It’s almost impossible to completely avoid diaper rashes in your baby’s’ life, just let me tell you that.
In fact, these angry-looking rashes can appear during the newborn days all the way through to the toddler stage.
So, what’s a mom to do when their adorable baby’s bottom develops a diaper rash out of nowhere?
Well, maybe I can help you with that.
Although I don’t have a clue as to why this happens so often, I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve to help other mommas out there.
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I Was Not Prepared
Out of all my 5 children, 2 ended up dealing with diaper rashes, but it was my first baby that got the worst of it.
Not only was his rash a fiery-red shade but it also almost blistered, to the point my poor baby cried blue murder whenever I changed his diapers.
Of course, there are some circumstances that can increase the risk of your baby suffering from diaper rash.
For example, if you realize your baby is pooping more than usual, has an upset tummy, maybe is teething or is just very fussy.
Act Fast (If You Can)
One of the main causes is poor timing when it comes to diaper-changing situations.
If your baby has pooped and you weren’t able to change them in that precise moment (like when you’re on public transport) this can lead to a diaper rash in a matter of hours.
Babies might still be brand new to the world but I’m pretty sure they won’t like sitting in a dirty diaper for long. So, it’s quite obvious they’re going to have a bad time during such a situation and as a result, so are you.
Now, there’s nothing you can do about it but to wait and clean them up in a safe environment. Relax.
These Things Happen
My second baby suffered only two bouts of diaper rash in his first year but, unfortunately, my first child wasn’t so lucky in that department and suffered lots of rashes.
This was a challenge to me as a new mom so when my second baby came around suffering the same, I felt more prepared and was able to be on top of it.
Be One Step Ahead Of It
Like almost everything in parenthood, it’s not about fixing problems, but preventing them. This life-motto applies to this too.
When my first son developed a diaper rash I was completely dumbfounded and lost, so all of this info might be helpful for new moms too.
Sure, all of the causes I’m about to mention might seem like simple common sense but sometimes seeing it written down can help you have a clearer idea of what to do and how to do it without wasting time.
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How To Spot Diaper Rash
In all honesty, this isn’t something you’ll miss if you’re the one changing your baby’s diaper. The area will look red, sore, irritated and plain painful just looking it at.
As soon as you spot it you’re likely to go into panic mode and try to fix it right there and there as your baby is in obvious discomfort.
Learn The Rashes Stages
Remember this: Not every rash will look the same.
Some can just be slightly puffy and warm, or maybe just tender to the touch.
If your baby becomes irritated while you’re wiping them with a wipe during a diaper change, then it might be a sign they have diaper rash or it is on its way.
The Many Shades Of Diaper Rashes
Diaper rash can even vary in intensity.
It could look like small little spots in a small area which is a mild form of diaper rash. Or it can be so extreme that the entire area turns tender, swollen and red.
Don’t be fooled though, it can turn one way or another at any point so it’s better to keep an eye on it.
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Things To Help Prevent A Diaper Rash
1. Change the diaper often.
This doesn’t just apply to when your baby has done a poo, but also when they have done a wee too.
Most people think that pee-only wet diapers won’t affect their babies as much as a poopy diaper would but, don’t be fooled.
Your baby has sensitive skin and urine can definitely cause an issue as it keeps the diaper wet and constantly rubbing against the skin.
2. Use soft and delicate wipes.
I have never used fragranced wipes and always opt for sensitive-skin ones.
Personally, I think water wipes are the best option available on the market due to being suitable for sensitive skin and they actually get the job done.
I truly believe my other children haven’t had as many diaper rashes because of these wipes.
3. Always Remember To Dry Your Baby’s Bottom.
If you use a cloth or soft tissue and just pat the bottom gently, it will dry and be ready for you to apply a cream.
Otherwise, the liquid from the wipes can stop the cream from working and it’ll just sit on top of the wet skin until it dries up. This isn’t always necessary but I’ve found it works better.
4. Use A Diaper Rash Cream To Create A Barrier
Through trial and error, I found out the best cream is Metanium, and I’ll shout it from the rooftops.
