Tips to deal with Diaper Rash
Diapers are boon to motherhood as without diapers a child would get all messy and dirty. It not only helps your baby to stay clean and hygienic but gives you a sense of relief while going out with your baby. However, having a baby on diaper means that the baby is prone to diaper rash at some time or other while growing, especially around 9 to 10 months. Diaper rash is a rough red rash which typically appears in the diaper area and it can happen due to many reasons like a bacterial infection, a yeast infection, friction with the diaper or wearing a soiled diaper for a long time.
Here are certain tips to deal with diaper rashes:
Do not keep your baby in a soiled diaper for long periods of time and change diapers frequently. Cloth diapers need to be replaced more often than disposables since they do not absorb moisture that well. The quality of the diaper is also crucial, always buy a soft and absorbent diaper to avoid diaper rashes.
Wipe your baby's bum with plain water and if you are using commercial wipes, use hypoallergenic fragrance-free or one with natural fragrances kind. There are many water-based wipes available on the market. Take your pick from the best quality mild wipes that you can find.
Clean and Dry
While changing your baby's diaper, make sure to keep the area clean and dry. Gently pat the area clean rather than rubbing it. Don't use a fresh diaper until the time the area is completely dry, as leaving moisture can cause rashes to appear more.
Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands clean, before and after changing the diaper. Also, make it a practice to use a mild sanitiser to keep the germ off of you as well as the baby.
Diaper Free Time
Keep your baby free from diapers for at least some hours each day, especially if you are at home. This will help to keep the area free from moisture. Your baby’s skin needs to breathe too, and wearing a diaper at all times can be hard on the soft baby skin.
Dry Cloth Diapers
If you re using cloth diapers, ensure that you wash them with a mild detergent and dry them completely in direct sunlight so that there is no moisture left in them.
Treatment for a Diaper Rash
- Apply diaper cream or ointment to your baby's clean, dry bottom before putting on a clean diaper. Look for an option which is pediatrician approved and has as many natural ingredients as possible.
- Opt for a baby powder which is talc free. The talc or cornstarch present in most powders can cause breathing problems to the baby.
- A consistent problem with diaper rash might be due to a detergent or a diaper brand which is not suiting the baby’s sensitive skin. Ensure that all products which make contact with the baby’s skin, like the diapers, wipes, and even laundry detergents are made of the natural derivatives and have no harmful chemicals, alcohol, parabens, etc. Choose a hypoallergenic baby detergent instead of your regular one to show some love to your baby’s skin.
- Make use of the oldest diaper rash recipe because the diaper creams and powders arrived later than the humble coconut oil. Apply coconut oil liberally to the affected area and watch it heal in a couple of days. One can also use petroleum jelly for the same results.
Call the Doctor When:
- The rash is not responding to a diaper cream even after 2 or 3 days.
- Your baby has a fever along with the diaper rash.
- You see yellow, fluid-filled bumps, which might be a bacterial infection that requires antibiotics.
- You notice symptoms of a yeast infection like a swollen red rash, small red pimples, and redness in the folds of the baby's skin
Diaper rash is very common among babies and using a good quality diaper clean can help you combat and heal it. However, if it persists for a longer period of time, it could mean that it is time you see a doctor and let him know about the recurring rashes. It can be signs of some other infection and may appear like a mere diaper rash. Diaper rashes are extremely uncomfortable for the baby, however, with a few common steps, you can steer clear of a diaper rash or avoid recurring ones.