Hiya mamas! No matter how hard we try, diaper rash plagues babies and parents everywhere, all the time. Baby diaper rash is a form of skin inflammation on baby’s bottom, usually caused by infrequent changing, chafing from their diaper, and a plethora of other irritants. The good news is, diaper rash goes away pretty quickly with frequent diaper changes and ointments. I dealt with a lot of diaper rash with my kids, so I’ve discovered some little tricks to prevent and treat it, which I’m excited to share with you all today.
1. Change Their Diaper Often
The easiest and most common way to prevent diaper rash is to change baby very often, not just once they’ve gone to the bathroom. Diapers are pressed against delicate baby skin for hours, and anything from perspiration to excess moisture can inflame baby’s bottom. Changing their diaper every hour or two is the best way to avoid diaper rash, because they won’t be sitting in sweat or other moisture that locks bacteria into the skin, causing a rash.
2. Looser Fit
With my kids, I noticed that if I fastened their diapers a little looser, diaper rash occurred much less frequently. More room between the skin and diaper not only prevents sweating, but encourages air circulation, preventing diaper rash. I’m not saying that this is a one-step cure, but it certainly helped my babies by letting their bottoms breathe, and in turn come into less contact with the bacteria and sweat associated with tightly fastened diapers.
3. Clean and Let Skin Dry
Diaper rash is caused by bacteria, so one way to prevent it would be to thoroughly clean baby’s bottom with warm water and a mild soap before putting on a new diaper. Whether you choose to do this or use wipes, let baby’s bottom dry entirely before fastening a new diaper. The excess moisture and residual soap can have the same effect as sweat or other bacteria on the bottom, enabling more diaper rash. Clean and let baby’s bottom dry completely before putting on a fresh diaper.
4. Apply Ointment Regularly
Some babies simply have more sensitive skin than others, and might be more prone to diaper rash. In this case, I would elect to apply diaper rash cream or ointment during each change, as a preventative measure. I preferred to use mild and natural ointments, to avoid irritating baby’s sensitive skin. The best cream for diaper rash, in my opinion, is made by Burt’s Bees, one of the overall best baby brands in my opinion. Their cream is made of natural ingredients, like zinc oxide and sweet almond oil, which smells good while also creating a barrier between baby’s skin and the diaper. You can Burt’s Bees diaper rash cream here.
5. Change it Up
If your baby continues to suffer from irritation in their diaper region after trying out these tips, I would recommend switching diaper brands. Mainstream diaper brands often include fragrances and chemicals that cause irritation. Try out some natural and organic diapers(link to other shows), which are free of these chemicals. After doing so, if your baby still contracts chronic diaper rash, talk to your pediatrician about the issue. Your baby could have a skin irritation of a different cause, and require special cream or a change in cleaning products.
Diaper rash affects almost all babies, and can be caused by a plethora of things. While the rash typically goes away on its own, try these tips to prevent and treat it before then. If your baby’s rash persists, don’t hesitate to see their doctor and figure out what’s going on. Thank you for reading, and let me know how you treat diaper rash in the comments below!