The first time any mum discovers a scattering of red bumps on their little goobers sweet bottom can be scary. The great news is that this is not a serious problem but rather part of the package as long as your bundle of joy wears diapers. In fact according to pediatricians diaper rash is the most diagnosed condition in babies.
Reliable statistics estimate that close to a third of babies suffer from this frustrating and occasionally out-of-control condition which can be extremely stubborn to treat and even prevent. The best way to handle diaper rash is by understanding what it is, what causes it and how to prevent and treat it. This detailed guideline will keep you in the know on everything about this obstinate condition:
Reliable statistics estimate that close to a third of babies suffer from this frustrating and occasionally out-of-control condition which can be extremely stubborn to treat and even prevent
Let’s begin by first understanding what diaper rash is….
Just as the name implies it is a rash that occurs in the area normally covered by the diaper mainly the genitals and the buttocks. It is also known as diaper dermatitis (inflamed skin). The area of the skin that is inflamed thanks to this kind of rash is often irritated and red. In extreme cases the skin may appear scaly and even contain painful pustules filled with fluid.
What causes diaper rash?
The truth is that no matter how careful you are, there is a huge possibility that your child will probably suffer from this irritating condition at some point. The best way to get ahead of it is by planning ahead. There is no way to plan if you have no idea what causes diaper rash. Here are some of risk factors which increase the likelihood of getting a diaper rash
- Remaining with a wet or soiled diaper for too long
- Bacterial or fungal infection in the genital area
- Allergic reaction to material or chemical used in making a diaper
- Yeast infection
- Sensitive skin
- Tight diaper
diaper rash is the most diagnosed condition in babies
In general what triggers diaper rash is a combination of excess moisture, too little air, friction and presence of irritants (this can range from detergents, stool and urine por even the chemical used making the diaper).
How can you prevent diaper rash
Realistically speaking, there is no sure way of ensuring that your kid never gets diaper rash. What you can do is minimise the recurrence. That said, a preventative approach is better than waiting for your baby to get it then go through the agony of dealing with an irritated baby. Here are tried and proven strategies for preventing diaper rash:
Change your little ones diaper often
One of the best ways to prevent diaper rash is by replacing a soiled or peed-in diaper with a clean one. This will ensure that your baby’s skin is not irritated by the wetness in urine or the bacteria in faeces. Babies have extremely sensitive skin, when their skin is damp for elongated periods of time it becomes more vulnerable the enzymes that cause rashes. Instead of waiting until your baby is fussing, change them as soon as you realise that the diaper is soiled or wet. A fresh diaper ery two to three hours will help you avoid the stress of diaper rashes.
Give your baby a time-out from diapers
The baby’s skin needs some time out from being consistently covered by a diaper. For a few minutes before a fresh diaper, it is advisable to let your little goober enjoy the breeze. This is extremely helpful in eliminating any bacteria or fungi that dies in the presence of fresh air. A break once in a while from being covered by a diaper is also very freeing.
The baby’s skin needs some time out from being consistently covered by a diaper
It is advisable to loosen up the diaper
A big mistake that most parents make when it comes to diapers is wrapping them too tightly or choosing a small diaper. Preferably, a baby diapers is more comfortable when it is snug enough to prevent leaking but too tight as this can lead to chafing and rubbing. In case you are using cloth diaper, breathable diaper wraps will come in handy.
It is advisable to dodge irritants such as alcohols and perfumes in detergents and soaps, scented diapers and even scented baby wipes. This is because when such irritants come in contact with your baby’s nether region it can lead to diaper rashes or an allergic reaction. To be safe, clean your little goobers bottom using a clean wash cloth soaked in lukewarm water or a cotton balls (this is especially essential for new born babies between the age of 1 to 3 months). If you realize that your baby is prone to diaper rash, it is best to go for unscented and alcohol free baby products.
One of the best ways to prevent diaper rash is by replacing a soiled or peed-in diaper with a clean one
Consider changing brands
Are taking all precautions and your baby is still getting diaper rash often. The problem might be the type or brand of diaper you are using. For instance, your baby’s skin may be too sensitive to handle even a little bit of wetness; this is an indication that cloth diapers are an absolute NO. Seek recommendations from mums who experienced what you are going through. Experimenting may take time but will definitely pay off when you finally find products that are ideal for your little one’s skin.
Block diaper rash
One of the most reliable ways to prevent diaper rash is by carefully spreading a thick protective layer of cream or ointment on your baby’s nether regions every time you make a diaper change. This is helpful because you are protecting your baby’s bottom from direct contact to feces and urine. Every baby’s bottom is different so take your time to experiment until you find a cream or ointment that works best.
Wash the baby at least twice a day
Washing the baby in warm water and soap is the best way of getting rid of any bacteria, fungi or yeast that may be remaining on your baby’s nether regions. Additionally, clean and dry skin is not susceptible to irritation, unlike unclean skin which is sticky there highly irritating and attracts bacteria and fungi.
You will battle with diaper rash at some point, the best way to ensure it is not a recurrent situation is through actively implementing these prevention strategies.