Prevention of Diaper Rash in Babies

The best way to prevent diaper rash in your baby is to keep diaper area clean and dry. Simple methods can easily prevent diaper rash among babies. They are,

  • Change diaper every time your baby wets the diaper. Change diaper promptly if it is wet or dirty. This is the most important strategy that is effective in preventing diaper rash.
  • Allow your baby to remain without diaper as much as practicable. Exposing your baby’s diaper area to direct air prevent diaper rash. In many warm tropical countries, especially poor and lower middle class people who cannot afford to buy diaper do not use diaper and diaper rash is very infrequent among these babies, because without diaper, in warm weather, the diaper area is always dry. Hence no diaper rash. This is simple enough to explain why keeping diaper area dry and clean is the most important strategy to prevent diaper rash. Many people use homemade cotton cloth diapers, which are good in preventing diaper rash. These cloth diapers need to be cleaned/washed carefully with sufficient water to remove any soap residues left after washing. This prevent diaper rash.
  • After every diaper change, wipe the area with baby wipe or soft cotton and allow it to dry before putting on another diaper. You can also rinse baby’s bottom with warm water with every diaper change. After rinsing with warm water, do not rub the baby dry with cloth. Use soft cotton cloth and gently pat to dry.
  • Use properly fitting diapers. Too tight diapers can prevent adequate air flow and cause moisture to remain and development of diaper rash. Tight diaper can also cause discomfort for the baby.
  • After you or your child care staff changes diaper, do not forget to wash your hands with soap and water. Washing hand prevent spread of germs (bacteria, yeast, fungus etc.) which is a cause of diaper rash.

You may be wondering which diapers are better for your baby, disposable factory made or cloth diapers. There is no evidence to suggest any one type is better than other in preventing diaper rash. Hence, use which suits you best in use or in economic terms. Both type of diapers have their advantages and disadvantages. However, one thing is clear that, frequent (after every wetting) changing of diaper is the most important way to prevent diaper rash.

 

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