Condition Spotlight – Diaper Rashes

About one-half of all babies develop diaper rash at some time during the first 1-2 years of life. Diaper rashes are often caused by wetness, friction, and contact with stool and urine. Other potential causes include yeast, bacteria, psoriasis, and allergy to something in a wipe, diaper, or products used to clean the skin.

Prevention

  • Change diapers often
  • Superabsorbent disposable diapers are preferred over cloth diapers if rash is present
  • Apply a thick barrier cream with zinc oxide after every diaper change
  • Use warm water on a soft cloth for wiping or use diaper wipes that are free of fragrance, botanical extracts, and essential oils.
  • Do not overclean! When changing diapers that only contain urine just pat skin dry and then reapply the barrier cream.

Treatment

  • Steroid ointments such as hydrocortisone
  • Antifungal creams for yeast
  • Topical or oral antibiotics for bacterial infection

More information on this Fact Sheet