Are diaper rashes making your baby irritated? Well here’s the complete guide on how to deal with them like a pro.
Diaper rash: An inflammatory reaction localized to the area of skin usually covered by the diaper. Even if you are careful, at some point in time, your child may get a diaper rash. Most babies do. First of all, the new parent don’t need to worry a lot. It’s common and it can be cured soon enough.
It’s really good and helps if you plan early. Learn how to prevent flare-ups and cure diaper rash. Your child’s small bum will thank you!
Causes of Diaper Rash
- Allergic reaction to diaper
- Yeast infection
- Rubbing of the skin against the diaper
- Dirty or wet diaper being applied for too long
- Bacterial infection
Seborrheic dermatitis is a medical term that a doctor use for a small harmless rash that usually develops on a baby’s head. This rash is totally harmless and you don’t need to worry about it even if it develops on the bottom area. This is also called cradle cap.
Its symptoms are that it causes scaly, red and waxy patches on a baby’s body and usually goes away without any treatment. It may be noticed on a baby’s head or body, sometimes on a cheek too.
These might be one of the reasons why your baby got a rash:
- The baby is getting older (9 months to 12 months)
- When a baby sleeps in dirty diaper
- When a baby has diarrhea
- When the baby just starts eating solid food
- If baby takes antibiotics, or mother takes antibiotics and breastfeed the baby.
Here’s what experts have to say about diaper rashes
How to treat diaper rashes
- Before and after the change of diaper, you must wash your hands.
- Keep a check on your child’s diaper and change it as soon as it becomes wet or soiled.
- You must use clean water to cleanse the baby. When poop needs to be cleaned off the baby then you can use a mild cleanser.
- Don’t rub. Use patting action gently on the baby’s skin to get the area cleaned.
- The wipes which are alcohol based or the ones having fragrance can be avoided and the mild ones should be used. You can also use a soft and clean washcloth.
- Before you put on a new diaper to the baby, make sure that the wiped area is completely dry and fully clean.
Follow these tips if your baby has bad rashes:
- The skin should not be rubbed even a little bit, use a squirt bottle to clean the area properly
- Allow your baby to be free of any diaper as much as possible. You can even let the baby off at home without any pants. The air movement helps dry and heal the rashes faster. To avoid any mess you can let the baby free just after he/she may have pooped.
Ointments, creams or powders are the products that either aim to create a protective barrier or to soothe a baby’s sore skin or both. Use it as follows:
- Use cream or ointment on clean and dry bottom only. Petroleum jelly or zinc oxide are good agents to heal the skin faster, you can prefer those.
- Baby powder needs to be taken care with. It should be kept away from the child’s face because cornstarch or talc in it may cause breathing problems. Apply it after putting the powder in your hands.
- Steroid creams should be avoided until subscribed by the doctor. It can increase the problem if used incorrectly.
Some Final Tips
Some parents found the following changes useful for fewer diaper rashes:
The type of diaper can be changed. Like swap cloth from disposables. Or change the brand.
If you yourself wash the diaper, use a mild hypoallergenic detergent and use ½ cup of vinegar while rinsing.