How to Fight Skin Rashes in Babies?

How to Fight Skin Rashes in Babies?
María Alejandra Castro Arbeláez

Reviewed and approved by the psychologist María Alejandra Castro Arbeláez.

Last update: 27 December, 2022

How can we fight rashes in babies? It’s important to know that babies’ skin is extremely soft, smooth and delicate, requiring special care and attention.

To prevent unwanted rashes, we should be careful with their diapers, changes in temperature, and skin allergies. These are all factors that can cause eczema and irritation in children.

What causes skin rashes in babies? And what are they?

Rashes are frequent in infants and they can manifest widely on the skin. Similar to dermatitis and erythema, they can appear in the form of pimples or small bumps, and have various causes.

Dermatitis and rashes usually occur because after birth, babies’ delicate skin begins the process of adaptation to the external environment. Their organism also has to adapt to new foods.

In most cases, these conditions can appear until the child reaches the age of 3. It usually manifests with redness, rashes with blisters with or without pus, and itchiness. In some cases, the child might also present a fever.

Common causes of rashes in babies

  • The use of certain types of clothes. For example, clothes made from synthetic fibers.
  • Contact with products that contain chemicals such as creams, shampoos, soaps, perfumes, etc.
  • Contact with chlorine. This can occur for example if a child swims in a pool which has chlorinated water.
  • Friction caused by disposable diapers.
  • Excessive heat.
  • The premature introduction of certain foods to the baby’s diet.
  • The lack of certain nutrients in the baby’s diet.
  • Poor absorption of nutrients.
  • Irritation, anger and anxiety.
How To Fight Rashes in Babies?

Fighting rashes

In general, a good way to deal with their rashes is to apply over-the-counter pediatric creams or powders which are made for these conditions that are so common in younger children.

In addition, maintaining good hygiene and the proper selection of clothing are also important factors that can prevent rashes.

Avoiding the use of disposable diapers is ideal since these diapers cause friction. They also accumulate moisture which causes these common skin conditions that are so detested among parents.

Many mothers choose to use cloth diapers for this reason exactly. They also have the added benefit of being better for the environment while simultaneously guaranteeing healthier skin.

If reasons obligate you to use disposable diapers, it is recommended that you change them frequently in order to prevent the accumulation of moisture.

Specialist recommend warm, chlorine-free baths. They also recommend neutral fragrance-free soaps.

In addition, taking care of the child’s feeding is also important. Breastfeeding strengthens their defenses and provides vital nutrients.

Finally, experts recommend that we should not expose our children to places that may be contaminated, ventilated with air conditioning, or where there are smokers. They also suggest avoiding stressful environments.

How To Fight Rashes in Babies?

Fight rashes with medicinal herbs

These herbs boast medicinal properties that provide great health benefits, particularly when it comes to skin care.

Chamomile and mint are recommended for fighting rashes in children. Both chamomile and mint can be used as itch relievers.

You can apply a little infusion of these herbs over their rash or dermatitis with a cotton ball. Once the mixture dries you will notice that they will feel relief from their itchiness and their skin will become more hydrated.

You can place these herbs in their baby bottle as well. Not only do they provide restorative properties to your child’s skin, they are also soothing and aid their digestive process.

Do you know of any other herbs that provide important benefits for your baby?

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.