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A Diaper Rash Guide for New Parents

For first time parents however every little thing is a big thing. It’s like walking on eggshells 24x7 when caring for the baby. Diaper rashes are one of the most inevitable and heartbreaking realities of parenthood. For those anxious newbie’s in “parenting town” here is a small master class on causes, treatment and prevention of diaper rashes to keep your baby healthy and happy.

Diaper rashes are mostly caused due to the baby’s delicate bottom coming in contact with stools and urine. The chemicals in the urine mixing with the stools irritate the baby’s delicate and still underdeveloped skin barrier and thereby cause irritation, redness and rashes. The rashes usually leave the babies uncomfortable with a rather sore bottom. Diaper rashes usually tend to aggravate once you start introducing solid foods to the baby after the age of 6-9 months. The solid foods tend to be more alkaline than the baby’s skin and cause rashes.

Usually prevention is the best treatment for diaper rashes, but no matter how hard you try, the baby is bound to have a diaper rash at some pint of time or another in their infant days. Here are some handy tips to help you deal with the rashes better.

  1. Let the baby go without a diaper or cloth nappy for as long as possible when dealing with rashes. The oxygen in the air is important for the healing process.

  2. Use a diaper or nappy only when absolutely required. When forced to use these, make sure they are tied loose to reduce any unnecessary friction and contact with urine and stools.

  3. Additionally change the diapers and nappies immediately once the baby has passed stools and or urine. Minimal contact helps reduce rashes.

  4. Use an ointment for it to act as a barrier between the skin and the stools and urine. The lesser contact the better.

  5. Get the baby to drink more water as helps reduce concentration of the urine. The more concentrated the urine the more it will irritate the baby’s skin due to its ph levels.

  6. Keep the baby’s bottom as dry as possible for it to heal faster. One must however avoid using powder and corn starch to keep it dry since both these hold moisture and can cause infections that can aggravate the rash.

  7. Listen to your doctor and use the prescribed ointment in the prescribed manner for faster recovery. In case the rashes persist make it a point to visit the pediatric for consultation and treatment and follow it.

  8. Preventing rashes s much easier compared to treating them so always aim at preventing it. Change the baby’s diaper and nappies immediately once soiled. Use a very soft material for the baby’s clothes, nappies and diapers.

  9. The baby’s clothes and nappies should be washed in a doctor recommended antiseptic.

Follow these simple tips to glide through episodes of diaper rashes like a pro!

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