No matter how careful you are, your little one will probably get a diaper rash at some point. In fact, reddened, inflamed skin in diaper areas is one of the most common reasons that parents seek from medical care. So, you’re not alone! Because there are many different types of diaper rashes and they can look quite similar. So, plan ahead. Learn how to treat diaper rash and prevent flare-ups. Your baby’s little bottom will thank you!
Causes of Diaper Rash
Diaper rashes are a common condition form of inflamed skin that appears as a patchwork of bright red skin in the baby’s bottom area. These rashes usually look like red splotches on your baby’s bottom. However, they’re not particularly caused by diapers like its name. Diaper rash can result from:
- Irritation from a new food or baby products
- Diaper changes
- Sensitive skin
- Chafing or Rubbing
Here are a few diaper rash remedies.
Keeping things Clean and Dry
The most important way to prevent and treat diaper rash is to keep your baby’s diaper dry and clean as much as possible. Plus, you also want to make sure the diaper isn’t too tight for the little one.
We suggest letting your baby lay on dry surfaces like a towel whenever your baby isn’t wearing a diaper. Also, having some time without a diaper during the day will improve the situation. When you change your baby’s diaper, you should clean the area with a soft cloth, adding a bit of moisture if you want. Wiping is fine, but remember to be gentle. You don’t want to rub the skin too hard or use alcohol to clean the irritated skin. On top of that, you can also use mild soaps or a soap-free cleanser when you give your baby a bath.
When your baby has a diaper rash, you need to be more cautious with diaper changing. It’s best to check your baby’s diaper often and change it as soon as it’s wet or soiled. Remember to wash your hands before and after every diaper change. Only use plain water when you need to wash poops off your baby’s skin. And, be sure the area is completely clean and dry before putting on a new diaper.
Because some babies may be sensitive to detergents or their fragrances. So, if you use cloth diapers then you should wash them 2 to 3 times in order to remove all the soap after you cleaned them. Also, using diapers with extra absorbency can help keep your baby’s skin dry more easily.
Creams, Ointments, and Powder
These products aim to soothe your baby’s sore skin. Plus, it also applies a thin layer to prevent contact with feces and other irritants from touching your baby’s skin.
Using cream or ointment on your baby’s bottom when it is dry before putting on a clean diaper. You should look for zinc oxide or petrolatum (petroleum jelly) on the ingredients list. If you use baby powder, remember to keep it away from your baby’s face because it might cause some breathing issues. So, you should place it in your hand, then apply it to the diaper area.
Treatments to avoid
When it comes to preventing and treating diaper rash, being less is more. Avoid using fragranced products, including fabric softeners or dryer sheets because they can irritate your baby. Also, you should choose clothes that are breathable for your baby. Rubber or plastic covers over a diaper can create a moist and uncomfortable environment. Cornstarch is another remedy that isn’t safe to use on babies. Cornstarch can be used to soothe and calm skin irritations. However, it does not form a barrier layer over the skin and obstructs skin pores in babies.
Although diaper rashes can look painful and irritated, they don’t often bother your baby. The exception is when the rash becomes infected. If the rash looks infected, you should talk to your child’s pediatrician. We wish you and your baby the best of health.