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How To Deal With Diaper Rashes In Babies?

Is your baby’s little bottom red and puffy? Chances are that it’s a diaper rash. Almost all babies get a diaper rash at least once in their infanthood. It is better to be dealt with when it is still mild where there are a few prickly red spots rather than when it’s extensive and spreads to the tummy and thighs. Whatever the case is, diaper rash can be treated to make your baby more comfortable.

Causes

1. Wetness - No matter how absorbent the diapers are, there is still going to be some moisture content especially if the diapers are not changed frequently. Sometimes the urine mixes with your little one’s poop and harms the skin.

2. Sensitivity - If your child has sensitive skin then the chemicals in the diapers may be the cause of the diaper rash. It could also be because of the detergent you are using to wash the cloth diapers (if you use them).

3. Antibiotics - If you (if you are breastfeeding your child) or your baby is taking antibiotics then the chances of getting a yeast infection is high. This can cause a rash, especially in those little folds and cracks of your baby’s flesh.

4. New foods - If your baby just started weaning, then the diaper rash could be an allergic reaction to the acids in the new foods. If you are breastfeeding then it could be because of something you ate. So make sure to keep an eye out on foods that could be causing a reaction.

Treatment

1. Change your baby’s diaper frequently; As soon as you feel wetness in the diaper, change it immediately. Do not delay.

2. Clean your child’s bum and the area around it thoroughly during diaper change

3. Try to avoid baby wipes with chemicals, fragrance, and alcohol in them. You can also use a cotton ball with water or a mild cleanser to clean the area.

4. Do not rub the area while cleaning. Pat it dry.

5. Try to keep your baby diaper-free for a while. The best time to do so is right after your baby poops or had a bowel movement.

6. Using creams or ointments with zinc oxide or petroleum jelly in them will act as a barrier between the diaper and your baby’s bottom. They will also soothe your child’s skin.

When to call the doctor?

You need to consult with your doctor if you feel like the rash is infected or if it persists more than 4 or 5 days. Signs of infection include blisters, swelling of the area, discharge (pus) from the affected area and open sores. Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate medicine. 

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