Nappy rash is the most common problem faced by little ones. It is usually caused due to acidic elements in the stool and urine’s ammonia exposed to the sensitive skin all wrapped up in a warm, moist condition that exists within the diaper. It is believed that a diaper rash is bound to happen at some point no matter how cautious one is. I know mommies and daddies are extremely careful and take great care of their baby’s bottom but these rashes are unavoidable. Really! However, TCT recommends some tips on how to minimize the impact these diapers have on your baby’s skin.
These rashes usually appear on the skin folds and the area is marked with redness, soreness, at times there could be an inflammation, skin peeling and worst case scenario, blisters and ulcers for which showing it to the pediatrician (baby doctor) is a must.
I am listing below some of the preventive measures and home remedies that can come handy while dealing with stubborn and annoying nappy-rashes.
Avoid using wet-wipes: This is from my personal experience. I hate alcohol-based wet-wipes. In fact, I avoid wet-wipes whatsoever (even when the baby is traveling!) Wet wipes have certain chemicals which are bad for the skin. Besides, baby’s skin is not accustomed to withstanding such harsh preservatives. I don’t mean to scare you but then unnecessary use of wet-wipes can not only aggravate the problem of rashes, it may also lead to skin infection. If you can’t do without it then TCT recommends picking up a brand which does organic wipes.
Avoid excessive use of diapers: It is fine to change the lowers time-and-again than to see your baby suffering. Skin’s exposure to air is absolutely inevitable. In summers, you can let him/her sleep or while away time on a quick-dry mattress or a towel for hours. You know, you can also go for home-made or ready-made cloth nappies.They are so much better any given day.
Apply a few drops of coconut oil: This is a natural rash-free cream with anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and healing properties that soothes your baby’s ultra-soft skin. It should be applied atleast once or twice a day (especially after the poop has been cleaned). It keeps the area moist and treats the itchiness, irritable skin. Besides, it is natural and has yummy fragrance.
Change diapers often: Ideally, the diaper should be changed after 2 hours. A new born baby urinates quite frequently. So 6-8 heavy diapers (pee 12-to-15 times a day) is a typical norm. As for a 6-month old baby, the frequency tends to go down (but babies are different in how often they pass urine). It is best to not let the diaper get SUPER heavy for you to take a call on whether it should be changed or not. Tie diaper loose and let the skin be exposed to air. Soiled nappies should be changed immediately.
Regularly clean the area with water and sterilized cotton balls: After he/she has pooped, mommies, don’t hunt for a wet wipe to clean the mess! Instead wash baby’s bottom with lukewarm water and a mild soap. Keep a soft wash-cloth exclusively for the purpose of drying your baby’s bottom.
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