ALL BABIES HAVE DIAPER RASH! It is a normal part of being a baby to have diaper rash. Babies have very sensitive skin, and with the moisure and chemicals of urine and stools, and constant covering of the diaper that rubs, a rash can easily form.
WAYS TO PREVENT OR MINIMIZE DIAPER RASH
- Change diapers frequently – at least every two hours in newborns.
- Change poopy diapers right away
- Try different brands – if using disposables, another brand may fit a little better and cause less friction.
- Rinse cloth diapers – add a half-cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.
- Wipe well – be sure to wipe all the stool and urine away.
- Use unscented wipes or just plain water
- Diaper rash cream
Petroleum ointment (Original A & D ointment) – this is an excellent preventative every-day ointment. It’s less sticky and less messy.
White zinc oxide – this is thicker and may be better for babies who are more prone to rash.
WAYS TO TREAT DIAPER RASH FLARE-UPS
- Wash off bottom with water – don’t wipe the sore areas. Instead, use a bulb syringe to gently wash
- Gently dab or pat away any remaining stool. Blot baby’s bottom dry.
- Let it air out
- Diaper cream – when you do put the diaper back on, use generous amounts of cream. Here are some suggestions:
Zinc oxide – for the moderate rash.
Acid mantle – this is a brand name sold in stores.
Hydrocortisone 1% cream – you can put this over-the-counter cream on twice a day beneath any of the other creams to help with severe rashes. It will help with the inflammation. Don’t use this for more than several days at a time as long-term use can damage the sensitive skin in the diaper area.
Soothe and heal by Lansinoh. This pure lanolin ointment is excellent for soothing sore bottoms.