I used all sorts of different creams before and none of them worked. Metanium literally worked within a couple of days and my first baby’s rash went from being bright red and sore, to completely clearing up in less than a week.
The Only Down Side
The only negative about this cream it’s the yellow color as it can get stuck under your nails, which isn’t that nice.
Although, as long as it helped my babies I didn’t really care about it.
5. Wash your hands before and after every diaper change.
Your baby is more vulnerable to infection from any bacteria on your hands if there is any broken or weakened skin, so washing your hands before and after the diaper change is a complete MUST.
It can prevent the organisms from spreading to other parts of the body.
6. Using egg whites can work as an ointment on your little cherub.
Just simply pat a little bit of egg white on their bum and ensure that it’s dry before putting the diaper back on.
Make sure that your baby isn’t allergic to eggs before trying this one!
Aloe Vera is amazing when you’ve been out in the sun for too long, but it also works wonders to fight infections and reducing inflammation and pain.
Just cut off a branch of the nearest Aloe plant and apply it to the irritated areas, just like you would on sunburnt skin in summer.
How to help your baby when they are already suffering from Diaper Rash
1. Water Is A Safe Bet
Clean your baby’s rash with cooled, previously boiled water.
Forget the wipes at this stage and stick to cotton wool and water.
It always seemed to calm my babies more when I would take them to the bathroom and wash their bottoms until the water turned clear.
2. Ditch the soap!
I swear by Aqueous cream to wash your baby, as it is free of all chemicals.
I used this with my fourth baby’s eczema, so that’s proof this is amazingly gentle and I would definitely recommend its use on a sore bottom.
Normal soap will irritate your baby’s bum even more, so I recommend to use it as a replacement in the bath too, as I think it helps to regenerate the skin.
3. Let Your Baby’s Bum Breath Free
Leave your baby diaper-free for a little while.
There’s nothing better than fresh air on their naked bottoms to help improve sore skin and it will also allow it to breathe.
Depending on the weather, you should try and do this as much as possible. If it is summertime, then there is no excuse and it will obviously be more suitable for your baby to run around naked!
4. Take Precautionary Steps
I would also repeat the previous point to prevent diaper rash. During their diaper-days, I allowed all of my babies to have some time during the day without a diaper on.
Besides I loved seeing them roll, crawl and walk around in total freedom. I still used Metanium on their bottoms when putting the diaper back on.
5. Take Advantage Of Your Breastmilk
Breastmilk has amazing healing properties and if you are breastfeeding then you’re probably aware of its magical properties and not just the nutritional ones but also its healing ones.
Manually pump a bit of milk and rub it gently on your baby’s bottom.
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When should I call my doctor?
This really won’t be necessary unless the area around the diaper rash starts to look infected.
Contact your doctor if you see the rash is oozing or any blisters appear.
If you make a phone call, they might ask you to come in as soon as possible for an appointment.
Not All Rashes Are Diaper Rashes
If the rash keeps getting worse and doesn’t go away, despite all of your efforts to try and help it, then talking to your doctor would be a good idea.
Keep in mind certain rashes won’t go away without medical treatment if it has been caused by a yeast infection, oral baby thrush included.
Food Intolerance Can Be One Of Many Causes
Milk intolerance or another food allergy could also be a reason for diaper rash, and this is something that would need to be looked at as soon as possible to prevent any further complications.
You should consult with your doctor before experimenting with either your own diet or your baby’s.
Other things that might help
• Consider trying a new brand of disposable diapers or wipes. It could be the brand that is actually irritating your baby’s skin.
• Use natural laundry detergent. Most detergents are way too harsh for your baby’s sensitive skin, so try changing it up. They’re all the same, except natural laundry detergents don’t have the same harsh chemicals as others.
• Strip and sanitize your cloth diapers if you’re using them, and switch to disposable ones until this has been done.
Remember: Try To Keep Calm For Your Baby.
It’s normal for your baby to become a bit more clingy if they’re in pain or ill in any way.
So, give them a bit of extra TLC and make sure that you try different methods, but do not overdo it because too much touching can increase the risk of infection and can also worsen the rash.
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