Various methods can be used to treat napkin dermatitis including disposable nappies, increase the frequency of nappy changing and cleaning the skin. Application of a barrier cream at every change (effective creams include zinc, white soft paraffin). Letting the child spend as long as possible without a nappy on, lying on a soft absorbent sheet that is changed as soon as it is wet and even sunlight plays a role in the treatment.
Always keep your child’s nappy area clean and dry. Check and change your child’s nappy frequently (every 2 hours) and make sure the bottom is completely dry before closing up a fresh diaper. Give his/her bottom air as often as you can every day. Wear diapers loosely on the baby to allow air to circulate. Use a soap-free cleanser after bowel movements and use protective barrier creams which contain zinc and castor oil can help keep your child’s skin in good condition.
If the skin is dry or cracked, apply the same protective barrier cream to protect the skin after washing off each bowel movement.
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