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If your baby?s feathery skin has been blotted by diaper rashes, then go through this article on treatment of diaper rash. Worry not; they?ll vanish as quickly as they came!


Treatment of Diaper Rash

Babies poop, it’s kind of their thing. Nothing much can be done about it, except for the routine to remove, clean, change, and repeat all over again. But the frequency with which they go at it again, and again is upsetting to the parents, but more so to the babies as although they do it on an on and off basis, they don’t have a clue about what’s going on. Parents sure do work hard in staying true to this process as much as possible but the problem known as diaper rash does pop up without them having a clue about its emergence. Diaper rash is an irritable skin condition in which mild redness and scaling starts to appear where the diaper touches the baby’s skin. And if not treated early, the rash can become ugly and turn even more reddish with pimples, blisters, and sores appearing on the baby’s thighs, buttocks, and genital’s area. The problem occurs when the diaper is too tight or hasn’t been changed for a while even when dirty. However, these diaper rashes can be treated and prevented if a little care is taken. Go through the lines below to learn about how to treat diaper rashes.
 
Treatment of Diaper Rash 
  • One of the most effective ways of treating a diaper rash is by limiting its use on baby’s skin altogether. This way its urine and feces will be in least contact with the baby’s skin. A bed sheet made of plastic can be used underneath the child while the diapers are not on. The diaper free gap in between can be of 2-3 hours and immediately after bowel movement.
  • Diaper rashes occur when the baby’s skin comes in contact with the feces and urine for too long a period. This happens if the baby hasn’t been changed for a while or the diaper that has been used is not doing its job. Therefore, it’s recommended that disposable diapers that are highly absorbent yet allow the skin of the baby to breathe should be opted for.
  • There are a variety of skin ointments and pastes (containing petroleum jelly and zinc oxide) that are available in the market for the treatment of diaper rashes. These products need to be long lasting and should be applied directly over the infected area. Ointments or pastes that contain preservatives and fragrances need to be avoided because they can worsen the condition.
  • Sometimes, simple cleaning with a soft cloth dipped in warm water works wonders on the soft skin of the baby, as it tends to be less irritating when compared to medicinal ointments. The rash can also be taken care of by merely letting the infected skin to breathe in open air. Baths in warm water twice a day is also known to cure the diaper rashes.
  • Although their use is not generally advised as the baby could accidentally inhale it, powders are a good way to treat the diaper rashes. The talcum and corn starch content present in them are known to very effective in reducing the moisture and friction on the skin of the baby.
  • Sesame oil, olive oil mixed in warm water, or milk; all three are good options to massage, soothe, and moisturize the rash infected area on the baby’s skin. Mixing oatmeal in warm bath water for the baby is another effective home remedy that’ll help in treatment and prevention of diaper rash.
 
Diaper Rash Prevention Tips
 
  • Using disposable diapers and changing them as frequently as possible will minimize the skin’s contact with the excrements, thereby preventing occurrence of rashes. When on, keep them clean and dry.
  • Use diapers that are not too tight and allow baby’s skin to breathe. Provide diaper free periods for the baby immediately after it has been cleaned.
  • Warm water and soft cloth are sufficient to clean baby’s bums. Avoid the use of chemical based shampoos or soaps. If need be, use baby shampoos and soaps that are mild.
  • Avoid baby wipes or soaps that have alcohol content in them or are loaded with fragrance. Baby’s skin is sensitive and can easily develop a rash if it comes in contact with them.
  • Last but not the least, mother’s milk is proven to be beneficial in providing the baby with all the minerals and vitamins that fight various infections and diseases.
  • After the baby’s been given a bath or has been cleaned with water, it’s recommended that the baby bums should be pat-dried with a towel instead of scrubbing as it can cause skin irritation that can lead to a rash.
 
The above ways and tips are known to be useful in the prevention and treatment of baby rash. However, if the rash turns into an infection, the baby should be taken to the pediatrician who after examining may prescribe antibiotics in the form of ointments or oral medication.

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