How to take care of diaper rash

Oct 13 , 2020


Reinaldo Garcia

How to take care of diaper rash

How to take care of diaper rash

Did you know that a baby's skin has the same layers as an adult's, but up to 5 times thinner? This reason, among others, makes a baby's skin very sensitive and also reacts more to any external aggression.

Baby's skin has a skin pH slightly higher than that of an adult and also has a greater facility to lose water and to suffer infections. In babies, various types of dermatological disorders appear, such as atopic dermatitis, sweats, viral or bacterial infections, cradle cap and diaper rash.

In this last irritation we will focus our post by since it appears in up to 35% of children in the lactation stage. Diaper rash can present different degrees of inflammation and irritation of the skin. In the diaper area it can be seen from a simple erythema (redness) to small ulcerations that appear for the following reasons:

- Diaper friction

- Excessive occlusion (closure) of the diaper

- Excessive humidity

- Irritation of urine and feces (change in pH of the area)

- Allergies to wipes, lotions, detergents ...

The usual treatments for diaper rash recommended by pediatricians are the recurrent use of water-based paste with zinc oxide and / or low-potency topical corticosteroids and with one treatment. If the dermatitis is combined with a bacterial superinfection, topical antibiotics in powder form are also often used.

Of course, these treatments must be prescribed by a healthcare professional. Treatments are key when the dermatitis has already appeared, but it is even more important to have good habits regarding diaper changes to prevent it.

By following these 10 simple tips, your baby's bottom is sure to be much less irritated and the health of your skin improves.

1. The diaper should be changed often, as soon as it is wet or dirty.

2. Thoroughly clean, but without rubbing, the diaper area to avoid traces of moisture or dirt that can facilitate the appearance of bacterial infections.

3. If cleaning is done with a cloth, soap and water, we must make sure that the water is warm and the soap is acidic or neutral without perfume.

4. At each diaper change, a protective product should be used that isolates the skin from contact with the diaper. At you will find a wide assortment of products for this purpose.

5. Wait until the bottom is dry before putting on the new diaper.

6. Don't over-tighten the diaper as rubbing tends to cause irritation.

7. Use diapers that have little amount of dye or fragrance.

8. Try using super absorbent diapers to avoid moisture.

9. It is recommended to leave the baby without a diaper for 2-3 hours a day to allow the area to air out.

10. When washing baby's clothes, rinse well soap or detergent residues as they could irritate the skin. When washing, limit the use of fabric softeners.

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