Diaper rash (also known as nappy rash), is a very common condition which causes baby’s skin to become sore, red and tender. Baby’s skin is very delicate and it gets irritated by soiled diapers or friction from diaper.
It can be very annoying for little babies. If not treated on time, it can cause pimples or other sores on baby’s skin. There is a warm and moist environment inside the diaper which increases the growth of fungi.
It is very important to keep the baby’s skin dry and clean by changing diapers at every short interval. Some experts also suggest that you should keep your baby diaper free for few hours everyday to let his skin breathe. Diaper rash can also develop if the baby is on some medication, or the mother is on antibiotics.
Sometimes diaper rash also happens due to change in baby’s diet pattern. When the babies start taking solid foods, the composition of their stool changes, which may cause diaper rashes.
To treat diaper rash, you can use creams and ointments which contain zinc oxide. Diaper rash usually disappears after 2 to 3 days if you take proper care at home. But if it still persists, you should consult a doctor. Immediately consult your doctor if:
– You see any kind of ulcers or pimples on baby’s skin.
– You see large bumps, blisters or boils.
– Rashes don’t get better at home.
The doctor may prescribe some anti fungal cream or some ointment.
In the meantime, avoid products which may trigger diaper rash. Wash baby’s skin with warm water after every diaper change.
To prevent diaper rashes:
Change baby’s soiled or wet diaper frequently.
Allow the skin of the baby to be completely dry before putting on a new diaper.
Never use creams which contain camphor, boric acid or any compound of benzoic tincture. These things can be harmful for the baby’s skin.
Avoid baby wipes which are scented.
Avoid the use of diapers which have plastic edges.
Disposable diapers draw moisture away from the skin because of the absorbent gel present in them. This helps in keeping the skin dry. Diaper rash is a very common skin problem in babies and it cannot be considered a sign of parental neglect or carelessness.