What to do for a Baby Rash
A diaper rash is one of the most common rashes found babies. Almost all babies are going to develop a diaper rash at some point, but it is treatable and it can also be preventable.
Here are some of the most common symptoms associated with Diaper Rash in Babies.
- Redness on areas covered by Diaper. If this is not controlled, the redness can spread.
- Scaling and Crusting. The rash can appear to be crusting and scaling on the surface. There may be some areas where cracking of the crusted over skin is present.
A rash can also affect a baby’s mood and they may exhibit the following
- Inability to get enough sleep.
Diaper rashes need to be treated because it is very uncomfortable for the baby and it creates breaks in the barriers of the skin where harmful microorganisms may enter, causing further infections.
Baby Rash Causes
There are a number of possible causes as to why babies develop a diaper rash; these include:
- Diapers that are too tight.
- Diapers left on for too long and not changed when wet or soiled.
- Keeping babies in diapers, wet or dry, most of the day.
- Cloth diapers made from irritating material.
- Irritation from the detergent used in washing cloth diapers.
- Baby Wipes. A baby may be allergic to a certain brand of wipes due to fragrance oils and other additives.
- Not drying the baby’s skin enough before putting on the diaper.
- Using plastic no-leak pants for a long time, these can get very hot and it can irritate the skin a lot.
Home Remedies for Baby Rash
- Use the right diaper size. Make sure it is not too tight around the crotch and legs.
- Use absorbent but soft and non-irritating cloth diapers.
- Use hypoallergenic powders to keep the baby dry.
- Choose baby products carefully, this includes baby wipes.
- Change the baby often. Don’t leave a wet or soiled diaper on for a long time.
- Alternate between a cloth and a disposable diaper when possible.
- Dry the baby completely before putting on a diaper.
- Let the baby go without a diaper for a few times, like during naps. Instead place the baby on an open sheet diaper or cloth diaper when the baby is napping. Check this right after the baby falls asleep and change it when it is wet.
When the baby has developed an infection as a result of the rash, parents can consult with their child’s pediatrician to determine an ideal treatment route. Most of the time, diaper rash creams are going to be prescribed.