The most common cause of diaper rash is a soiled diaper, which has been left on baby for far too long. A chemical reaction due to the deodorant in the diaper, baby lotion or baby powder could also cause diaper rash.
In fact, most babies are prone to developing a rash at some point during their first year. Diaper rash is normally very mild, with a few prickly red spots. In severe forms of the condition, the rashes can become tender bumps that could spread to the baby’s thighs or little towards the tummy.
However, diaper rash is a common condition and can be treated by taking certain precautions:
- Keep baby clean and dry by changing his diaper frequently, even if you need to get up in the middle of the night to do so.
- Clean the genital area well with every diaper change. You can keep cotton balls and use some warm water to clean the area. Pat the skin dry before putting on a fresh diaper. Clean it gently avoiding rubbing.
- Use a diaper rash cream after every diaper change. This helps form a protective layer on the skin and prevents skin irritation from baby's stool and urine. Himalaya Diaper Rash Cream is an effective treatment for diaper rash as it is formulated with natural ingredients including Zinc Calx, Almond Oil and Aloe Vera.
- Let your baby stay without a diaper when he’s indoors or when he’s sleeping, as exposure to air will help heal the rash faster.