Diaper rash is one of the most common skin problems babies and toddlers suffer. There are two types of diaper rash: contact and fungal. Contact, or irritant diaper rash, is the most common and is caused by a wet diaper and loose stool that irritates the baby's bottom.
"The [fungal], yeast diaper rash is a little different category," says pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears. "Just being on antibiotics predisposes somebody to yeast. Women get yeast infections, babies get the diaper rashes."
To treat both types of diaper rashes, use generous amounts of zinc oxide cream, vitamin A and D ointment, or hydrocortisone cream to help soothe the irritation.
"If you don't use an anti-fungal, an anti-yeast cream, the rash is going to keep coming back," Dr. Jim continues. "Probably for the first week, you're going to use all of these together. You can either whip them all together in your palm to mix them and put them on, or put them on individually. Doing all these things together will really help it go away."