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No chafing - how to protect a newborn’s delicate skin

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Have you noticed any red sore spots on your baby’s skin, especially around the bottom, back and groin? This could be a sign of chafing.

Chafes are red and irritated spots that burn and itch. They are the first sign of diaper rash. In more severe cases, swelling can occur, followed by a wound with secretions. The skin is hot and tends to peel. It is very unpleasant for the baby, so it is imperative to cure it quickly, but even more importantly, to prevent it.

In short, the cause of chafing is friction of wet body parts. In case of a newborn, the delicate bottom skin is susceptible to irritation due to direct contact with a wet diaper. Urine and loose acidic stools can easily cause chafing. Chafing can also be a reaction to inappropriate cosmetics (e.g. soap), too rough or not breathable diapers, overheating, or insufficient body drying after a bath.

Chafing is common, so it is good to know some home remedies for it. First of all, the affected skin should have access to fresh air. After a diaper change, let the baby lie with a naked bottom for a while. Remember proper hygiene. After each diaper change clean the baby’s bottom with warm water and delicate soap or use special delicate baby wipes, e.g. with aloe. Always remember to wipe your baby’s bottom in the direction of the anus, away from the genitals. Then, dry it well. The affected skin can also be disinfected with special delicate medication available in pharmacies. You can also apply an anti-chafing greasy cream, optimally with lanolin, zinc, allantoin or D-Panthenol. Remember to consult a paediatrician if none of the above helps.

In order to prevent chafing, keep your baby’s skin dry at all times. You can use powders or talc, especially in heavily creased areas. You can also prevent chafing by clothing your baby in natural breathable fabrics. Remember to oil your baby’s skin well. One of the best lubricants is extra-virgin olive oil. It is also important to change diapers often, so that the skin has as little contact with a wet diaper as possible. After diapering apply a greasy cream on your baby’s bottom. Don’t forget the proverb: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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