Diaper Rash 101
Diaper rash is a common skin condition that causes redness and irritation, where tiny red bumps, splotches, or scales can be found on your baby’s bottom or in the genital area. Your baby’s skin may also look puffy and feel warm.
A rule of thumb, it’s kind of inevitable to see your baby having diaper rash; it’s just part of the baby package. However, no need to freak out, Baby Dara™ brings you a complete guide with everything you want to know to keep your baby’s cheeks soft, peachy, and happy.
What Causes Diaper Rash?
Diaper rashes are particularly at home in your baby’s diaper. Here are some of the most common causes for diaper rash discomfort to watch out:
- Leaving on or sleeping in wet and soiled (poopy) diapers for too long.
- Irritation by urine and stool.
- Diaper chafing (tight-fitting diapers).
- Not enough drying after diaper changing.
- Irritations or allergic reactions to diapers, diaper wipes, detergents, and bath and skin care products.
- Yeast/Bacterial infection.
- Sensitive skin.
- Irritation by bowel movements and diarrhea.
- Irritation from switching to solid foods.
How to Identify Diaper Rash?
When your baby shows symptoms of diaper rash, it’s very important to learn how to identify the severity of the irritation, in order to best treat your baby. There are 3 varying degrees of Diaper Rash:
Mild: characterized by pinkness and few red spots/bumps over a small area, slight dryness, no signs of pain or discomfort.
Moderate: characterized by pinkness over a larger area and intense redness and scattered bumps (may contain fluid), slight peeling and swelling, pain, baby fussing during diaper change or washing.
Severe: characterized by Extreme redness, peeling, and swelling, intense soreness and pain, fluid-filled/dry bumps spread down to thighs or up to the tummy, baby fussing and crying during diaper change or washing.
How to Treat Diaper Rash?
No more baby rash-crying, Baby Dara™ promises that diaper changing time will be your most favourite bonding time with your baby. All you have to do is follow these precious steps that will come in handy to help clear up any symptoms:
Step 1 Wash your hands properly before and after diaper change, as well as your baby’s.
Step 2 Wash, rinse, and pat dry. Use warm water to rinse and clean your baby’s bottom. When you need to get stool off, use a mild cleanser. Also, washing the area in a warm bath would be great, but if you don’t have time, a soft cloth soaked in warm water would do the trick. In case you wish to use diaper wipes, use mild, alcohol-free, unscented ones, and be gentle.
Step 3 Keep your baby’s diaper off for a short period, allowing the skin to dry, be exposed to fresh air, and eventually helping heal the rash faster. You may want to use waterproof sheets or some cloth diapers to get things under control. Use this bare-bottom time as playtime.
Step 4 Avoid using baby powder or talcum powder. Besides the fact that they can cause breathing problems, experts recommend against them for they may worsen the rash.
Step 5 Smear Baby Dara™ Paste thickly on the entire diaper area. The thick and rich formula provides relief after one application, making it perfect for overnight protection, so that you and your baby can have a peaceful sleep.
Step 6 Now all is set and dry. Loosely wrap a new diaper – you can go up a diaper size, making room for better air circulation.
Step 7 Use a paper tissue first to remove the rest of Baby Dara™ Paste from your hand then wash your hand.
And, voila, a diaper change, crying-free, full of giggling spree!
How to Prevent Diaper Rash?
If your baby is safe from diaper rash, it never hurts to take extra precautions! So, to all moms and dads out there, if there’s anything you can do to save your baby’s bottom the trouble of going through rash discomfort, let’s ‘bottom-line’ this, yes you can.
Here are a few tricks to keep your baby’s bum safe.
- Check 'n Change. Make sure you change your baby’s diaper frequently and immediately if the diaper is soiled. Check, and ideally change, the diaper at least every two hours. Change, clean, and dry. You don’t want the skin to stay damp for a long time, since this sets up a favourable environment to diaper rashes.
- Allow skin to Breathe. Your baby’s skin needs to breathe. Before putting on a fresh diaper, allow your baby’s little tushie to enjoy some diaper-free time and feel the fresh air against their skin.
- Don't overtighten. Fastening the diaper too tightly may prevent leaking, yes, but it may as well lead to chafing. Instead, fit the diaper properly around the baby’s legs and try to create a breathing room for air to flow.
- Avoid using any irritants against your baby’s skin. This includes soaps, wipes, lotions…etc. Alternatively, you can pat gently with cotton balls or soft washcloth soaked in warm water. Forceful rubbing can further irritate skin. However, in case you want to opt for soaps and wipes, you can use those which are unscented, alcohol-free, specifically formulated for this age, and have been clinically tested or proven mild to the skin.
- Use Baby Dara™ Paste. Always keep your guard up, after drying your baby’s skin, spread a thick coat of Baby Dara™ Paste regularly the same way you are frosting a cake. This barrier is an optimal environment protecting the skin from agitating, eventually blocking rashes, and keeping your baby’s natural-born soft skin. Don’t forget the cherry on the cake and give your little one a big fat kiss.
When to Call the Doctor?
It is recommended to contact the pediatrician right away, in these cases:
1. Your baby is experiencing symptoms of severe rashes.
2. The rashes don’t clear up or visually improve within 2 or 3 days, or if they are recurrent, despite treatment.
3. Your baby has a fever.
4. There are blisters (small pockets of body fluid) in the diaper area.
5. The rash bleeds, itches, or oozes.
6. There’s burning or pain with urination.