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Coping with Diaper Rashes in Babies

Coping with Diaper Rashes in Babies

A baby suffering from a diaper rash is distressing for a parent. Find out what commonly cause diaper rash and know how to deal with diaper rashes in babies.

Diaper rash is a sort of skin inflammation that is pretty frequent with babies, despite your attempts to prevent it. You will know that your infant is suffering from a diaper rash when you find that there is a reddish patch on the thighs or near the pubic area of the little one. Once you are aware that these are common occurrences, you can take measures to prevent them from occurring and also think of effective remedies so that the little one does not suffer much.

Rashes Are Natural

You are probably aware that a cradle cap appears on the scalp of the baby. This also appears like a rash, but is a harmless one. The same can happen near the thighs and pubic area of the little one and this is clinically termed as seborrheic dermatitis. The skin down there turns reddish and scaly and appears waxy in patches. It can go away naturally within a few weeks or the paediatrician might recommend some ointment or gel to be applied locally. These patches may appear on the other parts of the body as well.

What Commonly Cause Diaper Rash?

Here are some of the common causes of diaper rashes in babies.

  •  If the skin gets rubbed, it will chafe against the surface of the diaper. The rashes appear as the baby’s skin is extremely tender and sensitive.

  • If you leave a wet diaper for a longer period, that is, if the diaper is not changed timely, rashes occur.

  • Rashes can be a result of either bacterial or yeast infection.

  • The baby’s skin might simply be allergic to the diaper. In such cases, you need to know the exact cause and plan some other suitable alternatives.

The Conditions or Stages in Which Diaper Rashes Are Common

Let us have a look the conditions which are conducive for the development of diaper rashes in babies.

  • You will notice that the baby is suffering from diaper rash very frequently if he is sleeping in poopy diapers.

  • He is having diarrhoea.

  • Has just begun to eat solid food.

  • If the mother or the baby is taking antibiotics.

  • Most babies of the age of eight to ten months are more likely to suffer from diaper rash.

How to Deal With Diaper Rash?

Have a quick look at the tips for dealing with diaper rashes.

  • The main rule is to check the diaper very often, whether or not it needs to be changed. Ensure that it is changed when it gets soiled or wet without delay.

  • Always use plain water to wash the thighs, bums and pubic area of the baby. Use mild soap only for washing off the stool.

  • Do not rub the thighs, bums and pubic area even if it is with a soft cloth. Try to dry the area by patting it dry as you clean it.

  • If the baby is already suffering from diaper rash, use wipes that are mild. Wipes that contain alcohol or are fragrant can be harsh on the sensitive skin of the baby and irritate it further. A soft washcloth is a better alternative.

  • Before you put on a fresh diaper, make sure that the area is fully clean and dry.

If you find that the rashes are getting ugly and painful, you need to follow the instructions of the paediatrician. He may suggest certain ointments, gels, cremes or powders to aid faster healing. Follow the tips mentioned above and you can also try using a squirt bottle to clean out the bottom instead of rubbing further on the already sore skin. The other best alternative to allow the rashes to heal is to allow the baby to go completely diaper-free for a few days. This will air out the bottom and help the skin to heal faster. Make sure that you keep the area free just after the infant has had his
bowel movement.

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AshU.2 years ago
Well my observation is this if babies are wearing diaper and remain wore for more than 6 hours , the rashes development is possible result . therefore make sure that diaper is used as when it is very much essential , else avoid it, and using diaper cream is good option.
Kanti Shagun.6 years ago
Diaper rash is very common but i didn't know the actual cause. Thanks for your article now i m able to deal with diaper rash effectively. please also give some home remedies for this.
Shikha Dewan.6 years ago
Diaper rash is very distressing for the baby. The best way is to change nappys more often and rub the baby's butt with cornstarch.I used to do this for my baby and she got immediate relief.
Mia Uveda.6 years ago
my three week baby got diaper rash. I check her diaper frequently and try to change her when it gets wet but still she has diaper rash. I do not know the actual reason. Please help. Thank you
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