Bummed out about Diaper Rash?

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It’s time to change your baby’s diaper.  But when you take off your baby’s diaper, you are horrified to find a patchwork of bright red, puffy tender-looking blotches on your baby’s bottom and surrounding area.

It’s time to change your baby’s diaper.  But when you take off your baby’s diaper, you are horrified to find a patchwork of bright red, puffy tender-looking blotches on your baby’s bottom and surrounding area.

What is it?

Chances are it’s diaper rash.  Some babies bottoms are more sensitive than others but with prolonged exposure to urine and stool, in combination with a diaper rubbing against your baby’s bottom, can cause irritation.  Diaper rash can also occur from sensitivities to new products (wipes, diapers, soaps, diaper creams etc) and new foods, once they start solids.  It can also be a result of an infection —the diaper area is the perfect environment for bacteria and yeast.  It’s warm, moist and dark.

The good news is that most diaper rashes can be resolved with some easy home remedies and typically heals within a few days.

 

What can be done?

 

The best thing you can do is to keep your baby’s skin as clean and dry as possible.  Here are some tips to treat diaper rash:

 

  1. ImplementDiaper-free time – Take off your baby’s diaper, clean the area thoroughly and place her on a towel or waterproof sheet, stomach down, for 10-15 minutes or as long as she will allow.This will give the baby’s skin a chance to stay dry and start the healing process and as a bonus also gives her her tummy time!
  2. Change diapers frequently – Change your baby’s diaper often and as soon as possible after it is wet or soiled.
  3. Clean and dry – After a diaper change make sure you clean the area gently but thoroughly.Make sure you get to all the nooks, cracks and folds.  It is important that you do not rub the already irritated area, gently pat it dry.  You can also just use water and a soft washcloth rather than commercial wipes. which contain alcohol and other chemicals that can further irritate your baby’s skin and strip the oils naturally occurring in her skin.
  4. Apply Diaper rash cream or ointment – These products will act as a barrier between your baby’s skin and the dirty diaper, soothe the already sore skin, prevent diaper rashes on normal healthy skin, speed up healing time, or a combination of the above.There are a variety of different brands on the market – you need to find the one that works best for you and your baby.  Zinc oxide is an effective, active ingredient in many diaper rash creams (Sudocream, A+D Diaper Rash Ointment, Desitin, etc).  An alternative are lanolin based diaper rash products such as Lansinoh Diaper Rash Ointment.  Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline) also provides a good protective barrier.

 

When to call a doctor?

 

If the above treatments aren’t working and the diaper rash persists or a fever develops, you may have to see a doctor who may prescribe/recommend something stronger such as anti-fungal or hydrocortisone creams.

By: Hannah Louie

 

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