A sore baby bottom can have many causes “Soft as a baby's bottom” is what they always say.
Baby's skin is particularly sensitive and needs special care, especially in the diaper area.
Even if you plan to change the diaper often, it is difficult as a mom to immediately notice when your baby has defecated in the diaper (unless your baby starts crying). It can happen that a wet diaper stays on a little longer than it should. Or even on a long car journey, you always have to find a rest stop to change the baby (especially in winter, changing in the cold temperature is no fun).
Where does a baby's sore bottom come from?
There are many reasons for a sore bottom. You can avoid a sore bottom if you know what they are.
The substances in urine and stool irritate the skin, and the warm, humid environment inside the diaper contributes to a sore bottom.
The fine skin on a baby's bottom can be allergic to commercially available wet or oil wipes in some cases. (See below for a tip on how to make your own wet wipes.)
Diet and food changes in the complementary feeding age - your baby is introduced to new foods that it may not tolerate well, foods that contain too much acid (e.g., various fruits), or foods that it has trouble digesting. The feces of the newborn becomes more abrasive as a result of this.
Pay attention to what you consume while breastfeeding your baby. Acidic fruits, liquids, and vegetables, as well as hot spices, onions, and garlic, should be avoided. Cooked fruits and compotes, as well as mild fruits and cooked vegetables, are preferable (also as complementary foods for the baby).
For babies who have reached the age of complementary feeding: Not only food, but also sweet liquids, can irritate irritated skin, therefore if your infant is in pain, avoid giving him or her fruit juices and instead give him or her diluted tea without sugar or water.
Does your baby have diarrhea? Please change the diaper more often than usual. Because the thin, sometimes watery, and acidic excrement is particularly harsh on the skin.
When your baby has a cold, the urine is usually more concentrated and more harmful to baby bottom skin.
When a baby's teeth begin to emerge, he or she frequently experiences diarrhea. Sharp elements in your baby's thin feces irritate sensitive skin in the diaper area if he or she is teething.
Diaper rash can also be caused by medications your infant is taking, such as antibiotics.
Fungi and bacteria - a fungal infection or bacterial infection can also lead to "sore bottom" in your child. In the case of a fungal disease, the skin on the edge of the diaper flakes and individual flat redness and nodules can be seen, even outside the diaper area. If the rash is caused by bacteria, pus vesicles and pustules can usually be seen, which often open, bleed and lead to uneven, rough skin. If you experience these symptoms, you should immediately take your baby to the pediatrician.
What can you do against a sore bottom?
As you can see, there are a variety of causes for a baby's sore bottom, and occasionally even the finest preventive measures are ineffective.
It's critical to act swiftly at the first sign of discomfort so that the baby's sensitive skin may quickly regain its balance.
Tips against a sore bottom:
The most important thing to remember is to change as soon as possible after each pee or bowel movement. Yes, diapers are expensive, but if you remember a grazed knee or a rubbed spot in your shoe, you can imagine how unpleasant a sore bottom may be.
After each diaper change, thoroughly clean the baby's bottom. First, properly clean the small buttocks (including skin folds), then thoroughly dry them.
Only clean irritated skin with clean water and a fresh washcloth.
After washing, dry the skin thoroughly but carefully, especially in the folds of the skin.
Allow air to reach the baby's bottom. If the weather or the temperatures in the apartment allow it: Just leave the diaper off for a while and let your baby kick as often as possible.
Apply a thin layer of wound care cream (ideally anhydrous) on the wound (also for prevention)
Why are wound protection creams with zinc so popular?
The zinc oxide in the formula bonds the liquid to the irritated skin, reduces inflammation, and promotes healing. This aids in the regeneration process.
By the way, wound protection cream is not only used if your baby already has a sore bottom. You can put a very thin layer on the well-dried baby bottom for prevention as well. Of course, some of the cream ends up in the diaper! But especially if you know that you will be on the road for a longer period of time or you cannot change diapers while driving when your sweetheart has a full diaper, a creamy bottom serves as better protection.
By the way: Even with small scratches or pimples,wound protection cream containing zinc oxide with anti-inflammatory effect helps!
Zinc oxide in the wound protection paste
Zinc oxide binds the liquid on sore skin, thus having an anti-inflammatory effect and promoting healing. This supports skin regeneration.
Make wet wipes yourself?
Our favorite all-purpose weapon. They not only ensure a clean baby bottom, but also clean hands. Honestly, a life without wet wipes? Difficult to imagine :-) Simply make the wet wipes yourself so you know which ingredients reach your baby's delicate bottom.
Leave wet wipes and cleaning wipes out for the time being.
Our tip: try cloth diapers
On the one hand, you help the environment by avoiding the massive mountain of rubbish created by disposable diapers, and on the other hand, cloth diapers are claimed to be better for babies and cause less sore bottom.