How To Prevent and Treat Diaper Rash
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How To Prevent and Treat Diaper Rash

One of the difficulties that parents face when caring for their baby is diaper rash. This can be uncomfortable and even painful for a baby. Many parents are unsure of how they can prevent or treat this. Here are some tips of the steps that can be taken to avoid and treat diaper rash.

One of the many difficulties that parents of babies have to face is diaper rash.  This is caused by the ammonia in urine being in contact with your baby’s sensitive skin.  While there are some steps that can be taken to prevent this from happening, sometimes, despite a parents best efforts, a baby will still develop diaper rash (nappy rash).  When this happens, measures need to be taken to treat the rash as it can be painful for a baby.  Here are a few tips on how to prevent and treat diaper (nappy) rash.

Keep Skin Clean

It is important that the baby has clean skin around their bottom and genitals.  This means that every time the diaper is changed, this area of skin needs to be cleaned.  This can be done either with cotton balls and water or baby wipes.  Make sure that all the creases in the skin are thoroughly cleaned.  Also,  bathe the baby regularly.  If you choose to use bath oils or lotions, then choose a product that is specifically designed for baby’s because adult products can irritate their sensitive skin, and if the baby already has diaper rash, they may find some products painful.

Change Diapers Regularly

It is not necessary to wait until a baby cries, has a bowel movement or their diaper feels really full before they are changed.  A baby’s diaper should be changed every couple of hours to prevent urine sitting against their skin for too long.  Make sure that the baby has a clean diaper on as soon as they wake up in the morning and immediately before they are put down for the night.  If your baby wakes up in the night then it is also a good idea to change them at this point as bedtime is the longest time that the baby will be wearing a nappy for.  

Use a Barrier cream

There are many creams available that act as a barrier between the baby’s skin and the diaper.  This will reduce the amount of urine that can irritate the skin.  This should be applied every time the baby’s diaper is changed.  If you are unsure what product to buy, a pharmacist should be able to advise you in this matter.  

Allow Air to the Skin

Allowing air to a baby’s skin will help to both prevent and treat diaper rash.  The time when you are changing a diaper is the ideal time to leave it off for a while, allowing the baby’s skin to breather.  To avoid accidents, it is best if the baby is on a waterproof changing mat while you do this.  

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Comments (3)

Baby bath is an important chore for new moms. Interesting post. Thank you, Elizabeth.

Ranked #66 in Babies & Baby Care

good article... paulose.... this article is regarding diaper rash and not bath.....

Sorry Eliza, I misplaced a comment which i meant for your article "safety when bathing a baby"