The diaper area is put through a lot, and small, more or less long-lasting marks of irritation can appear. What should you do? Prevention is the best medicine, but if reddening does occur do not panic, there are solutions. And here they are:
Infant skin is very fragile. The skin barrier and its hydrolipidic layer form slowly over the course of the first three years of a child’s life. It reaches maturity only after the age of ten. During this time period, the epidermis is vulnerable to external stress and wearing diapers does not help. Indeed from birth to the age of around 2 years, before cleaning small pimples, redness, or rashes can appear on the butt. There are many possible causes: a diaper that is too tight or not changed frequently enough, high temperatures, humidity, prolonged contact with urine or feces can be like a burn for the delicate epidermis.
How to Prevent Reddening?
The primary solution is to change diapers as regularly as possible. The idea is to limit prolonged contact with acidic urine and stool.
Indeed, the acidic pH causes the appearance of irritation that may be particularly painful for the infant, if not taken care of in time.
When changed, the bottom of newborns should be carefully cleaned with very gentle skincare with natural ingredients.
This is the case for Laboratoires de Biarritz Baby Care Products, which are certified Organic and well-tolerated, and contain the exclusive ingredient Alga-Paisium which soothes and prevents irritation.
Our Organic Cleansing Water is made with 100% natural-origin ingredients, is as effective as a Micellar Water, and does not affect the pH of the skin.
It cleanses and refreshes, leaving the skin moisturized thanks to its formula rich in Organic Glycerin and Organic Aloe vera.
Once the butt is clean, dry it well before doing up the diaper and, ideally, let them air dry for several hours per day to help the skin breathe and regenerate.
A Liniment to Prevent Reddening
When changing the diaper, it is also possible to use the certified Organic Gentle Oleo-Calcareous Liniment as a preventative measure.
It will make a protective layer on the surface of the skin.
Its gentle formula, notably contains Alga-Paisium (prevents irritation), Organic Virgin Olive Oil (nourishing and protective), Beeswax (film-forming), and limewater (balances physiological pH). It cleanses and acts as protective insulation against rubbing, urine, etc…
In this way, 80% of mothers asked about it said that it made the skin cleaner, more comfortable, and helped to prevent irritation (usage tests performed under pediatric supervision on 21 babies from 0 to 36 months old).
And 90% claimed that the Baby Care Liniment nourished and soothed their babies skin.
What do you do When Reddening Occurs?
Despite the best efforts of parents, reddening can always occur. As such it is important to regularly cleanse the babies’ bottom, including folds and bulges, with gentle, shielding products that respect the natural pH of infant skin.
During cleaning, pay careful attention to delicately dab from front to back and from clean areas towards the dirty ones to avoid bacterial proliferation.
To soothe reddening, avoid talcum powder which can support bacterial maceration, and opt for Laboratoires de Biarritz Gentle Oleo-Calcareous Liniment that insulates, calms, and soothes; or our Organic Diaper Change Cream. Rich in Alga Sendatu®, our patented reparative extract, this 100% natural product shields, repairs, and soothes.
If reddening has occurred, the Diaper Change Cream provides immediate relief, but also sanitizes and regenerates the epidermis. It can be used preventively or to repair. If need be, it also possible to use our Reparative Lotion.
If the reddening is long-lasting, it is always preferable to ask your doctor for advice.