The best remedies to treat and prevent diaper rash
Diaper rash is a skin irritation that occurs when your baby’s bottom is frequently exposed to urine or poop in their diaper. The first sign of diaper rash is red and irritated skin on your baby’s bottom or thigh region. Most diaper rashes are commonly triggered by:
Allergic reaction: Babies with sensitive skin may react to the dyes or synthetic materials in diapers, non-hypoallergenic ingredients in baby wipes, or even certain ingredients in diaper cream.
Moisture build-up: If your baby’s skin is not dry completely before you put on another diaper, the moisture trapped may encourage bacteria growth.
Breathability of diaper: Diaper rash may also sometimes occur if the diaper is too tight, restricting the baby’s movements and causing rough abrasion against your baby’s skin.
Lack of hygiene: Given that newborns poop up to 8 times a day, it is unavoidable that their sensitive skin will come into contact with urine and stool, causing skin irritation to occur. This can be minimised with frequent diaper change – as soon as you notice that the diaper is soiled.
Treating Diaper Rash
Despite your best attempts, diaper rash is extremely common and mummies can expect to battle diaper rash at least once. Fortunately, treating diaper rash is no rocket science, and the most effective treatment only requires a simple tweak to your diaper changing routine.
Once a diaper rash has developed, application of a diaper cream is the best way to soothe and get the rash under control quickly. It is recommended to apply a layer of diaper cream to your baby’s bottom for two reasons.
Creating a protective layer: Diaper cream creates a barrier to protect sensitive skin from coming into contact with urine and stool while making it easier to wipe clean during a diaper change
Treating diaper rash: Diaper cream may be applied to the affected area to treat the inflammation. Make sure that the area is completely dry before applying a layer of cream, and be sure to wipe clean and re-apply after every diaper change.
For effective treatment of diaper rash, choose a diaper cream that is rich in zinc oxide to seal out wetness or moisture, thus allowing the inflammation to heal. As the fragile skin on your baby’s bottom has a weaker skin barrier, it is naturally more prone to secondary infections. Ceradan Diaper Cream contains a 3:1:1 ceramide-dominant ratio of ceramide, cholesterol and free fatty acid to aid in optimal skin barrier repair. It also contains Octenidine, an anti-microbial that controls yeast overgrowth to effectively shield against secondary infections. Ceradan’s unique triple protective action helps to soothe, manage and prevent diaper rash to support and maintain the skin’s natural physiological state.
Preventing Diaper Rash in 5 Easy Steps!
Diaper rash can be troublesome to treat, as it requires frequent diaper changes combined with treatment of the affected area. Learn how you can minimise the risk of diaper rash by incorporating these easy steps into your diaper changing routine!
#1: Change diapers regularly
Prolonged exposure of your baby’s sensitive skin to urine and poop is the most common trigger for diaper rash, so be sure to change diapers often, ideally every 2 hours or so. If your baby already has a diaper rash, it is best to change the diaper as soon as it is soiled to prevent further irritation and secondary infection.
#2: Minimise use of pre-packaged wipes
These wipes tend to contain alcohol or other irritants that trigger diaper rash. Mummies should use a warm, soft washcloth or dampened soft paper towel soaked with cooled boiled water that is gentler on your baby’s fragile skin and effectively removes bacteria. If you must use baby wipes, be sure to check that that is free from any fragrances or alcohol.
#3: Air baby’s bottom for 5 to 10 minutes
In tropical countries like Singapore, prolonged dampness often triggers diaper rash or worsens it. Ensure that the diaper area is fully dry by airing your baby’s bottom for 5 to 10 minutes before putting on a new diaper.
#4: Apply diaper cream as a protection layer
Not only does this function as a protective barrier for your baby’s fragile skin, but it can also effectively treat any affected area as the active ingredient, zinc oxide, works to seals out moisture to allow for effective healing.
#5: Give baby’s bottom more time without a diaper
Giving your baby’s skin time to air is one of the most natural remedies for diaper rash, as the skin is easily irritated with moisture build-up in the diaper. When possible, let your baby go diaper-free for half an hour a day. Lay a mat or a towel on the floor for easy clean up in case of any mess.
Triple Protective Action Against Diaper Rash
When choosing a suitable diaper cream for your baby, take note of these active ingredients that are known to be effective against treating diaper rash and protecting the fragile skin barrier.
Zinc Oxide: seals out moisture and keeps affected area dry 3:1:1 ceramide dominant ratio: Repairs and Strengthens skin barrier.
Octenidine: Anti-microbial that prevents yeast infection & bacteria growth.
Ceradan Diaper Cream has a unique triple-protective action that contains all of the active ingredients above to both manage and prevent diaper rash. This cream is uniquely formulated to be hypoallergenic and enriched with skin physiological lipids (ceramide) for effective maintenance of the skin barrier. Ceradan’s formula also contains zinc oxide that works to repel moisture from the skin to form a protective barrier for healing.
How to apply Ceradan Diaper Cream?
Ceradan Diaper Cream (50g) retails for $17.50 at most Guardian and Watsons pharmacies.