Infants are usually more frequent urination or bowel movements, so baby diapers should be replaced more frequently. Maybe, babies need to change diapers up to 10 times or more in a day. This can be a laborious for mothers, especially if the baby wears a cloth diaper, surely mother’s laundry becomes much added.
Then now to facilitate mothers, many disposable diapers products (diaper) sprung up with various brands. Mothers only need to discard disposable diapers if they are dirty or full. This disposable diaper can accommodate baby urination more than once. However, with this disposable diapers sometimes mothers tend to let their babies wear diapers for too long. Well, this situation can actually bring a bad influence on the baby.
Wearing diapers too long can cause diaper rash
Wearing disposable diapers is very easy for mothers, but the use of diapers can cause babies to experience diaper rash if the mother is lazy to change the diaper. In fact, sometimes the mother forgot to change her baby’s diaper or not. Mothers sometimes also do not know how many times the baby is defecating. Mom tends to wait for her diaper until it is full or even leaked, just changing her diaper with a new one.
Such habits can cause diaper rash in infants. Diaper rash can cause babies to become uncomfortable in the butt. The skin on the baby’s buttocks can be sore, reddish, sensitive, there are small red spots in the part of the baby’s butt, it can even spread to the thigh area and baby’s stomach.
Baby’s skin is irritated because the friction between the skin and the diaper is too long, whether it is in the diaper that has been dirty or wet, or diapers are still clean. So, you shouldn’t wait until the diaper is full to replace it with a new one. If the diapers have been wearing a very long time, although they are not dirty at all, they should also be replaced.
In addition to irritation, diaper rash can also be caused by infection. This infection occurs when the diapers are full of pee (urine) babies but not replaced. Baby urine Changes the pH level of the skin which allows the growth of bacteria and fungi. Diaper use also inhibits air circulation, so the baby’s butt area becomes moist, where the condition also supports the development of bacteria and fungi. The development of bacteria and fungi causes diaper rash in infants.
Infants with sensitive skin may also have diaper rash. Not even only diapers that can cause rashes on the skin, the use of detergents, soaps, or unsuitable tissues can also cause rash on sensitive skin of infants. Therefore, you should not carelessly choose products for babies, select products that do not contain fragrances.
How to prevent diaper rash in infants?
To prevent diaper rash in infants, you just need to make sure the baby’s butt skin is dry and clean. One more thing that matters most is the routine of changing baby diapers, although babies do not defecate or small. Do not let the baby wear the diaper until it is full or even leak. It is to prevent irritation to the baby’s skin.
Some of the things you can do to prevent diaper rash are:
- Changing your baby’s diaper is dirty or wet as soon as possible and also clean the baby’s butt thoroughly. It’s true how you clean your baby’s body? Start from the front to the back. Never cleanse the baby’s butt from back to front, especially in baby girls, as this can lead to the spread of bacteria. Clean the baby butt with warm water and a small towel.
- Before raising the baby with a new diaper, let the baby butt dry out first. You can wear a dry towel to dry the baby’s butt. Dry it in a gentle way, instead of rubbing the baby’s butt with a towel, it will irritate the skin.
- Do not dress the baby diapers strictly. Give it a little bit to prevent friction between the skin and the diaper and to smooth the air circulation. Usually diapers will leave a mark if applied too tightly.
- Change the baby’s diaper every 2 hours, and after the baby is urination or small. Try to keep babies not all day wearing diapers, the longer the baby does not wear diapers, the better. Whenever your baby does not wear a diaper, put it on the towel.
- You can apply an ice cream or diaper ointment containing zinc oxide and lanolin every change of baby’s diaper. This cream helps to prevent irritation to sensitive baby’s skin, so that it can be comfortable throughout the day.
- If the baby wears a cloth diaper, we recommend washing it with a detergent that does not contain fragrances and do not use softener. Use hot water to wash it and rinse it two or three times until the soap completely disappears from the diaper.
If the baby is using disposable diapers, it is recommended that you choose diapers that can absorb well to avoid irritating the baby’s skin.