Hardly a baby is spared from sore butt. But sometimes it gets really nasty and diaper rash develops. How you treat them and above all prevent them, you will find out here.
It is a dilemma that most parents once face. The tender baby-poppy is fire-red and hurts your little sweetheart a lot . The reason is the warm and humid climate that prevails in the diaper . In combination with friction, the sensitive skin turns red and sore. In turn, damaged skin makes it easier for fungi and bacteria to spread. The result: inflamed, open skin, also called diaper rash.
What is diaper rash?
Diaper rash is one of the most common skin diseases in infants and toddlers and generally refers to a rash in the genital area and buttocks . In the moist, warm diaper region, fungi and bacteria can multiply particularly well. In about 75 percent, this is a fungal infection, a so-called Windelsoor. Particularly affected are babies aged nine to twelve months. But even older, incontinent people can suffer from diaper dermatitis.
Diaper dermatitis: symptoms
- The affected skin appears blurred and some areas often wet .
- At the edge of the diaper rash small pustules (pustules, whimles) or skin nodules (papules) may appear.
- Sometimes the blisters spread to the inner thighs and lower back or abdominal area and are called satellite pustules.
- The affected skin itches sometimes very strong and may also hurt and burn .
- Notably, the skin areas are affected, which are in direct contact with the diaper . Skin folds are usually left out.
Babies with diaper dermatitis often feel restless and whiny or sleep poorly.
If the skin is additionally attacked by a fungus , the symptoms still increase. The skin is much more red and the edges are sharply defined and scaly.
What are the causes of diaper rash?
Most parents know it: Once too late, the diaper changed and already the butt is bright red. This is mainly due to the sharp ammonia that results when the diaper is worn too long. Other reasons for diaper dermatitis:
- spicy or sour food
- Antibiotics or other medicines that alter the intestinal and skin environment
- Hypersensitivity or allergy to the diapers and care products used
- Babies teething and are more prone to redness and rashes in this development phase
Skin changes in the diaper area can also be due to other diseases (eg psoriasis, allergies, seborrheic infant eczema). The pediatrician can make the right diagnosis and initiate appropriate treatment.
Prevent diaper rash – you can do that
It is important in every way that the Po is kept dry. These measures succeed in:
- Frequent diaper changing (in newborns about every two hours, later every three to four hours) and above all immediate diaper changing after stool evacuation.
- Careful and gentle drying of the diaper area after cleaning or bathing. Do not forget skin folds!
- Stroll or crawl nude, so that air and light come to your butt.
- Breastfed babies are less prone to diaper dermatitis because their stools have a lower pH.
- Use care products without chemical additives or fragrances.
How to treat a sore, inflamed butt?
- Anti-inflammatory ointment , something against the fungal or bacterial infestation (cortisone-containing or antifungal ointments), with strong bacterial infestation may be necessary antibiotics.
- Ointments with dexpanthenol or zinc promote healing.
- Chamomile baths soothe the affected skin (pour 1 liter of chamomile tea into the bath water).
- A few drops of breast milk on the sore skin alleviate the skin irritation.
- Black tea calms the sore skin.
- A sore buttocks heals better and faster when lots of light and air gets to the skin.
- Plastic diapers should be avoided.
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