Diaper rashes are commonly experienced problems in babies .Its caused mainly by prolonged use and infrequent change of diapers. It is a type of irritant dermatitis, or inflammation of the skin. Factors that can contribute to rash development include hot and humid weather, skin allergies, poor laundering of diapers, new materials in diapers that irritate sensitive skin. Babies who use diapers can have this problem and it’s very painful for them.Diaper rashes may itch and pain.It’s difficult for parents to see the baby crying with pain. Using smooth and soft cotton pants or cotton cloth as a diaper instead of ready-made diapers is good solution of this problem. But there are certain situations when we can’t avoid using diapers for baby.
Both my babies had diaper rashes especially while traveling. As while traveling we can’t avoid using diapers .I used some home remedies collected from experienced fellow mummies for treating rashes. Home remedies work for healing diaper rashes ,But if there are more rashes and baby doesn’t stop crying or baby has fever along with rashes then please contact the doctor.
Home remedies for treating diaper rashes:
- Apply olive oil using cotton ball on affected area and rashes 3-4 times in a day.Olive oil is effective on diaper rashes and heals it faster.
- Dip cotton ball in coconut oil and apply gently on affected area 3-4 times a day. Coconut oil is known for its healing properties and helps like a miracle to cure diaper rashes as well.
- Apply gentle baby cream /moisturiser thin layer on affected area. Use soft cotton pants after applying cream instead of diaper. Cotton pants allow air to pass through and which is important for healing rashes.
- Sometimes more than applying any ointment let the rash heal naturally. As air keeps area dry and heal faster.
- Don’t rub the affected while cleaning as it may be painful for baby; Instead pat the area for cleaning. Instead of using wipes for cleaning baby’s bottom use soft cotton wash cloth.
- Many paediatrician recommend applying a thin layer of non-prescription diaper-rash cream or ointment containing zinc oxide, such as A and D or Desitin.
- Use baby moisturiser daily on baby’s skin and it forms a barrier that can help protect the diaper area from the irritating effects of urine and faces.
- Avoid use of diapers when baby has diaper rashes as it may worsen the problem.If unavoidable use cotton diapers which are effective in soaking urine and also won’t harm irritated skin.