Diaper Rash and Colloidal Oatmeal
Diaper rash can be a nightmare for you and your child. The most common cause of the rash is due to constant contact between your baby’s skin and the diaper, keeping your baby’s skin continuously wet. If this happens, your baby’s skin becomes red and irritated.
Diaper rash can also occur with ammonia formation beneath the diaper, diarrhea and loose stools, or when your baby doesn’t drink enough liquid and the urine becomes acidic. Giving your baby extra fluids will clear up this type of diaper rash. Other triggers such as Yeasts and other infections also add to the problem.
Will Colloidal Oatmeal Help My Baby?
Adding colloidal oatmeal to a bath may help soothe the irritated skin. Be Careful to only use lukewarm water in the tub with your baby, and keep the water out of your child’s eyes. The colloidal oatmeal can sting if it gets into his/her eyes. Also make sure to keep your child seated, since the colloidal oatmeal will make the bathtub extremely slippery.
Don’t forget to ask your doctor about colloidal oatmeal and other diaper rash treatments. The oatmeal bath will help soothe, comfort, and protect your child’s skin, but other treatments and methods combined with the bath should clear up the rash faster.
If your baby’s rash hasn’t cleared up in 4-7 days, is getting crusty or draining, or is accompanied with diarrhea for more than 48 hours, call your doctor.