Babies commonly get diaper rash. Diaper rash is
a concern for most parents. The skin of baby is irritated and the baby may cry
continuously due to this. Want to know the causes of diaper rash? Read
Why does my baby get diaper
Clad in a nappy, a baby's
bottom is susceptible to nappy rash. The skin is exposed to a high level of
moisture, little air, a host of chemical irritants and infectious organisms
present in the urine and the faeces, and friction caused by the rubbing of the
The skin first gets irritated by the chronic moisture
and is further weakened by the friction caused by the chafing of the nappy.
Irritating substances and infectious organisms in the stools and urine
facilitate the development of the rash. Aggressive and frequent cleaning of the
nappy area using detergents, tight nappies, rubber bands, and the ammonia in
the urine can aggravate the condition.
My baby has a recurring case of nappy
Some babies have a recurrent
condition of diaper rash. This may be because they have an inborn
susceptibility, allergic tendencies, high levels of ammonia in their urine, or
a pH imbalance in their stool. It may also be the case that once the skin has
become irritated, it becomes more susceptible to a second
to treat diaper or nappy rashes?
rashes, as we all know can make a baby cranky and disturbed. Here are shared
some tips you can follow to keep the rashes at
You must ensure your hands are clean before removing the
diapers or nappies.
Check her nappies or diapers often
and change them before they get too soiled or wet.
Using baby wet wipes to clean the
poop is a good idea. After wiping, you must ensure the area is
When you use wipes, look for the mild ones with no
fragrance. You may also consider using soft cloth to keep her
Before putting on a fresh diaper
or nappy you need to make sure the area is clean completely.
If she already has developed some
rashes, you may consider keeping the bottom area open so that she can feel the
air and a little comfort. It may also help the rashes to heal.
Keep her free from diaper as much
possible. This shall help healing her skin faster.
Removing all diapers immediately
after bowel movement shall help reduce chances of diaper
How to use powders, ointments and
These are some products
suggested commonly to take care of diaper
Use only the products which are
prescribed by a paediatrician.
Avoid using over-the-counter
products for treating rashes of your baby.
Before you apply the cream, power
or ointment, you need to clean the area thoroughly.
Products containing petroleum
jelly or zinc oxide can be useful in this case.
You should be careful while using
powders. Make sure the powder does not irritate her nose. This might result in
breathing troubles as well.
Do not put powder directly on your
baby. Put some powder on your hand and apply on the affected area.
It is better to avoid steroid
creams unless prescribed by your doctor. These creams can irritate your little
one when used the wrong way.
When to see a
Here are some
instances when you may prefer to call the doctor. Take a look:
If you find the rashes staying
there even after treating it for 2-3 days.
In case you see your baby getting
sluggish or feverish.
If you find crusty areas filled
with pus or bumps. These can be bacterial infection that might require
You must call the doctor if you
see yeast like infection.
You need to notify the doctor in
case of red pimples around the areas covered with nappy.
In case you find red colour folds
on her skin.
Your doctor may prescribe antifungal medicine to help
clear up all the infection.
you can do?
Generally, it is possible
to treat diaper rash at home, but in case you want to visit the doctor, here
are some preparations you need to keep in mind. Take a look:
Prepare a list of the symptoms and
signs of your child. Also, note the time since when she has the
You must also offer details about
her food habits and medical condition. Let the doctor know if you are offering
any medicines recently for treating any illness.
Also, let him know if she is on
formula solution of breastmilk. Any changes that you have brought in her diet
must also be notified to your doctor.
Prepare a list of the skincare
product that you use for her. Your doctor may also want to know the brand of
the talcum powder, lotion, cream and soap that are used for
You need not worry too much about diaper rashes, as these
are minor skin rashes that can be easily treated. However, whether your child
suffers from diaper rashes or not make sure to keep her free from diapers for
at least some part of the day. This shall help you avert such incidences like a
rash. Preferably, you can use diapers only at night and use the cloth nappy
during the day time to prevent the discomfort.
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