Diaper Rash Relief

What is Diaper Rash?

Diaper rash is a skin irritation caused by wearing a diaper, especially if it’s wet or soiled, for an extended period of time.  You may also notice dampness that collects in your baby’s delicate skin folds.  Diaper rash can cause the skin in your baby’s diaper area to be raw, irritated, and painful.  There are various reasons as to why it occurs, and it’s important to remember that diaper rash is incredibly common and is usually easy to treat.

Wellness Tip

After each diaper change, gently clean your baby’s bottom, including the skin folds. Make sure all these areas are dry.

Identifying Diaper Rash

Diaper rash initially looks pink or red in the areas covered by your baby’s diaper. With a severe diaper rash, you may see rawness, chafing, oozing, and even bleeding. If left untreated, diaper rash can result in open sores and lead to secondary infections caused by bacteria or yeast (fungus). Luckily, it is easily treatable, and Triple Paste can quickly give your baby the diaper rash relief they need.

Symptoms of Diaper Rash

Here are some symptoms you may see in your baby’s diaper area, depending on what type(s) of diaper rash he or she is suffering from:

  • Redness
  • Rawness
  • Chafing
  • Shiny or Peeling Skin
  • Flaking
  • Oozing
  • Bumps
  • Sores or Blisters
  • Raised Skin (with defined edges)
  • Bleeding

To help save your baby from experiencing many of these symptoms, be sure to use Triple Paste at the first sign of redness, and at every diaper change. This will help ensure diaper rash relief and reduce the rash overtime.

For diaper rashes that don’t improve or worsen after two or three days, there may be a secondary yeast infection (candida albicans).  Candida Albicans infections tend to have a beefy, red appearance with inflamed red bumps and pustules around the periphery.  Yeast infections don’t respond to traditional diaper rash medications. If this is the case, an anti-fungal cream may be needed, so call your pediatrician or pediatric dermatologist.

Wellness Tip

Keep your baby’s bottom dry.  Change dirty diapers as soon as possible, and clean the area gently and thoroughly.

Types of Diaper Rash

A common cause of diaper rash. This red-by-sight and tender-to-the-touch rash often occurs due to wearing a diaper, especially if it is wet or soiled, for an extended period of time.

Occurs when a diaper harshly rubs against the skin. It appears red and tender, much like a contact diaper rash, but shows up around the legs and/or belly, where the diaper edges rub up against the skin, as opposed to inside the diaper area. Make sure the diapers you’re using are made of comfortable material and are the proper size for your baby.

Diarrhea contains harsh digestive juices, which can burn your baby’s skin and is a common cause of diaper rash. Diarrhea can be related to your baby’s diet, diet sensitivities, and/or any medications your baby may be taking. Soothing the rash, diaper-free time, and bland diets can help provide relief for this type of diaper rash and prevent flare-ups.

Similar to an acidic diaper rash, this form of diaper rash is caused by an allergy or skin sensitivity. It could be caused by a food allergy, the material the diaper is made of, the kind of diaper cream you are using, or anything that has come in contact with your baby’s skin. Identifying and avoiding what caused the allergy is the best way to prevent this form of diaper rash.

Can complicate diaper rash. Everyone has harmless amounts of yeast, which is a fungus that exists in warm, wet places. However, the same circumstances that can bring about diaper rash can also trigger a yeast infection. It can sometimes occur when a baby is on antibiotics or being breastfed by a mother on antibiotics. They tend to have a beefy, red appearance with inflamed red bumps and pustules around the periphery. Yeast infections don’t respond to traditional diaper rash medications. If this is the case, an anti-fungal cream may be needed, so call your pediatrician or pediatric dermatologist.

Primary Causes of Diaper Rash

Your baby may have diaper rash after:

  • Having diarrhea
  • Starting solid foods
  • Being in hot and/or humid conditions
  • Being sick
  • Taking antibiotics
  • Teething
  • Wearing the same diaper for an extended period of time

Diaper rash can be the result of more than one variable.  If you identify the cause of your baby’s diaper rash, you can more readily treat and prevent it.

Wellness Tip

Allow your baby’s bottom to have some airtime, without a diaper.  Let them roll around on a towel on the floor in their birthday suit! This can help promote healing if your baby already has diaper rash.

Treating and Relieving Diaper Rash

Be gentle. If your baby has diaper rash, he or she will be very uncomfortable when you do a diaper change. You may want to stay away from traditional wipes altogether and use a very soft, damp washcloth or saline wipe to gently clean your baby’s diaper area. Remember to pat dry.

Use Triple Paste along with gentle cleansing products like Comfort Bear Bar or Triple Wash, for diaper rash relief and treatment.

Keep up with frequent diaper changes, diaper-free time, gentle cleanings, and an application of Triple Paste with every diaper change.

Spread Triple Paste on nice and thick to ensure protection against moisture and irritation.  This is especially important before bedtime, since it will be awhile before the next diaper change.  Some pediatricians say to put on a layer of Triple Paste as though you are icing a cake!

Preventing Diaper Rash

1

Be sure to change your baby’s diaper frequently to keep his or her diaper area clean and dry.

2

Give your baby a daily break from diapers altogether. Take that diaper off and allow your baby to roll around on a towel on the floor in his or her birthday suit!

3

Use Triple Paste to prevent and treat diaper rash with each diaper change, especially at bedtime, and at the first sign of redness.

Diaper Rash, Zero. Mom, Hero!