Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is one of the most common skin problems babies and toddlers suffer.

"It's because that diaper environment is just no fun for the skin," pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says. "It's moist, it's warm, it never gets aired out. Poop gets in there, pee gets in there, and the skin just gets irritated and rashy"

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," Dr. Jim says. "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 a 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 says. "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.

"You never want to let the cream wear off, so you've got to put a lot on," he continues. "It's like you're icing a cake. If you take the diaper off and the cream is all soaked in, you didn't put enough on."

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