Babies’ bottoms are usually very soft and super smooth that’s why it can get alarming to parents when their babies get rashes. Imagine angry red patches on a baby’s bright smooth skin—you could imagine the worry parents go through. Babies don’t like it either—they may become irritable and may cry more than usual. But parents needn’t worry too much about diaper rashes, it’s usually not an indication of anything serious and it can easily be taken care of with simple solutions.
Babies develop diaper rashes most frequently because of –as the name suggests—wearing diapers. The friction from the diaper edges along his bottom causes an irritation in the skin, especially if the lining is made of materials such as plastic. It can also be caused by diapers that are infrequently changed, and the wetness from the baby’s urine can cause irritation. Diaper rash can also develop the first time a baby is introduced to solid foods and when the mother eats certain foods that can trigger a reaction in the baby while she’s breastfeeding. It can also be caused by certain medications that a baby is being given such as antibiotics.
Diaper rash most commonly occurs in the first 15 months of a child’s life, especially around the age of 8-10 months. It is easy to tell that a baby has the rash, since the rashes will be bright red, tender and puffy against the skin, occurring around the bottom, thighs or even the genitals. The baby will usually make his or her discomfort known during bath time or whenever the area affected is being touched, such as during diaper changes. Rarely does it ever turn into something serious but it can. If the rashes turn into blisters or boils, if it extends beyond the buttocks and leg area, if there is fluid or pus coming from the rashes and if it is accompanied by fever, bring your baby to the doctor immediately.
For the usual cases of diaper rash, there are many over the counter treatments available that can solve the problem within a few days’ or weeks’ time. These OTC medicines include topical creams such as antifungal creams and hydrocortisone dreams. You should also follow some practical at-home tips in order to prevent diaper rash from worsening or to prevent it from happening again:
- Always keep the affected area clean
- Change diapers regularly, always check for wetness and stool. You should also wash your baby’s bottom with water before each change
- Let your baby go diaper-free for some time during the day or use cloth diaper
- Use bigger than usual diapers until the rashes have healed
- Avoid plastic covered diapers that fit too snugly
- Wash your hands thoroughly after each change to prevent yeast from spreading to other parts of the baby’s body