Diaper rash is something that parents hate to see on their child, however common it may be.
But in the not-too-distant past variations of diaper rash could occur even into late infancy.
It is something that no-one wants to see on their newborn child.
The reasons for it are quite simple and entirely commonplace, but it is preventable and treatable.
If your child does develop a diaper/nappy rash, quick treatment is advisable. And prevention is a matter of following some simple rules and showing diligence at key points which might lead to infection.
The major cause of diaper rash is wetness. This is no big surprise.
The reason that it does not occur with any regularity in adults, after all, is that we are able to perform our bathroom rituals ourselves and know what needs to be done – essentially, what feels right and what we have learned.
Babies, however, urinate quite often and will sometimes be in a dirty diaper for a while before changing.
In addition to this, their stools are generally quite loose and their bowel movements are more frequent than those of adults.
Unless they are changed with a regularity bordering on the obsessive, there is a chance of infection. Even then a baby with sensitive skin can become infected.
In an older baby, a time of sickness which is treated with antibiotics can be a risky time, as they are prone to diarrhea and the higher risk of diaper rash that can bring.
In short, even the best parents can have a case to deal with, and it is how they respond that is important.
Preventing Diaper Rash
As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure.
For all that we may fear the onset of diaper rash in our children, there is no certainty of absolute and total prevention – but there is a lot that can be done to make it far less likely, and it revolves mostly around keeping your baby dry and clean as far as is possible.
Your baby will not be shy about letting you know when it is in any discomfort.
This can prevent diaper rash from developing, but would obviously not be a way of preventing it before it begins.
The prevention of diaper rash is something that requires no small amount of diligence, as well as some luck.
But there are some simple rules which can make the process a lot more straightforward.
Firstly, you must change your baby’s diaper as soon as it is obviously soiled.
This will prevent the infection from having somewhere to live. In the same spirit, it is important to clean your baby in the affected area after it has become soiled.
Allowing the area to dry before putting on a fresh nappy is essential. A thin layer of ointment on the affected area will kill off germs while preventing others from taking hold.
And applying the fresh diaper loosely will give room for the skin to breathe.
Finally when your baby moves on to solid foods you should take a few days between introducing new items.
This will help you determine if the infection is down to a food allergy.
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