Diaper rash can be very irritating, and make your baby crankier than normal. But it’s also something that can be prevented. Here are some reasons why this condition occurs, and what you can do to keep it from happening.

Causes of Diaper Rash

Diaper rash can occur due to simple irritation. If a baby wears a diaper too long, it can rub against the skin and lead to problems. No-leak diapers can sometimes create an environment where fungi and bacteria accumulate, causing a minor infection. Allergies can also play a role. If your baby’s skin is sensitive, he or she might develop a rash. Some types of detergents, diapers and soaps can also cause rashes to occur.

Preventing the Problem

The best way to prevent diaper rash is to change your baby’s diaper as often as you can. Also, keep his or her skin as dry and clean as you can. You can also soak the baby’s bottom with warm water. Just scoop some water with your hand or squeeze it from a plastic bottle. Make sure the skin is completely dry before putting on another diaper.

If possible, look for diapers that don’t contain any fragrances or dyes. These could increase the chances for irritation.

If the rash worsens or doesn’t go away after a few days, or you see pus draining from the rash, get in touch with Pediatric Healthcare of Northwest Houston. Give us a call at (281) 655-1500 (Houston) or (936) 539-8190 (The Woodlands/Conroe) or contact us online to schedule an appointment.