A Parent's Short Guide to Diaper Dermatitis
Candida albicans is a type of bacteria that is found in many parts of the body, especially in the digestive or gastrointestinal tract. This type of bacteria may not be normally harmful to most babies but for those who have weak immune systems, these may be far more serious than how you thought it would be.
The usual cause of this skin infection is the lengthened contact of the baby’s skin with his urine and feces found in his dirty diaper. Different bacteria present in the dirty diaper contribute to the baby’s skin irritation. Most of these are easy to treat but others may be a bit tricky than the usual.
Other causes of diaper dermatitis may include extra strong fragrance soaps that even if they are made for babies still have harmful chemicals that hurt the baby’s sensitive skin. There are also some types of diapers that are not very friendly to the baby’s skin. Sometimes babies develop certain rashes on their skin due to the material used in very cheap diapers.
Like candidiasis in adults, this infection appears on the skin as tiny lesions that contain a watery substance inside. It causes the diaper area of the baby’s skin to be of a reddish pink color. Scaling of the skin is also likely to happen. These lesions are very painful and may even hurt more especially when they are accidentally touched.
To prevent diaper dermatitis to happen to your own baby, you should follow some of these tips:
It is very important for your baby’s skin to have enough time to have a vacation from disposable diapers. So you may alternate, disposable diapers with reusable cotton diapers. These diapers are made of cotton and are made of a very breathable material. This will allow your baby’s skin to dry off a little as air can come in and out due to its textile.
Use diaper rash creams that have zinc oxide in them. Apply them liberally to your baby’s diaper area as often as necessary. This will help treat and prevent diaper rash.
Always change wet and soiled diapers promptly. So it’s a good idea to check your baby’s diaper once in a while to see if it is very wet or is dirty.
Remember to always keep your baby’s diaper area clean and dry before you change into a new diaper.
If you feel that your baby’s diaper dermatitis is not getting any better or is getting worst, it is best for you to seek your doctor’s expert advice. Go and get a check up for your baby right away. Do not wait for it to worsen as it will be harder to treat this way.