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How to Treat & Prevent Diaper Rash

August 31, 2019


How to Treat and Prevent Diaper Rash. Ouch! Is your baby’s bottom red and sore? Say goodbye to diaper rash with these tried-and-true
remedies. You will need Diapers Diaper-rash cream Unscented
baby wipes Unscented, alcohol-free soap Washcloths A squirt bottle (optional) (optional) Cotton
balls (optional) (optional) and warm water (optional) (optional). Step 1. Most rashes happen because of moisture trapped
against skin. So the first step toward clearing one up is
to change your baby’s diaper more often – at least every two hours or so, as well as the
minute you realize that it may be wet or soiled. Disposable diapers tend to be better at keeping
rashes at bay than cloth ones. If you use cloth, but your baby’s rash-prone,
consider using disposables overnight. Step 2. Urine and poop left behind can make rashes
worse, so clean the diaper area thoroughly at every change. Use unscented wipes, without any added ingredients
that could further irritate skin, and use unscented, alcohol-free soap during baths. Sometimes a warm, damp washcloth can be less
irritating than wipes. You can also fill a squeeze bottle with warm
water, squirt some on your child’s bottom, and use cotton balls to wipe. Step 3. No matter what you wipe with, pat – don’t
rub! – your baby’s bottom. Step 4. Once your baby’s bottom is completely dry,
smooth a visible layer of rash cream with zinc oxide over the affected area. The cream will form a barrier between the
rash and the next barrage of pee or poop. Diaper your baby as usual. Don’t use baby powder or cornstarch. They can cause a yeast infection, which can
make a diaper rash worse. Step 5. If you have time, let your baby go bare-bottomed
for a while during the day on several layers of soft towels. The fresh air will help heal their rash. Step 6. Once the rash has cleared, keep a new one
from cropping up by continuing to change your baby frequently and watching what they eat. Some rashes are food-related, so watch for
connections between foods and flare-ups. Step 7. When you dress your baby, don’t use plastic
pants, which trap heat and cause a rash or make a rash worse. Now that your baby feels better, don’t you
do too? Did you know Did you know? Breastfed babies tend to have fewer diaper
rashes than formula-fed ones.

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