Diaper rash is a common cause of fretful, crying babies, caused by inflamed skin that is irritated by being wet and in contact with urine and stools. It starts with a slight reddening of the skin in the diaper area resulting in soreness and discomfort.
Diaper rash is caused when urine comes into contact with baby’s skin for prolonged periods of time. The urine can react with stools in the diaper, affecting the skin and in severe cases this can cause breaks in the skin or even blisters. It is possible the skin could then become infected. Friction caused by the diaper rubbing against baby’s delicate skin and washing detergents not thoroughly rinsed out of terry nappies can also contribute to the development of diaper rash.
Diaper rash can happen at any time and there may be no obvious reason as some babies naturally have more sensitive skin and may be more prone to the condition.
However, there are certain times when babies are especially susceptible to diaper rash, such as:
Any of these factors can trigger the onset of the problem.
You can recognise diaper rash in a number of ways:
In more severe cases, blisters and pus filled spots may appear.
The best option is to prevent diaper rash occurring in the first place, but once it does you can soothe and heal diaper rash and help prevent its recurrence by using a diaper rash cream at every diaper change.
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