Wait. What? I am going to the bed after the so hectic and tiring day and this is what I am getting? – a broken skin diaper rash and crying spells of my baby.
I never thought why my baby is restless at nights, and more often all day long. Moreover, he is distressed and uncomfortable most of the time. Is he feeling hungry or his stomach is bloated? He’s tired. He wants cuddles, but I am so much into my chores. What should I do? Above all, he is irritable despite all my efforts and time. Why my baby is getting bad-tempered? These are the words every new mom or, the older habitual one can say too.
Maybe he has pooped. I should change his nappy. Oh! A broken skin diaper rash? I got it. Now I feel, being a good mom is being this crazy all the time.
WHAT IS A BROKEN SKIN DIAPER RASH?
You get to change the nappy and what you find? Red and spotty patches on baby’s bottom? The bottom looks like a warm, red, inflamed, sore, hot-to-touch area. Besides, you see blisters. This all is nothing, but a broken skin diaper rash.
To sum up, broken skin diaper rash occurs in 1 out of every 3 babies worldwide, more often at 9 to 12 months of age. These are red areas in baby’s bottom, labia in girls, or scrotum in boys. Moreover, they can surround the lower belly or inner thigh area as well.
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HOW DOES A BROKEN SKIN DIAPER RASH FORM? | A WORRIED MOMMY ASKS
Well, you can cause a little contribution to this nasty diaper rash. You didn’t change the diaper for a longer time. So, the bacteria get a treat on the poop. It converts some products in stool into ammonia. Ammonia is the culprit in irritating the skin around the nappy area. Likewise, the dampness in the diaper provides an environment for the bacterial infection process.
Secondly, Candida (a fungal infection) thrives on inflamed skin, and rash becomes infected with bacteria again.
Thirdly and most importantly, when you pack your baby with the too-tight diaper, you deprive the baby butt with the oxygen. It causes sweating, raises the pH (the acidity parameter) and, helps diaper rash to go bigger. As a result, the friction causes more damage.
In addition, if your baby has got sensitive skin, the fragrances in disposable diapers or chemicals in some skincare products you use for your baby can do the remaining contribution to the formation of broken skin diaper rash. A process called chemical sensitivity or Chafing.
Furthermore, when you get new foods to your baby’s tummy, they disturb the bowel movements and then the pH of poop.
WHAT CAUSES A BROKEN SKIN DIAPER RASH? |ANOTHER MOM INQUIRES
- Baby wearing wet diapers for long. So, the skin gets contact with wee and poo
- The tight diaper rubbing the nappy area skin. As a result, causing friction
- Soap or detergent for washing
- Bubble bath
- Alcohol wipes causing irritation and sensitivity
- Baby recently taking antibiotics
- More folds of the healthy baby skin, certainly causing yeast rashes
If you do any of such things to your baby, get your hand out now. Consequently, this carelessness in handling baby can cause you and your baby much trouble in near days to come in the form of broken skin diaper rash.
MEDICAL VARIANTS OF A BROKEN SKIN DIAPER RASH – THE MOST IMPORTANT THING MOMMY SHOULD KNOW
Though out of your scope, a protective mommy like you may have an interest in medical backgrounds of the broken skin diaper rash.
The rash invited yeast to the party. It loves to grow in a warm place you are providing him in the form of a long-wearing wet diaper. Candida causes a red, moist, bleeding rash in thigh folds or between the buttocks. So, see the red dots.
PSORIATIC DIAPER RASH
This is an inflammatory skin disease. Itchy plaques on thigh folds or butt cracks. Moreover, notice the belly bottom or behind the ear area too.
A staphylococcal or streptococcal infection causes scabs or sores. Draining pus can be the sign. In addition, see the anal area, which can bleed.
INFANTILE SEBORRHOIEC DERMATITIS
Cradle Cap on the head? But why it grows on the bottom as well? Yes, it grows. So, look for pink/yellow scales on inner thighs. They aren’t itchy though.
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MINOR IRRITATION OR ATTENTION-SEEKING SIGNS?
