A skin’s baby is ultra sensitive since it is still very thin and permeable. Two out of three babies who are younger than 12 months are affected by diaper rash. This pathology is usually caused by friction with the diaper and contact with urine and faecal matter that are left to wallow in diapers. This pathology should not be overlooked since neglecting treatment can lead to serious risks of secondary infections.
Diaper rash is one of the most widespread type of dermatosis in infants. W-shaped lesions are the most common and appear on the buttocks themselves. But there is also Y-shaped dermatitis, that is to say redness that extends from the skin folds located between the thighs to the vulva for girls and to the anus for boys. The lesion is mainly caused by prolonged contact with the synthetic fibres used in the manufacture of diapers.
An early sign of diaper rash that one should look for is the appearance of small spots and shiny patches that precede a reddening of the skin. This lesion affects the area covered by the diaper, including the baby’s upper thighs, buttocks and genitals. Reddened skin is usually warm to the touch. Still unable to speak, the baby reacts to the discomfort by crying when his or her skin is touched during diaper changing. Red bumps in the skin folds, as well as the presence of blisters and pus, are warning signs of more serious problems.
To relieve diaper rash, administer two doses of Medorrhinum 15 CH to the baby in 3-day intervals. To facilitate the remedy intake, it must be dissolved in water. This treatment requires thorough local care.
If after treatment, redness or oozing persist beyond 5 days, it is necessary to consult a doctor since this could be an indication of a secondary infection. Medical consultation is also necessary when one suffers from fever or diarrhoea that is accompanied by weight loss. An accurate diagnosis carried out by means of sampling allows the physician to prescribe the mpost appropriate remedy in case of pustules, peeling or cracking skin.
• Calcarea Carbonica Ostrearum
Good to know: The risk of diaper rash can be reduced by changing the baby as often as possible. Homoeopathy provides a solution for recurrent diaper rash, including preventive treatment that resorts to Carbonica ostrearum.