If you have a baby you are going to have to deal with diaper rash, all babies will experience it from time to time. In some cases it will be fairly mild and you may not even realize that it is there and in some cases it will be very serious. In either case it is important to be able to recognize the condition and to know what to do about it.
In most cases if your baby has diaper rash the area will be red and irritated. You may also notice that skin is puffy and warm when you touch it. Normally the rash will be confined to a fairly small area but in more extensive cases it may spread to the thighs or stomach.
The most likely cause of diaper rash is a soiled diaper. A baby needs to have his diaper changed right away after he has used it. In some cases your baby may just be sensitive and develop a rash even if he is changed right away. Eating new foods may also be a cause as it will create stool and urine that has a different composition than your baby is used to.
The best treatment if your baby develops diaper rash is to make sure that you are changing the diaper frequently. In addition you will want to make sure that when you are changing your baby that you are cleaning the area thoroughly. If it is possible it is a good idea to leave the diaper off, this will make it much easier for the area to heal. This is of course easier to do if the child can play outside or on a floor that can be easily cleaned. If you can’t take the diaper off because of the potential mess try leaving it a little looser than normal.
Once you have gotten rid of the diaper rash you are going to want to take steps to reduce the chances that it will come back. The best way to do this is to keep the area clean and dry. Other useful tips are to use a barrier ointment when you change your baby. This will help to keep the chemicals that cause the rash away from the skin. When your baby starts eating solid foods it is a good idea to only introduce one new food at a time. That way if a rash occurs you know which food is causing it and you can stop giving him that one.