Diaper Rash

Protecting your baby's bottom

Your baby's skin is so soft and perfect, yet so delicate and vulnerable. When baby's bottom falls victim to an angry red diaper rash, you want to do everything you can to soothe that tender tushy.

Diaper Rash Causes

Most diaper rashes are forms of contact dermatitis – a reaction to something irritating touching baby's skin. Diaper rash is so common precisely because so many irritating things go on around baby's bottom. Any one of these things may be the culprit:

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A more severe diaper rash may be caused by a yeast infection. Yeast thrives in warm, moist environments, and is most likely to occur if baby (or breastfeeding mom) is on antibiotics. This medication can eliminate the good bacteria that normally hold yeast in check.

Diaper Rash Symptoms

The physical symptoms of diaper rash depend on the type of rash you're dealing with:

A baby with diaper rash is also likely to be fussier than usual – that rash hurts! Baby is especially more likely to cry during diaper changes, when the sore skin is being touched and wiped.

Diaper Rash Treatment

Diaper rash treatments are simple, but it may take time and persistence to see results. Begin these treatments at the first sign of diaper rash:

Diaper Rash Prevention

It breaks your heart to see your baby suffer. To be sure diaper rash doesn't strike again, follow these prevention tips:

Most babies will suffer from a diaper rash sooner or later. Some babies have more sensitive skin than others, though, so it will take constant effort to keep their skin dry and healthy.