Contrary to popular belief, teething does not cause diaper rash from fever or diarrhea .
Diaper rash or dermatitis of the seat, is an inflammation of the skin caused by prolonged contact of the baby’s skin with a soiled diaper with feces or urine. It can also be caused by irritation due to detergent or fabric softener used to wash cloth diapers, or by a substance present in disposable diapers. A diarrhea may also have this effect.
Sometimes the lesions are infected by a fungus (thrush) or bacteria ( impetigo ), for example after treatmentantibiotic . You should know that antibiotics also destroy the good bacteria that protect the child against infections. The infection can then spread to other areas of the skin of your baby, especially the folds in the neck, groin, between the buttocks, between the toes, etc. Although generally Benign and without serious consequences, diaper rash is painful.
At what age the child is more prone to diaper rash?
Diaper rash appears during the first 15 months of life, usually between the 8 th month and 10 th month.
Inflammation period: It lasts from 2 days to 4 days, sometimes more.
Contagion: the rash is not contagious in itself, but a fungus infection (candidiasis) may be there in case of direct contact.
How to treat?
Mostly, diaper rashes heal within a few days without medication. If it persists or worsens after 3 or 4 days despite the measures taken, this is perhaps an infection with Candida , a fungus that proliferates in skin folds. In such cases, the doctor may prescribe a medicated ointment containing an antifungal to relieve pain.
Care and tips
When changing diapers, wash gently the buttocks with a washcloth and warm water with a drop of olive oil. Avoid soap or choose a mild soap that is hypoallergenic . Dry the skin by sponging with a clean towel (do not rub).
diaper-501333_640Although disposable wet wipes are handy when traveling or during a trip, do not use them consistently.They often contain alcohol or other products that can irritate sensitive skin of your child.
Before you put a clean diaper, protect the skin of your child by applying over some Vaseline or unscented ointment zinc oxide or petroleum jelly. For minor redness, a concentration of 10 to 20% of zinc oxide will be sufficient. For larger and more extensive redness, choose a cream containing 20 to 40%.
How to prevent it?
Wash your hands and clean your child’s hands after each diaper change to minimize risk of infection.
Avoid making him wear too tight diapers and plastic pants that prevent air circulation.
If you use cloth diapers, know that bamboo diapers, hemp or microfibers are more absorbent than cotton. If you use disposable diapers, try different brands; some are less irritating than others. If possible, breastfeed your baby as the breast-fed infants are less prone to diaper rash.
Be Careful with Corticosteroids
Do not use cortisone cream if it has not been specifically prescribed for your child by the doctor. Too high a dosage or too frequent use may worsen the situation.