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Diaper Chafing: Questions About Your Baby's Bottom
One of the main causes of chafing is a wet diaper rubbing on a baby's skin. It's like the feeling you get after going on a water ride at a theme park; you end up walking for the next few hours with heavy clothes chafing your skin. If you're a new parent, it's likely that your baby will experience chafing at some point in his life. Although chafing is not a serious problem, there are some basic questions that most parents ask.
Do I need to take my baby to the doctor?
It's probably not necessary as long as you take care of the chafing correctly. However, you should call the doctor if the rash looks like it may be infected. Signs of infection can be:
Your doctor will probably prescribe your baby an oral antibiotic for these symptoms. If the chafing was caused by a yeast infection, your doctor may prescribe an antifungal medication. Do not use women's medicines for yeast infections. Call your doctor if your baby has a fever or if the chafing doesn't go away after a few days of treatment.
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How do I treat it?
Always keep your baby clean and dry after changing his diaper. It's very important to dry by patting; baby's skin is too sensitive for rubbing. Because of the sensitive skin, either use a diaper that's too big or fit it loosely to allow better air circulation. Using a barrier ointment like soothing jelly after every diaper change helps protect your baby's irritated skin from urine and stool.
You can also let your baby safely play un-diapered indoors, the exposure to the air will accelerate healing. You may even let your baby sleep without a diaper. Although you will likely have to change the sheets, his skin will heal faster.
How can I stop it from happening again?
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