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Diaper rash often occurs in babies, especially around the age of 9-12 months. This kind of rash is sometimes difficult to avoid. Don't worry, diaper rash is a harmless condition that can be easily treated
Diaper rash is an inflammation of the baby's skin in the area covered by the diaper or generally around the buttocks.
Causes of Diaper Rash
The symptoms of diaper rash are marked by the baby's skin that looks red around the buttocks, groin, thighs, and genitals.The pain of diaper rash can make your little one even more cranky. What's more, the part of the skin that is covered by the diaper when touched or cleaned often makes the baby cry.
Diaper rash is generally caused by a number of conditions such as:
- The baby's diaper is too wet and dirty from urine or feces.
- Baby skin becomes sensitive due to exposure to chemicals in diapers.
- Fungal and bacterial infections.
- Intake of solid food for the first time given to babies, especially those that are acidic, such as lemon or pineapple. Solid food should only be given when the baby is more than 6 months old.
- Babies who are taking antibiotics and babies who are breastfeeding from mothers who are taking antibiotics.
Take Handling Early
Early treatment measures need to be taken so that the diaper rash does not spread to other parts of the skin and disturb the comfort of the little one. There are several ways to treat newborns or babies who are older than diaper rash, such as:
- Wash your hands thoroughly before and after changing a baby's diaper.
- Check your baby's diaper every few hours. Don't let the baby's diaper get wet and dirty by changing it to a new diaper.
- Before changing a new diaper, clean the baby's skin using clean water and a special skin cleanser. If you are going to take a bath, you should use warm water for about 10-15 minutes.
- Avoid rubbing diaper rash with ingredients that contain alcohol or fragrance. Gently pat the baby's skin with a clean and soft towel or washcloth until dry.
- Make sure the area affected by the diaper rash is completely dry and clean before putting on a new baby diaper.
- Occasionally leave the baby without a diaper for a while.
Petroleum Jelly to Help Treat Diaper Rash
After cleaning the area affected by diaper rash with water and a soft cloth, you can apply petroleum jelly.The benefits of petroleum jelly will form a protective layer on the skin, so it can help avoid irritation, while reducing friction on the skin with diaper rash.
In addition, petroleum jelly is able to maintain moisture and care for the he alth of your little one's skin. After that, just use a clean diaper on the baby.
You should avoid steroid creams on diaper rash, unless recommended by a doctor. In addition, the use of powder should also be done carefully and not excessive. Powder that hits the baby's face and is often inhaled, can cause respiratory problems. Pour the powder into the palm of your hand and apply a thin layer, spreading evenly on the diaper rash area.
Diaper rash doesn't always have to do with taking care of the baby. A rash may appear if there is irritation of the skin. Take the steps to overcome and prevent diaper rash above. Consult a doctor if the diaper rash is getting more and more uncomfortable for your little one.