Diaper rashes are one of the most uncomfortable skin problems that a baby is likely to experience. It takes shape when there is moistness rubbing against the skin of the body for a prolonged period. A diaper rash usually takes 3-4 days to heal. An untreated rash may give birth to skin problems that may or may not be possible to treat at home. But a few precautions can prevent such occurrence and also keep you baby happy in the nappy! Few methods that can treat diaper rash in babies or even reduce its occurrence are listed below:
- Changes in diapering practices can help prevent diaper rashes such as, intertrigo.
- As much as possible keep the skin around the diaper area dry.
- Frequently change diapers to reduce the amount of time the skin is exposed to urine and faeces.
- Do not make your child wear the diaper throughout the day. Exposure to fresh air too is important for their skin to breathe.
- Use disposable diapers as these are best suited to your child’s skin. Avoid using tight fitting diapers.
- Use barrier creams, such as, zinc oxide paste, petroleum jelly to minimise the contact of urine and faeces with the skin. Diaper rash can be effectively treated with the help of bufexamac lipid ointment. In addition, 2% of eosin is also effective in treating the diaper rash area.
- Excessive scrubbing of the diaper area should be avoided.
- Parents must rinse away urine and faeces with warm tap water and also use a mild non-perfumed soap.
- Wet infant wipes are also available in the market which are handy to clean your baby’s diaper area.
- Avoid using cornstarch as its contents are harsh on the skin.
- Soaps must be replaced by syndet. Synthetic detergents as soaps have a high pH value, that is capable of causing rashes.
- If a rash is noticed at an early stage, it can be easily taken care of with the help of a cream. Consult a doctor..
- If the rash is left untreated for a prolonged period a paste can act as an easy solution. Pastes are thicker than creams and already contain petrolatum, karaya powder, a higher concentration of zinc oxide, moisturiser along with several other additives that can heal the rash.
- If the diaper rash is just a mild bacterial infection, a topical antibiotic ointment can be used. But make sure you consult an doctor.
- Parents can also hunt the market for the different kinds of diapers and pick one they believe would be suitable for newborn baby care. There are disposable and non-disposable cotton cloth diapers that can meet the specific demands of customers.
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