How do I Deal with Toddler Diaper Rash?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
If your toddler has diaper rash, try changing his diapers more frequently.
If your toddler has diaper rash, try changing his diapers more frequently.

Dealing with toddler diaper rash is often a process of ruling out possible causes of the rash, a process that should be done along with the toddler's pediatrician as some of the possible causes may be serious. Some of the most common causes of toddler diaper rash are moistness in the diaper, chafing against the toddler's skin that is the result of friction, a sensitivity to a product that is being used on the child's skin, a reaction to a new food, and possibly infection. A number of these issues can be dealt with easily at home, but it is important to make sure that the cause of the toddler diaper rash is not infection, an assessment which can be made by the child's pediatrician.

A pediatrician might recommend diaper creams and powders to soothe and prevent diaper rash.
A pediatrician might recommend diaper creams and powders to soothe and prevent diaper rash.

One of the most important things to do when dealing with toddler diaper rash is to make sure that the child is always in a clean, dry diaper. One of the most common causes of diaper rash is a child sitting in a dirty diaper for too long. When urine and fecal matter are allowed to remain on the skin, especially if they mix, the child's skin can quickly break out in a diaper rash. So one of the first and most important steps to dealing with toddler diaper rash is to be diligent about changing diapers.

Diaper rashes usually occur because the diaper area is chronically warm and damp.
Diaper rashes usually occur because the diaper area is chronically warm and damp.

If toddler diaper rash does not seem to be caused by infection or by dirty diapers, parents may want to consider changing the kind of diapers that they use, especially if there is fragrance in the diaper. Parents using cloth diapers may try using hypoallergenic detergent when washing their toddler's diapers. Also, powders, lotions, and creams used on the toddler's skin may result in diaper rash. Try switching to a different brand of products, especially a brand that is labeled as hypoallergenic. A pediatrician may also be able to recommend diaper creams and powders that are the least likely to cause irritation.

In some cases, toddler diaper rash may be the result of a new food that the toddler is eating. For toddlers who are still breast feeding, this may even be a reaction to a food that the mother has been eating. This possibility can be discussed with a pediatrician so that the parents can figure out what kinds of food or foods might be causing the reaction and altering their diets, or at least the diet of the toddler, accordingly.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for , Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for , Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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    • If your toddler has diaper rash, try changing his diapers more frequently.
      If your toddler has diaper rash, try changing his diapers more frequently.
    • A pediatrician might recommend diaper creams and powders to soothe and prevent diaper rash.
      A pediatrician might recommend diaper creams and powders to soothe and prevent diaper rash.
    • Diaper rashes usually occur because the diaper area is chronically warm and damp.
      Diaper rashes usually occur because the diaper area is chronically warm and damp.