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Diaper rash is common in small infants .Diaper rash is characterised by rashes on the diaper area skin. Almost every child faces diaper rash once in the first 3 years of his life. Diaper rashes happen in the age when the baby is sitting most of the time. Diaper rashes may also happen to paralysed people.
Symptoms of Diaper Rash
The most common symptoms of diaper rash are:
· The skin might be red.
· Irritation of the skin
· The diaper rash may be warmer than other skin.
· Folds of the skin
· Painful, open sores in severe cases.
· Spread over the whole bottom or genital area.
Causes of Diaper Rash
The most important causes of diaper rash are:
· Diapers that rub against the skin or fit too tightly.
· Change in the feeding habits of the child.
· Plastic pants that fit over diapers raise the temperature and moisture in the diaper area.
· Bacteria and yeast/fungal infection.
· Diaper can also develop while the baby is on antibiotics (or if the mother is on antibiotics while breastfeeding).
· Nutrition deficiency.
Home Remedies for Diaper Rash
The most effective causes of diaper rash are given below:
· Give your baby a warm water bath followed by applying pure aloe Vera gel. Gently towel dry and diaper as usual.
· Take some cocoa butter and pour in ample amount of olive oil till a smooth paste like consistency is formed. Take a ball of cotton and dunk it into this paste. Dab the mixture onto the baby's bottom and leave it on the rash for a few hours. The olive oil and cocoa butter will work their healing wonders on the rash. Apply this paste at least 3-4 times a day.
· If the rash seems totally abrasive and if it has a beefy red complexion to it, shark liver oil or cod liver oil should be a good solution. These can be applied to wade off this rash.
· Put unwrapped tea bags in the baby's diaper, to heal the rash within 1 day (Beware! it will turn the baby's bottom brown).
· You can treat the rash with a mixture of baking soda and water each time you change the diaper.
· Fill up the baby's tub with water and add some oatmeal. Put the baby in the bath and wash the area that has the diaper rash for 15 minutes.
· Give more fluids to make the urine less concentrated. Cranberry juice may be used by adults and children over 12 months of age. Do not use other juices, which may make the urine more irritating to the skin.
· Mix corn starch and Vaseline to make a paste and smear on the baby's diaper rash.
· Apply calamine lotion to the sore bottom after changing a diaper or bathing. Calamine is an older remedy used to treat insect bites, rashes and minor injuries.
· Take some all-purpose flour and put it into a pan. Roast it till it turns light brown and then allow it to cool. Once it cool completely, apply it on your baby's rash, as you would do with regular talcum powder before each diaper change. The diaper rash will heal.
Diaper Rash Treatment and Advice
· If diaper rash persists, change the type of wipes, diapers or soap you're using.
· Keep the skin under the diaper as dry as possible.
· Check your baby's diaper often and change it as soon as it's wet or soiled.
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