Signs of diaper rash include redness and swelling of inguinal skin folds, buttocks and perineum, as well as rash blisters and peeling in these areas. 58% of infants will experience some type of diaper related rash. Some moms associate such reaction of baby sensitive skin with diapers. However, the name of this condition appeared long before invention of disposable diapers.
Wet diapers are baby’s main enemies. Nevertheless, a dry diaper will help only partly, as we deal not only with damp cloth contact, but also a baby’s allergic disposition, indigestion, and artificial feeding–all factors that create a predisposition to diaper dermatitis. The disease brings trouble to kids between 6-12 months, and is seen in girls more often than boys.
Delicate, thin baby skin is vulnerable. The slightest lapse in care - and problem areas are covered with ominous red spots. The child may become moody, restless or begin to cry. If you take action immediately, you can get rid of diaper rash in 2-3 days. But if you ignore the problem, it will turn your life into a nightmare!
To deal with diaper rash, buy special baby cream, powder or lotion for problem skin prone to inflammatory reactions. Do not leave a baby in wet diapers; change them in a timely manner.
Employees of the Institute of Pediatrics in collaboration with foreign colleagues from Germany, Spain and the UK compared the effects of different diapers on children’s skin. They selected 250 children from 1 to 18 months, applied gauze diapers during 7 days, and then used disposable diapers for half of the children.
The children using disposable diapers had a better skin condition than that of babies left in fabric nappies. After all, even the best fabric cannot stay dry after it absorbs moisture. That’s why they created diapers with absorbent material inside, which forms a gel on contact with liquid.
However, the protection disposable diapers offer may not work if you use them the wrong way.
Be sure to change the diaper before and after sleep, walk, feeding, and, of course, every time a child defecates. After throwing away old diaper, leave the child naked for at least 5 minutes. This way his skin will breathe for a while. Keep in mind: not every diaper suitable in size fits a baby in absorbency. And of course, do not use small diapers, even if you bought too many of them.
Another tip: Avoid applying too much cream on baby skin, as well as packing a baby in a diaper immediately. Cream needs time to be absorbed, otherwise it will block the pores in the diaper and reduce its ability to absorb moisture, thus only worsening skin problems.