Diaper Rash Solutions

How can I cure diaper rash?

The good news here is that most diaper rashes are skin irritations instead of actual infections or more serious skin disorders. The best approach will depend a little on what kind of diapers you use, but a few general rules will help reduce irritation. Frequent diaper changes and keeping the diaper area dry are very helpful, especially if your child has any sort of diarrhea. Minimizing the use of pre-moistened diaper wipes, or at least rinsing them out with warm water before using them, will go a long way to reduce the irritation. Finally, if your child is on antibiotics for any reason (ear infections and so on), giving them yogurt (if appropriate) or some other probiotic will help to reduce yeast/fungal diaper rashes.

If your infant or child has a diaper rash that does not seem to respond to basic home remedies and over the counter creams, please contact your clinician. There are a few causes that are more serious and can take some fairly extensive treatment to clear. Even bad diaper conditions can be cleared up with the right combination of time, topical medications and treatment recommendations.

This column is intended to provide general information only and not medical advice. Contact your health care provider with questions about your child. Dr. Peter Dehnel is a board-certified pediatrician and medical director with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. Send questions to drdehnel@mnparent.com.