Preventing And Treating Diaper Rash

By: Jon Henshaw, M.A.

Diaper rash is a common ailment that many babies experience. It's marked by bright red skin that may look raw and tender. As any parent knows, diaper rash is often painful for babies. In fact, many babies will try to steer clear of getting their diaper changed, because the experience is so uncomfortable.

Diaper rashes usually develop from one of two sources -- yeast-like fungus or irritation of the skin from the urine or stool (especially diarrhea). If the skin becomes moist or waterlogged for too long, the skin's natural protection from bacteria and other contaminants is removed, which makes a perfect environment for skin irritants to thrive. The end result of this environment usually comes in the form of diaper rash.

Dr. Brent Benton, a Board Certified Family Practice Physician in Albany, IN, recommends the same procedure for both prevention and treatment of diaper rash. He suggests that parents do the following tips:

Although he prefers creams like Boudreaux's Butt Paste or Balmex, he says that Vaseline can work equally as well, and is a lot cheaper than the alternatives. He also encourages parents to use creams or oils liberally on their child's bottom.

Finally, if the baby's bottom appears to be infected, a parent should take their child to the doctor. One of the most common infections is Candidiasis. Candidiasis is a yeast-like fungus that can cause infection, and often takes the form of little red spots. In order to treat this type of infection, a parent will need to use an anti-fungal cream that only a doctor can prescribe.

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