Parents have to encounter with the diaper rash of their little darlings as it is also a part of growing up. Although diaper rashes do not pose any serious health threats, it is a very painful and unbearable condition for the babies. Very few parents on earth are spared from tackling the problem of diaper rashes of their babies aged between 1-3 years old. The bottom of the babies turns red resembling lobster skin with the appearance of scales and painful blisters.
Babies cry, scream due to the intense pain of diaper rashes as they wriggle or twist their bodies. Constant friction of the diapers on the affected skin aggravates the situation. Severe diaper rash infection often calls for medical intervention; otherwise these rashes can be treated effectively at home. Prolonged wearing of diapers builds up moisture in the bottom area of the babies and yeast love to multiply in moist areas. As a result, your baby suffers from Candidal infection. The bottom of the babies is constantly exposed to urine and fecal matters that often remain trapped under the diaper creating favorable conditions for diaper rash.
These rashes can also be a result of an allergic reaction of the skin towards some chemicals present in diapers, diaper elastics or plastic pants. Diaper rash disturbs the normal and peaceful life of the babies and naturally they will not allow parents to sit back and relax. Instead of worrying or panicking parents are advised to follow the diaper rash treatments with utmost patience and perseverance. Most of the rashes subside within a week administering simple treatments. Persistent diaper rash and recurrences do need a follow up by the pediatrician.
Useful diaper rash treatments
Frequent changing of diapers
Diaper changing may be a troublesome task for both new and experienced parents. In general, babies resent frequent diaper changing, but parents must not give in to their resentment. Check the wetness of the diaper and change it after certain intervals to reduce the irritation of diaper rashes. The best thing is to keep your baby without diapers for some hours while indoors.
Bathe your baby in tepid water
A tepid water bath will provide comfort from painful rashes apart from cleaning your baby. Place your baby in a bath tub of tepid water. Drain out the dirty water gently and pour fresh water to clean her up properly. Then lay her on the bed and pat dry with a soft towel very cautiously. Clean the skin folds and genital areas with soft cotton balls. Leave your baby without a diaper for few hours.
Provide sufficient air to the bottom area
Keep the bottom area of your baby airy. This is the simplest and oldest method of treating baby diaper rashes often adopted by experienced nannies. Remove the diaper and place your baby on his chest that the bottom area gets enough air to dry off extra moisture. Never leave your baby unattended in this condition.
Think of using super diapers
According to a pediatrician of Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, super absorbent diapers are fine to keep your baby dry for a long time. These diapers contain special Absorbing Gelling Material (AGM) that leaves the skin of your baby dry for long hours and almost maintains the pH level of the skin. You can pick these diapers than the cloth nappies or common diapers.
Give a blow dry to your baby
If your baby is suffering from painful diaper rash, wiping the bottom area with a towel may be increase the pain and irritation.
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Think of applying a blow dry to the bottom area after washing. Reach out for your hair dryer and blow dry the affected areas to prevent further abrasion.
Check regular diet of your baby
Avoid fruit juices or beverages with high sugar content when your baby develops diaper rash. Sugar alters the pH level of the skin providing favorable conditions for yeast multiplication. You should not stop feeding milk or regular formula foods. Give plenty of water to drink for clear urine. It will cause less irritation on the affected skin. Feed your baby with few ounces of fresh yogurt daily for few weeks. The active probiotic of yogurt will reduce the severity of diaper rashes.
Rinse the cloth diapers in vinegar
The cloth diapers should be washed thoroughly and finally rinsed in vinegar. Vinegar helps to maintain the normal pH level of the skin and reduces diaper rashes. High pH level favors the activity of the yeast enzymes, and an acidic environment will bring down the pH level reducing the yeast infection. One ounce of vinegar in a gallon of water is ideal to give a final wash to the cloth diapers.
Topical application of acidophilus
Home made yogurt can rescue your baby from painful diaper rashes. Fresh yogurt with high acidophilus content is very effective in reducing the severity of the fungal infection. Take a small amount of yogurt and apply on the affected areas gently with your fingers. Continue this application every time you change the diaper. This effective natural treatment will prevent you from rushing to the doctor’s clinic.
Topical application of ointments
You may apply some ointments as prevention or treating diaper rash. Application of Calendula ointment is one of the best and effective treatments for diaper rash. The ointment is absolutely safe for babies, and you should apply it whenever you change the diaper. Some pediatricians advise application of zinc oxide. You can also apply petroleum jelly, Vitamin A and D oils on the affected areas to prevent friction with the diapers.
Basic prevention tips
Maintain perfect hygiene of your baby, as diaper rashes are prevalent between ages 1-3 years. Always keep the diaper areas dry and see that proper ventilation is maintained when your baby is on diapers. Never put on tight fitting diapers. Check whether your baby is allergic to certain brands of diapers. In that case, you may need to change the brand. Your baby should not remain in soiled condition for a long time. Clean the fecal matter and urine as soon as possible and maintain dryness.
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