Every parent is conscious about their baby’s health. No matter how conscious you are, it is very normal for the babies to get a diaper rash. Though it happens with all most every baby, it is an alarming sight for the parents. Red, inflamed buttocks and thighs are not only alarming for parents but also very much irritating and sometimes painful for the babies.
While some cases of diaper rash are mild, others can be severe. There are many causes of diaper rash and the most common causes are friction, bacteria, moisture, chemicals, antibiotics etc. All the parents should be careful about diaper rash and need to plan ahead about what to do when babies get diaper rash.
There are simple ways to get rid of diaper rash. Let us see them
Getting Rid of Diaper Rash
• Check and change your baby’s diaper frequently. To prevent diaper rash, you need to change your baby’s diaper as soon as you realize it is wet or soiled. Urination adds moisture to the diaper which causes the formation of bacteria. Solid waste even causes more bacteria formation and bacteria are the cause of skin rash.
• Clean your baby’s skin carefully, especially when there is rash. Use plain water to wash and if you need always use a mild cleanser. Do not rub the skin as it is very much delicate. Gently dab the skin to make it clean and dry. If you want to use wipes, you should use the mild ones. Avoid those with alcohol and fragrances as they contain more chemicals. You can also use a clean and soft cloth.
• Make the diaper area completely clean and dry before putting on a new diaper and do not miss those chubby little folds in the diaper area. This step will prevent the new rashes to come and will also reduce the existing ones.
• Stop putting on diapers all the time. The rash will heal faster when the diaper zone will be more airy. Let your baby go diaper free as much as it is possible for you.
• Before putting on a new diaper, apply ointment or cream in the skin. Ingredients like zinc oxide and petroleum will create a barrier on your baby’s skin and will also prevent moisture to come in contact with the skin. You can also use baby powder but keep it away from baby’s face as it can cause breathing problem. Carefully place it on your hands and gently apply on baby’s skin.
• Diapers, wipes etc contain chemicals so try to choose them wisely. Some diapers’ chemical may not suit your baby’s skin so switch them. You should also switch to other brands of wipes, if the current one causes rashes. If you are using cloth diapers, you should use disposable ones. If you do not want to dispose them, wash them with mild detergent. You can try different brands of lotions and powders in case the current ones are creating the problem.
• You should not waste time to visit a doctor, if the rash is not out in 2-3 days or it gets worse. The doctor will be able to determine the cause of the rash and it may be bacterial or yeast infection. Yellow, fluid-filled bumps, honey colored crusty areas, swollen red rash, redness in the folds of the baby skin etc are the indications of these infections. The doctor may suggest antibiotics, if your baby needs it. It is very important to take the help of an expert.