Best Ways to Treat Diaper Rash

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 15, 2011

Proper care and alertness on the part of parents, plays a significant role in dealing with Diaper rash, a common problem with babies. Hygienic cleaning and preventive measures go a long way in keeping the baby’s skin infection free. Diaper rash in babies is not at all a rare occurrence, but one should treat it with utmost care to prevent its severity and recurrence.

Diaper rash can cause enough discomfort to your baby disrupting your mental peace and normal routine. Normally observed in babies of 6-10 month age; this skin rash requires proper treatment to reduce the infection. Prolonged wetness in the diaper areas due to sweat, urine and bowel movement provide thriving conditions for Candida yeast and bacteria, causing diaper rashes. Red and scaly patches of different sizes, pus filled blisters, appear on the buttocks, thighs, lower abdomen and genitalia region of the babies producing itching and burning sensations. Since prevention is always better than cure, parents should follow the requisite measures to avoid this bothering condition in babies.

Diaper rash treatment primarily lies in maintaining the dryness and hygienic conditions of the bottom area of babies. Use of well fitted diapers that allow air circulation will help in keeping your baby drier and cleaner. “Parents should develop the habit of changing the diapers of their babies at regular intervals of time to prevent diaper rash as most cases of diaper rash arise out of negligence of the parents”, advises Dr. Pankaj Vohra, Paediatrician at Max Healthcare, New Delhi.


Best Ways to Treat Diaper Rash

  • Undoubtedly, keeping the diaper area of your baby clean and dry is the best way to treat diaper rash. Most diaper rashes do not require any treatment, and the infection subsides with improved cleanliness and dryness of the affected areas.
  • Just lay the baby on his/her chest on a rubber sheet without a diaper  for some time in this manner. Place cotton pads or a pillow under the chest to provide comfort. The affected area will remain dry for a long time, reducing the problem.
  • Application of a Zinc oxide ointment after drying is reckoned as one of the best ways to treat diaper rash.
  • Application of baking soda on the bottom area can produce wondrous. In most cases, mothers have received satisfactory results with this natural mode of treatment.
  • Many consider the application of the homeopathic Calendula lotion as one of the best ways of treating diaper rashes in babies.
  • Apply some homemade yoghurt on the affected areas for miraculous results. Yoghurt restores the pH balance of the skin, destroying the fungal growth.

Alertness and common sense in parents play a pivotal role in preventing and treating diaper rash. In most cases, professional advice in treating this disorder is seldom required, since the symptoms subside naturally with proper parental care.


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