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Worried about baby’s diaper rashes?

Worried about baby’s diaper rashes?

Babies & nappies are correlated words for new parents! With nappies, come rashes, but do not worry, you need not blame yourself. It is usual in babies (younger than 2 years) and is not due to parental ignorance.

What is a diaper rash?

While changing diapers, you’re likely to be confronted with a tender-looking, irritated, red spots on the baby’s bottom. It’s a diaper rash, which means any skin irritation (despite of cause) that develops in the skin under the diaper.

 Symptoms of such diaper rashes

  • Pink or red spots on a little or large area.
  • Dry or fluid filled raised bumps.
  • Peeling skin with dryness.
  • Swelling near the diaper area.
  • Affected area would be warm to feel.

Reasons behind such diaper rashes are:

  • Friction produced when skin is continuously rubbed by wet diapers.
  • Irritation caused by irritants like feces, certain acids in urine/stool, or cleaning agents.
  • Fungal or yeast infection, as warm and moist diaper area attracts bacterias and yeast.
  • Allergy caused by diaper wipes, soaps, laundry detergent, lotion, or the elastic in diapers.
  • Changes in composition and frequency of stool, especially when baby is introduced to new or solid foods.
  • Antibiotics can cause diarrhea sometimes, which can put in to diaper rash.

Recommendations for Cure:

  • Change diapers immediately after they are wet or soiled.
  • Clean and dry the skin, before applying a cream or ointment.
  • Increase air exposure to the diaper region. Avoid airtight diapers.
  • Apply ointment such as Balmex, Desitin, Triple Paste and Lotrimin (for yeast infections).
  • Use lukewarm water and mild soap for baby’s bathing.
  • Try some natural remedies such as breast milk, aloe vera, a mixture of honey, olive oil, and beeswax.

It is advisable to consult doctor if rashes continue to stay or grow with time.

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