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Family Matters: Diaper Rashes


Baby with Diaper RashIt’s the middle of the night. You are startled awake from a deep sleep and pleasant dreams of more sleep by baby’s screech. Not just any screech, a blood-curdling scream. You rush into the nursery. Baby is fed. Baby isn’t overtired. You investigate. One peek inside baby’s diaper and you deduct the cause…diaper rash!

Diaper rash is a common form of inflamed skin that appears as a patchwork of bright red skin or bumps on your baby’s bottom. It can be caused by a wet or dirty diaper. However, I’m telling you, I could have changed my younger son’s diaper every 30 seconds, and he still would have had a diaper rash. Some babies have more sensitive skin than others.

Diaper rash also may develop after solid foods are added to baby’s diet, when breast-feeding mothers eat certain foods or when your baby is taking antibiotics. It’s a crap shoot. Pun intended.

There are many ways to treat diaper rash. First, you can try to prevent it. Change baby’s diaper as often as possible. Secondly, use a light coating of petroleum cream to form a protective barrier over baby’s bottom whenever you change the diaper. It doesn’t absorb, but it prevents urine and feces from touching the skin directly. Secondly, use an antibiotic cream to clear up a rash. Lastly, let baby go “bare bottomed” as much as possible, exposing his bum to direct air and helping to clear up the rash.


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