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Diaper rashes are frustrating, especially when you don’t know what’s causing them. Here are a few pointers on how to determine the cause of many diaper rashes.

Baby's diaper rash

Diaper rashes can be caused by a number of things, so if you want to get rid of them once and for all, you’ll have to do a little detective work. Here are a few ways you can examine the situation for clues and figure out what’s rubbing your baby the wrong way.

Is it the diaper?

Sometimes, it’s the diaper itself irritating the baby. If you use disposables, try switching to a different brand, or go to cloth diapers. If you use cloth diapers, maybe it’s a detergent buildup (try using a cloth-safe detergent and do an extra rinse) or maybe they’re not getting quite clean enough (try adding a little extra detergent and again, do an extra rinse).

Is it her diet?

Even a young baby can have reactions to foods -- whether breastfed or not. A formula-fed baby may be allergic to milk and/or soy, or a breastfed baby may have a problem with the milk mom is drinking. Also, once you start solid foods, the first sign of a food allergy may be a diaper rash -- it was with my daughter. Your doctor would be your best bet to sort this out. She’ll have recommendations on how to get her diet back on track.

Is it her peeing and pooping?

Just because a diaper can hold a lot of pee and poop, doesn’t mean it should. Diapers should be changed frequently, and the new technology that keeps a baby “drier” in a disposable doesn’t keep the chemicals away from her bum, so she should still be cleaned and changed often.

Is it a lack of air?

Baby’s bottom will love some fresh air. If pee and poop everywhere makes you unhappy, lay her down on a towel and let her get some naked butt time. This can help keep her rash-free and can also speed healing of a diaper rash.

Is it yeast?

If you are breastfeeding and are suffering from thrush, she might get a yeast diaper rash. She can also get one if she’s been on antibiotics. A doctor visit will likely be needed, as yeast is hard to get rid of without medication.

If in doubt, try plenty of fresh air, frequent changing, thorough cleaning and some diaper rash ointment. If a rash doesn’t respond, try your doctor. She may need a little medical help.

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