Monday, November 12, 2007

DIAPER RASH

Clean skin has great powers of resistance to germs. But an irritated skin is often a cause for real trouble in the young child. Chafing of the skin is more likely to occur where two moist areas meet, such as in the groins or buttocks, or under the arms. Skin reactions are more common today because of irritation from the coloring materials in these fabrics. Water repellant chemicals in materials are often dangerous to those with skin allergies.


Diaper rash usually arises from some chemical irritation due to certain germs that are present in the baby's stool. These germs break down the urea into ammonia, which burns the skin.


Diaper rash may be caused by yeast infection. The area becomes red. Small spots appear on the area.


Common causes of diaper rash are increased level of moisture, little air, a host of chemical irritants and infectious organisms present in the urine and the faeces, and friction caused by the rubbing of the nappy. The moisture breaks down the skin's natural protective oils, and a red, irritated, bumpy rashappears.


The skin first gets irritated by the chronic moisture and is further weakened by the friction caused by the chafing of the nappy. Irritating substances and infectious organisms in the stools and urine facilitate the development of the rash. Aggressive and frequent cleaning of the nappy area using detergents, tight nappies, rubber bands, and the ammonia in the urine can aggravate the condition.



Some babies have a recurrent condition of diaper rash. This may be because they have an inborn susceptibility, allergic tendencies, high levels of ammonia in their urine, or a pH imbalance in their stool.

HOME REMEDIES FOR DIAPER RASH

Boil the diapers to kill the bacteria. Then rinse the diapers at least four times in clean water and dry them in the sun.
Keep the skin of the baby dry and clean.
Take the baby's diaper off and lay him chest down, with his face turned to one side, on towels under lay with a waterproof sheet. Leave the baby that way for as long as you're there to keep an eye on him.
For diaper rash treatment, add vinegar to the water and rinse the diapers in it.
2 to 3 ounces of cranberry juice given to older infants will leave an acid residue in the urine, helping lower pH and reduce irritation.
Two or three times a day, fill the tub with a few inches of warm water and let your child sit in the tub and play with his toys.
Protect irritated skin from further contact with waste by applying a thick layer of an over-the-counter barrier cream such as Balmexointment or A and D Ointment.
When changing a baby's diaper put the unwrapped tea bags in his/hers diaper when they pee in their diaper the tea bags will release a chemical that heals the rash with in 1 day.
Wash babies bottom with warm soap and water then dry completely next sprinkle babies bottom with the corn starch, then put a layer of desitin then top it off with Vaseline.
Put some oatmeal in the bathing water of the baby. Keep baby in this water for sometime.
Add some baking soda to the bath water of the baby. Soak the bottom of the baby in water for about 10 minutes. this is an effective home remedy for diaper rash.
Pour milk of magnesia all over the rash and next diaper change.
Wash the babies bottom with warm water and dry it very good. Take Vegetable Oil and pour it in your hand. Then apply it to the diaper rash. This really works.
Pour some liquid antacid on the diaper and it will clear up in a flash .
Put plenty of Vaseline on baby and diaper. This forms a waterproof layer between baby's skin and diaper.
Dab the affected area with breast milk. It is a very effective remedy.
For diaper rash treatment, put enough flour into the frying pan. On medium heat, keep sifting the flour with a fork until it turns a light golden brown. At each diaper change, sprinkle a little bit on the baby.
Give your baby a warm water bath followed by applying pure aloe Vera gel.
Take 4 tablespoons of white oak bark. Simmer it for 20 minutes in one quart of water, then strain. Return the liquid to the pot and simmer it until it has reduced its volume by about half. Store it in the fridge for 2-3 days, and apply to the baby's bottom frequently. this is also an effective home remedy for diaper rash.
Paint baby's bottom with gentian violet once a day for 3-4 days.
Avoid moisture trapping diapers or clothing.
Don't use irritating soaps to clean the baby's bottom.
Mix 2 drops each of essential oils of sandalwood, peppermint (Mentha piperita), and lavender (Lavandula officinalis) in 4 tbsp. of a carrier lotion or oil such as sweet almond oil; gently apply the lotion to the reddened area of skin.
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