Baby Diaper Rash Symtpoms And Risk Factors

Many babies will suffer from periodic or reoccurring diaper rash. The old myth, “poor or inconsistent diaper changing habits” is the primary cause of diaper rash has been put on the back burner. There are other factors that may be linked to diaper rash. These factors may be more prominent in nature than the old myth, because most mothers work diligently caring for their child and his/her needs. Below you will discover the symptoms of diaper rash and factors that are linked to it.

  • Pink to Bright Red Rash (irritation on the diaper area)
  • Irritability (worsens on diaper change or urination)
  • Edematous, Taut Skin
  • Ammonia Odor
  • Papules (extremely dry raised bumpy area)
  • Pustules (small fluid filled bumps)
  • Affected Skin Area Warm to Touch

Baby may have difficulty sleeping due to the pain, which worsens when the diaper is saturated.

Etiology

  • Bacterial and Yeast Infections
  • Antibiotic Usage
  • Allergies to A Specific Brand of Diaper
  • Friction or Chafing
  • Excessive Diarrhea
  • Changes in Diet

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is better known as cradle cap. This skin condition is very common and can also affect the buttock area. It is characterized by red, itchy rash, with excessive dry flaky scales. Cradle cap is most often than not caused by allergies or yeast, but temperature changes can also be linked to it, as well.