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Diaper rash is just one of those really awful things that make me feel so badly. When a baby under my care has a diaper rash, I feel it.
If your baby currently has a diaper rash, you’re probably feeling a little helpless. How are you supposed to cure a diaper rash when you need diapers to keep all the poo contained??!
All kidding aside, if you are looking for some help dealing with a diaper rash, you’re in the right place.
I’ll give you some tips on how to prevent diaper rash, as well as how to heal it.
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The first step is prevention!
Obviously, it would be so much better if we could not have a diaper rash happen in the first place. There are several steps you can take to prevent diaper rash in your little one.
Keep the skin dry
After a diaper change, pat the skin dry with a dry cloth or fan it to make sure it’s dry. It’s no longer recommended to use baby powder on the diaper area as it could possibly be carcinogenic and could be harmful to your baby’s lungs if inhaled.
Change diapers often
Changing diapers frequently helps keep the skin dry and helps avoid friction. Change the diaper as soon as you know it’s soiled.
Unlike in my post on tips for changing diapers, this is not one of those times you want to wait out a poop storm. Go ahead and change the diaper, and just know that it’s possible your baby will poop some more while you’re trying to clean them up.
Use diaper cream
Diaper cream isn’t always needed, but if your baby’s bottom is looking a little irritated, paste it on. Use one with zinc oxide (such as Desitin) for protection against poop, or one with a petroleum base (such as A+D) to protect against urine.
Keep diapers loose
Loose diapers allow for air flow and help lessen friction against the bottom.
Consider your baby’s skin sensitivity
Some babies are more sensitive than others. If skin sensitivity runs in your family, it may be a good idea to look into the best diapers and wipes for sensitive skin.
When your baby has a diaper rash
So you did all you could to avoid a diaper rash, but your baby still got one. Or maybe you were just going about your business and the rash showed up out of nowhere. Here are some of the most basic steps you can take to clear up a diaper rash
Try going diaper free for a while
This is good trick if your baby isn’t too mobile yet. You can get a pee pee pad (yes, the ones for dogs) and lay your baby on it without a diaper and without diaper cream. Just chuck away the pad and place a new one when you notice it’s soiled.
I recommend a minimum of 10 minutes, but more if your baby’s temperature is stable without bottoms on.
Be careful with wipes
Wipes with fragrance or other chemicals can irritate the skin. Consider changing brands or using gauze and water.
Pat, don’t wipe the skin
Remember, you want to avoid friction as much as possible. Pat the skin to remove stool and urine rather than wiping it.
Keep using diaper cream…
Continue using diaper cream if you aren’t able to go diaper free. Again, choose one with zinc oxide or petroleum, depending on your situation. If the skin is broken down at all, consider trying Calmoseptine, which contains menthol, which has analgesic and antiseptic effects.
…but don’t wipe it off!
This is important. Think about how hard it is do get diaper cream off. DON’T TRY TO GET IT OFF WITH WIPES!
If you really feel like you need to clean it all off every time, try using a skin-loving oil like coconut or vitamin E to help gently remove it. But again – PAT the skin instead of wiping.
It’s better to try not removing the cream except where it’s soiled and only remove it all once or twice a day.
If the rash doesn’t get better
Talk to your pediatrician about it. Some rashes need medical treatment before they get better. They may be able to give you stronger creams/ointments, or steer you in an entirely different direction.
Just don’t put it off if it doesn’t get better soon. Remember, infants under three months aren’t great at localizing infection. So a diaper rash can become more severe than just a diaper rash!
Some say that breastmilk could be effective at treating diaper rash. Can’t hurt, so give it a try! You might also consider using essential oils or aloe vera.
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