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Treatment of Diaper Rash

Treatment of Diaper Rash

Generally a nappy rash does not require medication. It can be cured by simple tips. The main aim is to keep baby's skin dry and clean. For recurrent nappy rash doctor may prescribe medicines. Read on to know about how to prevent nappy rash.

How can I prevent diaper rash?

Here are some tips which you can follow to prevent diaper rash.

Try to reduce the moisture against the skin

Keep the nappy area dry and clean. Change the baby's nappy as soon as she is wet or has had a poop. Give your baby less superfluous fluid to control excessive urination.

Expose the baby's skin to air

Keep your baby bare-bottomed part of the time, placing her on a plastic or waterproof sheet covered with thin layer of cloth to protect the surface below. However, ensure that she is warm enough so that she does not catch a chill.

Try to expose your baby to fewer irritants

Adult soap can dry and irritate your baby's skin. Do not use adult soap. Ask the doctor to recommend good baby soap. When your baby has a bowel movement, clean her skin using warm water and cotton balls. If her bowel movement is really messy, you can clean her up with a quick dip in a tub or the sink, but make sure that you pat her dry.

Try a different brand of diaper

If your baby has recurrent nappy rash, switch to another brand or from cloth to disposables. Alternatively, you can stop using a diaper till the rashes are healed to prevent the discomfort. Using liners and nappy pads is another option to reduce the discomfort.

Protect your baby's skin

Sometimes spreading a thick layer of ointment (recommended by your doctor) on your baby's bottom after you have washed her at changing time can prevent urine from coming in contact with the skin. Using boric acid is not advisable as it is a toxic substance. Talc absorbs moisture and keeps the baby dry. However, adult talc may contain asbestos, which can be carcinogenic. Talc specially formulated for babies by reputed manufacturers does not contain asbestos and is safe for use.

What medication can I use to treat diaper rash?

If the nappy rash does not clear up in a day or two or if it gets aggravated, the doctor may need to prescribe medication. The medication will depend on the kind of nappy rash.
  • Seborrhoeic dermatitis steroid cream (but not long term)
  • Impetigo antibiotics administered orally
  • Intertrigo careful cleansing and a hydrocortisone cream and protective ointments
  • Candida topical anti-fungal ointment or cream
The above mentioned medications should not be used without doctor’s prescription. Please consult your doctor in order to be on a safer side.

What are the common causes of diaper rashes?

Diaper rash is mainly caused due to leaving the baby in a wet or a dirty diaper for a longer time. If there is no diaper-free time allowed to baby, diaper rash may also be caused due to rubbing of baby’s skin to diapers frequently. Allergic reaction to the diapers is also one of the causes of diaper rashes in babies. Other causes also include yeast and bacterial infection.

Keeping your baby clean and hygienic is a must to prevent diaper rashes and any kind of skin infection. If your baby is coping with diaper rashes, make sure that you consult a paediatrician immediately. Do not apply anything on the rashes without consulting your doctor. Your doctor is the right person to suggest appropriate remedies for dealing with the diaper rashes of your baby.

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Sarita.1 year ago
Thanks for the info! i have found that nothing beats coconut oil (in terms of effectiveness, cost, and ease of use) in preventing and healing diaper rashes. Hope my blog helps you on how to use it.
Shobha.9 years ago
diaper rashes also occur if the baby is sweating. therefore, one must always apply some baby powder on the sides and then make the baby wear the diaper.
Manisha.9 years ago
i think if you wear the diaper little up on the stomach and you stick the plastic sticker to the upward position it will lessen the rash. because the main source of rash is that plastic edge which hurts baby. and of course applying some baby powder before wearing the diaper will also help.
Reyna.9 years ago
a good way to prevent rashes is by using products with zinc or by using dry clay poweder, which is absoulutely natural and non-toxic.
Arianna.9 years ago
hi,i'm in 7th grade and was wrighting a half a page on caring for infants for science class,my moms having twins by the way and a i just a had to say that i thought that this is a great site to find what you need, and that i'm very pleased with your progress. you never kwow but years later i could be on this site looking for some help.keep up the good work.=)
Gayatri.9 years ago
i think first of all a baby should be worn diapers only after completing three months. till then cloth nappies are good and safe for the should be kept clean and should be cleaned immediately after passing stools. it should not be left like that in order to avoid rashes.
Mike.9 years ago
this article offers a good explanation but little advice by way of a cure. i found readers comments more helpful in solving the problem. essentially i jut found out that my child has an acute allergy to ammonia which is a component of urine.
Jayshree.9 years ago
use creams with zinc oxide to prevent rash. after rash has subsided use vaseline petroleum jelly during all diaper changes.
Brook.9 years ago
im in the 9th grade looking for needs of a newborn baby for home ec and i thought this was a good website to find it thanx
Seema.9 years ago
i am the mother of 2 baby boys and i use cloth diapers, safety pins, and rubber pants. even when they develope a diaper rash, i continue to diaper them in rubber pants. just be sure to change their diapers frequently and check their diapers every hour or so to make sure they aren't wet or poopy. contrary to all beliefs, rubber pants do not make a diaper rash worse.
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