A nappy rash also known as diaper rash is a common, but uncomfortable type of rash that occurs in babies. This sort of rash may cause the skin to be scaly, bumpy or raw and that explains why many parents often get worried once they notice it.
There are indications that nappy rashes actually account for about 20% of all childhood visits to a dermatologist. It should be noted that some babies are more prone to diaper rash and could get them easily, especially if they have other underlying skin conditions such as eczema.
Well, the good news is that a nappy rash is easy to treat and could also be avoided. This article nevertheless highlights some of the most effective methods of treating and preventing nappy rash.
• Change your baby’s diapers more frequently
If your baby is prone to nappy rash, then you should endeavor to always change his or her diapers within short intervals. The reason is that keeping your baby in a wet or soiled diaper for a long time can go a long way to worsen the symptoms of a nappy rash. It is apparent that nappy rash worsens in moist environment. Thus, it is imperative for parents and caregivers to be vigilant enough to change their babies as soon as they are wet.
• Let the area breathe
A nappy rash can also be relieved by letting the area breathe for some time. Thus, if your infant develops a nappy rash, you should ensure that he or she spends some time during the day with no diaper on. By doing so, the area will eventually dry out and heal. Moreover, avoid putting your infant in a tight synthetic or rubber bottom if he or she has a nappy rash. It is rather advisable to dress your infant in a loose bottom, made with 100 percent cotton, so as to keep the rash dry, and equally make it possible for the skin to breathe.
• Use diaper creams and ointments
There are currently many safe ointments and creams that can effectively treat nappy rashes in infants. Most of these skin soothing ointments are readily available in grocery stores, pharmacies as well as in online stores. That said, when opting for a diaper rash ointment or cream, it’s imperative to settle for those that contain zinc oxide, which is known to protect the body against irritations and abrasions. Parents and caregivers simply need to apply a thick layer of these creams to the affected area and allow it to dry.
• Avoid diaper wipes
It is also imperative to quit using diaper wipes as soon as you notice that your baby is developing a nappy rash. Inasmuch as it’s important to keep the diaper area clean, baby wipes can further irritate an existing nappy rash. That being said, you can ditch diaper wipes and instead use a scent-free soap alongside, water before patting the area dry.
• See a doctor
Even though there are many home remedies to treating and preventing a nappy rash, it could sometimes become infected. Thus, if a nappy rash persists after three days, despite home treatment, then you should consider visiting a medical practitioner. Your doctor will likely prescribe creams that can effectively treat any nappy rash that’s infected with bacteria or thrush.