Things To Consider When Choosing A Rash Cream For Babies

Baby wrapped up in a blanket in a cot
Baby wrapped up in a blanket in a cot

How To Counter Diaper Rash?

Diaper rash, which is also known as dermatitis, is a skin condition that is common among babies in Singapore and other parts of the world. It is expected that every baby will experience this condition a couple of times within their first few years of life.  

To effectively address rash, you have to use a rash cream. The rash cream helps to heal the affected area and prevent further irritation. 

The Singaporean market offers different types of rash cream. Before picking any of them, there are a few things you must give careful consideration to. In this article, we are going to be looking at some of them. 

Potential Allergens 

When buying a rash cream, you should focus more on its ingredients rather than the brand that offers it. Keep in mind that even some high-quality rash cream may not be good for your baby, particularly if their ingredients can trigger an allergic reaction. 

Below are some ingredients that can potentially cause irritation or even trigger an allergic reaction. 

  • Sunflower oil 
  • Mineral oil 
  • Beeswax 
  • Lanolin 
  • Coconut oil 

The Intensity Of The Rash 

All rash creams aren’t made the same way. While some can specifically address serious breakout, others address mild rashes. 

Thick rash creams, for example, can help address serious rashes while soothing the skin. 

Ingredients To Look Out For 

The ingredients that make up a rash cream usually determine how effective it will be. Before picking a rash cream, you should ensure that it contains ingredients like zinc oxide. 

Be sure to avoid rash creams that contain the following ingredients, as they are somewhat toxic to babies. 

  • Baking soda  
  • Boric acids 
  •  Diphenhydramine  
  • Salicylates, 
  • Camphor 

The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) pointed out that moms should avoid hydrocortisone cream, as it can thin their baby’s skin. 

Products that contain heavy fragrances are equally not a good option because they can cause serious skin irritation. 

Explore 

To find the best rash cream for your baby, you may have to try out different products. Before switching to another product, you should ensure that you follow the instructions that came with it to the letter. 

Maximizing Your Chosen Product 

If you want a rash cream that can quickly address your baby’s rash, you should learn to use it correctly. Below are some steps to using most rash creams on the market. 

Applying The Cream 

Make sure you apply the cream to the affected area each time you are changing a diaper. 

Change Diapers Often

Make it a habit to change your baby’s diapers every few hours. It isn’t out of place to let your baby go diaper-free for a short while. 

Wipes Are Not Always The Answer

Instead of using baby wipes to clean your baby’s bum, you should use a soft cloth to dry pat the area. And if you must use wipes, you should choose an alcohol-free and water-based one. 

Final Note 

Narrowing down the best rash cream for babies is likely going to be difficult, especially if you are a first-time mom. Considering the tips discussed in this article will help ensure that you make an informed decision.