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How to avoid Diaper Rash and have a happy baby

Your baby could cry just because of diaper rash. Do you know how to avoid it?

How to avoid Diaper Rash and have a happy baby
Margarida Gamboa
by Margarida Gamboa
When we talk about babies everything becomes something to worry about. The main cares are in simple things and determine the baby’s welfare.


Diaper rash is really common and it’s characterized for redness at your baby’s bottom. It’s a dermatitis. This simple thing can annoy babies and worry parents. But it’s simple to avoid and to treat it.

It’s really easy to identify: the skin in the buttocks, thighs and genitals (or only in some of them) becomes red (in severe situations you could have blood but at this phase you should see a doctor); your baby seem more uncomfortable, especially when you wash or touch the inflamed area.

Several times diaper rash is related with new foods, new hygienic/cleaning products, use of antibiotics or sensitive skin. But in all situations we have tips to avoid diaper rash.

5 tips to avoid diaper rash

. No tighten diapers - Tight diapers do not allow air flow to the skin. This makes a moist environment, more conducive to diaper rash. In addition, it can also tighten the baby's hips and legs.

. Free their bottom - Yes, it’s what you think! We know it’s easier in summer with good weather but whenever possible let your baby stay without a diaper. Exposing skin to air is the best way to dry it. Do it in a safe way - in the bathtub before shower, in a small pool without water or with a towel.

. Change it - if your baby has a tendency to get diaper rash you have to change it more often. Change diapers with poop as soon as you notice it.

. Water - to clean use water and avoid baby wipes, especially the ones with perfume (avoid fabric softeners and dryer sheets). The better way to have it cleaned and not injured is with the simplest element: water. To dry use a clean and soft towel (don’t scrub) or let it air dry.

. Ointment - apply a barrier ointment if your baby has a tendency to diaper rash. Talk to a pharmacist, a nurse or a doctor to know the best options.

One last important information: avoid talcum powder. It’s not good for baby lungs.

How to treat diaper rash

The way to treat diaper rash is pretty similar to the way you prevent it. The difference - when your baby already has diaper rash you should duplicate the efforts. If the usual ointment doesn’t work try another ones, more effective in healing than preventing.
If he or she doesn’t become better, at some point we have to go see a doctor, namely, if the baby has bleeds, oozes or itches, if the diaper rash looks infected (with swelling, pus or blisters) if you notice that urination or bowel movement causes burning or pain, if the baby has a fever, or simply if after a few days it doesn't improve.
Your baby’s rash can also develop a candidiasis.

Another discussion: Cloth or disposable diapers?

You’re going to the point: in the diaper rash discussion we haven’t a winner. That’s because some disposable diaper could irritate your baby's skin, and another ones not - you just have to change it and try it; in the same way your baby could develop diaper rash because of your laundry soap and you have to switch it.
In this area, it’s more about what works with your baby and about the care.
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