Oftentimes, it’s nothing mom or dad is doing that causes stubborn diaper rash. The following reasons can explain why it’s not clearing up.
You thought the most challenging part of being a mom was pregnancy, but you overcame that process. Then came the baby, and you had to go through unbearable pain before the baby knew how to latch. Both of you conquered this too. Your baby started having digestive problems that would make them cry for hours and hours, but it’s over and done with. Now your little champ has a diaper rash that is persistent no matter the effort you have put into treating it. You even changed the brand of diapers and wipes, but it persists.
What could be the reason? Many mothers usually feel guilty about doing something wrong. However, there is a high chance that a persistent diaper rash is not your doing. Let us explain why that diaper rash persists and what you can do.
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What Causes A Diaper Rash To Last?
The following reasons may explain why your baby’s diaper rash won’t go away:
- Staying with a diaper for too long which irritates (Baby is sensitive to stool or urine)
- Bacterial infections
- Yeast Infections
- Food sensitivities
- Baby wipes sensitivity
- Sensitive to materials and detergents used to clean cloth diapers.
- Colon bacteria imbalance
- Diaper rashes occur due to different reasons. It is vital to get to the root cause by experimenting with other things. But, they can be caused by infections, so seeing the doctor should be a priority.
Below, we discuss all of these potential reasons in detail and how parents can go about treating it so their baby can get back to normal.
Persistent Diaper Rash Due To An Infection
Your child’s diaper has a conducive environment to attract yeast. It is warm and moist, which is perfect for the growth of microorganisms. A typical diaper rash and yeast infection rash look different. The rash is very red and has small bumps over the rash edges. As it spreads, satellite regions of red pimples will appear more distant to the primary rash. Rashes caused by a yeast infection have a unique characteristic of appearing in furrows and skin folds surrounding the groin region.
For a bacterial infection, you will notice yellow bumps with pus on your baby’s butt. Additionally, you can see crusty areas. With these signs, your baby requires antibiotic treatment. Contact your medical practitioner.
PH Imbalance That Leads to Persistent Diaper Rash
The average Ph baby skin level ranges from neutral to slightly acidic. If your baby takes formula, the poop will be slightly alkaline, while breastfed babies have slightly acidic poop. Formula-fed kids are more susceptible to persistent diaper rash. To rectify PH balance, rinse your baby with vinegar and water mix. For a baby that uses cloth diapers, add up to ¼ or ½ of vinegar when rinsing the diapers.
Digestive Problems, Colon Health, & Food Sensitivities
If the food consumed changes Ph levels of poop and urine, a diaper rash may appear. Some foods are too alkaline, while others are also acidic. If your baby has food sensitivity, it can lead to mucus stools, bloody stool, or green stool. This can cause diaper rash or skin breakdown. If you notice that your baby’s diaper rash appeared right after starting solids, stop feeding them acidic foods. Colon health also matters, and without it, the baby will suffer from diarrhea, which causes a diaper rash. Giving them a probiotic supplement can increase good bacteria in their colon and improve their health.
Use Of Cloth Diapers
Usually, cloth diapers are better than disposables when it comes to a diaper rash. However, if your baby has sensitive skin, they will react to material in the diapers. Keep the baby’s skin dry and change the diaper more frequently. For sensitive skin babies, experiment with different diapers and choose diapers that have super absorbent material. You should also disinfect the diapers if your baby has a diaper rash.
Baby Wipes Sensitivity
Some kids are susceptible to chemicals present in baby wipes. Avoid using wipes when the baby has a persistent diaper rash. It is better to use a soft cloth with warm water.
Keeping the baby dry is of the utmost importance when preventing a diaper rash. Ammonia that develops when urine breaks down can cause a diaper rash. Sensitivity to ammonia is called ammonia dermatitis. Furthermore, when urine breaks down and forms ammonia, the Ph levels are changed to more alkaline. Enzymes in poop can lead to skin breakdown. A baby that stays with a dirty diaper for too long can develop skin breakdown and a diaper rash. It is essential to keep changing your baby’s diaper.
How To Treat A Persistent Diaper Rash?
The first thing to do is to get the cause. Secondly, buy a diaper rash cream or ointment to accelerate the healing process. Focus on keeping the baby’s bottom clean and dry. After changing the diaper, wash the baby with water and mild soap. You can air dry or use a blow dry on a low setting. If the diaper rash doesn’t go away after all these precautions, call your healthcare practitioner.
Remember, it’s often not anyone’s fault if your baby is dealing with persistent diaper rash. But seek medical attention if it doesn’t clear up after using over-the-counter and home remedies.
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