Say No To Nappy Rash With These 3 Simple Home Remedies
Babies crawling around in diapers may be cute but not if they get hit by nappy rash. Understanding the causes and diaper rash treatment can help you keep your child comfortable and happy.
Diaper rash is the skin around the diaper area that looks red. It could feel warm, may have a few red spots and look puffy. If you are looking at these symptoms, you are looking at a diaper rash.
Causes of Diaper Rash:
- Diaper rash can be caused by many factors. Some of which are:
- The wetness in the diaper may contain ammonia especially if your baby tends to do potty frequently. Ammonia can be rough on the tender skin
- When diapers rub against the skin, the friction can cause a rash and there could also be an allergic reaction to the material or any baby products that you use
- You may also notice diaper rash if you get your baby started on new foods or antibiotics
- Yeast infections thrive in damp diapers
Avoid Diaper Rash:
You can help avoid diaper rash by following these tips:
- Change diapers regularly and don’t fasten them too tightly
- When changing diapers, clean the area with wet cotton balls
- Avoid rubbing the skin. Always pat it dry. A dry bottom is a healthy bottom
- Use only high quality diapers like Pampers Baby Dry Pants
- It is okay to go diaper-free when your baby has a rash as long as the area is clean
- You can also apply an ointment recommended by your doctor
- Pay attention to the products you use and the food you are feeding. If it is an allergic reaction, you can catch it quickly and replace the product or food
- If you leave your child at a daycare, make sure the staff there are aware of this and explain the steps they need to take to keep the rash in check
Ideally, the rash should heal within a week. If it doesn’t, see your doctor.
3 Home Remedies for Diaper Rash:
There are a few homemade remedies that you can use to heal a diaper rash.
- To balance the alkaline present in urine that can hurt the baby’s skin, vinegar is ideal. It will help balance the pH levels. Diapers can be washed in water to which some vinegar is added. You could dilute vinegar with water and use it to wipe the diaper area
- You can create a barrier between the baby’s skin and the diaper by applying petroleum jelly over the diaper area each time you change the diaper, and after you clean the area
- Coconut oil is another alternative. You can massage the diaper area with coconut oil a few times a day as it is both antimicrobial and antifungal. It can also be added to the bath water to keep infections at bay
These are just a few tips and home remedies. If the problem persists and if it is accompanied by other health issues, make sure you talk to your doctor immediately.
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