Diaper rashes in the diaper area are very common in the babies of 6- 10 months age and can be very irritating. This is a different kind of skin rash that occurs due to prolonged use of diapers. This can also result from an allergic reaction caused by disposable diapers. These rashes appear as red patches around the buttocks, scrotal area and vagina. The patches get bigger with the formation of red pus filled blisters and sores.
Occurrences of diaper rashes tend to reduce as the baby grows, and his/her skin becomes less sensitive to external factors. Diaper rashes result mainly due to prolonged moist and unclean conditions around the diaper area or constant friction between the diaper and the soft skin of the baby. These rashes can also result from homemade nappies, if not washed properly. Although, most of disposable diapers are made out of eco-friendly materials, still your baby’s skin may be allergic towards certain chemicals, and may develop diaper rashes. In such cases, changing the diaper brand reduces the occurrence of rashes.
Dr. Pankaj Vohra, Paediatrician at Max Healthcare, New Delhi is of the view that infection from Candida yeast is the main culprit behind diaper rashes in babies. This particular yeast thrives in moist and humid conditions causing this skin disorder.
Parents should be cautious enough to keep the diaper areas of the babies clean and dry to prevent yeast infection. Homemade nappies should be washed properly. The size of the diapers should be checked before putting it on the baby, as constant friction between the tight diaper and skin is enough to cause painful diaper rashes. Consult a paediatrician or a dermatologist in case of frequent flare ups.
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