Treating baby rashes

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A baby skin rash is probably the most common condition in infants. Most of these rashes are, however, harmless and will disappear on their own. A baby rash may start with a splotch and soon spread over your baby’s skin. This might cause irritation to your baby and also cause her a lot of discomfort. Although baby skin is very soft, smooth and sweet-smelling, bumps, blotches and rashes are also a part of your baby’s skin.

The most common of baby rashes is the diaper rash. A diaper rash, as the name suggests, is caused due to the diapers either because they are wet and unchanged or possibly due to the diaper material not working well with your baby’s skin. Certain brands of diapers and baby wipes may also cause diaper rashes. Diaper rash usually causes a mild redness and scaling over the diaper area. In worst cases, the rash can cause pimples or even blisters on your baby’s buttocks, thighs and genital areas. The key to treating diaper rashes is to first prevent it. Here are a few tips that have helped me a lot in keeping my baby away from diaper rashes.

  • The most important thing to bear in mind is your baby’s hygiene. You ought to keep your baby dry and clean. Change your baby’s diaper often and even let her go without one for a while so that her skin breathes.
  • Avoid scented baby wipes or soaps. These may contain alcohol or fragrance that can cause skin irritation.
  • Use a petroleum jelly like Vaseline over the diaper area of your baby. This protects your baby’s skin from moisture hence avoiding skin irritation.
  • Avoid using plastic pants or diapers with plastic edges.
  • A good baby rash cream or a baby balm can help reduce the intensity of the rash.
  • If the diaper rash persists, try out different wipes and diapers.

While diaper rashes are quite common, other rashes like baby acne, heat rash or a cradle cap can also cause pain and discomfort. Keeping your baby hygienic and well hydrated can reduce the occurrence of all types of baby rashes.

Guest Blogger: Nisha

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