A diaper rash presenting more than 72 hours usually is a candida infection. This yeast infection produces a protease that penetrates the skin and can cause a primary or secondary infection such as seborrheic dermatitis that affects the face, skin folds, and scalp. In addition, an untreated diaper rash may become secondarily infected with bacterial microbes leading to further infection and discomfort.
The best way to prevent a diaper rash from developing or redeveloping is through good skin maintenance. Keeping your baby dry through frequent diaper changes will not only keep your baby comfortable and happy but is the ideal way to treat and prevent a diaper rash from developing. A wet or soiled diaper should be changed as soon as possible. If diaper dermatitis is present, the diaper should be changed at least every 2 hours during the day and at a minimum once, at night. There are many disposable diapers on the market. After experimenting with different brands, you may find certain companies produce a more absorbent diaper. Using such a brand may assist in the prevention of a rash. In the same vain, you may find different brands of “baby wipes” prevent or exacerbate symptoms.
Diaper creams or ointments may be applied especially at night to help with managing and preventing a future rash. There is a bounty of products available over the counter. Creams may be water in oil (greasy) or oil in water (nongreasy) emulsions. containing ingredients such as humectants, vitamins, antibacterial/antifungal components, antiflammatory ingredients and other properties to moisturize, ease discomfort.
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