rash calms.
Diaper rash usually goes away in a few days and you do not need to see a doctor, but if you notice the following signs, call your pediatrician:
- Severe rash.
- Temperature appears.
- The rash worsens despite the measures taken.
- Pus and blisters appear..
- The baby is drowsy.