rash can interrupt the peaceful routine of an otherwise carefree
baby, and it won’t do much for your quality of life, either.
Babies have this knack for making their problems your problems,
and if your baby has nappy rash, you have it too.
the first two to three years of life, just about every parent on
the planet gets a share of the nappy-rash experience, thankfully
nearly 50% of all nappy rashes go away by themselves but what about
the other 50% ? These can last longer or even become more chronic.
This rash starts in the groin area but can also spread all over
the body. It may occur anywhere, where the skin comes in contact
INFANTS HAVE SKIN BACTERIA LIKE US ADULTS?
of babies delivered by caesarian section is sterile at birth, but
it begins to pick up micro-organisms immediately. The skin of babies
born in the usual way acquires skin bacteria even earlier, during
the very process of birth. Bacteria are always present in the mother’s
birth canal, and some of them inevitably rub off on the infant.
are transferred to an infant’s skin by the simple act of
touching or holding with dirty hands. Infected or dirty bed linen
or unhygienic conditions in hospital and home; like using used
towels, hair brush, comb, clothes not washed properly all contribute
to the rash. An infants skin is very fine and delicate and it tends
to catch infection very fast.
SYMPTOMS & TREATMENT
a tiny acne rash appears on the part which is primarily infected.
They look like small prickly heat type of rash which may disappear
by cleaning the infant regularly. At times this rash refuses to
disappear on its own and since the parents are very anxious about
it they immediately start applying local chemical skin medicines.
Certain infants respond to this treatment and the rash might disappear
or might get temporarily suppressed, to come back again as soon
as local applications are stopped.
REACTIONS OF THE SKIN:
of things can happen when nappy rash is treated by local chemical
medicines or strong internal medicines.
may disappear for good.
may be temporarily suppressed to come back again with the same
intensity or more.
not disappear but the infant as a whole will react badly to this
therapy and develop more rash.
will disappear, but some other ailments like cough, cold, diarrhoea
and vomiting might develop. This in homoeopathic language is called
has shown us that time and again nappy rash if suppressed turns
into a chronic rash creating a lot of problems for the child.
As we all
know an infant’s skin as well as his body is so delicate
that strong medicines like antibiotics should be avoided for the
first few months of the infant’s life. Homoeopathic medicines
have worked very well in skin conditions and children react to
them most favourably.
it some air –
advice is sometimes still the best. Give your baby’s bottom
some air", says Ann Price, educational co-ordinator for the National
Academy of Nannies, Inc., in Denver, Colorado. Simply take the
baby’s diaper off and lay him on his chest, with the face
turned to one side and on towels underlaid with a waterproof sheet.
Leave your baby that way for as long as you’re there to
keep an eye on him. Air helps in the natural breathing and healing
of the skin.
your baby –
the diaper area clean and dry promotes healing but drying with
a towel can irritate sensitive skin. Try a blow dryer. Dry the
area with a hair dryer set on ‘low’ which avoids abrasion
to wet skin.
cloth nappy a vinegar rinse –
vinegar to the final rinse when washing a nappy will bring the
pH of the cloth nappy into line with that of the baby’s
skin. It has been noticed that nappy rash enzymes are most active
in a high pH environment, which often exist in a cloth nappy after
washing. Add 1 ounce of vinegar to about 3 ½ liters of
water during the final rinse.
HEAT TYPE RASH:
the rash appears like one or two small red pimples. They are spread
all over the body or in the groins. If the pimples are due to local
infection give a few doses of "BELLADONNA 30" 5 pills four times
a day. Within a few days the pimples will disappear.
pimples came in clusters then give "ARNICA 30", 5 pills four times
have a dry rough looking skin with rash on any part of the body
and the child feels very uncomfortable and keeps on crying, specially
so when bathed. He feels comfortable in a cool room. His palms,
feet and head are very warm to touch. "SULPHUR IODIDE 6", 5 pills
four times a day will help this condition.
eruptions are like water blisters which looks like chicken-pox,
the treatment is as follows: -
SULPH 6X" – when thick yellowish discharge comes
out – 5 pills four times a day
TOX 30" - When there are multiple water blisters in the
groins, in between the toes, fingers, elbow and behind the knees.
The child is extremely restless because of severe itching. The
child keeps quiet only when gentle rubbing is done with a thin
cloth on the affected area. This remedy is very helpful if the
eruptions are due to letting the child remain in wet nappies
for a long period of time. Rhus Tox 30, 5 pills four times a
day till the rash disappears
ASSOCIATED WITH RASH ON SCALP:
a few scaly eruptions appear, surrounded by small vesicles which
cause a lot of burning and itching making the child very uncomfortable
and cranky. If not treated correctly they multiply very fast. The
hair gets entangled due to thick discharge from the eruptions.
After a week or so a crust is formed on the scalp beneath which
there is pus. Due to pus there might be fever. "MEZEREUM 30", 5
pills four times a day will help. If the condition s not treated
soon then child might develop a few glands in the back of his neck
and hair loss also take place.
OF A ONE YEAR OLD CHILD:
looking thin child with pus boils all over the body. There was
not a millimeter of skin free from these boils. His body was warm
but his palms and feet were absolutely cold and wet due to perspiration.
Though the body was hot yet the moment his clothes were removed
for us to see, he started crying loudly. He only stopped crying
when he was wrapped up in cloth. Now the history –
child was a 7 days old infant he was given an Injection of B.C.G.
which after 3-4 days became septic so a local antibiotic ointment
was applied; but this did not help. A few more pus boils developed
surrounding the old lesion. The rash also appeared in the groin
area with pus oozing out. Now the child was taken on a ‘merry-go-round’ trip
with plenty of antibiotics with all various types of available
creams. Each time after a temporary respite, a few more crops would
come up. That is why when the child was brought to us there was
not a place where the pus boils were absent. Now we have a drug
called "THUJA" which has proved its efficacy as a "body cleanser" it
removes the various toxic agents from the body. Thuja was given
initially followed by "SILICEA 30" 5 pills every two hourly, Silicea
was given because child’s symptoms were matching with it.
was treated and checked regularly because such a lot of pus could
cause a lot of complications. To our satisfaction the child responded
very fast. Thuja and Silicea brought about a fantastic recovery.
The parents were worried that there would be multiple marks on
the child’s body but not a single mark is there except the
not one case, there are a number of children who suffer from the
careless mistake of anxious parents to get rid of the nappy rash.
In their anxiety they torture the child by going in for strong
medicines but at times, these short cuts cost very dearly.
are advised that the medical advice offered in this column pertains
to the generalized treatment of condition. Kindly consult your
doctor before self-medication.