It is important to treat diaper rash at the first signs to avoid symptom degradation and medical consultation. As a first resort, apply a product containing zinc oxide that can protect the skin and prevent friction. Several preparations are available in pharmacy. However, parents must choose it carefully, depending on their concentration. To treat the reaction, best diaper rash cream should contain 25-40% zinc oxide. Less concentration (for example, 15%) is enough to prevent diaper rash.
Products containing zinc oxide are in the form of lotion, cream, ointment or paste. The latter is generally more effective because of its thicker consistency. The paste is rather sticky and it is very important not to remove it completely at each diaper change, as this will cause significant irritation to the baby’s skin. It is necessary to leave in place the paste residues and to make some retouches.
In more severe cases, when a fungal or bacterial infection occurs, other drugs may be used (antibacterial cream and antifungal cream). However, it is always better to refer to the pharmacist or doctor before using them.
Some products should be avoided because they could worsen your child’s symptoms. These may include, for example, topical analgesics, alcohol, and high potency cortisone creams. If in doubt, seek the advice of the pharmacist.
When should I see a doctor?
Most of the time, over-the-counter products are quite suitable for treating diaper rash. However, some situations require medical consultation and further treatment. This can be the case when:
- the symptoms do not disappear after at least 7 days of intensive care;
- symptoms worsen rapidly (in 2 to 3 days);
- the redness and lesions are much more extensive than the region of the layer;
- you notice the presence of abnormal lesions on the skin, such as blisters or purulent wounds;
- the child has a fever;
- Diaper rash occurs in a child whose immune system is weakened.
If you are unsure whether a consultation is necessary, do not hesitate to consult a pharmacist to guide you.
How to prevent diaper rash?
Prevention is certainly your best strategy to avoid the discomfort of diaper rash to your treasure. The following measures can prevent its development:
- Change the diaper frequently that is after each bowel movement or at least every 2-3 hours.
- Choose layers of the right size (too tight layers increase friction on the baby’s skin).
- Let the baby’s bottom breathe at times. You can leave it without a diaper as often as the opportunity presents itself.
- Dry the area of the diaper well after cleaning and before putting on a new coat. Tap lightly with a clean towel without rubbing.
- Avoid cleaning wipes; use warm water and a clean washcloth instead. No need to use a cleaner at every diaper change.
- For buttocks cleaning and bathing, opt for a mild cleanser, without alcohol or fragrance to avoid irritation.
- Apply a protective agent (for example, a product containing 15% zinc oxide) at each diaper change. It is important to note that some formulations contain other ingredients.
- Do not put powder (this is not recommended nowadays).
How can your pharmacist help you?
Diaper rash is a health problem that is easily treated with products that do not require a prescription from the doctor. The pharmacist can help you choose the right product to protect your baby’s skin. He may also advise you of a suitable mild cleanser or discuss with you other preventive measures. In addition, he can help you assess the situation to determine if medication use or a medical consultation may be necessary.
Your pharmacist knows a lot about the health of babies and how to care for them. As a parent, you often need to be reassured. So, do not hesitate to consult your pharmacist as often as you think necessary.
Like all babies, your little wonder will spend the first years of life with the diaper on the buttocks. Why not try to avoid the discomfort of diaper rash? Careful and diligent caring will allow you to enjoy even more this blessed period of his life, and yours!