Preventing Nappy Rash: The Do’s and Don’ts of Keeping Your Baby Comfortable

preventing diaper rashYou have just changed your baby’s diaper. Then after an hour, you heard a loud and sudden cry. You are probably surprised at how often your baby’s diaper needs changing if you are a first-time mum. A wet diaper is irritating for a baby, and worse, it can cause nappy rash. This is a common skin condition affecting the skin due to wearing a dirty diaper for too long.

Being a new parent is an exciting yet terrifying endeavour. Fortunately, it is easy to keep your little one clean, healthy and happy. Read on to know how you can prevent or heal any existing rash.

Use Comfy Cloth Diapers

Disposable diapers can make the rash worse due to friction and prolonged dampness. Give your baby’s nappy area plenty of airtime by using modern cloth diapers. They feel soft against your baby’s delicate skin and free of potential harmful chemicals. As industry expert grovia.net.au puts it: “Say goodbye to disposable diapers that put a hole in your wallet and damage the environment, and say hello to maximised comfort and savings.” Though you may end up with more laundry every day, the great benefits of cloth diapers will surely outweigh the extra work.

Avoid Scented Products

Some baby products are dangerous to your baby when applied to the skin. Rashes are a reaction to perfumed soap, wipes or bubble bath. Experts think it best to stop using these when your baby is constantly having red, itchy rash on exposed areas. This is the best reason to use natural and organic baby products.

Apply Topical Creams

Try this if you still see some redness on your baby’s bottom. As much as possible, do not use baby powder. Paediatricians explain that it is dangerous if your baby inhales it. Better to use ointment or petroleum jelly to create a barrier between your baby’s skin and the diaper.

Babies cry when they are irritable, or when experiencing pain and discomfort. It is thus important to take a preventive approach to nappy rash to keep your baby comfortable.

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Ted Toohey is a neurosurgeon in a hospital in New Jersey. He's also a columnist in different medical journals in the state.