Diaper rash is very common in most babies who often use diapers daily. It is the reason why parents should learn about diaper rash treatment ahead to protect your precious babies’ bottom. Before taking care, here is what you can do at home when the sign of rashes come out.
Learn What Causes Rash
At first, you might discover red, scaly, and waxy patches on your baby’s bottom. It is what called as cradle cap or scientifically called as seborrheic dermatitis, a harmless rash. But, when in the diaper area there are blisters, pimples, scabs, open sores, or showing infection signs such as warmth, redness, swelling, red streaks, pus draining followed by pain, even fever, you should call a doctor immediately to get diaper rash treatment because the symptoms have to get worse.
There are several conditions that lead to diaper rash including doesn’t change a wet and dirty diaper for too long, rubbing against the diaper, allergic to diaper, and infection to bacteria and yeast. Babies prone to diaper rash are those who are 9 to 12 months old, start eating solid foods, taking antibiotics, have diarrhea, and sleeping in poopy or dirty diapers.
Before trying any manufactured prescription, there is first-aid kit diaper rash treatment you can try at home for treating first sign of rashes.First, always remember on keeping the diaper skin area dry and don’t contact with stool and urine. Change the wet or soiled diaper as soon as possible. You can check every 3 hours during the daytime, while briefly during the night. Usually, the diaper changing frequency can go up to 8 times in a day.
During washing the diaper area, make sure to always rinse with warm water then dry it thoroughly with soft cloth. It doesn’t recommend to wash with any soap, if needed, you can use mild soap instead. Wiping the skin with non-alcohol and non-propylene glycol wipes. For babies or children, don’t blow to dry the skin using the blow-dryer. Next, apply cream, for example, Diaparene, Desitin, zinc oxide, or A&D ointment to protect the skin near the rash. If the skin is broken, don’t apply because it can slow down the healing process. Last, let the baby use a superabsorbent disposable diaper without any plastic part. Don’t put it too tightly and don’t use plastic pants.
Additionally, parents who do home diaper rash treatments should check their babies’ diet. High concentrated urine can worsen the rashes. So, you can increase the fluids in your kids’ diet to make their urine less concentrated. Babies or children over 12 months of age usually can drink juices such as cranberry juice other than breast milk to help to increase their fluids consumption.
What to Avoid
Since treating babies’ diaper rashes need to be more careful than the adult, you should remember not to use nonprescription adult vaginal yeast medicine on your children, except your doctor said otherwise. One thing to take note, don’t use baby powder on the rashes area. It’s because the powder can hold up the moisture on the skin then let the bacteria to grow and cause infection. For home diaper rash treatment, don’t also try using cornstarch on a rash. It works the same like powder.
As prevention, make sure to always wash your hands well before and after changing the diaper. As mentioned above, change right away the wet or dirty diapers and check it in every 2-3 hours. After each changing, let the diaper off for about 5-10 minutes to let the air drying the diaper area. During washing the cloth diapers, use only mild detergent and don’t use any bleach or fabric softeners product. Make sure always to rinse the clothes twice.
Last, remember, when the rash symptoms have to get worse, contact your doctor as soon as possible. In this stage, professionals know the diaper rash treatment rather than simple home treatment can do.