A diaper rash is common in most new born babies. Although it’s nothing to lose your mind about, you can take steps to prevent it. Rashes are not a pretty sight to see and can be irritating and painful for your infant. Here’s why a diaper rash is caused and how you can prevent it.
What Causes a Diaper Rash?
When urine and stools are pressed against the skin, they break down its protective barrier, resulting in an angry-looking rash. Fortunately, a diaper rash is usually simple to prevent and treat.
Change the diaper often
It might not be the easiest thing to do but you must make sure to change your baby’s diaper often, eight to ten times a day is normal.
Use lukewarm water and a mild baby wash to gently but thoroughly wash your baby’s diaper area after each diaper change.
Use a Nappy Rash Cream
Use a mild trusted nappy rash cream after washing and drying the diaper area at each change, the nappy rash cream will work as a barrier against dampness and protect your baby from getting rashes.
Not Too Tight
Make sure that diapers aren’t fastened too tightly, leave room for air.
Diaper Free Time
Give your baby diaper free time daily, this way air circulates around the baby’s skin helping it to breathe, it will make your baby more comfortable and help prevent diaper rashes.
Consult a Pediatrician
If the rash is persistent for more than a week, see your doctor. It could be a stubborn yeast infection that might require a medicated cream.