Almost every baby experience having a diaper rash even though a mother is very careful in taking care of his or her baby. It is why knowing how to treat them is important if you really love your baby.
What is Diaper Rash?
These are red, waxy, scaly patches seen on the skin of the baby. Since it is termed diaper rash, it is found in the area where the diaper is. However, you can also find it on the other parts of the body like in the scalp. These rashes are known medically as seborrheic dermatitis.
Causes of Diaper Rash
Diaper rash may appear if:
- There are yeast infection
- There are bacterial infection
- You leave a dirty or a wet diaper for too long
- Your baby is allergic to the diaper
- Your baby’s skin is rubbing against the diaper.
The baby’s condition may also increase the tendency of having diaper rashes. These conditions are:
- Baby getting older (between ages 9 months and 12 months)
- Has diarrhea
- If your baby is taking antibiotics
- Sleeping in diapers with poop
- If your baby starts to eat solid foods.
Treating Diaper Rash Tips
- Before and after changing the diaper, be sure to wash your hands
- It is best to use pure water. However, if you need to remove poop, you may use mild baby cleanser.
- Always check the diaper on your baby. If the diaper is already dirty or wet, change it immediately.
- If you will clean or dry the skin, gently touching the area is better than rubbing off.
- Before putting on a new diaper, be sure that everything is clean and dry.
- Try to avoid alcohols, fragrances or other harmful chemicals. Instead, use mild products.
- For severe rashes:
o Use a squirt bottle with water to clean the area of infection. Let the water flow and don’t rub it
o If possible, make your baby diaper-free. It will help the rashes heal faster. To prevent any mess, do this measure, after the baby has pooped and pee.
- Some ointments, powder and creams help in controlling the rashes on your baby’s skin. Sometimes, they also protect the baby from this illness. Apply them after the baby’s bottom is already clean and dry.
- When finding a drug, look at the ingredient list if it contains petrolatum (also known as petroleum jelly) or zinc oxide.
- Avoid using creams which have steroids (hydrocortisone). If you don’t use them correctly, they can harm your baby. But, if your doctor prescribes it, use it.
- If your baby can’t avoid having diaper rashes, maybe your diaper is the problem. Change it!
- Use disposable cloth or disposable diapers as much as possible.
- If you clean your baby’s cloth diapers, and he or she is always having diaper rashes, change the type of detergent you use. Select a mild, hypoallergenic type of detergent.