Don’t Get Crappy Over A Diaper Rash!

Essential ointment for diaper rash, Photo courtesy of Mama Natural Solutions

Don’t Get Crappy Over A Diaper Rash!

Nobody likes crap but unfortunately one crappy issue every new born parent will experience at least a couple of times when it comes to diapering and cleaning crap is the dreaded diaper rash!

Have a supply of nappies in hand, Photo courtesy of The Manja Company

However, it is not that crappy if you know how to recognise and prevent and treat it before it becomes a concern. Most diaper rashes are caused by the moisture when the baby’s sensitive skin comes in contact with urine and stools which becomes irritants to their skin. In some cases, it can also be caused by a food allergy when new foods are introduced, an allergy to a cleanser if you are using one or an ill-fitted diaper.

Recognising diaper rash. Best way to treat or prevent a diaper rash is to first be able to identify it before it worsens into an infection which requires medical intervention. Some of the signs may include one or more of the following :

    • Skin around the nappy area looks red, raw or spotty.
    • Nappy area looks swollen or itchy when wiped.
    • Baby is unsettled or irritable.
    • Blisters or pus.

How to prevent. The aim in preventing diaper rash is to keep the nappy area clean, airy and dry. This includes taking the following precautionary measures :

    • Ensure diapers are fitted well, not too tight, and not too loose.
    • Changing diapers frequently will ensure minimal contact of the skin with urine and stools. A well-fed baby under 12 months old goes through a minimum of 6 to 8 diaper changes a day.
    • Whether you are using cloth or disposable diapers, they should always be breathable and frequently changed. Some babies may have certain sensitivities to a certain type of diaper, so you may need to consider changing until you find one that suits your baby.
    • At each diaper change, ensure that before putting on a new diaper, the nappy area is properly cleaned and dry. Whilst some may use cotton or towels, many modern parents these days use baby wipes for convenience. It is best to ensure that the wipes are fragrance free so as not to irritate the baby’s sensitive skin.

Lavender essential oil may help, Photo courtesy of Mama Natural Solutions

Ready for multiple changes, Photo courtesy of The Manja Company

    • A cream or gel that is oily and contain zinc oxide could provide a form of barrier to moisturise and protect the skin. This can be applied at each diaper change prior to putting on a new diaper. Petroleum jelly or non-petroleum jelly but contain zinc oxide.
    • Whilst this depends on the ‘risk appetite’ of each parent, having your baby have a bit of diaper free time when there are signs of a rash can be a good idea.
    • If in some cases where a diaper rash is caused by the introduction of a new food to the baby, consider eliminating the food to see if the diaper rash diminishes or improves.

Treatment of diaper rash. When the rash is persistent and does not respond to nappy creams, it is time to see a doctor for a prescribed or medicated treatment cream. A medical intervention is also recommended if the baby displays a fever or blisters or pus in the nappy area as this usually shows that there is an infection. Do not try to self-medicate your baby without proper medical advice.