The baby's skin is very delicate and requires scrupulous hygiene and many cares. Even so, it is normal that at some point the baby will get redness or very small pimples in the area of contact with the diaper. It's called diaper rash. The dermatologist Ángela Hernández Martín , a doctor from the H
The baby's skin is very delicate and requires scrupulous hygiene and many cares. Even so, it is normal that at some point the baby will get redness or very small pimples in the area of contact with the diaper. It's called diaper rash.
The dermatologistÁngela Hernández Martín, a doctor from the Hospital Niño Jesús, in Madrid, offers us in this interview, granted exclusively to GuiaInfantil.com, the best tips to protect the skin during childhood.
Irritation of the baby's skin by the diaper
The diaper dermatitis is very common in babies from four months of age and manifests as small rashes or granites of an intense red color in the contact area with the diaper. There are many causes, among which are fungi (which appear because of the humidity in the area), the type of baby's stool or as a reaction to some type of antibiotic that the baby has just taken.
What can we do to protect the baby from irritations in the diaper area?
To protect the skin of children, we must take care of their hygiene. The bathroom, in some cases, must be daily, depending on the activity of the child, the heat it makes, if it has had an incident or has been stained. Hygiene guidelines must follow the parents' criteria, but we must take into account that the child must be clean. After the bath, it is advisable to dry the skin well, without rubbing too much, with little touches, with a cotton towel or bathrobe, and then it is the ideal time to moisturize, always with non-perfumed children's products. The degree of the fat component of the moisturizer should depend on the skin of the child.
If you have dry skin, you have to hydrate with more fatty substances and, if you have normal skin, a normal emollient with oatmeal or non-greasy moisturizers is enough. In the diaper area, where humidity and heat are very frequent hay, you have to be meticulous. Diapers, nowadays, are disposable and have plastic components, and this makes the heat and humidity create an ideal breeding ground for fungal infection in the diaper area. What can we do? Repeatedly change the diaper so as not to encourage the development of infections, dry the diaper area well and use astringent barrier creams to prevent infection and irritation.The redness in the skin of the baby through the diaper
Some children tend to redden their skin in the folds of their body. How can we easily relieve these common irritations?
The mechanism of production of irritation in the area of the folds of diapers is very similar to diaper rash. In a fold moisture and heat accumulate and this causes an initial irritation desen and subsequently an infection, usually by fungi. Children who are chubby and have many folds in the neck, or who have little mobility in the arms and have a tendency to this irritation, should have these areas dry. It is advisable to wash them regularly, although you should not obsess over hygiene, and after washing thoroughly dry the skin to eliminate the most important factor that triggers the irritation, which is moisture.