Many babies will develop some sort of diaper rash during their infancy. Most commonly it is caused by not changing the diaper frequently enough, chafing of the skin, changes in diet or introduction of new foods, or skin sensitivity to different products. You may notice redness, irritation, and even breakdown of the skin in the diaper area. If this is the case, you can use diaper creams such as Desitin, Triple Paste, A&D Ointment, or Boudreaux’s Butt Paste with each diaper change. Change your baby’s diaper frequently and instead of using baby wipes, you may want to try and rinse your baby’s bottom with lukewarm water and gently pat dry or air dry. It is also good to leave your baby’s bottom to air out after a diaper change for a period of time, then apply diaper cream and put a loose fitting diaper on.
If these interventions are not helping and you are noticing worsening of the diaper rash, it may be that your baby has a yeast infection. If this is the case, please contact our office and schedule an appointment to see your physician.