Treatment of nappy rash can be quite easy if you catch it early enough. We all know how miserable a baby with nappy rash can be! Luckily for me, Joe never really suffered with this problem, but Lauren did, and still does occasionally. She always seems to get it when she's teething. Whether this is related I don't know.
This horrible and sometimes persistent little rash is caused by the skin being damp or wet, not changing your baby often enough and also some babies using antibiotics are more prone to nappy rash.This rash can sometimes be an allergy to a detergent or softener (if you are using terry nappies) or even an allergy to food. If you are just starting to wean your baby then try introducing only one new food every few days. This way if your baby has a food allergy its easier to eliminate what the cause is.
When Lauren has diaper rash, as I long as I take action quickly enough, then it doesn't last for long, and normally by the next nappy change its starting to fade. There was one time when no matter how much sudocrem I used (and I swear by this stuff!), it just wouldn't calm down. And although it wasn't really bad, it started to turn into little blisters that were very red, and obviously causing her alot of discomfort.
I booked an appointment with my GP, who told me it was thrush (a yeast infection), and he gave me some antibiotic cream to apply, and to alternate that with the Sudocrem. It actually took longer to clear up than I thought it would. I assumed it would clear in a couple of days, it took around a week.
Prevention is always better cure, and than having to look for a treatment of nappy rash. Some babies have more sensitive skin than others, and certain factors can cause an onset of the rash.Changing the nappy more often will obviously go along way towards preventing it. If your baby has very sensitive skin, then rather than using baby wipes, some people would rather use cotton wool and warm water ( I found this very messy sometimes! and so didn't stick with that method for very long)
You can experiment with different types of nappies. I don't use terry nappies, I know that disposables are bad for the environment but they are quick and easy, and definitely alot kinder to babies skin. What nappies you use is obviously a personal choice, but try not to use cheap nappies as they to tend let alot of wet back to the skin, and when your baby's skin is always wet or damp then they are more likely to get nappy rash.
Its also a good idea to let your baby run around without a nappy for a while each day, this lets air get to the skin. If your baby already has nappy rash, this can speed up the healing process.
Your baby might just one of those babies that will always get nappy rash no matter how you try and combat the problem. Just change the nappy as often as you can, and if your baby does get a bad attack, then pop her to the doctors. Read more about nappy rash and other skin conditions.
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