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Unfortunately, however careful a mother is, her precious baby may be affected by nappy rash, which is common. Babies wear diaper and are bound to get nappy rash sometime or the other.
How Does Nappy Rash Occur?
There are many causes which can lead to your baby getting rash.
- One of the main causes is the wearing of a dirty or wet diaper for a long time. The prolonged contact of the skin with dampness, friction and the ammonia substances released in the nappy can lead to rash.
- Plastic pants hamper the flow of air and can worsen nappy rash.
- If your baby’s clothes are not washed properly, the soap and detergents left on them tend to irritate your baby’s skin.
- Your baby might be suffering from conditions such as eczema, thrush, impetigo or psoriasis, which will then worsen the nappy rash.
Treating Nappy Rash
After every change, apply some cream gently on your baby’s skin. Avoid using talcum-based powders on the rash as whiffs of the talcum powder might give rise to breathing problems in your baby.
- Cloth nappies have to be cleaned and rinsed thoroughly before they are used again. You also might be using bleach-based detergents as bleach kills bacteria effectively, in which case, rinse the nappies well in water. Dry them fully and then use them to prevent nappy rash.
- While using disposable wipes, ensure that they do not contain any alcohol or other material which will irritate your child’s skin. Be careful in case your baby is allergic to the preservatives that are used in disposable wipers. Plastic over-pants are not recommended if you are using disposable diapers.
Natural Diaper Rash Cream
- Unrefined Coconut Oil: This super oil makes an amazing natural rash cream with its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Coconut oil heals up the rash fast and also protects the baby’s skin. But, coconut oil may lead to oily build-up if you are using cloth diapers.
- Tea Tree Oil: This has natural anti-fungal properties. Mix 5 drops of tea tree oil with 2 tablespoons coconut oil and apply on the skin. Do not use undiluted tea tree oil as it will burn.
- Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar: Mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with half a cup of water, dip a washcloth into it and then apply it gently on the baby’s skin. It’s anti-bacterial properties make an effective rash cream, though it is bound to sting, if your baby has severe rash.
- Let in Air: Fresh air and exposure to light helps rash to heal sooner. So sit with your baby outside as often as you can and allow his bottom some air.