How To Treat Your Baby’s Diaper Rash

Diaper rashes are red and sore patches located on and around your baby’s bum, thighs and pubic areas. A diaper rash can be prevented if precautionary measures are taken. Here are a few common causes of diaper rash:

1. If diaper areas are not properly and regularly cleaned, rashes will appear because baby’s skin is extremely tender and sensitive.

2. Wearing a wet or soiled diaper longer than necessary.

3. Rashes can be a result of either bacterial, yeast infection or baby’s diet

SEE ALSO:10 Reasons Your Baby Is Rejecting Your Breastmilk

4. The baby’s skin might simply be allergic to the diaper. In such cases, you need to know the exact cause and plan some other suitable alternatives.

Treating diaper rash

Simple measures are often the best. The rash will usually improve or disappear within a few days of following these steps:

1. Change your baby’s nappies frequently. This keeps the nappy area dry and gives your child’s skin a chance to heal. Check your child every hour or so to see if the nappy is wet or soiled. Change wet or soiled nappies straight away.

2. Let your baby’s bottom ‘air’. Give your baby’s bottom air for as long as possible every day. You can leave baby lying on an open nappy or a towel (naked from the waist down) even while he’s sleeping. You can also try fastening his nappy loosely, to allow air to circulate freely.

SEE ALSO:When To See The Doctor About Your Child’s Fever

3. Clean your baby’s skin. Use lukewarm water and a mild soap to wash your baby’s skin. Rinse the skin thoroughly and gently pat her dry with a towel. If using disposable wipes, make sure they don’t contain alcohol, which will sting the raw areas. Use running water to clean your baby where possible.

4. Use an appropriate protective cream after each nappy change. Apply a simple cheap barrier cream (for example, zinc and castor oil, vaseline jelly) thickly with every change. You can get these creams from a supermarket or your chemist without a prescription. Talcum-based powders aren’t recommended for nappy rash, because accidentally breathing in a puff of talcum powder can cause breathing difficulties in babies.

5. Apply breastmilk. Applying breastmilk to affected area works like magic as well as an inexpensive and natural form of treatment. The breastmilk contains antibiotic and healing properties.

SEE ALSO:Five Things You Didn’t Know About Beyonce’s Twins Revealed

When should you see a doctor

You should take your child to the doctor if:

  • the rash hasn’t improved after 3-4 days, even when you use the treatment steps suggested above
  • blisters, crusts or pimples appear
  • your child’s upset and not sleeping
  • your child has an unexplained fever
  • the rash is spreading
  • the end of your son’s penis is red and swollen, or has a scab on it.

For severe or prolonged cases of nappy rash, your doctor might also recommend using cortisone creams or ointments (hydrocortisone 1%) if the rash stays red and hasn’t improved with simple measures. Creams containing steroid medication (for example, hydrocortisone) shouldn’t be used for more than 3-5 days in a row without medical supervision. Your doctor might prescribe particular creams or ointments if your baby has a secondary infection with bacteria or thrush.

Sources: RaisingChildren, IndiaParenting

16 Discussions on
“How To Treat Your Baby’s Diaper Rash”

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published.