Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is a form of inflammation of the skin or dermatitis of thighs and buttocks.

It could also be termed as an irritant dermatitis occurring between folds or juxtaposed surfaces of the skin, as between the buttocks, between the scrotum and the thigh.

It is also called as cutaneous eruption or skin eruption leading to inflammation and irritation.

Diaper rash affects babies and toddlers generally children who are yet to come out of their diaper phase in the growth cycle.

Symptoms for Diaper Rash

Uncontrollable baby’s crying accompanied with concentrated itching on the buttocks area is the first symptom. Physically, it is quite easy to note the red marks at the hem of the diaper covered skin and the small dots or patches of irritated skin red or otherwise. It may be sporadic or totally concentrated all over the buttocks or related areas like the thighs and the folds there in depending on the intensity of the rash.

Causes of Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is caused due to exposure to urine and feces in infants' diapers. Attributed to ammonia formation; moisture, bacterial growth, and alkalinity may all induce lesions. The child’s skin is very sensitive and naturally the friction caused by the diapers could scrape and irritate the skin badly and results in redness and irritation. An allergy to a particular medicine, say, an antibiotic could also bring forth this rash.

Remedies for Diaper Rash

Diapers are used to cover the genitals and they invariably protect the area where the infection has a breeding ground therefore the diapers should be changed intermittently as often possible depending on the child’s toilet training and routine. Wet diapers are a strict no-no and once the area gets wet because of the child’s routine, then the area should be air-dried and if possible pat-dried. Care should be taken that the sweat pool does not form and accumulates under the diaper. If some medicine taken is found to show this allergic reaction steps should be taken to stop the medicine completely. Coconut oil is the best home ready source that could be used on the baby’s skin around the buttocks and it would destroy the budding rash efficiently.

Diet for Diaper Rash

The diaper rash is usually caused by the feces and if the feces happen to be solids then the risk of the rash is high.

Breast-fed babies are less prone to this infection. A balance of breast milk and semi-solid foods or formula would go a long way in controlling this rash.

Suggestion for Diaper Rash

If the rash seems totally abrasive and if it has a beefy red complexion to it, shark liver oil or cod liver oil should be a good solution. These can be applied to wade off this rash. 

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suggested by meghan on Friday, June 13, 2008

My father-in-law used burnt flour on my son. What I mean is use regular flour put it in a pan stir it around until it's a light brown color. Let it cool then put it on like baby powder. It worked for me.

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suggested by Gilda I. on Thursday, May 29, 2008

Apply directly to the rash abundant olive oil. In areas where the skin folds, with a cotton ball saturated with olive oil apply to the area and leave in the cotton ball in between the skin folds. You can also add cocoa butter to the olive oil. Apply the mixture at least four times a time. Only use the cotton ball once, change it every six hours. Remember to apply mixture with clean dry hands.

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suggested by DIANE on Saturday, February 9, 2008

Good old fashion corn starch helps any kind of chafing on your body! Just pat on dry skin.

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suggested by Dolores on Friday, December 14, 2007

corn starch from a box that has a picture of a corn on the outside sprinkle some corn starch on the rash and it will clear it

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