Any mom would want to see her little baby all dry and comfortable. Hence it can be really distressing to notice those first signs of disturbing nappy rashes. Users of baby nappies in Australia have reported that rashes are one of the most common nappy-related problems their babies have. However, one need not dismay as there are many ways in which nappy rashes can be prevented or treated.
Different types of nappy rashes
There are 3 main types of rashes and almost one-third of all newborn babies suffer from one type of baby rash or the other. The normal nappy rash is characterized by reddish skin, sores and an almost shiny disposition and develops when the baby's bottom skin has been in touch with a soiled nappy for a long period. It may also occur if a baby has suffered from a spell of diarrhoea. Most of the skin irritation is caused by a combination of urine and faecal deposits.
Fungal rashes appear like tiny red spots along with swollen genitals, and can develop if the baby is taking antibiotic medications. Fungal nappy rashes are a form of thrush which can be treated by using a doctor's prescribed antifungal cream. The cream should be applied in thin coats around the affected area. If your baby is having this form of nappy rash, it is important that you avoid using the normal ointments and barrier creams.
Bacterial nappy rashes appear as pimples or infected spots and are also likely to be followed by a fever. This condition may develop even from normal nappy rashes when the skin has already been broken and some infection has developed. This type of rash can only be treated with antibiotic medications prescribed by a doctor.
Ways to prevent nappy rashes
Always remember to check through your baby's nappy just before and after feeding and make sure that your baby is wearing clean nappy pants before putting him/her down for sleep. Do not use tight-fitting plastic pants over the nappies as it can lead to the development of fungal nappy rashes. Give your baby some nappy-free time every day and stay away from perfume or alcohol-based wipes as they may irritate the skin.
Before you put a clean nappy on your baby, use a barrier cream that will protect the skin from the harmful germs present in the urine and faecal deposits. The cream should be applied only as a thin layer as using too much cream can block the pores thereby making it difficult for the skin to breathe. Remember to wash your hands prior to and after you change your baby's nappies so that you do not introduce new germs to your baby's skin or pass some to yourself or others later on.