Causes of Diaper Rash
Rashes Not Related to the Diaper
There are a number of other possible causes of skin rashes that develop under the diaper. These types are not related to the diaper itself and include:
- Seborrheic dermatitis. This type of rash may also be found in other areas of the body at the same time, including the scalp (where it is known as cradle cap), face, neck, and other skin folds.
- Impetigo, which is a type of bacterial infection.
- Atopic dermatitis (also known as eczema).
Could the Diaper Type Be the Culprit?
Diaper rash does not necessarily favor a particular type of diaper. Both cloth and disposable diapers have pluses and negatives pertaining directly to the likelihood of an outbreak of diaper rash.
Disposable diapers tend to do a better job at preventing leaks than cloth diapers do. While that is a good thing, disposable diapers hold heat and moisture in so well that it could create a good environment for a diaper rash.
Babies wearing cloth diapers, on the other hand, may get rashes often if they are not changed quickly enough after the diaper is soiled. This is because cloth is not as good at wicking moisture away from the baby's skin as the materials used in today's disposable diapers.
Regardless of your choice of cloth or disposable diapers, the best advice is to change them frequently. This will decrease the chances of a rash happening in the first place.
Final Thoughts on Diaper Rash Causes
Diaper rash most often occurs when moisture is able to sit next to a baby's bottom for extended periods of time. Whether there is also a bacterial imbalance, presence of yeast, or use of antibiotics, a diaper rash can be minimized and even avoided if the area is kept clean and dry.
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