Causes of Diaper Rash in Babies and How to Deal With It

Causes of Diaper Rash in Babies and How to Deal With It

written by : MAKUKU - 23 Jun 2023

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Diaper rash is an irritation and inflammation of the baby's skin due to the use of diapers. Diaper rash is characterized by the appearance of reddish patches, dry skin, blisters, and blisters on the baby's buttocks, thighs, and genitals. Diaper rash generally occurs in babies under one year old. Diaper rash can be caused by a variety of things, but generally occurs due to exposure to urine or feces that collect in the diaper.

Most babies who are still using diapers are very susceptible to diaper rash. About 7-35% of babies have experienced diaper rash. Whether it's disposable diapers or cloth diapers. Parents need to be aware of diaper rash. Because this skin health problem can make your little one uncomfortable so that they become often fussy and cry.  Even diaper rash that is not treated properly can cause serious injuries.  

Causes of diaper rash

There are various types of diaper rash in babies. However, a common cause of diaper rash is improper use of diapers. The areas that most often experience diaper rash are the parts of the skin that are often covered by diapers. For example, the area of the baby's buttocks, groin, thigh folds to the skin of the waist. There are some common causes that make a child suffer from diaper rash.

Diaper rash in babies can be caused by the following:

Moist diapers

Diapers that do not have good absorbency can lead to moist diapers. This skin inflammation of diaper rash can appear due to moist diapers and lack of air circulation in the buttocks and surrounding areas covered by diapers. Where the skin is too long in contact with urine and feces in diapers can trigger irritation, especially on sensitive baby skin.

Diapers that are too tight

It is important to pay attention to the size of baby diapers. Because the use of diapers with the wrong size is also one of the causes of diaper rash. For example, a diaper size that is too tight is a sign of a small diaper. Diapers that are too tight can cause friction between your little one's skin and the moist diaper. Eventually, it can lead to irritation and inflammation of the skin due to diaper rash.

Bacterial and fungal infections

Moist diapers filled with your child's urine and feces that are rarely changed can also become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. This bacterial and fungal infection is because the skin is covered by diapers for too long so that it becomes moist and warm.

Food consumed

Some types of food consumed by babies can cause diaper rash. The types of foods that can trigger baby diaper rash are acidic foods, spicy foods, allergenic foods to foods with high sugar content.

Baby hygiene product irritation

Using baby hygiene products is fine. But pay attention to the ingredients in the product whether it is safe for baby's skin. Or there are even some ingredients that can trigger irritation to the baby's skin. Incompatibility of ingredients in baby hygiene products can also cause baby diaper rash. Avoid baby hygiene products that contain fragrances and alcohol.

 Sensitive skin

Baby's skin is different from adult skin conditions. Baby's skin is still soft and tends to be sensitive. If the skin of baby moms and dads is sensitive, extra care is needed. Because sensitive skin is very susceptible to diaper rash.

Consumption of antibiotic drugs

The use of antibiotics in infants can cause diaper rash. Antibiotics can disrupt the balance of bacteria in the body, including in the diaper area. This can lead to overgrowth of fungi, especially a type of fungus called Candida, which in turn can lead to yeast infections in the diaper area.

How to deal with diaper rash

Diaper rash generally resolves without medical attention. In a sense, as long as your little one has diaper rash, moms and dads should take proper care. Simply put, the way to deal with diaper rash in babies is to keep your little one's skin dry and clean. As well as maintaining air circulation in diapers so that the skin is not moist.

The right way to treat diaper rash is as follows:

  • Reduce the use of warm water to bathe the baby
  • Dry the baby after bathing until completely dry
  • Make sure the baby's buttocks area is dry before putting on a diaper
  • Use moisturizer or diaper rash cream
  • Routinely change diapers at least every 3-4 hours

If the above treatment has been done correctly, but does not show the characteristics of diaper rash healed, it is accompanied by other symptoms such as fussiness and fever. It is best to immediately check your child's condition to the nearest health service.

Diaper Recommendations to Reduce Diaper Rash

Choosing the right diapers to reduce the risk of diaper rash is not easy. Usually parents have to try from one diaper brand to another and this is a natural thing. Nowadays, choosing the right diaper that is effective in reducing diaper rash is easier with the presence of MAKUKU SAP Diapers.

MAKUKU SAP Diapers is the pioneer of the first super thin super absorbent and anti clump diapers in Indonesia that adopts SAP (Super Absorbent Polymer) technology. The core SAP structure in MAKUKU SAP Diapers makes the diapers thinner and more comfortable to use. The absorbency is also maximum, fast and the absorption is evenly distributed throughout the diaper surface.

Diapers with a good SAP absorbent layer can reduce the risk of excessive moisture in the diaper area. Diapers with good absorption ability help keep baby's skin dry and reduce irritation. So the diaper stays dry longer.

Another advantage of MAKUKU SAP Diapers is that it has an air cavity surface with a 3D structure. With this feature, the air circulation in MAKUKU SAP Diapers is better and reduces the heat that causes diapers to be damp.

MAKUKU SAP Diapers have been proven and recommended by experts as diapers that effectively reduce diaper rash. Now, MAKUKU SAP Diapers has six variants that can be chosen according to your needs, namely MAKUKU SAP Diapers Pro Care, MAKUKU SAP Diapers Balance Care, MAKUKU SAP Diapers Slim, MAKUKU SAP Diapers Slim Care, MAKUKU SAP Diapers Comfort, and MAKUKU SAP Diapers Comfort Fit. All MAKUKU SAP Diapers variants can be obtained offline at the nearest baby store and at MAKUKU Official Store on Shopee, Lazada, Tokopedia and TikTok Shop. Fear of Diaper Rash Use MAKUKU! (Aq/MKK)








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