The dreaded diaper rash

July 31, 2021

What is a diaper rash?

If you’re a parent, then you have definitely heard of the dreaded diaper rash. If you see a red rash developing on your child’s bottom it is probably one of the first things that comes to mind!

Diaper rash is inflamed red skin usually found on your baby’s bottom. It may appear alarming and cause discomfort for your baby, but it usually clears up with a few simple treatments.

Why do babies get diaper rash?

Babies can get a diaper rash because they are sitting in a wet or soiled diaper, causing their skin to get irritated.

Some other causes for diaper rash include:

  • Sensitive skin
  • Irritation caused by eating new foods
  • Irritation caused by diarrhea
  • Yeast infection
  • Snug fitting or plastic pants/diapers that rub on the skin or prevent wetness from drying

Although babies are most commonly affected by diaper rash, it can affect anyone who wears diapers regularly.

How do you treat a diaper rash?

There are many things you can do at home to help treat your baby’s diaper rash:

  • Cleaning: Wash your baby’s bottom during diaper changes or use unscented wipes. Washing with only water is sufficient if there is only pee and a mild soap can be used if there is stool. Washing with warm water can sometimes be less painful than using wipes if the area is sore.

  • Drying: Keep the area dry. Try letting your baby go diaper-free for a few minutes between diaper changes to allow the area to expose their skin to air. This can help heal their rash.

  • Changing: Changing your baby’s diaper more often can help keep the area clean and dry.

  • Applying ointments: There are many over the counter ointments and creams to treat diaper rash. You can speak with your doctor or pharmacist to get their recommendation on which one might work for your child’s rash. Remember when using ointments to not dip your finger back in a jar after touching your baby’s bottom. Also, do not share ointments with other children.

Should I take my child to see a doctor?

If your baby’s diaper rash continues despite keeping the area clean and dry, and using diaper cream, you may want to take your child to see a doctor.

Your doctor might prescribe a stronger treatment to help, such as:

  • A mild steroid cream
  • An antifungal cream
  • Topical or oral antibiotics

Can someone at Pulse On Call help me?

Of course! Schedule an online doctors appointment and one of our team members will be happy to help. Our licensed Canadian physicians can help diagnose and can also provide prescriptions online.

If additional testing or referral to a specialist is required, we can still help! Our doctors can help find a nearby facility to help carry out any required testing or refer you to a local specialist.

The best part? You can do it from the comfort of your own home and it’s free if you have OHIP coverage!

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Please note that all information within this posting is up-to-date at the time of publication.