Diaper rash is one of the most common occurrences in babies. It is caused due to not changing the soiled diaper, food etc. As most parents treat rashes lightly and opt for home remedies for quick fixes. But not always home remedies can clear the rashes as they depend on skin types and frequency of application. Below we have stated some tips to reduce diaper rash instances in Newborns. Before that, let’s talk about why parents and newborns face the problem of rashes and skin redness.
What causes diaper rash?
The pH level fluctuation can cause rashes in the skin due to pee, poop or application of some skin products. It can also be caused by skin products such as soaps that can also break down the skin over time.
Diaper rash is most likely that your child might be going through harsh rashes due to:-
- Eating solid food
- Sleeping through the night
- Has a cold or diarrhea
- Is taking antibiotics
Some of the Tips to reduce diaper rash are:
- Keep the diaper area clean and dry
An accumulation of pee and poo leads to irritation in the skin. One way to avoid this is by periodically cleaning and drying that area. As well as keep checking if the diaper is soiled and requires a change.
- Avoid scrubbing the area
The baby has delicate skin that needs to be gently cleaned. Scrubbing it harshly will provoke rashes that cab make the baby cranky too. Instead, use a mild baby soap that will cleanse the skin.
- Do not use baby wipes
Baby wipes are generally good for the skin. But the wipes will aggravate the existing condition of baby rashes. If not treated can cause distress to your little one.
- Leave diaper-free for some time:
Most parents generally look at the benefits of diapers and don’t give the necessary airtime for the baby’s skin to dry. Not giving enough time for a baby’s skin to breathe can cause harm to their delicate skin including redness, irritation and allergies. It might also lead to deadly fungal infections.
Allow the baby’s skin to breathe at least 3 to 4 times a day. This will ensure zero yeast infections in the diaper area.
- Bathe your baby daily:
One way to reduce diaper rashes is by giving your little one a warm bath. Warm water ensures the baby’s muscles and skin to soothe and relax. Even though it stings a little, warm water helps the rash area to be clean. Some doctors even advise parents to use an oatmeal bath.
- Change the diaper:
Suppose using cloth diapers or nappies is causing these rashes, maybe it’s high time you switch your choice of diapers with the best one available on the market. You can switch your child’s diaper brand to recognise if your baby’s skin is responding well to its quality.
- Change your laundry detergents:
Mild laundry detergents are used in clothes to take care of newborn baby skin. Detergents are harmful to newborns as they are chemically induced These chemicals can cause your baby’s skin to react — Which may cause frequent redness, irritation and rashes — leading to discomfort to your little one. This can be avoided by using skin-friendly, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic detergents easily available in the market today.
- Try Home remedies:
Mostly diaper rashes subside with over-the-counter creams or gels. Usually, it soothes the skin thus reducing the rashes. If it doesn’t lessen, it is better to consult the doctor.
- Petroleum Jelly: Petroleum jelly is used as a moisture barrier between skin and diaper. This soothes the skin rashes caused by diapers.
- Coconut oil: Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer for the skin. Application of coconut oil on inflamed diaper rash helps in soothing redness, irritation, or itching
- Apple cider vinegar: Add a spoon of apple cider vinegar to bath water and clean the baby’s bum before every changing diaper. This helps in elevating the rashes by killing the yeast that further aggravates them.
- Make your diaper rash cream: Use a safe and mild diaper rash cream to make the baby comfortable.
- Watch if new food causes any rashes:
Sometimes food also causes allergic reactions that eventually lead to rashes. Foods containing citrus and tomato lead to rashes. So it’s important to monitor food habits and consequently ensure the diaper area doesn’t have rashes.
- Watch out for any bugs in clothes:
Sometimes bugs lay eggs while drying the clothes on your balcony. So always be cautious while drying the clothes and ensure no eggs or bugs are there in the clothes.
When to consult the doctor?
Diaper rashes do happen to most babies. Most diaper rashes can be treated at home and rashes subside in a few days or a week. It would improve with the above tips
Sometimes the rash doesn’t subside and eventually fever sets in causing distress to the baby. This may be due to a fungal infection. So it’s better to consult a doctor to give your kid further treatment regarding this.
If your child has the following symptoms, call the doctor immediately:
- Has a fever with the rash
- Has bruises, bleeding or open sores in the area
- Is the baby showing a lot of pain or discomfort
- Is the baby losing weight or seems sick
How Merries diapers help you in this?
Merries is made of triple layer air through system that releases stuffiness and moisture and a soft inner surface that is gentle on baby skin . Merries has been dermatologically tested for diaper rash. Its snug fit helps it fit perfectly on the baby skin keeping the baby happy and playful for longer.