One of the most common queries posed by parents and would-be parents during new-born handling sessions is, ‘Can I use diapers for my baby?’ It is always easy to say, ‘No Diapers,’ but that cannot be the case. Diapers have become such a part and parcel of daily new-born care that the area comprising the genitalia and bum of the baby came to be known as ‘diaper area’ and the rash that develops in that area (most commonly due to the injudicious use of diapers) as diaper rash.
“Diaper cream with the consistency of a petrolatum gel acts as a barrier and protects the skin.”
To avoid diaper rash, apply a diaper cream with the consistency of a petrolatum gel so that the cream acts as a barrier and protects the baby’s delicate skin from irritant effects of urine and stool and also helps in keeping the baby’s skin healthy. If one is using diapers, ensure good quality diapers, make sure they are changed every four-six hours and most importantly, promptly change the diapers even with slightest soiling.
Some diapers also have an indicator which changes colour when the baby passes urine or stool. It is very important that mothers clean the genitalia area first and then proceed to cleaning the stool area, especially with girls. The direction of cleaning needs to be from front to back otherwise there is a higher risk of urine infection. The experts at Apollo Cradle can help new mothers learn more about diaper rash and take actions to reduce the occurrence of it.
Treating Diaper Rash
Some rashes involve only the stool area and bum of the baby. Most of them respond to good diaper creams (with zinc oxide), good care and lots of diaper-free time. Some rashes involve the groin, genitalia and also produce rashes in nearby areas which are not in continuity with the original rash. These are known as satellite lesions and use of anti-fungal creams can take care of the rash.
Some of the rashes get infected because it is easy for any infection to set in whenever there is any minute break in the skin. Antibacterial creams have to be used in such scenarios. It is in rare cases that the infection can cause fever and more problems for the baby, thus requiring more medicines.