Dealing with Diaper Rash
If you have a baby then you probably already know about the hassle of dealing with diaper rash. It seems that no matter how much you pamper their skin or how often you change their diapers, at some point you are probably going to end up dealing with the troublesome irritation. This is a problem that affects nearly every baby, so here are some tips at how to help put a stop to diaper rash as soon as it occurs with as little discomfort as possible to the infant in question.
At the first signs of a rash, it’s a good idea to give the baby a nice warm bath and use some unscented, but moisturizing wash. Then, let them completely dry off before putting a diaper back on them. This doesn’t mean that you simply wipe them down with a towel and put the diaper back on. No, you need to make sure that the skin has time to dry off by placing the infant on a towel or blanket and letting them dry off naturally. Once they are completely dry, then put some baby powder on the skin and gently rub it in before placing the diaper back on.
Sometimes there aren’t any good warning signs for an impending diaper rash. You’ll just be in the middle of changing a diaper and notice that the skin on your baby’s thighs and buttocks is completely red and swollen. This can happen in a short time span, so don’t fret or worry that you’re the cause of the problem. One of the best things to do in this type of situation is to have some specialized cream handy that deals specifically with diaper rashes.
There are a variety of them out there for you to choose from, but you’ll need to make sure that you always have some on hand in case you run into this type of impromptu irritation problem. You should apply the cream to the affected areas and rub it in well. Let the cream dry off a little bit before putting another diaper on the baby. It may take several treatments like this before the rash begins to fade. It’s probably a good idea to check the skin every few hours and apply more cream as is necessary. Hopefully you’ll see a marked improvement within a day. If the skin becomes worse or other problems start occurring then it is important that you contact the pediatrician to make sure that the baby isn’t experiencing an infection or something else.
Also, if you’ve been treating a diaper rash for a few days and it does not show any signs of healing, then you’ll want to make sure that you go ahead and take your baby to the pediatrician. The irritation could actually be caused by something else entirely, and if you’re dealing with an allergic reaction or other complication, then you’ll need to know as soon as possible so that you can deal with it in a timely manner.