Wearing a soiled nappy for too long can cause your baby nappy rash which alarm parents and annoy babies. The rash appears when the skin gets irritated and inflamed that usually occurs around the nappy region. It typically appears as patchy red and tender skin with blisters. In this article, we suggest simple at-home treatments to handle or prevent it.
What could cause nappy rash?
- Infrequent diaper change
Wearing nappies for too long can lead to rash from long exposures to a wet environment and constant contact with the nappy. Frequent pooping and peeing can make the nappy constantly wet.
- New changes
Baby wipes, new nappy brands or clothes detergent might be causing your baby’s nappy rash. New foods, especially solids, change the content of their poop and the frequency.
- Infections and antibiotics
Other skin or yeast infection can spread to the nappy region— buttocks, thighs and genitals. Use of antibiotics can kill both bad and good bacteria that help protect the skin from rashes.
How to prevent it?
- Regular nappy change
Change the soiled nappy frequently and avoid letting your baby’s bum having direct contact with his pee or poop for a long period of time.
- Use hypoallergenic products that are baby-friendly
Use warm water to clean your baby and opt for fragrance-free soaps. Make sure your baby’s nappy region is air-dried and use ointments that contain petroleum and zinc oxide if needed.
- Choose the right size and material
Nappy and clothes that are too tight will rub against the skin and cause more irritation. Choose breathable materials such as cotton which absorbs sweat and more suitable with our tropical climate.
How to treat nappy rash?
- Know what the cause is and act accordingly
- Apply a protective barrier (petroleum jelly, ointments) with every change
- Low-potency steroid creams can help if the rash is hard to cure
- If combining different creams, apply the protective barrier last
Should I use cloth or disposable nappies?
No major difference. See what works best for your child and apply the same principles above.
When to see a doctor?
Have your child examined if the rash:
- Is severe or unusual
- Gets worse despite home treatment
- Bleeds, itches or oozes
- Causes burning or pain with urination or a bowel movement
- Is accompanied by a fever
If your baby’s skin doesn’t improve after a few days of home treatment, talk with your doctor. Sometimes, you’ll need a prescription medication to treat nappy rash.