Every mother wants a happy and healthy baby. But the mothers often experience many discomfort and problems related to their children. One of them is diaper rash. Diaper rash is a common problem mothers face, especially from birth to 12 months.
What does diaper rash look like?
The most common indication of diaper rash is red, tender-looking skin around the diaper area.
The diaper area may only have a few patches of rash or it may be entirely covered.
When the affected region is touched or cleaned, babies with diaper rash frequently fuss or cry.
If the rash is severe enough, your baby’s diaper may develop pimples, blisters, or ulcers.
If the rash gets infected, the skin may swell up and appear bright red.
In addition to the diaper area, little red spots or patches may form elsewhere on the body.
What is the reason for diaper rash?
- Wet or dirty diaper: A wet or dirty diaper is a common reason for diaper rash. Some parents may not change the diaper of their baby at times and it remains wet or dirty.
- Irritation of urine: The most absorbent diaper even must leave some wetness on the baby’s skin. And when the child’s urine mixes with bacteria from stool it causes a very harsh reaction on your baby’s skin.
- Allergic reactions: The skin of your baby is soft and sensitive. An allergic reaction may happen by the carelessness of parents.
- Friction: Irritation can be created along to diapers that rub against the skin or fit too tightly.
- Solid food: When your child first begins eating solid foods or tries a new food, diaper rash is also usual. Any new diet alters the makeup of the stool, but some children may have particular problems due to the acidity in various foods, many stomach issues may happen. Additionally, a new food might make your child’s bowel activities more frequent. Your child may even be reacting to anything you ate if you are breastfeeding.
- Reactions of soaps and other products: Your infant’s skin may become irritated by soap, liquid detergent, fabric softener, disposable diapers, baby wipes, or lotions. Keep a close eye out for any reactions on your baby’s skin. Stop using any products that seem to make your baby itch.
- Antibiotics: children receiving antibiotics (or children whose breastfeeding moms are on antibiotics) occasionally get yeast infections. Diaper rash can be exacerbated by antibiotic-induced diarrhea. Because these medications kill both the beneficial bacteria that keep yeast under control and the pathogenic bacteria that is causing the illness,
Diaper rash at different ages
- Birth to 3 months: To put it simply, infants who wear diapers frequently may experience diaper rash.
- 3 to 6 months: Your baby’s diapers are probably too tight due to frequent growth spurts, causing irritation from friction.
- Between the ages of 6 and 9 months, your baby’s food may alter, which may cause diaper rash. If your child transitions from breast milk to formula or from formula to solid foods, you might see diaper rash. Baby food older than six months old should be avoided because it can cause a lot of digestive problems for infants.
- 9 to 12 months: Diaper rash is still present as your kid gets bigger, his appetite increases, and his food intake increases. Occasionally, the introduction of new foods can cause diaper rash.
what is the treatment for diaper rash?
By changing your child’s diaper frequently, you can keep him clean and dry.
Wash your hand before and after changing the diaper.
Keep diaper dry and clean.
Change the diaper regularly
Wash your baby’s bottom with warm water.
Use a clean towel to gently wipe the skin dry, or you can let it air dry.
Bath your baby daily.
If your baby has a rash apply rash cream.
To promote greater airflow, put your child’s diaper on loosely or choose a diaper that is a bit large for him.
Every day, leave your child’s diaper off for as long as possible when it’s warm outside and they may play.
If your child develops a rash, think about letting him sleep bare bottom.
When should you take the child to a doctor?
You need to call a doctor if the rash either becomes worse or does not go away in 2,3 days. The rash spreads to the back, arms, face, or abdomen.
You observe pimples, blisters, ulcers, significant bumps, or pus-filled sores on your baby body. Or if Your child has a fever.
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