Diaper rash is a skin irritation or “dermatitis” in the diaper area. You will most likely come across a diaper rash on your baby’s skin at some point in their diapering years. Have no fear! Most cases disappear after home treatment.
Causes of diaper rash can be traced to a number of sources, including:
- Irritation from feces and urine. Prolonged exposure to urine or feces can irritate a baby’s sensitive skin. Your baby may be more prone to diaper rash if he or she is experiencing frequent bowel movements, because feces are more irritating than urine.
- Introduction of new foods. As babies start to eat solid foods, the content of their stool changes, increasing the likelihood of diaper rash. Changes in your baby’s diet can also increase the frequency of stools, which can lead to diaper rash. If you’re breast-feeding, your baby may develop diaper rash in response to something