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Diaper Rash and Blisters

Diaper Rash and Blisters

Babies start wailing at the sight of a diaper, as they associate it to the rash that they have to suffer from. Read on to know how to avoid the further onset of blisters on your baby's sensitive skin.
Dhanya Joy
Last Updated: Jun 3, 2018
Diaper rash is something that troubles most babies. It mainly occurs due to the baby's sensitive skin coming in contact with the bacteria from urine and stools lodged in the diaper. If it is left untreated for a long time, it worsens and turns into blisters that are filled with pus. This resultant bacterial skin infection, medically termed Bullous impetigo, is mainly observed in babies under the age of 2 years. Hence, knowing about its treatment is an essential aspect of baby care.
Causes
The main cause that leads to blisters is ignoring diaper rash when it first occurs. When ignored and left untreated, it is worsened by bacteria and yeast from the urine and stools, further damaging and making the skin prone to blistering. Blisters affect the baby's trunk, anus, abdomen, and even the thighs. They appear in the form of pus-filled boils with surrounding redness. Considered in severe cases as a bacterial or yeast infection, these may also require medical treatment.
Treatment And Prevention
Prevention is more appropriate than trying to treat the condition, to avoid seeing your baby in pain and discomfort. Diaper rash and blistering need to be treated medically, to eliminate the infection. This may include oral medication and topical application of antibiotic ointments as well. The precautionary measures and some simple remedies are mentioned below.
Diaper Change: Change the baby's diaper as soon as you realize that it is soiled or wet. It is advisable that you make frequent checks. Once you remove it, clean your child's buttocks with warm water, not baby wipes, and a diluted antibacterial solution. Wipe off the water thoroughly with a soft washcloth or towel. Let the baby be without underclothes for sometime so that the skin gets exposed to some fresh air.
Diaper Type: If your baby is prone to developing diaper rash, then it might be due to the type of its material. Try switching over to cloth nappies if you are using disposable ones, and vice versa. You can also use cloth nappies at home, and the disposable ones when out.
Detergents: The detergents used to wash baby underclothes and towels should be extremely mild. The clothes should be rinsed well, and put to dry under the sun. You can also use diluted vinegar to wash baby clothes.
Topical Applications: Application of aloe vera gel, olive oil, or milk of magnesia is known to be very beneficial in treating a baby's blisters. These soothe the skin and speed up the healing process.
So, these were some preventive as well as treatment remedies for diaper rash and blistering. Make sure that you follow them even when the baby's skin shows no signs of infection. This way, the complications can be avoided.