Here is the most disturbing thing about rashes. You cannot avoid them completely. But good news is most of them are not harmful and fade away on their own. All you need is to take care in the best possible way to prevent such irritable skin conditions. Because though harmless, some of them can be itchy and painful to your baby.
You as a mother must understand the thin line between the following:
- Conditions that can be treated at home.
- Conditions that require medical treatment.
- Above all how can you prevent your baby from experiencing skin problems.
One of such tip is to change nappy regularly and to allow some nappy free time for your child. Well, read on for some more tips to help your avoid those painful baby skin rashes.
Since your baby skin is way too sensitive, use chemical free products. Avoid products with dyes, lovely fragrance, phthalates and parabens. They are the root cause for skin irritation. Consult your pediatrician whenever in doubt about a baby product.
Diaper rashes occur in your baby because of skin irritation from tight diapers. It may also occur if wet diapers are left on for too long or if the particular brand of detergent, diapers, or baby wipes does not suit the baby. Use top branded baby diapers only. Do not keep the diaper area too long in the open. Change it as soon as it gets wet. Wash it with warm clothes and apply zinc oxide cream.
Use gentle, hypoallergenic cleanser and avoid the use of any kind of standard soap. Use lukewarm water and keep bath time relatively short.
Dress your baby according to seasons. Put on warm clothing during winter. But hang on! Do not get too considerate while dressing them. Make sure they do not sweat beneath those cloth layers sweating may led to rashes. For summers switch to cotton.
No talcum powder
Talcum powder may be harmful to your baby as it blocks skin pores and causes skin irritation leading to rashes.
Use a gentle detergent to wash everything that remains in constant contact with your baby. For example bedding, blankets, towels and even your own clothes. This way they remain way away from rashes or other skin irritation.
A recent study suggests,” Gently stroking and massaging baby’s skin can not only help boost relaxation, but it may also lead to better sleep and reduce or stop crying.” It is also quite helpful in reducing baby rashes. Use good quality massage oil for your baby.
Though most baby rashes aren’t serious, a few may be infectious and require instant concern. If see your baby developing small, red-purplish dots with yellow fluid-filled bumps (pustules), consult your pediatrician immediately.