Diapers might come as a rescue to new parents. They deprive them of all the stains and stinks on bed sheets and clothes that would have otherwise been a headache had diapers not been invented. Just wrap them and throw them away, no need to deal with the actual dirt.
But diapers are not always very comforting. Think from the child’s front for a while if the kid wetted the diapers at night and you forgot to check or change, the kid will have to sleep with all the wetness whole night long or until you check. A baby’s skin is very delicate and diapers, along with all the chemicals they seem to soak in the form of urine and stool, affect the skin adversely if not taken care, thus bringing blemishes and rashes.
While rashes can bring concern to new parents and are also in-fact a bit upsetting, there’s no need to worry a lot. Diaper rashes are the most common skin issues that trouble over one-third of all infants. With a little bit of care, correct diagnosis and treatment, you can easily prevent them from occurring again to your child. Here we have the ways to identify the condition and treat it properly according to the extent of its harshness in the following excerpt:
Diaper rashes are red and raised skin patches and at times puffy, tender looking skin in diaper covered areas like thighs, genitals and butt. Diaper rash is amongst the most commonly occurring skin ailment recurring in infants between the age of four to fifteen months. The kid seems to make more fuss than usual especially while you are changing the diapers or when you touch the affected areas.
Diaper rashes are limited mostly to a red rash and irritation on the affected parts and can be treated at home in such cases. But when you see no progress with household remedies on the rashes and they get transformed to widespread rashes with pus or other discharge through them and the child develops boils, blisters or a fever, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Causes of Diaper Rashes
Diaper rashes can appear due to a lot of reasons, but expert studies say that a combination of many possible factors can be the reason inducing them. The following are some of the known factors triggering diaper rashes:
Contact with urine and stool for longer duration: A soiled diaper has moisture and ammonia that comes from the urine and stool of your child. When such soiled diapers are not changed for a longer duration, the moisture and ammonia can affect the sensitive skin of your baby. The simplest way to avoid this is by minimizing the time your baby is wearing a soiled diaper.
Diet Change: Studies say that the food eaten by a breastfeeding mother affects the composition, frequency and consistency of the infant’s urine and stool. Also, at around the age of four months, infants start eating solid foods also triggering the change in their urine and stool. These changes in the composition of urine and stool can very easily trigger rashes.
Antibiotics: The antibiotics taken by the breastfeeding mother of the infant can well be the reasons for such rashes. If you feel the antibiotics are causing the problem, you can speak to your doctor and seek help.
causes of diaper rashes Soaps and Detergents: The soaps used for baby baths or the detergent used to wash cloth diapers can very easily create rashes if the chemicals in these soaps and detergent are harsh for the baby. Try switching the brands of these soaps and detergent and if they were the reason for causing rashes, the rashes will very easily stop occurring with this simple change in their brands.
Diaper and Baby Wipe Brands: Diapers also have some chemicals to better absorb the urine and stool and some fragrances to
nullify the foul smell. These chemicals can also affect the sensitive skin of your kid. Try changing the brands of these diapers and baby wipes with some fragrance-free brands for a change and see if it works. Also, see that the diapers are not too tight for the kid.
Heat: The plastic in the diapers increase temperature and moisture inside the diaper. Such conditions help the growth of microbes like many bacteria, which very easily feed on the urine and stool. So, take care that the diaper areas are kept cool and dry.
Sensitive Skin: Diaper rashes are most likely to affect infants who have extra sensitive skin or who have skin problems like dermatitis or eczema.
Bacterial Attack: Rashes that occur due to bacterial attack appear a bit different from general rashes. In this case, the common red rashes transform into small fluid-filled bumps that may appear yellow in color. Such case needs to be treated with an antibiotic or needs urgent medical attention.
treating baby rashes
Treating Diaper Rashes
Diaper rashes can be troublesome but they are not generally a lot to worry about. They are not very serious and can be remedied at your home as well. Rashes which are not very severe respond quite quickly to the remedies and precautions and changes in the simple way you put a diaper for your child. You can choose to act on your own with a bit of care and home-based remedies but as soon as you feel that things are going out of your hands, choose to consult a paediatrician. In the meanwhile, this is what you can do:
Lotions and Ointments:
You can choose to apply mild lotions and ointments that can curb the moisture and the reaction caused by the chemicals present in the child’s urine and stool. There are many such mild creams and lotions available in market from which you can choose one by consulting a paediatrician. With such a handy lotion, you’ll not have to rush to the doctor every time you find rashes on your child’s skin.
Antifungal Medications and Mild Hydrocortisone:
These are the most commonly prescribed medicines in cases of worse diaper rashes. You can always call the paediatrician if you find conditions worse or the rashes have given rise to a fever. A paediatrician can correctly examine and prescribe the right treatment, mostly which is the medication mentioned above. If the specific cause of the rash is determined, it can be easily treated without getting any worse. Infants younger than eight weeks need to be taken special care as the skin is very delicate in this age and a simple rash or just the beginning of them can prove to be a trigger of a worse situation and so, it is better to consult the paediatrician before applying any house-hold remedies.
Diaper rashes Prevention
from Diaper Rashes Child skin is very sensitive and so, what you think is just the beginning of a rash can get to a serious condition. One incidence of a simple rash can lead to another and so, you should take care that the first rash does not occur at the very first place. Once the skin becomes susceptible, it can become a recurring case and so, you need to take care to prevent rashes. Here are some simple tips to make sure that the rashes do not appear even once to your kid:
Change Your Way and Time of Changing the Diapers:
Take care that you keep on changing the diapers frequently and while removing, you remove them with little extra care. The plastic cover may have some rough edges that might create irritation and so when you remove the diapers, take care that such rough edges do not irritate the kid and make rough contact with the skin. Also, you can rinse the area with warm water and ensure that it is completely dry before you put another diaper to your baby. Better keep the area uncovered for some time before you put another diaper and let the skin get some air.
Change the Brands:
You can switch between sizes and brands or the type of material used for the diaper. The change in size can allow a bit more airiness to the child and if you always used a diaper with plastic material, a switch to cotton based diaper can give some relief to the sensitive baby skin. Also, say no to perfumed detergents for washing cotton diapers and use very soft baby soaps. Generally, diaper rashes can be cured within a few days. But even after taking al
l the care if you still don’t find an improvement in the situation, you should not take time to see a paediatrician. The doctor will be the best person to analyze the situation and prescribe the right treatment. If you see progress, don’t worry about the rash, it is one of the most commonly occurring skin problems in infants and is not very worrisome.