Diaper rash is a widespread expression that indicates any skin irritation developing in the diaper-covered region - usually the thighs and buttocks of children. In other words, this is the swelling and tenderness of the skin attributed to a reaction to the potent chemical and enzymes present in excreta and urine as well as the heat generated by these waste substances released by the body. The diaper usually blocks and holds these toxic blends against the baby's bottom resulting in eruption of rashes.
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In case the baby develops a contact diaper rash - a condition attributed to the reaction of excreta, urine, soap, plastic pants, disposable diapers and / or diarrhea, the area, especially the buttocks and the thighs, will be swollen and painful to touch. At the same time the skin at the affected area will turn reddish and become aggravated. In some cases, the child may also develop swollen areas as well as ulcers and bruises on the surface of the affected area. Other symptoms of a diaper rash may include dry skin and scaling accompanies by tarnished patches. On the other hand, if the child develops a fungal diaper rash set off by the existence of Candida albicans in the intestinal tract, the skin in the affected area will become soft and downy, gleaming and vivid red. At the same time, the edges of the lesions and rash will be very distinct and it is possible that spread out spots may emerge in the inguinal or the groin region. In such cases, you need to consult your physician or a nurse with a view to make a diagnosis of the rash at the earliest in order to begin instant treatment to alleviate and eliminate the woeful condition.
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There are several factors that may result in the eruption of diaper rash. Some of these factors are briefly discussed below:
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The most common symptoms of diaper rash may include redness of the skin accompanied by glossy areas and a number of scattered pimples. The rash usually occurs in the area covered by the diaper - the buttocks, the upper thighs and genitalia or the genitals. In addition, the skin affected by the condition may also be warm to the touch. However, the folds of the skin or the creases, especially under the buttocks and in the upper thighs, generally remain untouched by this condition. Any infant or child having diaper rash may become touchy and may often cry out loud while the diaper is being changes. This happens particularly when the affected skin in the area covered by the diaper is touched during cleaning the baby. As mentioned earlier, infants and children with diaper rash are more inclined to have bacterial and yeast infections and the eruption of reddish bumps in the folds or creases of the skin are indications of the fact that the child has been infected. In addition, other symptoms of bacterial and yeast infections include blisters, pus and inflammation (extremely swollen reddish areas on the skin).
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There is no reason to panic if your child develops diaper rash, since this is a very common condition among infants and young children. While this condition may happen any time till the child is wearing a diaper, most children develop this condition when they are about nine months old. It may be noted that a number of specific factors are responsible for augmenting the risks of developing diaper rash. For instance use of antibiotics, diarrhea and dehydration makes the tender skin of an infant all the more defenceless against diaper rash. Disposable diapers too have been found responsible for a more number of diaper rash among babies. Compared to children who use laundered cotton diapers, infants using disposable diapers are more prone to develop diaper rash. In addition, another problem with disposable diapers is that they are a big hazard to the ecology as they add to the clogged landfills.
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Warm water has been found to be very useful in healing diaper rash - it not only promotes circulation, but also facilitates the healing process. If your child is suffering from diaper rash, put him or her in a bath tub full of warm water and notice how comfortable they feel. In addition, you may dilute calendula or chamomile by adding water and apply the watered down mixture to the effected area. This will largely help in alleviating the skin irritation and inflammation further. If you notice the rash of your child becoming red and aggravated, you may apply calendula lotion, cream or gel each time you change the diaper. This will not only help to soothe the irritated and inflamed skin, but also advance the healing process.
The evening primrose oil or lotion is a natural anti-inflammatory agent and apply either of them while changing the diaper every time will also soothe the skin and facilitate healing. Continue applying these until the time when there is no trace of the rash anymore. Wet skin may aggravate diaper rash and so if you find that the rash of your child is damp or moist, gently sprinkle cornstarch or kaolin clay on the affected area as this will help in keeping the region dry and promote healing of the diaper rash.
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