Diaper Rash

Diaper rash sure gives babies something to scream about!

Diaper rash is the most common skin disorder for new born babies. It occurs in light red patches and spots and can occur wherever a diaper touches a baby's skin. Nearly all diaper rashes are caused by skin irritations, such as when a diaper is too tight, left on for too long or by increased urinary wetness.

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In addition to a simple rash, swollen skin, red pimples, blisters or other sores can be caused by diaper irritation as well. Due to the different infections that cause it, there are several types of diaper rash - such as contact diaper rash, yeast rash, intertrigo, impetigo, and seborrhea and allergy ring.

Normally, diaper rash can be prevented and treated just by keeping your baby's diaper area clean, cool and dry. Remember to change diapers frequently and always wipe your baby's skin gently and apply powder before putting on a new one. Avoid using scented wipes or harsh soaps; because they will irritate baby's delicate skin and cause red spots to develop on the diaper area.

It's also wise to sample different brands of diapers on your baby to find the most suitable one. There are also shelves of baby skin care products available - baby powders keep baby dry; while baby body lotions with aloe vera, milk, vitamin C or E help soothe diaper rash and re-hydrate baby's soft skin.

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