Cleaning and drying an infant’s bottom after every diaper change is important for maintaining healthy skin.
An infant’s skin in the diapered area is subjected to prolonged exposure to irritants in urine and feces which can damage the skin barrier and cause inflammation or rash.
Diapered skin can become overhydrated when exposed to excessive moisture such as urine. The skin barrier can be disrupted as the cells that form the outer layer start to swell and allow irritants to pass through, increasing skin pH, increasing friction between the skin and diaper contents, as well as disrupting the normal skin microbiome.
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