Diaper rash treatments can be carried out by keeping your baby’s skin as dry and clean and dry at all times. A diaper rash is a common form of skin inflammation which appears as a patchwork of bright red skin on your baby’s bottom.
Diaper rash often occurs when your baby’s diaper is not changed always. This causes the baby’s bottom to become irritated, very red and also inflamed. Anyone who often wears a diaper can also get a diaper rash.
Diaper Rash – What Does Diaper Rash Look Like?
If your child’s bottom looks red and irritated, it may just be a diaper rash. If your baby gets a diaper rash, the skin may feel a little warm and even puffy to the touch.
Diaper rash doesn’t make you a bad or negligent parent. It is very common in babies, especially during your child’s first year of life.
Diaper rash can also make you baby a little bit irritable, and even be a cause of concern to the parents. But it often clears up after some time. And also after taking some precautions to prevent more rashes.
Causes Of Diaper Rash
Diaper rash causes can be any of the following factors listed below:
The wetness from stool and urine.
When your child is exposed to urine or stool for a long time, the moisture can cause irritation to your baby’s sensitive skin. Also. If your baby gets diarrhea or frequent bowel movements, he or she will be more prone to getting a diaper rash. This is because feces causes more skin irritation than urine.
An introduction of new foods.
When a baby starts to eat solid foods, it means that the composition of their stool changes. This change increases the chances of diaper rash developing on the baby bottom. And if you are breastfeeding your baby, the skin may also react to what you eat by developing a diaper rash.
Bacterial or yeast (fungal) infection.
Since the diaper is often warm and moist, this boosts the growth of bacteria and yeast. The infection may also spread to the surrounding area of the baby’s skin such as the buttocks, genitals, and thighs. The folds and creases of the skin may also harbor some the rashes, with red dots scattered around to the surrounding region.
Rubbing or Chafing or chemical sensitivity.
Very tight clothing or diapers which constantly rubs against your baby’ skin can make his skin become irritated, which will lead to the development of a rash. Fragrances in some diaper or the detergent use in washing the baby’s cloth could also lead to a formation of a diaper rash
- Sensitive skin.
Some babies with skin conditions, such as seborrheic dermatitis, eczema or atopic dermatitis are usually more prone to developing a diaper rash.
Irritation as a result of a new product.
Some babies may react to baby wipes, a different brand of bleach, detergent or even diaper. Substances that may also compound the problem include ingredients that may be found in some baby powders, oils, and lotions.
- Babies on antibiotics may develop a yeast infection when the drug kills both the good and bad bacteria. Use of antibiotic also increases the risk of diarrhea. Babies whose mothers take antibiotics may also be prone to developing a diaper rash.
Symptoms Of A Diaper Rash
Symptoms of diaper rash include:
- red and tender looking bottom
- the baby becoming fussy whenever the area is washed or touched
- A baby with diaper rash usually cries whenever the diaper area is touched or washed.
Diaper Rash Treatments
The best diaper rash treatments is for your baby’s skin to be as dry and clean as possible. Some home remedies you can perform include:
- Keeping your baby clean and dry and also changing his diaper regularly.
- Pat your baby’s skin dry, do no rub or scrub.
- Always rinse your baby’s diaper area well at each diaper change. Avoid the use of baby wipes which contains fragrance or alcohol
- Avoid very tight diapers or clothes, as they prevent the free flow of air.
- Make use of ointments which forms a protective barrier on the skin so as to help protect your baby’s skin from getting irritated from urine and feces. These ointments should be used whenever you want to put a fresh diaper.
- Allow your child to sleep with a bare bottom whenever he develops a diaper rash. You can make use of a mackintosh to protect the mattress.But if the diaper rash persists even after the home remedies, your doctor may prescribe the following diaper rash treatments or medications:
- Oral or topical antibiotics, if your baby has a bacterial or yeast infection
- A mild steroid (hydrocortisone) cream
- An antifungal cream for fungal infectionsThe diaper rash treatments listed above should only be used as prescribed b your baby’s pediatrician. If the rash still persists despite prescription treatment, a dermatologist may be recommended by your doctor.