Till date, Rey had got a rash only once -- he is now 14 months old – and when I mentioned the rash, people were quick to tell me, “It’s because you use diapers. Stop using diapers. Only use cloth nappy in the day.”
But getting him off diapers was certainly not the solution because when I was using nappies in the day during the initial days, I know I went through hell and so did he!
No diaper meant more changes, more clothes to wash and major lack of sleep. Every time he wet himself he would wake up, which meant I got no sleep either! When sleep and I were already going through tough times, there was no way I was willing to add another reason to lose any more of it.
So mommies, before you decide to take you baby off the diaper here is what you need to know and do, to ensure that that little behind remains rash-free.
Why do rashes occur?
1) Rashes are usually triggered by enzymes present in your baby’s poop
2) Yeast love moist areas
3) Leaving the diaper on for long hours causes friction between the diaper and the skin
There is one more advice I received for dealing with diaper rash (and this one I found really strange). I remember someone telling me, “Don’t bother using diaper creams. A basic cream is good enough to form the barrier between the skin and irritants.”
My reaction - Oh please! Do not listen to them. Diaper rash creams have specific skin protectants which work like magic. These ingredients keep the rash at bay and repel the wetness keeping the area dry. Just any cream that is not formulated specially for diaper rashes can never be as effective. Plus, it can be dangerous to use a cream off the shelf that is not intended for baby skin.
What Worked For My Baby and Me
I refused to listen to the “don’t use diapers” advice. My experience with diapers has been amazing. Every time my mom says, we didn’t have diapers in our time, I say a prayer thanking the God that I am a mother in the times of diapers! Diapers let my baby sleep better, rather than wake every time he took a leak, as it kept him dry.
What I did instead to look after my baby and keep him rash-free was this:
1. I am extremely particular about changing his diapers frequently because the longer that tush stays in a wet diaper, the more likely it will become susceptible to rashes. So, ensure you change the diaper every four hours. It worked for me
2. After you clean the bottom, make sure the area is completely dry and if possible leave the baby open for a while so they can air-dry. Even a little dampness can cause a rash
3. I religiously and generously apply the Baby Dove Rich Moisture Diaper Rash Cream on my baby’s bottom (ensure you form a thick coat). This has worked wonders for us. It neutralizes pH in seconds and forms a protective layer that shields my baby’s skin from the causes of irritation. I’ve also noticed that it is easier to spread and easier to clean than other creams. Like I said, in the last 14 months, we have seen the red bumps only once. And I hope it stays like this. Those little tiny monsters are scary to look at
So mommies, don't let go off the diaper if your child develops a rash! You can treat it by investing in a good diaper rash cream and prevent it from happening again by keeping the area clean, fresh and moisturized.
P.S.: Some babies have more sensitive skin than others, so don't think you aren't doing a good job; it's just that they are more susceptible than other little cupcakes. You are an amazing mom, so just keep doing what your instincts tell you to!
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