Friday, September 26, 2008

Rashes Away!

All babies get diaper rash from time to time. Most diaper rashes are caused by skin irritation. Irritation can be caused by diapers that rub against the skin or fit too tightly. Irritation can also occur if your baby is left in a wet or dirty diaper for a long period of time. Your baby's skin can also be irritated by the soap used to wash cloth diapers, or by some brands of disposable diapers (diapers with plastic edges) or baby wipes.

Keep your baby's diaper area clean, cool and dry. Wash baby’s bottom every nappy change with water. No need for soap. I only use soap when my baby poops. No powder too for Talcum powder can get in my baby's lungs. Cornstarch may make a diaper rash caused by a yeast infection worse. Pat dry (not scrub, it can irritate your baby's sensitive skin) to dry completely before putting on another diaper. Avoid baby wipes, it’ll save your baby’s delicate skin from irritation and even your pocket.

If your baby has rashes, try applying Desitin, Drapolene or Petroleum Jelly liberally to the affected area. If diaper rash persists, change the type of wipes, diapers or soap you're using.

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