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Tips for Overcoming Skin Irritation in Babies

Baby's skin is still very sensitive, so it is prone to irritation, allergies, and infections. This is because baby's skin is much thinner than an adult's. In addition, the function of skin protection in infants is not fully developed. As a result, if exposed to chemicals or germs, the baby will easily experience skin irritation. If your baby has skin irritation and other complaints, how do you deal with it?

Caring for baby's skin can be challenging. You really have to pay attention to many factors starting from choosing baby products, how to bathe babies, use diapers, and others. There are many things that can trigger irritation, allergies, and skin infections in infants.

Irritation of the baby's skin is marked by the appearance of redness on the skin. In addition to redness, babies can complain of itching and discomfort. If this happens, the baby will generally be fussy, not want to suckle, and continue crying.

Common causes of skin irritation in infants include:

Cellulitis and impetigo

Cellulitis is caused by an infection of the skin by Streptococcus bacteria which makes the skin appear red, swollen and feels hot. Sometimes this condition appears accompanied by fever. This must be treated immediately so that the infection does not spread quickly.

In addition to cellulitis, impetigo is also an infection of the virus Streptococcus or Staphylococcus bacteria that enters through the pores of the skin that are exposed due to injury. Initially a red spot will appear which then swells to form resilient and will break if it continues to be scratched. This liquid can spread bacteria to the surrounding skin. Broken wounds that break will develop for four or six days to dry out and form sores. This condition is usually treated with antibiotics recommended by doctors.

Diaper rash

Diaper rash is skin irritation in the form of redness that itches in the area of the baby's buttocks. Usually, this occurs in the area of the buttocks that are covered in the buttocks. This condition is caused by diapers that are rarely replaced, resulting in friction and irritation between the baby's skin and diapers or feces and urine.


Chickenpox is caused by a virus and is characterized by red spots like mosquito bites. However, within a few hours, the spots will form fluid-filled resilience. This feels very itchy and is usually accompanied by a fever and in a short time can spread throughout the body.

This disease is contagious from the liquid that can break if scratched. If your baby experiences this, immediately consult a doctor for medication or ointment. After five or seven days, the scar will dry out and will not transmit the disease to other people. Chickenpox can be prevented with chickenpox vaccine.

Read also : Chickenpox : Symptoms, Causes, Treatment and Prevention


Eczema or dermatitis in infants is characterized by dry, scaly, reddish skin, and accompanied by itching. Usually, eczema appears in the face area such as cheeks, elbows, arms and chest. The causes are varied, can be due to allergies to certain baby products such as powder, soap, detergent content, and so forth.

Dry skin

Problems with dry skin are also quite common in baby's skin. The cause of baby's skin being dry is a change in the temperature of the environment that is quite extreme, for example too cold or too hot. In addition, soaking hot water for too long can also make the baby's skin lose its moisture.

Read also : Have dry skin? identify the causes and how to overcome them

Prickly heat

Spots or reddish spots on prickly heat can cause fussy babies. This is because the itching can be unbearable accompanied by a feeling of heat. Prickly heat usually occurs in the area of the baby's skin covered in clothes or skin folds. For example on your back, neck or thigh.

Tips to overcome skin irritation in infants

Overcoming skin irritation in babies can be very challenging. The tips below are a guide for parents, especially new parents, to overcome them.

  • Choose products that are suitable for your baby. Note the label "hypoallergenic" or special products for sensitive skin, so the ingredients will not irritate the baby's skin. For example on powder, lotions, soaps, detergents, clothes fragrances and so on.
  • Replace diapers as often as possible. Don't let the diaper wear too long. The condition of moist buttocks covered in diapers can cause skin irritation. This makes the baby's skin attacked by fungal or bacterial infections.
  • Use a diaper that fits the size of a baby, not too small or too big.
  • Don't use water that is too hot for him to take a shower.
  • Avoid too long soaking (bathing) the baby.
  • Keep your baby's skin folds dry.
  • Use moisturizer regularly, so the baby is protected from dry skin.
  • Make sure the baby gets enough fluid intake.
  • Be diligent in changing your baby's clothes when he has started to sweat or get wet.
  • Avoid the hot sun so the baby does not sweat often.

Always maintaining the cleanliness of clothing and the home environment is equally important. To avoid irritation and allergies to the baby's skin that is still sensitive, choose products that are suitable for their skin condition. If after carrying out the above tips but the irritation to the baby's skin does not improve, do not hesitate to check with a pediatrician. Avoid giving ointments or other medicines without advice from your doctor.

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