Diaper rash is a skin irritation that is commonly found in the diaper area of a baby. The diaper rash can be caused by prolonged exposure to wetness, increased ph levels on the skin which are cause by urine, or certain food allergies. No matter what the cause of the diaper rash, the result is typically a painful rash that is very upsetting to babies.
Causes of Diaper Rash: Wetness: When a baby is exposed to moisture for a prolonged period of time the outer layers of the skin tend to become irritated and mushy. The irritated skin will get a rash that can usually be treated with introduction of dryness to the rash. Allowing the baby’s bottom to air dry and making sure that you do not leave any moisture on the baby’s bottom when diapering will help to treat and prevent future diaper rash from occurring. Always make sure that you dry the crevices in between baby’s wrinkles in order to maintain dryness thus reducing the risk of diaper rash.
Causes of Diaper Rash: Increased PH: Studies have shown that when a baby has a dirty diaper, the combination of urine and fecal matter will increase the Ph levels on a baby’s skin. The increase of Ph levels causes bacteria to build up on the sensitive outer layer of the baby’s skin which in return causes diaper rash. This type of diaper rash is often very painful for the baby and difficult to treat. The best treatment for increased Ph levels on the skin is to change the baby as often as possible. Even if you do not think the baby has a wet or dirty diaper it is a good idea to change the diaper every couple of hours to prevent the Ph levels from increasing on the baby’s sensitive skin and causing diaper rash.
Causes of Diaper Rash: Food Allergies: Certain foods will cause your baby’s skin to get very irritated especially in the diaper area. In addition to allergies to foods causing diaper rash, the rash can be caused by changes in diet that increase the baby’s bowel movements. The increase of bowel movements will increase the amount of PH that is present on the baby’s skin in between diaper changes which will cause diaper rash. In response to changes in your baby’s diet you should make sure to change your baby’s diaper more often to reduce the PH that is left behind when the baby wets his diaper. Again, always remember to wipe the baby thoroughly at every diaper change to remove bacteria from the skin.
Causes of Diaper Rash: Diapers: Sometimes the diapers can be the main culprit when it comes to diaper rash. Certain disposable diapers have gel insides that make the diapers more absorbent. Unfortunately, these same diapers sometimes have dyes that will cause skin irritation. If you notice that your baby is suffering from diaper rash often and you are making sure to keep the baby’s skin dry, clean, and changing the diapers often, then your baby may just be allergic to the diapers. Try switching diaper brands or using cloth diapers instead of disposable diapers. This may help to treat the diaper rash and prevent future diaper rash from occurring on your baby.