The small buttocks of your baby turn red, are all irritated? You recognize the symptoms of a diaper rash, a problem so common in fragile skin of children up to 2 years. What are the best things to do to soothe your toddler?
Diaper rash, the number one problem for moms
- According to the latest studies by Laboratoires Expanscience and the Mustela Foundation, diaper rash affects one third of children between 3 months and 2 years, with a peak frequency between 8 and 12 months.
First cause of diaper rash: the fragility of baby's skin
- The skin of the infant is indeed much more fragile than that of the child from 2 years, because it is immature. Not only does it not fulfill its role as a protective barrier against external aggressions and infections, but it is also more vulnerable and more reactive. This is what researchers at Laboratoires Expanscience have highlighted.
Diaper rash: inflammation at 3 levels
Research conducted by Laboratoires Expanscience has revealed that urine and stools attack the fragile skin of infants by causing inflammations at 3 levels:
- Protein inflammation, in the heart of the cells of the epidermis, which causes redness and pain
- a lipid inflammation in the cell membrane that aggravates these irritations
- neurogenic inflammation, at the interface between cells and membranes, which is very painful for babies.
A new cream 3 in 1 for the exchange
- These discoveries prompted Mustela researchers to design a new cream for changing babies. This cream, thanks to its various active ingredients (avocado, alkalea, sunflower, zinc in particular) acts on these three types of inflammation: it soothes the pain of irritation, repairs the epidermal barrier, and strengthens it. During tests carried out on 120 babies during 4 weeks, pediatricians and dermatologists interviewed validated the preventive effect of this cream changes, and confirmed in 80% of cases a reduction of redness and irritation.
New habits of prevention and care
- Will this new cream bring moms - and dads - to change their habits and daily use a protective and soothing care for their baby's skin? This is the bet made by the Mustela laboratories. According to recent studies, mothers - or dads - in France, use such care for their babies only when the erythema is declared, while Spanish, Italian or Mexican parents are used to apply a cream to each toilet.