When urine and feces mix in the diaper area, the result is a high pH that irritates the skin and promotes diaper rash (also known as diaper dermatitis), which can result in a very irritable and unhappy baby prone to waking up at night.
A diaper rash commonly occurs after introducing solid foods, and you should always look out for the following:
If any nappy rash does not heal within a week or so.
Any rashes that are accompanied by white patches, sores or yellow spots.
If your baby should develop a fever along with the rash.
If the rash spreads beyond the area covered by the diaper.
Symptoms of Diaper Rash
Redness in the nappy area, sometimes spreading up to the abdomen or down your baby's legs.
The Redness may be blotchy, spotty or appear as a uniform, raised red rash covering a large area.
White patches on the nappy rash may indicate thrush (candida), which is a fungal infection.
In a candida rash, the skin may be inflamed with extra spots around the edges. These are called "satellite lesions".
Preventing Diaper Rash
Allow your baby to spend as long as possible with a bare bottom, you will both feel better. It allows the area to dry and gives a helping hand in healing.
Avoid using soap on the nappy area and rinse carefully with clean water at each nappy change.
Change your baby as soon as the diaper becomes wet or soiled.
If you are using re-usable diapers, perhaps you should consider disposables some of the time as they sometimes tend to be better for diaper rash.
Home Remedies for Diaper Rash
The old folks swear that you should use powdered cornflower rather than traditional baby talc to soothe the baby's skin. Baby powder contains perfume and additives, as opposed to cornflower which works naturally. Sprinkle carefully, as this can trigger breathing problems in little ones.
Blend a little baking soda with some warm water and use to wash your baby's bottom. this is one of our very simple home remedies for diaper rash.
Plain live Yoghurt can be spread on the nappy area to soothe and to prevent thrush from occurring in the skin folds.
And here is another old one, egg white can be painted on the baby's sore bottom and allowed to dry before putting on a nappy. This will encourage the skin to heal and prevent further irritation.
When cleansing, use cotton balls dipped in baby oil or use warm water in a squirt bottle to rinse the baby's bottom.
Keeping the area clean is one thing, but keeping it dry is another thing. Using a towel can irritate sensitive skin. So try a hair dryer turned onto low, which eliminates rubbing the wet skin.
Herbal Remedies for Diaper Rash
As part of our home remedies for diapers, we have included some simple herbal remedies as well.
Rub a little calendula (marigold) ointment on to the cleaned nappy area to help soothe and to reduce inflammation, it promotes wound healing, prevents viral infection and is mildly antibacterial.
Powdered goldenseal can be applied to a clean diaper area before you put on the nappy.
Rescue remedy cream or gel can also be applied to the rash area, it is said to work wonders.
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