Almost every baby will have diaper rash or diaper dermatitis before the age of three due to many contributing factors including poor quality diapers. It is estimated that 25% to 65% of diaper wearing infants are affected by diaper dermatitis, making it one of the most common skin conditions in babies. Increased wetness, the mixing of feces and urine, and a higher skin pH can cause fecal enzyme and microbe activity, which can lead to severe diaper rash.
The rash monster may be at work when there is….
- Redness around the buttocks, causing a mild to moderate burning sensation
- Chafing which can lead to blistering, or sometimes even bleeding
- An unusually irritable or uncomfortable baby
Better to be Safe than Sorry!
Follow these tips to keep baby free from diaper rash.
- The best treatment for diaper rash is to keep baby’s skin clean.
- Invest in natural diapers. Ingredients like Aloe Vera and Yashada Bhasma form a protective anti-rash shield that reduces the activity of harmful enzymes, inhibits microbe growth and prevents diaper rashes.
- Ensure that baby’s diapers are clinically tested, hypoallergenic and fragrance free to prevent any skin allergies
- Change diapers after each bowel movement.
- Clean the soiled area with warm, clean water, and pat dry.
Diaper rash creams, which have anti-inflammatory, astringent and antimicrobial properties, promote effective healing and soothe red and irritated skin. Use a diaper rash cream with ingredients like:
Almond Oil, is an excellent emollient, which soothes the skin.
Aloe Vera, is an antibacterial agent, which speeds up the healing process.
Five-Leaved Chaste Tree, has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, which are useful in treating skin infections like diaper rash.