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Diaper rash in babies is not something rare. Unfortunately, it happens a lot more often than it SHOULD.
A lot of times, the cause is not down to one specific thing, but a combination of things that act as a catalyst to the development of diaper rash.
Some causes of diaper rash are obvious, whilst others can be little more obscure. Getting to the root of the diaper rash cause in your baby will allow you make sure it does not happen again.
So, here are some not so obvious causes of diaper rash.
1. LEAVING YOUR BABY IN SOILED DIAPER FOR LONG
OK, this one is not so not so obscure but I couldn’t leave it out.
See, the rash comes about when the bacteria stick around long enough to have a to break your baby’s skin.
Although most of the diapers on the market these days say they are ‘super absorbent or dry‘ it doesn’t necessarily mean that you should change your baby less often.
Absorbent doesn’t mean ‘quick dry.’
Moisture from the urine and stool acts as a breeding ground and for bacteria and becomes a catalyst for the bacteria to break down any skin they come into contact with.
It’s therefore important to change your baby’s diaper more frequently, especially when they are a newborn baby.
The Pampers newborn diapers have an indicator in the middle that turns a blue colour when your baby’s diaper is wet – and they also have the umbilical cord opening!
If you’re using cloth diaper you have to be even more careful with the length of time you’re leaving your baby’s diaper on.
I found this really helpful because, to be honest, knowing when to change my newborn baby’s diaper was one of my worries.
2. NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO WARM WEATHER AND CHANGING CONDITIONS
Have you ever been so hot that your groin area starts to sweat? – Imagine adding urine to that! I’m sorry to those who are new to this blog and don’t know me well, I don’t sugar coat things – NOT PRETTY right.
And that’s exactly how your baby feels and this is one of the reasons why your baby will get diaper rash.
The sweat and urine moisture around baby’s bottom area
warm weather or being sat in the same spot for a long time will cause your baby to have diaper rash faster than you can say what?!
When it gets too hot, leave your baby without a diaper for a couple of minutes, let some fresh air pass a bit – you know.
3. TIGHT FITTING DIAPERS, CHAFFING OR RUBBING
Here’s the honest hard truth: Putting your baby in diapers too small (just so you can finish the pack) or fastening them too tight (because you’re afraid they’ll leak) – will sure cause your baby to get nappy rash.
The chaffing and rubbing the diaper will irritate the skin and cause diaper rash.
When putting on a diaper, make sure you can comfortably fit two fingers between the diaper and the baby’s skin.
4. IRRITATION FROM NEW PRODUCTS
As your baby grows, they will be introduced to new products, such as creams, detergents or even a new brand of diapers.
All these are likely to cause diaper rash. Mos especially if your little one has sensitive skin.
When you find that your baby is constantly getting diaper rash, try changing the brand of diapers. Sometimes, even just a different make of the same brand is enough to make a difference.
5. YEAST/FUNGAL INFECTION
Babies are prone to getting yeast infections. Simply because their body is still undergoing a lot of change and their hormone levels are still trying to ‘normalize.’
This is the reason why you’ll find that some babies develop an infection. These infections include thrash in the mouth area, under the arms and even the bottom area.
As times goes by, some babies will develop cradle cap or other types of skin conditions such as eczema.
Some are outgrown, while others stick around for a while.
6. INTRODUCTION TO NEW FOODS/MILK
Most times, food and milk intolerance cause your baby to have diarrhoea.
The bacteria in the loose stool easily get in contact with the baby’s skin. Making it easier to irritate and break the skin.
This is more so true when moving from breast milk to formula. And when introducing solids in the diet.
However, certain foods and drinks such as juices high in concentrate can cause diarrhoea in an infant.
7. TEETHING AND DIAPER RASH
Sometimes a teething baby will develop diarrhoea. And diarrhoea, just like with the introduction of new foods, will cause diaper rash.
With diarrhoea, you will obviously get more frequent than usual soiled diapers. which means that your baby’s skin is being exposed to bacteria more often!
you will know the main culprit of the diaper rash because it will be coupled with a very unhappy teething baby.
Unfortunately, this kind is the kind that cannot be avoided. You will just have to deal with the teething and diaper rash as it comes and goes.
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8. SKIN SENSITIVITY
We are all different and are all made in our unique ways. And sometimes, our skin types just play a role in how certain conditions affect us.
Yes, all babies have sensitive skin, BUT some babies have more sensitive skin than others.
This can be a genetic thing. For example, in our family, my son and I have really sensitive skin – not to products, but physically. It doesn’t take much to bruise our skin. Whereas my husband and daughter, have a firmer, tougher kind of skin, but its super sensitive to products and prone to eczema breakouts – Go figure!
So, it will be in your best interest to keep an eye on your baby’s skin type, what irritates it and what works well with it.
And if this isn’t your first or only child, a cream that works so well on your other kids might not work well with this baby – just to keep in mind.
9. TAKING CERTAIN MEDICATIONS OR ANTIBIOTICS WHILE BREASTFEEDING
You might be taking some antibiotics or certain medications that may irritate your baby’s bowel movement.
It’s always a good idea to consult your doctor before taking ANY medication when you’re pregnant or nursing!
In fact, you should consult your doctor if the diaper rash is not getting any better after treating it.
Or if your baby is showing any of these signs couples with diaper rash:
- Fever or high temperature
- Refusing to feed
- Very irritable
- Showing signs of dehydration
There you have it!
yes, diaper rash is unpleasant, but it can be treated very effectively.
However, like I always say it’s a lot better to know these things beforehand so you can prevent them – prevention is better than cure!
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