What Causes Diaper Rash?
Diaper rash (also called diaper dermatitis) is commonly caused by an infection with the yeast Candida.
Can You Prevent Diaper Rash?
Ointments and creams formulated with zinc oxide form a protective barrier over baby's skin. This barrier helps shield a baby's sensitive skin against the chemicals in urine and feces. These ointments and creams also protect against wetness and discourage the growth of yeast that cause diaper rash.
How to Treat Diaper Rash
In some diaper relief creams and ointments, zinc oxide is combined with other ingredients that help calm irritated skin such as oat essence or willowherb. The most effective way to treat diaper rash is to keep the diaper area clean and dry. Skin creams and ointments can also be used to treat the irritated area. Look for products that are free from preservatives, fragrances, or other additives that can further irritate the skin. Talk to your child’s doctor about which products are best to use in the diaper area.
Diaper Rash Sprays
Prefer the convenience of a spray-on product? Diaper rash sprays create a moisture shield that helps protect a baby's skin against irritants and excess moisture. These sprays are usually formulated with zinc oxide in an easy-to-use form. Other products formulated for diaper rash contain moisturizing ingredients like lanolin or petrolatum or a combination of both. These ingredients help soothe and moisturize sore, flaky bottoms due to diaper rash. These products have a soft consistency that spreads easily over a baby's skin.
Dimethicone for Diaper Rash
Another ingredient in some diaper rash creams and ointments is dimethicone. Like zinc oxide, dimethicone is a skin protectant that helps protect a baby's skin from irritation. Some diaper creams and ointments contain a combination of zinc oxide and dimethicone along with ingredients like calendula or aloe vera to smooth and soften a baby's skin.
Sensitive Skin Solutions
For children with sensitive skin, look for diaper rash creams and ointments that are hypoallergenic and free of added fragrances. If you're concerned about additives in baby products, look for formulations free of phthalates, parabens and detergents like SLS.
Gentle Cleansing Solutions
Regular diaper changes and keeping the diaper area clean are important for reducing the risk of diaper rash. Special diaper rash cleansing formulas gently remove impurities from a baby's skin using plant-based ingredients like calendula, tea tree oil and witch hazel. Some contain herbal ingredients like French lavender to gently soothe a baby's delicate skin. These ingredients leave a baby's bottom smooth, soft and fresh-smelling - naturally.
Protective Diaper Balms
After diaper changes, protect your baby's skin with natural ingredients that guard against moisture. Available are protective diaper balms made of earth-friendly ingredients that are mostly organic including Shea butter, tea tree oil, calendula and tea extracts combined with zinc oxide.
If you child’s diaper rash does not improve after a few days or is a persistent problem, consult your pediatrician or other health care provider.
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