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Is it possible to prevent chafing in an infant?


More than half of children under 15 months of age have problems with chafing. Most struggle with them from time to time, only a few seem to not disappear at all.

Can it be prevented? What can you do to prevent diaper rash?

Why does my child have a burned bottom?

Before answering the question whether it is possible to prevent baby's chafing, it is worth understanding the mechanisms of the baby's chafing. You have to realize that the skin in the first months of life is very delicate, and within a diaper covered area it is particularly exposed to the negative influence of external factors.

For example, the surface of the skin is irritated by enzymes present in the pile, and the baby is exposed to rubbing and sliding of the diaper with contents, as well as a scarce air supply. There is something else - yeast, which feels great in a humid and warm environment, which is exactly what is in the diaper.

The good news is that in most cases, skin changes can be quite easily removed - be it generally available creams or after buying a prescription drug. There is something else - you can also reduce the risk of irritation.

How to prevent diaper rash?

Changing diapers more often

The best strategy to prevent skin burns is to change your baby frequently, which will avoid the problem of contact of the wet diaper with the skin and the reaction of enzymes affecting the delicate surface. That is why it is good to get the habit of changing your diaper frequently for particularly sensitive babies. This should be done extremely often during teething, during diarrhea, during infection - when the toddler is more prone to burns.

After changing the diaper, wash your hands thoroughly to prevent the spread of bacteria to other parts of the baby's body, to you or other family members.

Let the skin dry out

Often the cause of sores is putting a diaper on wet (e.g. after using wet wipes) skin. Changes can also arise if paradoxically badly applied sore cream. Too much of it and insufficiently precise application (until the preparation absorbs) can cause a lot of confusion. Instead of helping, it will hurt ...

Whenever possible, let your baby lie down on the changing table without a diaper - well protecting the environment from possible leakage of urine. An older child, already crawling or walking, is good when he has the opportunity to stay for longer periods (several minutes) during the day without a diaper. All so that the skin can relax ...

Loose-fitting diapers

If you want to avoid skin burns, you should pay attention to the method of closing the diaper. Sometimes wrapping the baby's bottom too tightly can promote diaper rubbing and irritation. A similar effect can be brought by putting on too large or too small a diaper.

It is also worth experimenting with the choice of diapers. Sometimes, they are responsible for the formation of irritation on the skin. In addition to disposable diapers, reusable diapers are also available. Sometimes it's worth trying them out ...

Avoid irritating cosmetics

Often, you just have to put aside wet wipes, some washing cosmetics, creams or balms that can irritate the baby's delicate skin. In infants less means more - that's why unnecessary care can have a particularly adverse effect.

It is good to invest in care by choosing perhaps more time-consuming and less convenient solutions, but noteworthy - instead of wet wipes, a wet wipe or a shower after showering will do. For daily care, you should choose non-alcoholic and odorless cosmetics. You certainly should not overdo it with their quantity. In addition, we avoid the use of soap - we reach for it only if it is really necessary and always for one that is dedicated to the baby.

Do not rub the skin

After bathing, gently dry the baby's skin. Under no circumstances should you rub it with a towel, because this increases the risk of micro-damage. In addition, it is good to take care of hygiene and change your baby's towel at least once a week to avoid the spread of bacteria.