Nobody likes to see a baby suffer with a diaper rash, and if you have had children like me you will have been familiar with this condition from time to time. I have changed many hundreds of diapers when my four children were infants and can offer some sound advice.
Diaper rash usually goes away on its own, and in most cases your child will cease to have episodes of diaper rash once he or she has been successfully potty trained and no longer requires the use of a diaper.
Are you determined to find a quick solution for this annoying and painful condition? Have you tried a lot of various natural cremes and ointments without success? You will find several handy hints and tips that will help you resolve your child’s diaper rash quickly.
Two of the main points I like to emphasize is that it is very important to change the baby’s diaper frequently and make sure that the baby’s bottom is dry after you change a diaper and put a new one on. Use a hair dryer to keep the baby’s bottom very dry before you place the next diaper on. Keep a hair dryer handy near the changing table for this reason, especially if your child is prone to diaper rash. Keep the dryer’s temperature down and be sure to keep it well away from baby’s fingers!
A Child’s Yeast Infection or A Diaper Rash?
A yeast infection tends to stay for several days and is not responsive to normal diaper rash treatments, look for a red rash involving the skin folds of the groin area and be suspicious in particular if your child has recently had antibiotic treatment or if you have if you have been breastfeeding the affected child.
It can be difficult sometimes to determine if your baby has a diaper rash, usually caused by excessive wetness, sensitivity or chafing, or a yeast infection. You can generally tell if it is a yeast infection because it will be a well-defined rash and bright red with raised borders. You may also find satellite lesions, red patches that have formed a slight distance away from the main red skin lesion. Check to see if your child has thrush or a cheesy white discharge (girl) or whitish rash around the penis (boy) that is another indication of a yeast infection.
We’ll talk about what to do if your child does have a yeast infection diaper rash next.