In the child’s first year, diaper rash can be a common problem. Bacterial and yeast infection may break out in the folds of the diaper area. Although, it can often occur if a child is left in a dirty diaper for too long, it can also be due to sensitivity to a particular chemical or fragrance used in the disposable or cloth diaper. If your child is particularly sensitive, it can be caused due to reactions from a cream, lotion or powder you are using around the diaper area.
A diaper rash essentially refers to red and irritated skin around the child’s inner thighs, buttocks and genitals. It might appear as a few prickly red dots in some instances. However, there is not much to worry about. Rest assured that it is not because of negligent parenting and can be easily checked.
Let’s Look At 4 Ways To Handle Diaper Rashes In Babies:
1. Keep The Skin Clean And Dry
The first and foremost step in keeping diaper rash in check is to keep the baby’s skin clean and dry. Change diapers frequently and try to use a superabsorbent one. Make sure that the skin is not in contact with urine or stool for a very long time. Ideally, when a child has rashes, the diaper needs to be changed every 2 to 3 hours. If possible, try to keep diapers away for a few days. This will keep the area dry and will help to heal faster. Use cloth and water to clean your baby’s diaper area. Avoid using wet wipes on rashes because the chemicals in it can be harsh to the skin. Also, do not use soap on the affected area. If you must use soap, try mild soaps. Make sure that you pat dry the skin every time the child urinates or passes stool.
2. Creams To Curb Skin Irritation
Irritated skin can be a great problem for the child. To provide temporary relief, you can use creams with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Apply generous amounts of cream on the affected area and cover with petroleum jelly. This will prevent the cream from sticking to the diaper. Vaseline can also be used to soothe your little one’s skin. If the rash develops a secondary fungal infection and becomes bright red in colour, anti-fungal creams may be necessary. Medicinal creams containing clotrimazole, miconazole and nystatin are particularly effective.
3. Use Loose Diapers
Loose diapers help in air circulation and helps to take care of the rashes quickly. A bigger size might also come handy. Since bacterial infection thrives in warm and moist areas, it is necessary to expose your child’s skin. Besides, let him or her play on the floor that is easy to clean. In this way, you can keep the diaper away for some time and open rashes tend to heal quicker. At night, put a rubber or plastic sheet beneath the bed cover and let your child sleep on his bare bottom.
4. Soak In A Warm Bath
Warm baths can be very effective in dealing with diaper rash that refuses to go away. If your child is suffering for quite some time, mix 2 tablespoon of baking soda to a small tub of warm water and let your little one soak in it for 10 minutes. If you repeat this procedure 2 to 3 times in a day, the results will be better.