Preventing & Treating Diaper Rash

A diaper rash doesn’t sound like that big of a deal until your baby gets a really bad one and is absolutely inconsolable until it (finally) goes away. Sometimes you won’t even know there’s a rash–you’ll think your little one is wailing because she’s cutting a tooth or maybe even has an ear infection–and then you’ll go to change the diaper and the evidence will be there, all angry and red and immediately disqualifying you for any imaginary Mother of the Year awards you’d thought you might have been a contender for.

But here’s some good news, mama–there are a few easy ways to keep diaper rashes at bay, and if they do crop up, make them wave bye-bye in a jiffy.

Preventing rashes

Sometimes diaper rashes can’t be prevented, but here are a few ways to make them a rarity:

  1. Change those diapers often so your baby is never sitting in wet ickiness for very long.
  2. Use a protective ointment  such as Alba after every single change. Some moms swear by natural preventative products, like a little coconut oil or, instead of baby powder, oats ground into a fine powder in the blender.
  3. Once a day, “air out” your baby by letting him sit or lie on a waterproof fabric or towel for a good 15 minutes without a diaper on.

When you do see red

Try not to panic and just start randomly squirting whatever diaper ointments you have on hand on your baby’s poor tush–some kinds of treatments will actually aggravate certain kinds of rashes. Here’s how to proceed once you’re sure it’s a rash:

  1. Examine the rash. If it’s  bright pink, it’s likely a typical diaper rash and needs a natural, zinc-based  product like California Baby Calming Diaper Rash Cream.
  2. If you see small raised  pink bumps, you should contact your pediatrician because you might be  looking at a diaper rash caused by a yeast infection, and in that case, a  prescription for an antifungal ointment might be what the doctor orders.  In my own personal experience, using a zinc-based cream a situation like  this is the absolute worst thing you can do!
  3. Give your baby plenty of  fresh air and change those diapers even more often than usual when there’s  a rash.
  4. If your baby seems to get  rash after rash, consider whether you’re using the right diapers (a really  good, stay-dry product  like Seventh Generation  might be a worthwhile investment if you’ve been  going with a cheaper store brand) or even consider cloth-diapering if this  lifestyle is a possibility for you. Moms who use cloth diapers typically report fewer rashes than moms who don’t–but not all of us, of course, have the ability to make this switch.

Jorie

Jorie Mark is Vitacost.com’s Director of Marketing Communications and mom to three kids, ages 3 to 11.

About Jorie

Jorie Mark is Vitacost.com’s Director of Marketing Communications and mom to three kids, ages 3 to 11.

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3 comments on «Preventing & Treating Diaper Rash»

  1. Brenda says:

    Hello, I just wanted to add that using silver in a gel form is just great for treating rashes natural. No side affects and it worked wonders on my daughters rash. I would stay away from baby products that contain petroleum based products as those are toxic to your skin. Anything you put on your skin is absorbed in your body. Stick with all natural products for your baby :-)

  2. honest diaper says:

    Change your child’s diaper timely to avoid rashes. This is the best way to prevent from diaper rash.

  3. James Cryer says:

    I agree with you honest diaper

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