Despite your best efforts, babies can develop diaper rash. Diaper rash can be very uncomfortable and even painful for your baby. Many times, you can help on your own. But with severe diaper rash, it may be necessary to contact a healthcare provider.
Signs of diaper rash:
- There are red, raised areas on the skin in the diaper area.
- Sometimes red, raised areas have a raised center that is yellow or white.
- Sometimes skin is also dry and peeling.
- Sometimes your child may be crying or irritable.
How to treat and prevent diaper rash:
- Change your baby’s diaper every time he wets or has a bowel movement.
- Wash your hands before and after changing a diaper.
- Clean the diaper area with disposable baby wipes. Or use a clean washcloth or soft paper towel with mild soap and warm water. Rinse the area with clean water and pat dry.
- For male babies, wipe all stool and urine from under and around the penis and scrotal area, from front to back.
- For female babies, wipe all stool and urine from front to back, gently separating the folds (labia). A white vaginal discharge in the first few days of life is normal.
- Don’t use powders or oils in the diaper area.
- Know that skin irritation can be caused by many things: detergent, fabric softener, lotion, soap, disposable diapers, baby wipes, or anything touching the diaper. Stop using any products that seem to irritate your baby’s skin.
- Use an ointment, such as calmoseptine, to help the skin heal.
Pay special attention to signs that it’s time to call your healthcare provider. Signs include fever, pus, or a rash that spreads, bleeds, or lasts longer than 4 days.