What Is the Use of Diaper Rash Cream?


From birth, the skin of a baby is more delicate and thinner than others. A baby’s skin is so delicate that it reacts quickly to stresses like wetness, moisture, temperature changes, sweating, detergents or even rubbing their skin against nappies or clothing. A person with normal skin could tolerate all these stress factors, but not most babies. This is the reason why parents should be watchful of their baby’s skin for signs of irritation and inflammation like a diaper rash.

There are many reasons a baby could develop a diaper rash. A diaper rash could develop when a baby is exposed to irritants like wee and poo. This could happen due to infrequent nappy change. When a baby’s skin is irritated, rashes which are usually red and warm develop around the irritated area. Nappy rash is normal and could occur at any time. It not only affects a baby’s bum area but could potentially affect the surrounding area where moisture and bacteria build up. Babies who are teething and weaning as well as those who are suffering from diarrhea have a higher risk of developing a nappy rash.

The material of your baby’s nappy could also cause irritation which leads to a nappy rash. Some fabrics and materials might be too harsh for a baby’s delicate skin. Other fabrics tend to trap wetness and moisture, which are two of the leading causes of skin irritation and nappy rash.

Some disposable baby wipes could also cause nappy rashes and skin irritation. Some of them are not hypoallergenic and contain ingredients that are too strong and harsh for your baby’s skin. Even reusable cloth wipes can cause rash especially if the fabric is rough.

Although nappy rash is something you need to deal with right away, it should not be cause for concern at least not when it is still starting to develop. You can immediately alleviate pain and relieve discomfort by applying rash cream prescribed by your pediatrician into the affected area. Most diaper creams are over-the-counter treatments so it is widely available. When applied into your baby’s skin, the rash cream creates a barrier between the skin and nappy which prevents wetness and moisture build up. The nappy rash should go away in about 3-5 days.

If a nappy rash remains untreated, the inflammation could spread to surrounding areas and could make it worse. Severe nappy rash includes ulceration, dry skin and blisters. Most babies could not tolerate the pain and get too irritated with the discomfort. When this happens, your doctor might prescribe antibiotics which is a double edged sword. It helps speed up the healing process at the same time could potentially disrupt a baby’s ability to heal naturally.

Most diaper rash cream contains ingredients that have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties like calendula, chamomile and zinc oxide. However, there are also creams that are packed with chemicals that might be too strong or harsh on your baby’s skin. This is the reason why you should keep it natural and make sure you check the ingredients of the rash cream before making your purchase. If you are unsure what rash cream to buy, you can always consult your doctor.

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