What is it?
Diaper rash(Diaper dermatitis) is an irritation of the skin consisting of patchwork of inflamed, bright red skin on the buttocks. It occurs mostly in babies, and it is a common condition. In the United States, it affects up to 35 percent of children under two years old. Most children suffer from it at least once before they are toilet trained
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms include an uncomfortable burning, irritated and redness on areas of the skin that come into contact with and rub against a diaper. Affected skin may also feel warm to the touch. Kids are usually irritable especially during nappy change
- Frequent diaper changes. Wash your child’s buttocks with water during each diaper change. Pat dry with a soft towel.
- Make sure your child’s diapers fit properly and not too tightly. The diaper should allow air to get to sensitive areas. Try letting the baby go without diapers during naps.
- Keep zinc oxide and petroleum jelly on hand. They’re important home remedies in the battle against diaper rash.
- Don’t use a lot of soap or wipes with alcohol or perfumes. These can cause drying, which can make symptoms worse.
- Don’t use talcum powder. It can be harmful to babies when inhaled.
Things to watch out for
Parents and caregivers should call a doctor if a bright red diaper rash lasts longer than 48 hours or is accompanied by a strong odor of urine, which may indicate dehydration
Other times to seek medical help include when rashes form blisters or become weepy, or if the baby develops a fever