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Baby’s Bottom Line: All about Diaper Rash


There are a lot of things to love about your baby, but one of the most comforting features a baby has is his or her skin. Nothing can compare to the softness of a baby’s skin – it is ultra-smooth and supple. However, it’s also one of the most sensitive parts of your baby’s body. Imagine how your baby has been protected and nourished in your womb for nine months. During infancy, his or her thin and delicate skin is suddenly exposed to all types of irritants and has to learn to adjust.  This article is about one of the most common skin problems babies have – diaper rashes.  While fairly common, diaper rashes are 100% avoidable and can be easily relieved.

What is a diaper rash?

Your baby’s skin is so delicate that any moisture left on the skin for too long can become an irritant. A diaper rash occurs when a soiled diaper has been left enough to cause an inflammation in baby’s skin, and this can occur is as little as thirty minutes. A diaper rash develops because the moisture from the soiled diaper makes a good breeding ground for microorganisms, and the fabric of the wet diaper causes friction against baby’s sensitive skin.

How do I know it’s a diaper rash?

Your first clue that a diaper rash has developed is when the skin irritation occurs around baby’s bottom area.  It may initially appear like tiny red dots. The skin may appear irritated and reddish, and it is typically warm to the touch. If the diaper is left longer, the rash may spread on to the inguinal area (in between his or her legs), on the vulva (for females) or on the scrotum (for males). This can cause immense pain to baby and can be enough reason to cry relentlessly.

 When are diaper rashes most likely to occur?

A diaper rash can occur at anytime a soiled diaper is left on touching the baby’s skin. However, rashes may become more frequent when there are dietary changes made. For example, the bacteria in baby’s poop when she is breastfed are different from when she is fed formula, so her skin may react more sensitively to altered waste. This can also happen when baby makes her transition from milk to semi-solid and solid foods. Sometimes, it can also be caused by a change in a breastfeeding mom’s diet. Diaper rashes are more common with babies who have loose watery stools or diarrhea.

If a diaper rash happens, what can I do?

The first thing that baby needs is thorough but gentle cleaning. Wash baby with warm water, or wipe the area very gently with a baby wipes or a soft washcloth. After the area has been cleaned dry by patting baby’s bottom with a towel. Never rub the inflamed skin. Let the bottom air-dry, and don’t put on a diaper just yet.

Ask your pediatrician about a zinc oxide medicated treatment that is gentle enough to treat diaper rash effectively and soothe the area quickly. It is necessary to use medication with this component because it forms a thin, protective layer that serves as a barrier between the skin and diaper.

When putting on a new diaper, remember to keep it loose so that air can circulate in the area, and there won’t be as much friction. To prevent future instances of diaper rashes, make sure you check frequently and change the diaper as soon as it is soiled.

 

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Diaper Decision: Cloth or Disposable?


For new moms out there and soon to be moms there is an ongoing debate on which is best for your precious little ones when it comes to diapers. Will you go for the cloth or the disposable one? Each has its own set of pros and cons and we will lay them out for you to decide which is best for you and your baby.

Quality and Material

As parents, we are very particular in choosing our baby’s things as we take time to scrutinize and choose which fabric comes in contact with our baby’s soft supple skin. Probably the most inevitable goal in diapers and babies is to keep the baby’s skin dry, soft and without diaper rash. Diaper rash is a common concern among babies and it is caused by prolonged wetness, chemicals in baby soaps and lack of breathing space for the skin. Plus the urine that gets stored in the diaper for long periods promotes the growth of bacteria that can lead to skin rashes. Disposable diapers are mostly made of plastic, cotton material and a gel like substance that holds the urine in place. The chemicals used in the manufacture of these disposable diapers are linked to allergic reactions as evidenced by diaper rashes. When you put a disposable diaper to a toddler you’ll see that after a few hours it becomes misaligned and malformed. Some babies especially those that begin teething may even pull the plastic adhesives apart and can pose a danger of choking them. Cloth diapers can also cause diaper rash when not changed frequently or is not washed and dried properly. Parents can probably try both and see which one your baby adapts to best.

