Diaper rash is a contact skin irritation that causes redness and discomfort around the diaper area. Most infants experience some form of diaper rash and it is often not bad enough to condone a hospital visit. The most common form is known as a friction rash that will occur in places where your baby’s diaper rubs, like around the waist or legs. Irritation rashes are also frequent and they are caused by direct contact with constant moisture in the diaper. An allergic rash can be caused by the lotions, soaps or even the diaper that you use on your infant. Seborrhea is a grayish rash with yellowish patches of rough skin and often occurs in areas where skin rubs together. Intertrigo rashes are caused by exposure to moist heat, they are often the worst kind of rashes. Of course all of these rashes have different intensities and equally different treatments.
You can often tell if your baby has diaper rash by noticing a few of these symptoms.
Some leading causes of diaper rash are irritation from soiled diapers, excessive moisture, repeated exposure to moisture and lack of breathable diapers. Other causes include hot weather, infrequent diaper changes, diapers that are too small or too large, skin allergies, and urinary tract infections. To prevent rash there are some things you can do. However, infants who have a family history of skin allergies may always suffer from miner diaper rash. To help in prevention you can change your infants diapers frequently or take them off all together, this will allow air exposure and circulation. Do not use water proof diapers regularly, especially overnight. They allow little to no air circulation and tend to irritate skin. If you are using cloth diapers it is extremely important to launder them correctly. You must bleach all diapers to rid all traces of soiled matter as well make sure they are fully dry before placing them on your infant.