Dealing with Diaper Rash
Diaper rash usually equals an unhappy, crying baby. Diaper rash is quite the uncomfortable condition, but unfortunately it is very common in babies (most common in 4 month – 15 month old babies). As the name suggests, this rash usually appears on the skin in the area under the diaper. Usually, signs of diaper rash become more visible after the baby has been introduced to eating solid foods.
What Causes Diaper Rash?
There are many things that could actually cause diaper rash. One way is through infection with yeast or a fungus named Candida, which is very common to find pretty much everywhere. This fungus grows best in environments that are both warm and moist, which is why under a diaper is quite the ideal environment for it.
Diaper rashes caused by some yeast infections are more common in babies that are not kept clean and dry, are having antibiotic treatments (or the mother is taking them and breastfeeding), or have more frequent bowel movements.
There are other causes of diaper rashes and they are: stools that have acid in them (more common when the baby is experiencing diarrhea), ammonia (from the breakdown of urine), ill-fitting diapers, reactions to chemicals in bath/cleansing products, and extra moisture.
Symptoms of Diaper Rash
It’s pretty easy to see when a baby has a diaper rash. It appears as a bright red rash that will seem to grow bigger and bigger over time. In boys, it may appear as a red scaly area in the penis and scrotum. In girls, it can look like a red scaly area on the labia and vagina. Other blemishes may also occur such as pimples, ulcers, blisters, large bumps and even sores full of pus.
Usually, these rashes do not spread past the boundaries of the diaper.
Remedies for Diaper Rash
It is important to take proper care of the baby in order to get rid of diaper rash. This involves keeping the child in clean, dry diapers, helping not only to rid the rashes but also to prevent new ones from coming. When caring for the child and changing the diaper, use alcohol-free and fragrance-free wipes and products only. Gently clean the diaper rash-affected area with a wet cotton ball or soft cloth when changing diapers—but do not scrub or rub.
Whenever possible, let the area air dry or pat the area dry before putting on a diaper. Also, keeping the baby out of a diaper as much as possible is also good—this helps to keep the area dry. Make sure the diapers are also the right size for the child.
When using cloth diapers, avoid using plastic or rubber bottoms under them because they will prevent the skin from breathing. Avoid washing them with dryer sheets and fabric softeners and make sure that all the soap is properly rinsed out.
Ask a doctor before using a rash cream or any sort of topical medication. An alternative would be applying petroleum jelly over dry and clean skin as it helps to keep moisture away. Zinc oxide-based products may also work the same way.
- Wash the baby’s bottom area thrououghly with running tap water after every bowel movement
- Gently dry the rash with soft cloth and apply Vaseline
- Place some oatmeal in the bath water and splash the water around the diaper rash for about 10 minutes
- Make a paste out of Vaseline and corn starch and gently rub on the rash
- Rubbing lanolin oil on the area will form a protective coating allowing the rashto heal faster
- Pour milk of magnesia on the rash until the rash has healed
- After washing the baby, apply vegetable oil to the rash
Remember; exercise precaution to avoid using any product the baby may be allergic to and consult with your doctor.