Diaper rashes are red inflamed bumps on the outer layer of the baby's skin in the diaper area. Diaper rash is frequently connected to wet or less regularly changed diapers, skin sensitivity, and chafing. It usually impacts the babies (0-3 years) though anyone who wears a diaper can suffer from this condition. Diaper rashes can alert parents and might also annoy babies. But it can clear up with home remedies like air drying, frequent diaper changes and ointment.
- Mild rashes consist of areas of pink and patchy dry skin.
- Severe rashes have areas of red skin, and In some of the cases, the skin might even bleed.
- Pink rashes are not as painful as raw rashes. This condition can lead to crying and poor sleep for the babies.
- Consider seeing a doctor if the rash is severe, gets worse with home treatments, bleeds or causes fever.
The causes of diaper rash might differ from one person to another. Here are some of the common causes of diaper rashes:
- Leaving a wet diaper or a dirty diaper for too long.
- Simply rubbing of baby's skin against the diaper.
- Yeast infection is another cause; It is caused by the overgrowth of a type of fungus found in the digestive tract.
- Some types of bacterias like strep or staph can lead to diaper rash and might even make the existing condition worse.
- An allergic reaction to the diaper can also cause rashes.
- Diarrhoea can often leave the diaper area wet, hence, causing rashes.
- Taking antibiotics.
- When the babies start eating solid foods, the contents of their stools changes, hence, the rashes.
The following are the treatments used for diaper rashes:
- Cream or ointment with zinc oxide or petroleum jelly. Apply it to your baby's clean, dry bottom before putting on a diaper.
- Baby powder can keep the baby's skin dry. Sprinkle it to the baby's skin before putting a diaper on.
- If your baby has a fungal rash, consider an antifungal cream.
- If your baby has a bacterial infection; topical or antibiotic medications are prescribed.
- Avoid the use of diapers which might be harsh to your baby's skin.