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Diaper Rash

Information About Diaper Rash

We Have to Know about the Diaper Rash

  • Nappy rash is a type of dermatitis that affects the buttocks, genitals, and thighs of babies

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

  • Pain in buttocks, thighs?

Causes of Diaper Rash

  • Caused by anything that irritates the baby’s skin

The following can cause irritation:

  • Urine and stools left for too long in contact with the skin
  • Inadequate drying of the baby’s skin after a bath
  • Allergic reaction to the lotions or soaps used to wash the baby’s skin

Do’s and Don’ts-Diaper Rash

  • Change nappies as soon as possible after the baby has wet or soiled them
  • If you have a fungal infection of the vagina, you must wash your hands thoroughly before handling the baby
  • Leave the nappy off as often as possible
  • Washcloth nappies with a mild detergent and rinses twice

Signs & Symptoms of Diaper Rash

  • Red and/or raw skin on the buttocks, genitals, and thighs
  • Tight papery skin, or skin that looks shiny and bright red
  • Skin that looks as if it has been burned or scalded
  • Slight bleeding of the affected areas
  • In boys, an inflamed penis

Medical advice for Diaper Rash

  • The condition gets worse after two days of home treatment or if there is no improvement after four days of home treatment
  • If there are white patches inside the mouth that appear red after being wiped with a clean cloth
  • If the rash is scaly, yellowing and appears not only in the diaper area, but elsewhere, such as behind the ears or under the arms If the skin in the nappy area is covered with blisters that leave shallow red sores
  • If unexplained fever (an indication of infection)
  • If redness, swelling or streaks spread beyond the area of the rash

Risk factors of Diaper Rash

  • Excess wetting
  • Feces and fecal enzymes
  • Skin infection

Self-care for Diaper Rash

  • Change nappies frequently
  • A warm bath for 10 minutes, three times a day, may relieve a very raw bottom
  • Fold the plastic of disposable nappies away from the baby’s body and do not fasten the nappy too tightly
  • Rinse cloth nappies twice, using 10 ml of vinegar to a liter of water for the final rinse
  • Give the baby more fluids (water or cranberry juice) to drink than you usually do, to dilute the urine
  • To prevent food allergies that might cause diarrhea, do not add new foods to the baby’s diet until the rash has gone
Risk factors of Diaper Rash
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