Allow Adequate Time To Allow Your Baby’s Skin to Dry
Your baby’s skin will need some time to breathe after you have changed their diaper, if possible keep the nappy off for a few minutes and allow your baby’s bottom to dry. If your baby has sensitive skin, the nappy may chafe or cause a rash to develop – leaving the nappy off for a few minutes can help to prevent this from happening. You will also need to apply a layer of rash cream over the nappy area after a change. There are several products on the market which range in price, so it’s best to do your research to find the best item in your circumstances. Always check the ingredients of a rash cream before purchase, especially if your baby has sensitive skin which could be irritated by some of these ingredients.
Always remember to dispose of a diaper carefully after you have changed your baby –disposable diapers should be placed in a bag or into a [amazon_link id=”B001BMWABI” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”]Diaper genie[/amazon_link] before you dispose of it completely. If you are using cloth diapers, you will want to store the diapers in nappy wet bag or bucket so that they can be can stored safely until you are ready to wash them. Follow this routine until your baby starts using potty.
Try and Limit Acidic Food and Drink
One way to prevent rash from occurring is to control the amount of acidic food and drink that you give to your baby, including fruit and fruit juices. Studies have shown that the acid in these food products can be exerted from the body in your baby’s urine, which can lead to a rash developing. Other foods that you may want to limit include mayonnaise, ginger ale, and yogurt.
Use a Barrier Cream
A barrier cream such as castor oil or zinc can help to prevent rash, and can stop urine from irritating the skin. You may want to apply the cream every time you change your baby’s nappy, although this will depend on the circumstances, so always check the directions on the product before you make a purchase. I loved using [amazon_link id=”B000GCJLU2″ target=”_blank” ]Desitin[/amazon_link] on my child’s bum, it is a must have if you are planning on breastfeeding your baby. Breastfed babies tend to have more frequent bowel movements and it can be quite acidic. Try to change your baby’s diaper quickly and if your child’s bum looks a little red apply a thin layer of desitin after each diaper change. It almost always cleaned up my child’s diaper rash instantly and I would also put a little bit in the folds of their skin around the diaper too.
Speak to Your Child’s Doctor if Your Baby Develops a Rash That Won’t Go Away
If your baby does develop a rash, you may want to speak to your doctor about other medical treatment options that can be used to treat the problem. The doctor might want to prescribe a rash treatment or lotion that is stronger than the ones you can purchase from your local store, or the ones available over-the-counter at your local pharmacist. You may be prescribed an anti-fungal cream which can help clear up the rash.
Although you may be concerned, try not to panic – remember that most babies can develop a rash within the first 18 months, especially babies who have sensitive skin. The problem can sometimes be exasperated when the skin comes into contact with urine, or products such as baby wipes, soap or bubble bath. Keeping the area clean when you change your baby’s nappy can help prevent a rash from occurring. Use choosing baby wipes, opt for a product that is free from alcohol and other harsh ingredients which won’t irritate the skin.
About The Author
Brenda Panin is a devoted mother and a part time writer interested in topics related to parenting and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys reading a good book and strong black coffee. Brenda loves seeing her readers getting useful information from her articles.