Your baby is taking antibiotics : Is your baby on antibiotics ? Antibiotics can increase the risk of 2 types of diaper rash.

  • Diaper rash : During the fight against bacteria that causes illness, antibiotics can also kill good bacteria that live in the gut. This can cause diarrhea and result in diaper rash. When you have  diarrhea, food passes fast through the intestines. The stool may contain higher amounts of digestive  enzymes. When these enzymes  come into contact with the skin under diaper, it causes irritation and  a rash.
  • Yeast rash :  Antibiotics that kill off some helpful bacteria can also lead to an overgrowth of a type of candida , leading  to yeast diaper rash. Babies with yeast infections can sometimes  have oral thrush. Oral thrush is white spots on the gum, lips, tongue, roof of the mouth and or inside the cheeks.

NOTE : If you are nursing and also taking antibiotics, it could be the cause of your baby’s diaper rash.


Switching brands of diapers or wipes : Some babies are allergic to dyes, fragrance or preservatives in certain  diapers, wipes and creams. Change to a different brand to see if  the rash clears.


Your baby has started eating solids :Some babies get diaper rash when they start eating solids. This is because starting  to eat solids can lead to changes in the digestive process  and in the  frequency  and content  of bowel movements which can cause diaper rash.


Diapers are too tight : Fastening diapers too  tight can trap moisture and cause diaper rash. When diapers are too tight, they cause rubbing and irritation.


Many factors can contribute to diaper rash. If your baby’s rash doesnt clear quickly even when you keep your baby’s diaper area clean and dry, talk to your pediatrician.


Content Sources
Why is my baby always getting diaper rashes? American Academy of Pediatrician. Accessed January 22nd, 2021

Diaper rash. Mayo Clinic . Accessed January 22nd, 2021

Diaper rash. Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Accessed January 22nd, 2021

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