Have you noticed your baby’s bottom has become more inflamed lately? Has your baby become more fussy and agitated during diaper changes? Your baby may be suffering from what is known as dermatitis or diaper rash. Diaper rash occurs when your baby’s skin becomes red and inflamed due to irritation.
Many things can cause diaper rash on a baby’s bottom. One of the more well-known causes of diaper rash is a diaper that is not suitable for your baby’s sensitive skin. Babies have extremely sensitive skin and need diapers and products that soothe rather than irritate the skin. If you’re unsure about which diapers and products are best for preventing diaper rash, keep reading.
What Causes Diaper Rash?
An improper diaper can wreak havoc on a baby’s bottom. Some other known causes of diaper rash are infrequent diaper changes, irritation from a new product, a bacterial or yeast infection, introduction to a new food, sensitive skin, or use of antibiotics.
If you leave your baby’s dirty diaper on for too long, diaper rash can form causing inflammation on your baby’s bottom. If you use products that have irritants in them, this can also result in diaper rash. If your baby has sensitive skin, they are more prone to diaper rash than babies without sensitive skin. If you’re unsure if your baby has sensitive skin, take our quiz here.
Common irritants found in traditional baby products have been known to repeatedly cause diaper rash. The never ending cycle of wiping, lotioning, and powdering can ruin the integrity of a baby’s skin and throw off their pH balance. When this happens, their skin becomes a breeding ground for inflammation and other painful infections.
How to Relieve Diaper Rash
Many products will tell you that they can relieve diaper rash but still have irritating ingredients in them. For example, baby wipes can severely irritate a baby’s skin. It may seem abnormal that a baby wipe would be so irritating since they’re used by millions of parents. However, baby wipes contain over 90% plastic and are filled with harmful chemicals. Common diaper rash creams can also cause diaper rash. Many diaper rash creams are filled with parabens, phthalates, toxins, and other ingredients that are not only irritating to the skin but can cause cancer as well.
When looking for products to relieve diaper rash, look for products that are Certified Organic, dermatologically tested, and hypoallergenic. Using a natural diaper cream instead of a commercial diaper cream can significantly improve your baby’s diaper rash. Choosing organic cotton pads over traditional baby wipes can not only soothe diaper rash but can also have a positive impact on the environment.
How Can a Diaper Help Diaper Rash?
Now that you’ve determined which ingredients are going to cause diaper rash and which ones aren’t, it’s time to look for diapers. First, make sure you change your baby’s diaper regularly. Second, look for diapers that are labeled as sensitive, organic, or eco-friendly because they will most likely not contain harmful ingredients. You can also try using cloth diapers if you want to fully break away from traditional diapers. Third, make sure your baby’s diaper adequately fits. If your baby’s diaper is too small, it can prevent moisture from being able to circulate, causing diaper rash. The last thing you want to look for is absorbency. If the diaper isn’t very absorbent, the saturated diaper will cause your baby to become uncomfortable. The more moisture is kept on your baby’s bottom, the more it allows for diaper rash to form.
All it takes is some good old fashioned research and you can start eliminating the products that are causing your baby’s diaper rash. Once you figure out what ingredients don’t work, you can focus on the ones that do. Look for products that are Certified Organic, dermatologically tested, and hypoallergenic. These three testing standards are KEY when it comes to choosing product formulations that aren’t going to irritate your baby’s skin. Doing these simple switches will improve your baby’s skin and prevent diaper rash for good.