Diaper is a common concern to every mum with babies. Typically the rash is red and bumpy and will go away in a few days with warm baths, some diaper cream, and a little time out of the diaper. Most rashes occur because the baby’s skin is sensitive and becomes irritated by the wet or poopy diaper.
Most parents have to deal with diaper rash at some point, especially in the first year or so of their child’s life. Diaper rash can be caused by anything from your child’s own urine to a new food. Here are the most likely culprits; Wetness, chemical sensitivity, new foods, Antibiotic or infection.
To prevent or heal diaper rash, try these tips:
- Change your baby’s diaper frequently, and as soon as possible after bowel movements.
- After cleaning the area with mild soap and water or a wipe, apply a diaper Shea butter or palm kennel on the affected area.
- If you use cloth diapers, wash them in dye- and fragrance-free detergents.
- Let the baby go undiapered for part of the day. This gives the skin a chance to air out.
- Ensure you choose a good diaper brand and avoid using different brands of diaper at same time for the baby.
- Be sure you are using original product of the diaper brand you choose because there are many fake products of diaper brand in the marketplace.
- Don’t overtighten diapers. Tight diapers prevent airflow into the diaper region, which sets up a moist environment favorable to diaper rashes. Tight diapers can also cause chafing at the waist or thighs.
- After changing diapers, wash your hands well. Hand-washing can prevent the spread of bacteria or yeast to other parts of your baby’s body, to you or to other children.
If the diaper rash continues for more than 3 days or seems to be getting worse, call your doctor — it may be caused by a fungal infection that requires a prescription.