Diaper rash, diaper rash, diaper rash- argh! Is there a way to prevent the dreaded diaper rash for your baby? Almost every baby will experience a case of diaper rash. There may be nothing you can do about it, but the Baby Pibu team is going to share a few important tips to help you prevent and treat diaper rash.
Here is what diaper rash is all about. There is a range of diaper rash. It can appear as a minor irritated baby’s bottom but can quickly or slowly progress into a full-blown diaper rash with bumps, pustules and even erosions. Full-blown diaper rash, which involves yeast, typically involves satellite red bumps and pustules at the periphery of the diaper rash. Any case of diaper rash wants to be avoided since it can be uncomfortable and affect baby’s mood and sleep.
In order to prevent diaper rash, the triggers of it have to be understood. Triggers include irritation from stool and urine (i.e. dirty diapers left on too long), changes in baby’s diet (i.e. looser stools), use of antibiotics (i.e. looser stools), and chafing (i.e. tight diapers).
Now that you know what diaper rash is and what causes it, you can now understand how to prevent diaper rash. The first step of prevention is to not let your baby’s bottom get red. An important tip to prevent an irritation and rash is to always protect baby’s sensitive skin. Application of an ointment such as Baby Pibu’s Hydrating Ointment with every diaper change can provide a protective layer between baby’s skin and the elements (pee and poop). For longer naps and overnight sleep, application of an ointment with zinc oxide is recommended as zinc oxide provides further protection for baby’s skin against the elements. For this, Baby Pibu’s Bottom Balm can be used. If there are any initial signs of redness or irritation in the diaper area, begin using Baby Pibu’s Bottom Balm as well with every diaper change.
When red bumps or pustules appear along with the redness in the diaper area, your baby has developed full-blown diaper rash with secondary candidiasis. When this happens, increase the frequency of diaper changes and make sure the diapers aren’t too tight. You may want to let your baby’s bottom breathe by letting your baby go diaperless for short periods of time. In addition, using a warm washcloth instead of a wipe may be less irritating and more soothing. You can apply Baby Pibu’s Intensive Bottom Relief. This diaper rash ointment has thymol (natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal) and cornstarch to help relieve the rash.
OTC topical Lotrimin AF cream with clotrimazole and similar “-azole” anti-yeast agents can be mixed in Intensive Bottom Relief or another diaper rash cream if needed. How does clotrimazole and other anti-fungal “-azole” medications work? Their mechanism of action is to kill the Candida yeast and other fungi by altering the permeability of the fungus’ cell wall. This alteration ultimately leads to killing of the yeast. When shopping for an OTC anti-fungal medication, make sure you pick one with an active ingredient ending in “-azole.” For example, do not use OTC Lamisil cream as this anti-fungal works on dermatophyte (“ringworm” fungi) and NOT yeast.
If the diaper rash doesn’t improve within two to three days, a pediatrician or dermatologist should be consulted.