Keep­ing baby free from rashes

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - STAR SPECIAL PARENTING -

VEN with to­day’s ab­sorbent di­a­pers, nappy rash is still the most com­mon and per­sis­tent skin prob­lem among ba­bies.

Nappy rash is easy to di­ag­nose and moth­ers know how to spot the slight red­ness of skin un­der or around the baby’s nappy.

Causes of di­a­per rash are due to pro­longed ex­po­sure to wet­ness and con­tact with trapped ir­ri­tants from hu­man waste prod­ucts – bac­te­ria and en­zymes present in fae­ces and am­mo­nia from stale urine. Other trig­ger fac­tors in­clude:

> Al­ler­gic re­ac­tion to trace de­ter­gent or soft­ener in ill-washed nap­pies > Al­lergy to soap or lo­tion > Use of plas­tic pants > Abra­sion from rough nappy ma­te­rial

> Sen­si­tiv­ity to new food or con­sump­tion of acidic food

> Sen­si­tiv­ity to pre­scribed med­i­ca­tion > Ill­ness such as cold > Al­ler­gic to in­ner lin­ing of the di­a­per

> Sen­si­tive skin – ba­bies with sen­si­tive skin are more sus­cep­ti­ble to nappy rash

> Ap­pear­ing as sore, red skin ac­com­pa­nied by pus-filled blis­ters. In most cases, fever is present and the baby will be highly ir­ri­ta­ble.

Ideally, a sim­ple rou­tine can be prac­tised be­fore nappy rash de­vel­ops. This may even pre­vent the rash from de­vel­op­ing into some­thing more se­ri­ous.

> Change nap­pies as soon as pos­si­ble af­ter they be­come wet and soiled.

> Af­ter each nappy change, clean the nappy area thor­oughly with cot- ton wool and wa­ter and pat dry or, if pos­si­ble, air-dry com­pletely. Baby girls should be cleaned front to back to pre­vent bac­te­ria from en­ter­ing through the ure­thra.

> Ap­ply a pro­tec­tive bar­rier cream con­tain­ing zinc ox­ide and an­ti­sep­tic to baby’s bot­tom.

> Leave the cream to dry for a minute or two be­fore putting on a new di­a­per.

Pureen Nappy Rash Cream con­tains 0.02% of ben­za­lko­nium chlo­ride and 0.2% of cetrim­ide, which help to elim­i­nate harm­ful bac­te­ria and fungi.

It also helps to pre­vent sec­ondary in­fec­tion. It con­tains 10% zinc ox­ide, which is a mild as­trin­gent, re­sult­ing in a sooth­ing and pro­tec­tive func­tion. Just ap­ply af­ter ev­ery nappy change on dry and clean skin for the treat­ment of nappy rash or red­ness.

Ap­ply twice daily for heat rash, drib­ble rash or symp­toms of atopic or in­fan­tile eczema.

This ar­ti­cle is brought to you by Sum­mit Com­pany (M) Sdn Bhd. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 03-7628 8888 or visit

Pureen Nappy Rash Cream can help in the treat­ment of nappy rash, nappy red­ness, heat rash and drib­ble rash.

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