Diaper Rash

What Is Diaper Rash?

Diaper rash is the most common form of contact dermatitis. It is a skin irritation that may develop in the diaper covered area. It is commonly found in babies, however may affect the elderly as well.

What Triggers Diaper Rash?

  • Not changing diapers frequently
  • Skin getting repeatedly rub with rough diapers
  • Unhygienic baby clothes
  • Family history of skin allergies
  • Hot and humid weather

How Would You Know If You Have Diaper Rash?

  • The most common symptom includes red and itchy skin rashes on the diaper area
  • Skin may be cracked
  • The child will feel irritated and uneasy
  • Small rashes filled with fluid may also be observed

What Should You Do Incase Diaper Rash Worsens?

  • In case, the rashes do not get better after a few days of home treatment, make sure you visit a pediatrician.
  • In case the diaper rash worsens and causes bleeds, itching or burning sensation or is accompanied by fever, do not delay and see a doctor at the earliest.
  • Your doctor may recommend effective and mild medication

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • In case of severe diaper rashes, your doctor may recommend medicated ointments and creams
  • Make sure the affected area is exposed to air as much as possible
  • Change diapers more often
  • Wipe the affected area with warm water and mild soap that is not perfumed
  • Do not use talcums
  • In case you use cloth diapers for your child, make sure you boil them in water for 15 minutes

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Diaper Rash?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms and to speed up your recovery:

1. Vinegar

Ingredients: Vinegar Water

Ways to Use:

To half a bucket of water, add half a cup of vinegar. Use this mixture to rinse cloth diapers.

A highly diluted vinegar solution can also be used to wipe off the baby’s diaper area while changing the diapers

2. Baking Soda

Ingredients: Baking soda Water

Ways to Use:

To four cups of water, add a tablespoon of baking soda. Dip a clean and soft cloth in this solution and wipe off the affected area with this cloth.

3. Coconut Oil

Ingredients: Coconut Oil

Ways to Use:

Add a few drops of coconut oil to the bathing water before you give your child a bath. You may also choose to apply coconut oil on the affected areas.

4. Petroleum Jelly

Ingredients: Petroleum Jelly

Ways to Use:

After cleaning the affected area, apply petroleum jelly. Do this each time you change your baby’s diaper. It will heal the rashes and keep the skin moist.

 

So, let not your little one be hassled with those itchy diaper rashes any longer. Instead, practice good hygiene and try these natural remedies to treat diaper rashes.  

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