Diaper rash in infants occurs quite often, which is the reason for many parental questions — why do they arise, is it worth fighting them, and if so, how exactly?
First of all, you need to determine the reasons. The occurrence of diaper rash in most cases is associated with improper care of children’s skin, which is very sensitive. Bacteria and fungi thrive in the moist and warm groin environment when urine enters it. However, diaper rash can occur wherever sweat accumulates — in the neck and other folds, as well as behind the ears. The main condition for their appearance is considered to be an excess of moisture, which can occur when the diaper is not changed on time, after bathing, or when overheated. Synthetic clothing can also cause diaper rash.
If diaper rash is minor, then you should figure out why they arose and provide the baby with more thorough care. You need to change diapers every three hours, and dry your baby’s skin thoroughly after bathing. Organize crumbs and air baths — daily for 10–20 minutes. Diaper rash can also be caused by an allergy to the material from which the diaper is made, so try changing the brand. It is also necessary to use special protective agents — baby powder or protective ointments based on zinc oxide. But folk recipes here are not the best helper.
You should also devote more time to prevention — try to thoroughly rinse the clothes and underwear of the crumbs. Practice bathing in herbs that relieve redness and irritation of the skin. These herbs include: oak bark, calendula and string. Air baths will not be superfluous, during which the baby’s skin will breathe and dry naturally — they should be organized even in winter (of course, by isolating the baby from drafts).
Small pink spots on the baby’s skin can also be a manifestation of prickly heat — at first it does not bother the child, but ignoring it can cause more serious inflammation. It is advisable to show prickly heat to a pediatrician — with the help of a doctor, you can choose a truly effective drug. As a rule, this cream is appropriate for the season — in winter it will be more nutritious. You may also need antibiotics, especially if yellowish pustules have formed in place of the pink spots of prickly heat.