It seems that no matter how often you change your baby’s diaper, there's bound to be some redness on their rump at some point. And since the last thing you want is for your little one to be uncomfortable, you’ll need some fast-acting diaper rash solutions. Because at some point, almost every baby gets diaper rash — and it probably won't be your fault if it happens to your little one.
“Even if a parent is on top of diaper changes, the combination of moisture and lack of air on the sensitive skin of a baby or toddler can cause them to develop a diaper rash,” Dr. Mona Amin, M.D., a board-certified pediatrician, tells Romper in an email. There are other aggravating factors, too, Dr. Amin continues.
“Diaper rashes are common because of the increased moisture present from urine and poop in the diaper and too little air,” she says. “It can be caused by contact with poop (which contains enzymes and bacteria that can irritate a baby’s sensitive skin) or pee (which contains ammonia that can be equally as harsh on your baby’s butt).”
Diaper rash can stem from other irritants as well, like yeast. “Yeast and bacteria live on our skin in normal, healthy levels but when the irritation snowballs, it can often cause these to overgrow in the diaper area,” explains Dr. Amin. And it doesn’t take long for the rash to appear; sometimes all it takes is a few hours.
Typically, diaper rash disappears after 2-3 days, Kids Health reported. But if your baby’s rash appears to get worse (i.e. there are sores, your child has a fever, or there is pus coming out from the rash), you should speak to your child’s pediatrician. “It’s important that if a diaper rash is not healing with conventional over-the-counter ointments that you speak to your child’s doctor,” says Dr. Amin. “Not all diaper rashes are created equal and it’s important that if a diaper rash is getting worse, that you speak to your child’s doctor to make sure prescription ointments are not needed.”
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