Tips to help prevent diaper rash
There are a handful of things you can do to prevent diaper rash from occurring. Breastfed babies tend to suffer from diaper rash less than babies who aren’t breastfed (though we don’t exactly know why) so if you’re on the fence about breastfeeding, add this to your list of reasons in favor of it. However if that ship has already sailed, know that while some children seem to be more prone to diaper rash than others, there are steps every parent can take to combat the problem.
• Change all dirty diapers as soon as possible (even if they’re just wet).
• Avoid baby wipes with alcohol in them as it can irritate the skin.
• Consider using a soft cloth and water to clean baby during diaper changes.
• Expose baby’s bottom to air whenever possible; plastic pants and diapers restrict air flow and hold in moisture, making diaper rash more likely.
Tips for caring for diaper rash
• Even if you normally use baby wipes, use a soft cloth and water to clean the area when diaper rash occurs.
• If it’s painful for baby when wiping the area, consider using a squirt bottle of water to clean the area, as it is gentler on the skin.
• Change diapers frequently and allow diaper-free time to expose the sensitive areas to the air.
• Consider using an oil-based barrier ointment (such as A+D Original Ointment) or a zinc oxide diaper cream (like Desitin cream) on the affected areas to protect it from moisture inside the diaper and allow it to heal. Use this liberally on red areas at each diaper change.
Sometimes a skin infection caused by yeast or bacteria may occur alongside diaper rash. If your baby’s rash does not seem to get better within three to four days, if you notice signs of a fever, blisters, pus draining from the rash or severe pain, be sure to contact your pediatrician promptly.
Credit: Courtney Schmidt, PharmD
Source: Orlando Health