How to Treat Diaper Rash In Babies
What is Diaper Rash?
Also known as Diaper Dermatitis is a form of inflamed skin that looks like patches of red skin around your baby’s bottom or genital area. It is a form of skin irritation. It looks red, sore, and tender. No matter how perfect you look after your baby, something or the other keeps on irritating you and your babies. One such common thing is diaper rash. It is most commonly seen in newborn babies who wear diapers 24 hours a day. My baby also had a diaper rash when he was 2 months old, after that I took care of him and he didn’t get it again. Diaper rash seems to be very small to us but it is a very big thing for a baby because they get irritation on that area and if not treated early it can lead to fever, swelling, and bleeding.
Causes of Diaper Rash:-
- Contact of urine or stool to your baby’s skin for a long time.
- Cheap quality diapers in which the chemicals present can come in contact with baby skin and lead to a rash.
- Unhygienic cloth diapers can cause diaper rash.
- Changing wet diapers after 4 to 5 hours.
- Loose motions in babies can cause diaper rash very frequently.
- Keeping the baby in diapers for 24 hours. Your baby’s genital area needs some contact with the natural air.
- Tight diapers can also cause a rash as the air cannot get inside the skin near the genital area to breathe.
- Introducing some new foods to your baby can cause a diaper rash.
- Bacteria and yeast can also cause diaper rash on your baby’s sensitive skin.
- If your baby is taking antibiotics due to some illness, it can cause rashes.
- Babies with sensitive skin are more likely to develop rashes.
- Babies can also get Heat rash during summers.
Symptoms of Diaper Rash:-
- Rashes on the bumps and thighs of the baby.
- The skin turns red or pink.
- Fussy Baby.
- Clean the genital area with clean water and cotton every time you change the diaper. Use warm water in winter and normal room temperature water in summers. Just pat gently don’t rub the skin. Avoid using wipes at this time as much as possible.
- Apply coconut oil or diaper rash cream after changing a diaper. I personally applied coconut oil and Himalaya diaper rash cream for my baby after every diaper change.
- Change your baby wet diapers every 2 to 3 hours. If your baby has passed stool, change it immediately.
- Always try to keep your baby’s diaper area dry.
- Leave your baby’s bottom open for half an hour after every diaper change to allow the skin to breathe.
- If your using cloth diapers was them separately with baby-friendly detergent powders or Dettol
- Please visit your doctor if the baby gets a fever, the rash becomes worse, bleeding from rash, yellow patches, etc.
- If the diaper rash becomes worse avoid diapers completely and use cloth diapers or leave the diaper area open to cure faster.