Price or Cost

A disposable diaper does not come cheap especially if you will choose the high quality brands. But some disposable diapers are quite affordable with just the right quality to serve its purpose. It may seem that cloth diapers are much cheaper since they can be reused however you need to take into account the cost of laundry soaps and sanitizing agents needed to wash the cloth diapers and eventually as the baby grows you will still need to buy bigger cloth diapers. In general cloth diapers would result to be cheaper than disposable ones but the task of laundering cloth diapers frequently may be a price too high to pay especially for busy working moms.

Environment

It is a known fact that plastics cannot decayed into the earth and will prove to be existent for many years until burned which greatly destroys the ozone layer contributing to global warming. Disposable diapers are convenient as you won’t have to keep them and meticulously wash them and let them dry but most of us neglect to think where these soiled disposable diapers go. How many trees are used to make hundreds of disposable diapers yearly? And the percentage of these disposable diapers gets recycled? In relation to environmental benefits, cloth diapers is a good choice over disposable diapers as the water used to wash cloth diapers can be recycled through water treatment facilities to be reused in homes.

Handiness

It is no doubt that disposable diapers are much convenient than cloth diapers as you throw them after use and you can use one after the other. Unlike cloth diapers which you will need to pack and seal to keep the offensive smell out of reach of others bring them home and wash them, thoroughly sanitizing and drying them afterwards.

Bottom line

Choosing the diaper best for you baby will depend on your lifestyle and preference for what you feel is best for your baby. Use the information stated above to help you choose whether to go for disposable or cloth diapers.

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Diaper Rash: The Causes and At-Home Treatments


The unusual redness or scaling on the baby’s skin that comes in contact with diapers is called a diaper rash, as described in Family Doctor.org, a website supported by the National Institutes of Health. The common areas affected by a diaper rash include the groin, thighs, buttocks and genitals. In some cases a diaper rash can cause pimples, blisters and painful sores which can spread to other areas surrounding the rash. It can even reach the abdomen, back and legs. Diaper rashes can get infected and when they become infected they can turn inflamed, bright red in color and pus or fluid filled.

Diaper rash is a form of skin irritation. The material used in making the diaper is the primary cause of this irritation. Diaper rash can also occur when the diapers do not fit snuggly. The diapers might be too tight on the skin or too loose to fit properly. Dirty diapers from the baby’s urine and fecal matter can also contribute to diaper rash. Soiled diapers that are left in place for a long time can irritate the baby’s skin. Cleaning products and baby wipes used on the baby can also irritate the skin. These products may contain strong and harmful chemicals that react with the baby’s sensitive skin. Aside from the things mentioned, heat and moisture causes diaper rash. Heat that results from wearing too much thick clothing and moisture from wet and sweaty diapers can irritate the skin and cause diaper rash.

Here are some of the at-home treatments for diaper rash.

1)      Don’t use diapers – It is ok for babies to go bottomless once in a while, babies who do not wear diapers do not get diaper rash. Parents can lay their babies on a plastic covered rubber mat which collects urine and feces. The baby’s room must also be kept warm and cozy; a naked baby is very sensitive to external temperature.

2)     Frequent diaper change – Although not economical in a way, changing diapers often can prevent skin irritation. It also maintains hygiene, cleanliness and comfort. Change diapers approximately 4-6 times a day or as needed depending on the baby’s urination and bowel movement.

3)     Use mild soap and baby wipes – When cleaning the baby’s buttocks and genitals, use clean water and mild baby soap. Do not use products with strong fragrances or those that are oil-based because these products can irritate the baby’s skin. The baby wipes used should be alcohol free, alcohol dries the skin and removes its natural oils and moisture.

4)     Do not use powders after diaper change – Baby powders must be avoided after changing diapers. Aside from the harm that powder causes when inhaled in the lungs, it also provides a good environment for bacteria and microorganisms to grow. To keep the buttocks and genitals dry, use a soft wash cloth or linen.

5)     Vinegar Solution as a cleansing agent – Parent’s can use vinegar solution as a substitute to baby wipes. This solution consists of 8 parts water and 1 part vinegar. Urine is alkaline in nature and the acid content in vinegar is a good neutralizer.

 

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