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Help Your Baby Cope With Nappy Rash


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Nappy rash usually occur because of a nappy being left too long. It most often characterized by redness, blisters and soreness of the aforementioned areas. Nappy rash is not caused by a single problem and thus needs to be treated as such.

These are some of the factors:

- Excess dampness of skin caused by: urine and runny stool.

- Infrequent nappy changes, especially after they have become wet and soiled.

- Friction or chaffing of skin by the nappy.

- Soap and detergent residue in cloth nappies or wash cloth.

- Presence of irritants in nappy wipes.

- Excessive rubbing of skin with towel when drying area.

These are generally the factors that cause the problem but are not confined to them alone.

The treatment of nappy rash is varied, however during mild or moderate irritations, it is best to follow these principles.

- It is good to use nappies that are disposable and change them as soon as they are wet or soiled.

- Change the nappies often and clean the skin after every change.

- Use disposable towels that have been soaked in olive oil or water to clean the area.

- Apply cream that will act as a barrier between the skin and the nappy. The creams should have soft paraffin zinc paste and Vaseline. This will act as a barrier between the skin and the moisture so do not remove the cream completely between changes, just apply more over it.

- Allow the baby to spend as much time without nappy on whether the child has nappy rash or not. Ensure that the area the baby is laying in has proper ventilation and sunlight. Change the covering as often as it gets wet.

- If you have changed the baby’s diet, make a note of the foods that may have an adverse effect on the baby.

If problem persists for more than two days, ensure that the baby is taken to the doctor immediately.

- If the nappy rash has become infected or there is signs of the presence of bacteria, the doctor might prescribe an anti-bacterial or anti-fungal cream, or a steroid such as 1% hydrocortisone.

- This should typically not be used for more than three days or use should discontinue immediately as the rash disappears. It should not be used more than seven days.

- However, if the doctor prescribes an antifungal cream then it should be used for about 7-10 days after the rash has cleared.

- If your baby is diagnosed with eczema or contact dermatitis, your medical doctor may refer you to a dermatologist {skin specialist}.

Once your baby’s skin has recovered from the nappy rash (or Årsager til baby rød numse as it is known in Denmark), it is important to continue minimizing and preventing the chances of a recurrence by frequently changing your baby's diapers (that's called Følsom hud bleskift in Denmark). It is normal for a baby to have at least one episode of nappy rash, no matter how mild. However, the important thing is to know what to do to prevent or manage these occurrences. In any case nappy rash will become a thing of the past when your baby has out-grown the nappy stage.


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