Babies often suffer from nappy rashes. Nappy rashes are irritations and reddening of the areas covered by the diaper. Nappy rashes occur in and around the genital area, and on the buttocks and inside the thigh folds.
Causes of nappy rash
Nappy rashes are primarily caused by wet nappies. Babies urinate often. They largely pass out loose bowels. If the dirty nappy is not changed, irritations develop on the diaper area. Even when a child is wearing the best quality absorbent diaper, some wetness will remain trapped in the nappy, causing rashes.
Sometimes children with sensitive or extremely dry skins have nappy rashes, despite frequent nappy changes. Constant friction between the nappy and the delicate skin causes nappy rashes in babies who can crawl or walk. Children suffering from diarrhea might suffer from nappy rashes. Food allergies are sometimes responsible for nappy rashes.
Preventing nappy rashes
Nappy rashes can be prevented by keeping the genital area of your baby dry. You should frequently change the wet diapers. After your baby has passed bowel, clean his genital area with water. Before tying a new diaper, pat dry the genital area with a soft absorbent towel. Do not rub hard your baby’s delicate skin. You can apply a water repellent barrier cream, recommended by your doctor, on the buttock and thigh folds. Loosely tie the diaper, so that there is proper air circulation in the diaper area.
In extreme hot weather condition, nappies might increase perspiration of the skin around the genital area. If possible, keep you child without a nappy during hot summer. If your child is using non-disposable diapers, the washing detergent left behind after cleaning the diaper, could cause nappy rashes. If you are using non-disposable diaper, wash it with mild non-scented detergent. Wash the diaper properly to ensure that no trace of the detergent is present in it.
Nappy rash treatment
Nappy rashes are commonly treated with ointments or zinc cream. In case of severe rashes, or yeast infection, doctors recommend steroid based creams. Cod liver oil can be applied to treat the rashes.