If you have found out about that unkind broken skin diaper rash, dig-in more to know about its depth or complications it caused. Your baby got the bumps of rashes on his bottom. Itchy and damped. It’s all okay. That is to say, you just need to go for the remedies now.
However, scaling, bleeding, or fever are some signs you need to look for in more detail now. And, if the rash appears on other parts as well, pus forms in it, open sores or yellow patches, baby not older than 6 weeks, and most importantly, diarrhea for more than 2 days along-with rashes, then you must stand up for the medical advice. These are the signs that can involve the inner body as well.
Furthermore, do look at some rashes-prone properties. Diarrhoeal stools more often, acidic stool or, sensitive skin.
HOW TO HANDLE THIS BROKEN SKIN DIAPER RASH? A SIGH OF RELIEF FOR ALL MOMMIES
TO HEAL THE DIAPER RASH RAPIDLY
- Change the dirty/wet diaper straight away
- Clean the nappy area thoroughly and gently. So, use water
- Dry your baby gently. However, avoid vigorous rubbing
- Lie your baby over a clean towel and give him a Tummy Time. So, his bum can breathe the fresh air for a while
- Try out the barrier creams for the rashes. Use ointments that contain Zinc Oxide, Dexpanthenol, or Titanium Oxide. These chemicals soothe the rash.
- Bath the baby daily. But, not more than twice a day, as it dries out the skin
- Use warm water to clean the bottom and use gentle baby soap to clean
It will take just 3 days. And viola. The broken skin diaper rash is no more.
WHAT IF IT DOESN’T GO?
Not to worry lady. Use anti-fungal, miconazole or clotrimazole, or steroids, hydrocortisone. But, take help from a pharmacist. However, don’t use it for more than 7 to 14 days. Leave it for 15 minutes before applying the diaper.
TO PREVENT BROKEN SKIN DIAPER RASH
- Use alcohol-based wipes. To clarify, use the fragrance-free ones to clean
- Use diapers or creams with any dyes or preservatives.
- Get fooled by ultra-absorbent attracting diapers advertisement
- Overuse the baby powder. It can irritate the area and the baby night breathe it in lungs
- Apply soap or lotions or go for a bubble-bath
- Over-tight the diaper
- Introduce solid foods all in one go
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HOW ABOUT HOME REMEDIES?
For herbal-moms out there, who never agree to use the chemicals for the cute soft baby skin, try out the natural remedies for the broken skin diaper rash.
Which mom doesn’t know about the wonders, coconut oil does to the human body for all ages? Well, the use of coconut oil to the rash area creates a local barrier, provides hydration. Moreover, it proves remedial against yeast infection.
Want to get softer, yeast-protective, and rash-free skin for your baby. So, try out the shea butter.
Take 1 tub of warm water and add 1tbsp baking soda in it. Give your baby’s bottom a relaxing bath thrice a day. Baking soda soothes the skin and heals the rash, and, balances the pH.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to your baby’s bathtub. As a result, yeast and bacteria will never hit the baby’s butt again.
Aloe vera does miracles to the inflammation. Use it for the sensitive skin and get rid of broken skin diaper rash.
To protect the baby’s nappy area, from the harms of wee or poo, petroleum jelly gets the bigger place. Therefore, use it every time you change the nappy.
MAKE YOUR CREAM
1 cup Olive Oil or 1 cup Coconut oil
4 tbsp beeswax pastilles
8 drops disinfecting Lavender oil
6 drops Antiseptic lemon oil
4 drops Tea Tree essential oil
Mix all of these and give a blend of herbal touch to your baby. After using that, you will never regret using it for broken skin diaper rash.
NO DIAPER NO RASH
Will the broken skin diaper rash tease you, if you don’t use the diaper anyway? However, you can use the cloth diaper. It won’t affect an inch to your baby’s nappy skin.
Why don’t let your baby go Au natural? Let’s potty train your baby at the right age of his life. So, his body’s excretory system may go all well before time.
Consequently, you will suffer a little bit more. This time, not getting into broken skin diaper rash thing, but “mama I wanna pee or poop, take me to the bathroom now” thing. And, enjoy the ride.