With a little preventative care, most cases of diaper rash can improve in a short period of time without the help of a doctor.
Diaper rash caused by a yeast infection (a fungus called candida) is very common in babies. The website MedlinePlus explains that candida multiplies more in warm and humid places, like diapers. The website Babycenter gives a few recommendations about how to treat this condition at home:
- Keep the baby clean and dry and change its diaper frequently.
- Wash its genital area and bottom after each diaper change. Avoid using diaper wipes that contain alcohol or fragrances.
- Gently dry the skin with a towel, do not rub the skin.
- Using a diaper rash cream after each diaper change will help protect irritated skin.
- Put diapers on loosely or use a size that is a little bigger in order to increase air circulation. If you use cloth diapers, do not use plastic covers on them. If you use disposable diapers, try using a different brand to see if a change helps.
- Weather permitting, let the baby play outside or in a room with an easy-to-clean floor without a diaper and without diaper rash cream as often as possible every day. Contact with the air helps the skin heal faster.
See a specialist if the baby gets bumps, pus-filled pimples, has areas that secrete a yellow discharge or has open wounds.