Skin rashes in babies are caused by several things, from leaving a wet or dirty diaper for too long, an allergy to diaper material, to a yeast or bacterial infection.
Skin rashes are generally harmless and usually trigger red, scaly patches that eventually go away without treatment. Babies are more often affected by skin rashes at the age of 9-12 months. Diarrhea, children starting to eat solid food, and breastfeeding mothers who are taking antibiotics are usually the trigger for the appearance of a rash.
Overcoming Skin Rashes in Babies
There are many types of rashes that affect different parts of the baby’s body. As mentioned earlier, this rash usually goes away on its own or requires home care.
Although this often makes the child uncomfortable and a little fussy, parents need not worry. Here are some tips for dealing with skin rashes in babies:
1. Wash hands before and after diaper changes.
2. Check the baby’s diaper frequently, and change it as soon as it gets wet or soiled.
3. Use a mild cleanser to clean the rash area.
4. Gently pat the area dry, instead of rubbing.
5. If using a tissue, choose a light one. Try to avoid wipes that have a fragrance or alcohol in them. Or use a clean, soft washcloth.
6. Make sure the area is completely clean and dry before putting on a fresh diaper.
7. Leave baby diaper-free as long as possible. Getting rid of diapers for a while can improve air circulation in the irritated area.
8. Creams, ointments, and powders are products that aim to soothe a baby’s sore skin or create a protective barrier for irritated skin.
When the Rash is a Serious Condition
For creams or ointments, apply evenly over the irritated area before putting the baby in a clean diaper. Spread the cream or ointment on the baby’s dry, clean underside before putting on a clean diaper. Usually zinc oxide or petrolatum is recommended for the use of creams or ointments on babies.
If using baby powder, keep it on the baby’s face area. Powder can cause breathing problems. Place the powder on your hands, then apply it to the irritated area. Never use steroid creams found in drugstores unless your doctor recommends using them. Because this material can irritate the baby’s bottom and cause complications if used incorrectly.
While skin rashes in babies are normal, they can sometimes be a sign of a more serious condition. Call your doctor right away if the rash gets worse or doesn’t respond to treatment within 2 or 3 days.
Especially if the baby has a fever or has slow movements. If the mother notices a yellow lump, filled with fluid (pustules) and a honey-colored crust area.
While the symptoms of a yeast infection, usually show signs of a red, swollen rash with white scales and lesions, small red pimples outside the diaper area, and redness in the folds of the baby’s skin. Sometimes simple changes actually bring healing to the baby’s skin rash.
Some parents find changes when they change diaper types. For example, using cloth diapers or trying a different brand. Detergents also have an effect on rashes. Choose a mild hypoallergenic detergent or add half a cup of vinegar when rinsing the fabric.