You’ve learnt how to change a diaper, but the learning doesn’t stop there. Babies are tiny little humans with so much going on and so many things that can go wrong. As a father, keeping pain and discomfort at bay should be at the top of your priority list.

Let’s talk about the uncomfortable and painful diaper rash. What really is the sitch with this horrible itch? Daddy’s Digest has curated and summarized the facts, giving dads everything, they need to know, in a nutshell.

A diaper rash is common and is a form of dermatitis (inflamed skin) that appears as bright patches on your baby’s bottom. While it is upsetting for both baby and parents, it does clear up with the right care and treatment.

  1. Look out for signs in the diaper area. If your baby’s bottoms, thighs or genitals are red with tender looking skin, it’s likely a diaper rash. Pay close attention to their mood. Babies with symptoms are more uncomfortable, especially during diaper changes.
  2. Remedies like diaper rash creams (consult a medical care professional before selecting one), open air time, frequent diaper changes should help clear it up.
  3. Your child will need to see a doctor if:
    • The rash gets worse and doesn’t clear up with the recommended home care.
    • Itches, oozes or bleeds.
    • Becomes painful during urination or bowel movements.
    • Is accompanied by a fever.
  4. Causes include:
    • Sensitive skin.
    • Irritation from urine or bowel movements when diapers are changed infrequently.
    • Chafing or rubbing from overtight diapers.
    • Mild allergy or irritation from a new product (diaper, wipes, detergent, lotion etc.)
    • Bacterial or fungal infection and/or the use of antibiotics during the illness.
  5. Prevention:
    • Change diapers frequently.
    • Use water to rise your baby during diaper changes. Don’t rely exclusively on baby wipes.
    • Give your baby regular open-air, diaper free time.
    • Don’t overtighten the diapers. This reduces airflow.
    • If rashes are frequent, consult with a medical care professional and use a barrier cream to prevent further skin irritation.

It is important to note that our guide is meant to give quick insight and outline the facts. Always consult with a qualified medical professional or childcare expert when taking important decisions regarding your child’s health.

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