Remember the awful red rashes on your new born’s bottom that kept him (and you) awake all night? Well, diaper rash is an unpleasant side effect of using diapers.
In fact the soiled and wet baby diapers are the perfect breeding grounds of bacteria and yeast that can cause these rashes and further aggravate it. This diaper rash can also be caused by tight fitting diapers, introduction to baby wipes or bleach.
Fabric softeners used to launder cloth diapers containing chemicals can also harm your baby’s sensitive skin. The result is the presence of red patchy areas with a rash of pimples. This usually occurs on your newborn’s ultra sensitive skin around his/her thighs, buttocks and genitals.
For existent problems of rashes in babies, doctors recommend an antifungal cream and a mild hydrocortisone cream for use on the affected area.
Diaper rash ointments containing zinc oxide and petroleum jelly forms a smooth barrier over the area and can effectively soothe the itchy rashes, thus providing much needed relief to your newborn. For persistent rash problems, it is best to see a dermatologist.
Diaper rash is a common problem and unless accompanied by other symptoms like fever or pus there is no cause for alarm. Moreover you can treat the diaper rash with simple effective preventive measures such as changing the soiled diapers frequently, avoiding baby wipes or by simply changing the diaper brand.
Use clean water and a mild soap to clean the area and allow your baby to go without a diaper for an hour or two. Using cloth diapers is a good idea as it allows the skin to breathe and does not hold the moisture within.
Steer clear of baby products with perfumes and alcohol which can damage your newborn’s skin. Use white vinegar to wash and clean these cloth diapers. This will help remove the bacteria and yeast.
If these medical formulas and preventive measures do not work, then try using olive oil whisked in water to soothe your baby’s itchy red skin. Some severe cases of diaper rash may need aggressive treatments. Please consult a pediatrician if you find the rashes peeling, bleeding or oozing fluids.