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On hot summer days, the skin on the bottom under the diaper is a place that you should take care of with great care. What rules do you need to follow to reduce the risk of chafing or eliminate it altogether?
What to do to avoidskin burns in babies ? Constant vigilance and proper care - these words summarize the recommendations, thanks to which it will be easier to avoid skin irritation under the diaper. It will not be an easy task, because, according to the observations of pediatricians, at this time of the year they happen several times more often than in spring or autumn. It is influenced by heat, due to which the skin under the diaper (especially the one of lower quality) is still slightly moist, and the bacteria in the urine and stool multiply faster, so it is easier to cause chafing. At first, a slight redness appears on the skin, which after some time (usually an hour or two) spreads over more and more skin surface. If you do not react in time, chafing can turn into diaper dermatitis: then most of the buttocks are red and blistered. The pain experienced by the infant at that time is compared by doctors to the pain that occurs after a burn, the skin also looks as if it was burned. To relieve your baby, you can use the methods listed below, and if the symptoms persist, contact the pediatrician as soon as possible.
Here are some rules to help you avoid chafing
- Check your baby's nappy more often than usual. It doesn't matter that you've just changed it - an infant, especially breastfed, can poop several times a day. It's a good idea to feel this moment right away, because the faster you react, the shorter the time the skin comes into contact with the stool and the bacteria it contains, and thus the risk of irritation is lower.
- Do not delay the baby's rewinding, even if the circumstances are not very favorable to it. It's nothing that you are on a walk, in a shopping mall, restaurant or visiting friends - changing your baby is an absolute priority. Do not be ashamed of this activity (after all, each of the potential onlookers was also a child, which was passed by someone), just find the appropriatea place (a bench in a park, a toilet in a store or premises).
- Take changing accessories with you whenever you go out with your baby. Only then will you be able to change his diaper immediately. The minimum set is two diapers (one just in case), wet wipes, anti-chafing cream, a foil bag for a used diaper, something to put under the baby's bottom - an oilcloth, a travel changing pad, and as a last resort a blanket or a nappy. Better to take one too many nappies with you than not enough.
- After each scrolling, wash your skin thoroughly and dry it thoroughly. You can use both wet wipes and plain, boiled water for washing. It's best to use disposable paper towels to dry your butt. Pay special attention to folds and nooks and crannies: dirt residues that can cause irritation accumulate in them.
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How can you help your child?
When it is too late for prophylaxis, you need to alleviate the symptoms as soon as possible and try to prevent them from spreading. During each scrolling, rinse the diseased skin with warm water, then dry it thoroughly and apply a healing ointment containing allantoin (which accelerates healing and moisturizes) and d-panthenol (soothes irritations). Leaving the baby without a nappy for a while also helps a lot.