A diaper rash is a frequent condition noted amongst babies where a red rash develops on the baby’s bottom (hips).
It primarily affects the area that is covered by a diaper. Every child tends to get a diaper rash at some point, especially during the first two to three years of life. The chances of developing a diaper rash are unusually high during the first year of a child’s life. However, it is important to note that a diaper rash can happen to an adult using adult diapers for management of problems like fecal incontinence and more. Homeopathy can offer a natural, effective solution for diaper rash. Borax Veneta, Calendula Officinalis, Merc Sol, Nitric Acid, Sulphur, and Sulphuric Acid are the top-rated homeopathic medicines used to treat diaper rash.
Homeopathic Treatment of Diaper Rash
Homeopathic medicines for diaper rash are very mild and treat the condition in a very gentle manner. There are no side effects linked with homeopathic medicines as they boost the self-healing mechanism of the body to ensure natural recovery. Homeopathic medicines help the rash heal gradually while also managing other skin conditions in the form of eruptions (like pimples, blisters, and pustules) in the diaper area. In case of a diaper rash caused by a fungal infection, homeopathic medicines treat the infection. There are various medicines used to treat a diaper rash in the homeopathic system of medicine. The most suitable homeopathic medicines among them are selected for a child based on individual symptoms. These should be used only under the consultation of a homeopathic physician and self-prescription should be avoided.
Risk Factors for Diaper Rash
One of the main reasons that lead to the development of a diaper rash is leaving a diaper on a baby for too long. Diapers have a threshold limit and must be changed well within that time to avoid rashes and discomfort for the baby. Leaving a diaper on for too long can result in the bottom area remaining in contact with the stool or urine for too long. This can cause skin irritation and lead to a rash. It is also very unhygienic. Frequent bowel movements and diarrhea also make a child predisposed to get a diaper rash.
Yeast Infections – An infection by Candida, fungi, yeast may result in a diaper rash. These fungi tend to grow in warm and moist areas, like the area of skin covered by a diaper.
Sensitivity – A diaper rash is also typical in babies who have sensitive skin and an allergic constitution. Soaps, detergents and baby wipes may lead to diaper rash as a result of an allergic reaction. Sometimes introducing new products in diet tend to change the frequency and composition of stool, which can again lead to a rash.
Bacterial Infections – Other slightly less common causes of a diaper rash include bacterial infections, like a staphylococcus infection.
Use of Antibiotics – Recent use of an antibiotic can cause an increase in the growth of yeast in the gut since antibiotics affect the good bacteria in the stomach (that keep the yeast in check). The increased amount of yeast can cause an infection and lead to a rash in the diaper area.
Signs and Symptoms of a Diaper Rash
The primary sign of diaper’s rash is red, slightly raised rash on the skin of bottom area (buttocks) of the baby. The rash may spread to the genitals and thighs. In some cases, erosion of the top layers of the skin may be noted. The skin is sore and may feel hot and tender to touch. In some cases, pimples, blisters or pustules may appear on the rash. These can together cause the baby to be irritable and cry incessantly. Touching or washing the diaper area while a rash is present makes the child cry out in pain.