Diaper rash is a general description for skin irritations that occur under the diaper area in babies. If the rash is mild, and does not involve the skin fold regions, it is usually the result of contact irritation (friction with the diaper) or an allergic reaction to ingredients and fragrances used in the diaper or washes.
However, more severe diaper rash is often caused by a bacterial (Staff and Strep) or yeast (Candida) infection. Fungi and bacteria thrive in the warm moist, environments that result from diapering. In the case of yeast diaper rash caused by Candida, bright red areas form on the skin, often with lesions at the borders. Candida mostly takes hold in skin folds and creases. Bacterial infections are normally associated with tiny blisters or pustules that are easily ruptured.
Here are 3 bestselling diaper rash remedies:
1. Grandma El’s Diaper Rash Remedy and Prevention Jar, 3.75-Ounce
A patented, pediatrician recommended healing ointment. This hypo-allergenic healing ointment soothes away the redness, pain and irritation of diaper rash. Works remarkably quickly and is cloth diaper friendly. The reviews speak for themselves, this could be the best diaper rash ointment on the market.
2. Earth Mama Angel Baby Angel Baby Bottom Balm, 2-Ounce Jars (Pack of 3)
This pure herbal diaper rash balm by Earth Mamma soothes and clears away redness in a few hours. It is made from a proprietary blend of organic herbs and oils with known antibacterial and antifungal properties. Clinically tested, allergy tested and non irritating for sensitive skin its easily one of the best remedies for diaper rash.
3. Diaper Rash & Thrush Relief
One of the most effective severe diaper rash remedies for inflamed and persistent diaper rashes – including infections that may be caused by yeast (thrush rash). The product is all natural and can be used with cloth diapers.
Tips for clearing up diaper rash quickly
The first step is to ensure frequent diaper changes and limit fecal and urine exposure to the affected area. (Frequent diaper changes are also the number one preventative measure for diaper rash)
Use water and soft cloths for cleaning. Disposable wipes may contain irritating chemicals so should be avoided. Take steps to ensure that the skin is completely dry before applying a new diaper. The use of talcum powder or other moisture absorbing powders is a good preventative measure.
If the rash is mild and likely to result from contact irritation, the application of a “barrier” cream or ointment may help to protect the skin from further friction. Again, it is vital that the skin is completely dry before applying a ‘barrier’ cream. It is thought that a zinc oxide based ointment may be more effective than petroleum jelly (Vaseline) as these are almost completely insoluble in water and have an astringent (drying) quality. The three products described above provide “barrier protection” combined with healing and soothing properties.
Exposing the irritated skin to the air for as long as possible between diaper changes is a very simple, but effective, diaper rash remedy.
As bacterial and yeast infections can progress to secondary areas of the body, if the diaper rash persists or is severe, it is important that you discuss the symptoms with a pediatrician. Diaper rash home remedies may not be effective and your health professional may suggest an antibiotic ointment for the treatment of bacterial infections, or an antifungal topical treatment for yeast diaper rash (diaper Candidiasis). A mild topical corticosteriod preparation is sometimes used as a companion approach to severe diaper rash treatment in order to relive irritation for baby rashes on bottom areas.