Your baby’s skin is a delicate barrier protecting them from the outside world. It’s also how they build a connection with their environment during the first stages of their lives. Since skin provides protection and aids sensory development, it needs specific care and your full attention from the time your baby is born.
But the first time you discover tiny red bumps or diaper rash you’re bound to get a bit alarmed. It may come as a surprise to you that diaper rash is pretty much part of the whole baby package. Let’s look at how to identify, prevent and treat diaper rashes so that your baby remains as comfortable as possible.
Signs and Symptoms of a Diaper Rash
Diaper rash can result from several reasons like:
- Prolonged exposure to stool and urine
- Introduction to new foods
- Extremely sensitive skin
- Ill-fitting or tight diapers
If your baby’s skin around the diaper area or inner thighs looks red and irritated, it’s probably diaper rash. The skin may also feel a little warm and puffy when you touch it. Diaper rash can either be mild with a few prickly red spots in a small area or severe with soft red bumps that spread to your baby’s tummy or thighs.
Diaper rashes usually leave babies irritable and cranky so keep an eye out for any extra fussiness or change in their usual behaviour. Loss of appetite is also a symptom.
Tips for Preventing a Diaper Rash
It’s best to take a preventive approach towards diaper rash and take care of your baby’s delicate skin as part of everyday routine. Here are a few tips on how to keep your baby’s skin healthy!
1. Choose a Diaper That Will Suit Your Baby
Diaper rashes are usually caused if the diaper material is not suitable for your baby’s delicate skin. When you’re buying diapers, look for brands that are made of breathable material suited to a baby’s sensitive skin. The Bella Baby Happy Diapers have a unique Diaper Rash Free System, that ensures the best skincare. As air can freely circulate between the skin and the diaper, the temperature of the baby’s skin remains unchanged and there is no additional heat accumulated. This keeps your baby’s skin dry and healthy.
2. Change Your Baby’s Diaper Regularly
Replacing used diapers with a clean and dry one plays an important role in preventing diaper rashes. That’s because when skin stays moist for too long, it becomes more prone to rashes. So as soon as you know the baby’s diaper is soiled or completely wet, change it to provide them full comfort. With the Wetness Indicator in Bella Baby Happy Diapers, even if your baby is not showing any signs of discomfort, it is convenient to just take a quick look at the diaper to see if it is time for a change.
3. Dry Your Baby’s Bottom
Don’t forget to let your baby’s bottom catch some fresh air for a bit before you replace the diaper. Diaper-free time is one of the best remedies to prevent diaper rashes. Place your bare-bottom baby on a blanket or play mat and ensure that these surfaces are covered with an absorbent towel or underpad in case of an unexpected leak. Before putting the new diaper on, you can use the Bella Baby Happy Cotton Pads soaked in water and some delicate baby skin cleanser to clean the skin and remove excess moisture.
4. Loosen up Your Baby’s Diaper
Matching the size and proper fastening of the diaper is the key to proper protection from leakage, but make sure there is some space as the tummy is expanding. The Bella Baby Happy Diapers have a Flexi Fit feature for maximum freedom of movement and comfort. This, combined with the multi-fastening tape, secures the diaper in one place while allowing your baby to move freely and provides extra space.
5. Apply a Good Baby Skin Cream
Spreading a thick layer of cream or ointment after cleaning the baby’s skin will provide protection and prevent it further from irritations. As every baby’s skin is different, experiment to see which cream works best for your baby. Make sure, though, that before you apply the ointment or cream, their skin is completely dry. This is important because any moisture below the barrier cream’s surface will only make a diaper rash more likely or an existing one worse.
6. Avoid Products With Irritants
Opt for diapers that are free from perfumes, chlorine or latex, especially if your little one seems to be prone to rashes. You can prevent the occurrence of a diaper rash by cleaning your baby’s bottom well with the Bella Baby Happy Wet Wipes, which moisturise the skin and leave a special protective layer that prevents the skin from drying out or by using cotton balls mixed with warm water and a delicate baby cleanser. Reach for soap only if really necessary as soap tends to suck out moisture from the skin causing irritation.
Diaper rash is certainly something that has to be prevented as your baby’s skin is highly delicate and vulnerable and does not reach the first stage of maturity until the age of two. You can expect diaper rash to remain a potential problem as long as your baby is in the diaper-wearing stage. But these tips and suggestions should help prevent and heal that annoying, sometimes painful problem and prevent a recurrence.