Diaper rash is an extremely unfortunate and often frustrating occurrence, and it can interrupt your baby’s sleep. It’s also just one of those things that, as a parent, you’re going to have to deal with from time to time. Diaper rash is actually a way that your baby’s body responds to her environment, and it sends a specific message that you need to be aware of.
Diaper rash can be cause by many different things. One of the most common causes of diaper rash is moisture in the diaper area. This can come from waiting too long to change his diaper, leaving his skin exposed to feces or urine. Diaper rash can also be caused by an allergic reaction to food. it may be caused by a reaction to a certain chemical, or even a given type of fabric. In other cases, your baby’s diaper rash may be caused by a yeast infection.
The good news is that there are a number of different treatments on the market for diaper rash. Choosing the right medicine, however, means that you need to spend some time figuring out what exactly is causing the diaper rash. Diaper rash that’s caused by a yeas infection may require you to visit your baby’s health care provider, who can either prescribe a medication like Nystatin ointment, or who may recommend a cream that’s available over the counter such as clotrimazole.
If your baby’s diaper rash is caused by a bacterial infection, she might prescribe an antibiotic cream to clear up the infection and to then allow the diaper rash to subside.
If you talk to your doctor, he may also be willing to prescribe a corticosteroid cream. An example of this kind of cream is hydro-cortisone. This will help to reduce the inflammation that comes with diaper rash. Watch out here, as in some cases this kind of cream may actually act to inflame the diaper rash.
Ultimately, the best way to deal with diaper rash is to avoid it. Keep the diaper area dry. When your baby does get a diaper rash, place your baby on a blanket or a towel naked, leaving the area to “air out” and clear up faster. There are a number of herbal remedies, as well, and may parents report success with these products.