A Parent's Guide to Diaper Rash: Causes, Treatments, and Remedies

The first time you notice a diaper rash on your little one, it's natural to be concerned. This condition occurs when the delicate skin on their bottom becomes irritated and inflamed. 

Diaper rash is the #1 skin condition in infants and is usually easy to treat as long as you know what to do.

Today, we're going to look at some of the most common diaper rash causes, as well as the most effective treatments and remedies.

Top Diaper Rash Causes

What causes diaper rash? 

For most babies, it's attributed to the following:

  • Wet or soiled diapers that are left on for too long
  • A natural reaction to a new product (wipes, diapers, detergents)
  • Too-tight clothes or diapers that cause chaffing or rubbing
  • Changes in stool consistency after introducing new foods or medicine
  • Sensitive skin conditions, like eczema

Sometimes, a baby rash can occur as a result of a simple skin infection elsewhere on the body. The warmth and humidity of your baby's diaper can create a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast, which can irritate their skin and you might notice rashes or red dots around the irritated areas.

Diapering the Right Way

When changing your baby's diaper, it's important to make sure you leave the area as clean and dry as possible. If they're experiencing a rash, you'll need to be extra gentle. Wipes can tug at their skin and cause irritation, making the condition worse. 

Our Diapering Lotion replaces your usual wet wipes and also takes the place of your diaper ointment and diaper cream. It's extra gentle on your baby, effectively cleaning their messes while also creating a protective barrier on their skin that helps prevent diaper rash. 

You can apply the lotion on a cloth or cotton wipe, and use it for all of your diapering needs.

Used daily, at every diaper change, La Petite Creme will help keep rashes and other skin irritations at bay.

Best Diaper Rash Treatments

Here are a few of the best diaper rash tips to help you prevent and treat this condition at home:

  • Dry your baby's skin before putting the new diaper on (especially if you use water based baby wipes)
  • Change soiled diapers immediately, even if they are just wet, to reduce moisture on the skin
  • Allow your child to go diaper-free at home so the skin can dry and heal
  • Soak your child's bottom in a lukewarm bath with two tablespoons of baking soda for 10 minutes 
  • Use gentle Diapering Lotion to clean your little one bottom in place of wipes
  • Use our Diaper Balm to sooth any irritation that might have appeared on your baby's skin.

If your child develops signs of a serious skin infection, it's always best to be on the side of caution. Reach out to your pediatrician or a board-certified dermatologist to learn more about how to treat severe irritation and inflammation. 

Now that you know a few of the most common diaper rash causes, you can take a proactive approach to your baby's skin health.

At La Petite Creme, we're here to make it easier. Our all-in-one diapering lotion makes your baby's skin fresh, hydrated and soft and will keep irritating rashes at bay. Check out more information online and contact us if you have any questions!


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