Diaper rash is a common but uncomfortable skin rash that occurs in infants. It is vital for parents and caregivers to know how to treat diaper rash to prevent the symptoms from getting worse.
1. Trying an oatmeal bath
Colloidal oatmeal may reduce the inflammation and irritation that atopic dermatitis and inflammatory skin conditions can cause. Colloidal oatmeal may also reduce the pain and itching that comes with a diaper rash.
You can buy oatmeal bath treatments in many drug stores. follow the directions on the package and pat the infant’s skin dry afterward.
2. Changing diapers often
When an infant has a diaper rash, parents and caregivers should be even more vigilant than usual about changing their diapers promptly.
Allowing an infant to remain in a wet or soiled diaper when they have a rash can make the symptoms worse.
3. Changing diaper brands or laundry detergents
If an infant develops a diaper rash frequently, their skin may be sensitive to a particular product. For example, a specific brand of diaper or baby wipe could trigger the rash. If people use cloth diapers, the type of laundry detergent that they use could also be responsible for the rashes.
Eliminating harsh chemicals and scents may help to clear persistent or recurring rashes.
4. Allowing the area to breath
When an infant has diaper rash, ensuring that they spend some time during the day with no diaper or bottoms on can help the area to dry out and heal.
People should also avoid putting infants in tight, synthetic, or rubber bottoms while they have diaper rash.
Dressing them in loose bottoms made of 100 percent cotton can help to keep the rash dry and allow the skin to breathe.
5. Make sure that the diaper fits properly
Diapers that are too tight can irritate diaper rash. Parents and caregivers should check that all diapers fit correctly and ensure that they buy larger sizes as the infant grows.
6. Avoiding using baby wipes
Although it is essential to keep the infant’s diaper area clean, baby wipes can irritate an existing diaper rash.
If an infant has diaper rash, it is best to clean the diaper area gently using scent-free soap and water before patting it dry.
In situations where this is not possible, it is advisable to choose scent-free, natural wipes, which are available in pharmacies
7. Use diaper creams and ointments
There are many barrier creams and skin-soothing ointments available at grocery stores, pharmacies.
Parents and caregivers should look for creams containing zinc oxide. They should apply a thick layer of one of these creams to the affected skin and allow the area to dry.
8. Using unscented soaps and detergents
Skin irritants, including the scents in soaps and detergents, are responsible for many cases of diaper rash.
Common culprits include scented laundry detergents, some baby soaps and creams, and certain bubble baths, even though the manufacturers often promote them as being child-friendly.
9. Avoiding scrubbing the area
Keeping the infant’s diaper area clean and dry is vital, especially when they have a rash, but people should remember that gentle cleaning is best.
Scrubbing this area of the body or rubbing it dry can further irritate the rash and damage the sensitive skin.
Most rashes start to improve after a few days of at-home care with over-the-counter ointment and more frequent nappy changes. If it doesn’t start to improve or if fever and rash develop, a visit to a doctor is required.