The skin of a baby is thin and tender, easily irritated, but must be wrapped in diapers every day, which causes diaper rash due to being kept in hot and wet environment (also known as Irritant diaper dermatitis). This often causes a painful feeling to the baby, which can be quit a difficult to deal with for some parents. So, how to prevent and treat diaper rash?
Here are some causes, symptoms and some prevention for diaper rash.
What is a Diaper Rash?
Diaper rash is a common skin symptom in infants, and babies. This causes redness, dandruff and a painful sensation to the baby. But in most cases, it can be improved by changing diapers frequently.
Causes of Diaper Rash
Usually diaper rash is caused by skin irritation, infection or allergy, when the diaper is wrapped for a long time. The diaper itself can cause by repeated friction and irritates the skin. Moreover and the baby’s urine or the baby’s stool will also change the acidity and alkali (pH) value, which makes it suitable for bacteria and fungi to grow. In addition, the diaper itself will block air circulation and water flow, so warm and humid environment is more likely to promote bacteria and fungi, eventually causing diaper rash.
Also, keep in mind that the baby’s skin is more sensitive than adults, some products that come into direct contact with baby’s skin, such as soap, diapers, wet wipes, etc., may cause long rashes. In addition, if your baby tries to eat new food, the frequency and amount of stool may vary, resulting in diaper rash. Diaper rash may also be caused by the yeast of Candida albicans if it lasts several days.
Symptoms of Diaper Rash
Usually the appearance of a rash is red, slightly raised, and there are small red spots scattered around the rash.Usually diaper rash spreads from the baby’s ass to the front and back skin.
How to Prevent Diaper Rash?
To prevent diaper rash, try to keep your baby’s skin dry and clean, changing diapers regularly, ideally every 2 hours to avoid stool and urine irritation. When changing diapers, wash your baby’s bottoms with water and mild soap, use a clean tissue or towel, then gently pat dry before putting on a new diaper. Some experts advise to let your baby go about without diapers for a few hours a day, giving irritated skin a chance to breathe. If you have a large towel, it’s best to put it on a platform or mattress so it can protect it from any accidental wets.
How to Treat Diaper Rash?
Remember to keep in mind if your baby’s diaper needs to be changed and kept dry to restore healthy skin. The rash will usually disappear after about 2 to 3 days. If necessary, use special ointment (e.g. Zinc Oxide) to make your babt more comfortable. It is important to note that some parents use heat prickly powder, but many experts don’t recommend it because it’s can be easily inhaled by your baby which can irritate their lungs.
Should My Baby See a Doctor for Baby Diaper Rash?
If the rash has not disappeared and symptoms worsen, such as your baby has developed some wounds, sores, fever and pus on the rash, etc., seek medical attention as soon as possible.