Diaper and babies go together and because of the amount of diapers baby wear constantly and almost for the whole day, diaper rash almost becomes inevitable. There are a lot of home remedies as well as medications which can cure and even prevent diaper rash.
- Sensitive skin can be a cause of diaper rash as this kind of skin reacts to things very fast.
- Not having change the baby’s diaper for a long period of time causes irritation to the skin thereby leading to a rash.
- If a baby has urinated or passed stool in the diaper and the baby has not been changed for immediately and left in it for sometime causes a diaper rash.
- Ill-fitting diapers are also one of the main reasons for a rash forming on the skin. If the diapers are tightly fixed on the baby it leads to rubbing or chaffing thereby creating problems.
- Sometimes a particular brand of diapers and wipes might not suit a baby’s skin and hence that must be avoided.
- Bacterial infection or fungus may start as a normal infection but spread and become extremely uncomfortable specially around the diaper region such as the buttocks, genital thighs and skin crease.
- It may happen that if a baby is on antibiotics, the good bacteria that keeps yeast at bay may lessen thereby increasing the yeast growth and causing an infection.
- When solid foods are started, some foods might not suit the baby and their stool changes causing a rash.
- Redness or pinkness of the skin around the diaper area
- Dryness, peeling or flaking of the skin
- Raised bumps which may be dry or filled with pus
- Diaper area skin becoming extremely sensitive and warm when you touch it
- Baby looks uncomfortable specially when the diaper is being changed as when the area is touched to be wiped or washed it hurts them.
- Olive is one of the best remedies that can be used to get rid of the rash. In fact, it is recommended that whenever you change the baby’s diaper, applying a bit of olive oil is always beneficial.
Keep the area clean
- Cleaning the buttocks and genitals with a cotton wool dipped in slightly warm chamomile tea treats the rash. You should do this 2-3 times a day to help in controlling the same.
Breast milk heals the rash very fast. Apply some on the area and let it dry.
Baking soda is another good remedy. Mixing two teaspoons in baby’s bath makes a soothing soak for irritated skin.