Reviewed by Dr. Kristie Rivers, Bundoo Pediatrician
Summer heat can be hard enough on your baby, but adding a case of diaper rash makes it miserable.
Diaper rash is a common condition characterized by redness and mild scaling on the diaper area. It’s usually caused by leaving a wet diaper on for too long or the introduction of new foods that cause irritating diarrhea. During the summer months, however, it can also be caused by extra sweating thanks to more intense heat.
Besides diaper rash caused by prolonged contact with a wet diaper, yeast infections are also more common in the summer months. Candida can look very similar to classic diaper rash — it’s also a red rash — but standard diaper rash treatments won’t work.
Preventing and treating summer diaper rash
Keeping your baby’s diaper area dry is the best way to prevent diaper rash from developing in the first place. This might mean regular diaper changes in sweaty weather, and letting him or her air out whenever possible. But remember to practice good sun safety! Infants and babies should be dressed in long, lightweight pants and shirts, with a head covering, if they are in direct sunlight. For infants over six months of age, you should use sunscreen on exposed skin.