Overexposure to moisture/bacteria:
Most of the time, diaper rash is a direct result of your baby’s skin being exposed to urine or fecal matter for an extended period of time. Bacteria from waste then converts to ammonia, so it’s important to change your baby often to avoid overexposure. Look for breathable diapers like Gentle Steps Premium Diapers that have a breathable outer cover to allow air to pass through and help keep your little one’s skin dry and healthy!
Chafing or rubbing:
It is important to ensure that the diaper is not being fastened too tight and that the diaper itself is not too small. Fastening the diaper too tight or purchasing tightfitting diapers can cause chafing or rubbing. The goal is for the diaper to have a snug fit, but not leave marks on the baby. Consistent leakage or blow-outs are often a sign that it may time to move up to the next diaper size.
Babies with sensitive skin and conditions like eczema have a higher chance of getting diaper rash. The skin may look dry, with tiny bumps that can show up on the arms and cheeks, in addition to where the diaper touches the baby’s legs. You should look for diapers that are hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested. This is why Gentle Steps diapers have a hypoallergenic liner with Vitamin E and Aloe to help protect your little one’s skin! Additionally, your baby’s skin may be reacting to baby wipes, detergent or a new baby lotion. If your child has sensitive skin, it is important to ensure that the products you use on your little one don’t contain harsh ingredients that can make diaper rash worse!
Additionally, an ointment or paste can help to act as a barrier to help protect your baby’s skin. Diaper rash is an unfortunate aspect of diapering and almost every child will experience it at least once within their first two years of life. Diaper rash can typically be cleared with simple adjustments like ointments and more frequent changes, but if your little one’s skin does not improve after a few days of at-home treatment, talk with your child’s pediatrician. Sometimes other conditions may look like diaper rash or your little one may require a prescription to treat their diaper rash.
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