If your child’s bum looks red, bumpy and sore, chances are he could have gotten Diaper Rash! Do not go into a panic and frantic mode, calm down and find out what the cause of it, how to treat and handle it and prevent your child from getting it again.
What causes Diaper Rash?
There are many causes for the outbreak of diaper rash. The most common factors are all link to the moisture in the diaper. The faeces and urine contains bacteria that could possibly cause reactions to the skin that comes in contact with it. A baby who wears who wear a soiled diaper for a longer time is more prone to develop diaper rash than a baby who is change more frequent. On the other hand, a child who has sensitive skin are also prone to diaper rash even if the frequency of diaper-changing increase. There are also other factors that causes Diaper Rash! Monitor the baby wipes that you use to clean your baby’s bum may cause irritation linking to rash, foods that the baby consumes or what the mother consumes especially if you are still breast-feeding your child and the brand of the diaper used as the fits of the diaper may cause friction or skin irritation.
What is the best way to treat Diaper Rash?
Hygiene, airing and dryness are the best cure for Diaper Rash. Follow these steps to get rid of these nasty rashes!
1. Keep baby’s bum dry and clean. Change their diaper more frequently.
2. Use water to wash the bum and genital area. If there is a need, use organic and fragrance-free wash to clean your child. If it is not convenient to wash your child’s bottom, use fragrance-free and alcohol-free baby wipes.
3. Air your baby’s bum for a while by allowing her to go without diaper. The air and carefree feeling helps to soothe this little sore bum.
4. Make sure your baby’s bum and genital area is totally dry before attempting to wear a clean diaper for her.
5. Do not sprinkle baby powder on their genital area! It has been observed that these powder contains small particles that can cause breathing difficulties and problems.
6. Apply a small amount of pure coconut oil on your child’s bum instead of using powder as coconut oil is anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial. The coconut oil will act as a protective layer between the soiled diaper and your baby’s skin. It has a strong healing power that can heal and moisturize the baby’s skin.
The diaper rash should clean up in a few days’ time. Be patient and diligent in changing your baby’s diaper, keep it clean and dry!
What can be done to prevent the re-occurrence of diaper rash?
1. Get the right diaper! Choose a diaper with good absorption rate. Also avoid using a diaper that is too small as it may irritate the skin or too big as it can cause friction between the baby’s skin and the diaper.
2. Wash your child’s bottom regularly and use organic products on your child’s skin. Check out these harmful chemicals in children’s products and avoid them!
3. Airing your child’s bum in between each change will lessen the likelihood of bacteria to grow. Remember to keep their bottom dry before putting on a new diaper.
4. If your baby is prone to diaper rash, apply a thin layer of nappy cream or coconut oil after each diaper change.
5. If your baby is going through the stage of weaning, introduce new food slowly. This makes it possible for you to monitor the baby’s body reaction to it. Some food can cause allergy in baby, here are a list of scrumptious finger food for your baby.
Untreated diaper rash and wearing of soiled diaper for a long time can resulted in fungal and yeast infection. These painful and irritating rash may cause discomfort and affect your child. So follow these steps to get rid of diaper rash and prevent the re-occurrence of it.
By Crystal Tan