Diaper Rash: The Yucky Truth
Most moms have to deal with diaper rash at one point of their child’s life. What does diaper rash look like? If you notice red spots and the child feels irritated around the diaper area then he or she is suffering from diaper rash. It can be extensive with tender reddish bumps that spread throughout your child’s thighs and tummy or it can be mild with some prick red spots.
HOW DID MY CHILD GET DIAPER RASH?
Every child in susceptible to diaper rash. This brings me to my next point on the causes of diaper rash.
- Infrequent changes How often do you change your child’s diaper? Some moms are too preoccupied such that they fail to attend fully to their children. They might misinterpret their child cry for hunger or some other things. Failure to change the diaper results to red and irritated skin which sometimes it peels off.
- Yeast This one of the common causes of diaper rash. It is unfortunate that yeast can’t be contained by antibiotics. This yeasty rash looks like pimples which might spread on the skin.
- Teething Diarrhea is mostly accompanied with teething and it can quickly lead to rash. Huge saliva increase adds moisture and makes the child’s stool runnier.
- Food allergies You child might be sensitive to acidic food like citrus and tomato which can cause the rash.
- Detergents and fabric If you are using a cloth diaper, residue detergents and fabric softeners that you used when washing can be irritating your child’s bum. If you notice such discomfort it is advisable to use other diapers like the disposable ones.
- Bacterial infection Most bacteria prefer moist and warm environments like the diapers thus leading to diaper rash.
- Gut imbalance Gut flora imbalance can lead to eczema, rash and psoriasis. You might require a competent health professional to fix this problem.
- Chafing Sometimes diaper rash can appear because your child’s diaper is rubbing against the skin. You might notice some redness around your child’s bum area.
WHEN SHOULD I TAKE MY CHILD FOR DIAPER RASH MEDICATION?
Once you notice the following signs and symptoms don’t hesitate to visit your doctor.
- Swelling or edema
- Peeling of the skin
- Fluid filled raised bumps
- Sensitivity on the affected skin.
- Redness around the area
- Your baby might develop fever
- He or she cries in pain when the rash is touched
- Your baby might experience bleeding from the rash blisters
- Oozing yellow patches
- Open sores
HOW TO PREVENT DIAPER RASH
If you are interested in keeping the diaper rash at bay here are some preventive measures:
- Clean your child’s genital area well and ensure you change the diapers regularly.
- After diaper change oil his bottom with a protective ointment.
- Introduce new foods at a time to avoid allergies.
- Allow air circulation by not securing the diaper tightly.
- Use fragrance free detergents when cleaning replaceable cloth diapers
- Avoid the use of antibiotics. It is better to use probiotics since it encourages growth of healthy bacteria in your child’s gut.
WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS TO TREAT DIAPER RASH
Treatment can be done in two forms:
- Self-care at home One of the most essential treatments for diaper rash is skin care. When you are in full control of taking care of your child’s skin then you will shorten or alleviate the duration of diaper rash. To achieve this at home you should:
- Change the diapers regularly
- Wash the bum area with a mild soap and allow it to air dry. Avoid rubbing which could result to further irritation.
- Avoid as much as possible the plastic pants.
- Avoid certain acidic foods which might worsen the situation.
- If the rash was caused by allergic dermatitis keep any new detergent at bay.
- For the case of the rash being caused by candida infection you can treat it buy buying over counter antifungal creams.
If you notice the diaper rash is not responding, then I recommend that you should seek medical attention. The doctor may recommend:
- Antibiotics if the rash was caused by a bacterial infection.
- Mild tropical steroid cream
- Zinc oxide can be used as a barrier. This is the main and common treatment.
Hey Mama, its all yucky!
Generally, diaper rash is a common infection but if we are in apposition to prevent it, then our children will not have to suffer. Let us take preventive measures before it gets out of hand. To achieve this you must be hygienic and detailed as you take care of your child!
Until Next Time,