Determine What is Causing
a Diaper Rash
Diaper rash always has a reason.
It is not normal. Before you start applying diaper rash creams,
start by evaluating what could be the potential skin irritant. Also
realize that infant skin is very tender and can turn red just from
pressure. I had a mom one time contact me about this rash it
was like bumpy all over where the diaper was. I decided to
have her come over so I could look at it. Sure enough it was
red and pimply looking---it was a perfect imprint of the pilled
fleece on the inside of the diaper much like ribbed socks on a
baby's leg. In this case, we identified pressure marks on the
sensitive skin and not a diaper rash at all.
that may Cause Diaper Rash
Teething or illness. Not
much you can do to change this that you aren't already
doing. Barrier cream to protect the skin may be the
Acidic or allergic food
intake by baby or by mother if baby is nursing.
Generally presents itself as a round ring of red around the
Prolonged exposure to
poop. Baby should always be changed immediately and
thoroughly when poopy.
Extended exposure to
saturated diaper. Baby should be changed regularly
during the day at least every 2-3 hours.
Choose modern cloth diaper options like PUL, Nylon, Fleece and
Wool. Avoid using plastic pants or vinyl coated diapers.
Recent exposure to
antibiotics can lead to a yeast infection. Breastfed
babies can be exposed to antibiotics that the mother has
may be left on the diapers due to insufficient rinsing or use
of a problematic detergent. Choose
a detergent recommended for cloth diapering. Use the
detergent in a proper amount for cloth diapering. Many
people just starting out tend to use way too much detergent
and it can lead to a rash in the diaper area. Realize
that you may have to find a suitable detergent just for your
baby from among the cloth diaper suitable detergents.
Consider whether or not
the baby's bum is being dried out and stripped of its natural
oils by too much washing with soaps. Could it be the
wipes you are using? the wipes solution? could it be related
to bath products currently in use?
Consider whether or not
the baby's bum needs to be washed with water with each diaper
change. My baby can pass gas that must be gaseous poo
and a thin layer will coat the skin and be imperceptible to
the naked eye. However, if it shows on a white cloth
wipe and if I had failed to wipe would result in a bad diaper
In rare cases, diaper rash
could be a fabric sensitivity. Often a detergent residue
problem is misinterpreted as a fabric sensitivity.
Consider if your baby has issue with the synthetic fabric in
general. If polyester fleece or suedecloth is in
question, consider whether or not the child has trouble with
fleece clothing like sleepers. In rare instances, we
have had baby's with wheat allergies also show sensitivities
to hemp fabrics.
Don't let your diapers be
exposed to fabric softeners or dryer sheets. They
contain chemicals that can be irritating.
More information on causes, symptoms
and care available at mayoclinic.com