Diaper Rash That Won't Go Away - Page 2

Colon health is also important for healthy digestion and the prevention of diaper rash.  In your colon there are both good bacteria and bad bacteria.  The good bacteria help your body to break down food, protect your gut from the bad bacteria, and give your immune system a boost.  When your baby is born, he gets some of mom's good bacteria.  This, along with the first feedings helps your baby to establish the colonization of good bacteria in his gut.  If your baby doesn’t have enough good bacteria, he can have problems with poorly digested stools or diarrhea, which can lead to diaper rash. 

Taking a probiotic supplement may help.  Probiotics are a form of the good bacteria that grows in your gut.  Talk to your pediatrician about how much and how to give probiotics to your baby.  Generally a half capsule to one capsule of probiotics once a day is recommended, but consult your doctor for the specific dosage for your baby.  Probiotics can also be used topically to treat diaper rash.  Just mix one capsule with water, make a paste with it, and spread it on your baby’s bottom.

Special considerations for cloth diaperers

Usually babies have fewer diaper rashes with cloth diapers than disposables.  However, babies with sensitive skin may have issues with ammonia dermatitis or sensitivity to certain materials in cloth diapers.  It is important to keep your baby’s bottom dry.  You may need to change your baby’s diaper more frequently if you are cloth diapering because they are not super-absorbent like disposables.  Aside from keeping your baby dry, you may need to experiment with different diapers if your baby has sensitive skin.  Look for diapers made with absorbent breathable material.  If you are using a waterproof cover this may trap moisture in.  You may want to switch to a fleece or wool cover that is more breathable.  In addition to this, if your baby develops a yeast or bacterial rash while using cloth diapers, it is important to disinfect your diapers.  Otherwise, your baby’s bottom will continue to get reinfected.  The best way to be sure that your diapers are completely disinfected is put them in a pot of boiling water for around 15 minutes to insure that all the bacteria is killed. 

Treating a persistent diaper rash

The biggest thing you need to do to rid your baby of a diaper rash that just won’t go away is to find the cause of it, but you’ll also want to use some type of ointment or diaper rash cream to help his bottom heal while you are addressing the underlying cause of his diaper rash.  If you ask your mom friends about their favorite diaper ointment, you’ll probably find that everyone has a different opinion on which products are best.  There are a few products, however, that are highly recommended by moms.  These include Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment, Triple Paste Medicated Ointment, and Calmoseptine ointment

Along with using an ointment to keep your baby protected from moisture, you should also focus on keeping him clean and dry.  After each change, wash his bottom with mild soap and water.  Then either air dry or gently blow dry his bottom with a hair dryer on a low setting.  This will insure that he is completely clean and dry after each change.

If your baby's diaper rash continues to persist, consult your doctor.

*Also see Natural Remedies for Diaper Rash

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