Treating baby rashes

Contributed by : Samiksha Choithani , Dr Heena Hasan    
Treating baby rashes

Dealing with rashes properly helps soothe a child.

Rashes are common among infants. Rashes can occur because:

  • If the diaper is wet for too long
  • Allergic reaction
  • Bacterial Infection
  • Milk drops falling around baby’s neck

Take these measures to cure/avoid rashes:

  • Wash your hands before and after changing a diaper
  • Keep a periodic check on baby’s diaper
  • Use medicated cotton and plain water to poop off your baby’s skin
  • Use a mild cleanser
  • If you use wipes, choose mild ones or without fragrance and alcohol
  • Make sure that the area is completely clean and dry before using another diaper
  • Let the baby go diaper free if the rashes are extreme
  • Clean the neck after every feed

If your child has rashes solely due to diapers, then:

  • First of all, you can change the brand, as the allergy can be due to a child's sensitive skin. Different babies have different types of skin sensitivities.
  • Apply good moisturiser on the skin before using diapers.
  • With every diaper change, clean the area properly.
  • You can also use specially designed creams for diaper rashes.
  • Even then if the rashes continue, limit the use of diaper to minimum.
  • Use cotton underwear instead.
  • Rash associated with diarrhoea, needs treatment for diarrhoea.
  • Severe cases may need mild steroid based cream under doctor’s supervision.

Follow the above measures for mild rashes. In case, the rashes do not improve overtime, contact your paediatrician for appropriate anti-bacterial or skincare ointments and medicines.

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