Dealing with Diaper Rash
It's a simple fact of life: Despite your best efforts, eventually your precious little one may end up with a sore, red tush from diaper rash and you'll end up dreading diaper changes. The good news: It's not tough to avoid diaper rash and treating your baby's rash can be easy. Here's what you need to know:
- Change, change, change those diapers. The single most important factor in avoiding diaper rash is keeping baby's bum dry and clean, by keeping her in clean, dry diapers. As soon as you notice a dirty diaper, change it.
- Use barrier cream. If baby should get a diaper rash, a generous application of barrier cream during each diaper change can help treat the rash.
- Consider soaps, lotions and wipes you use. Babies with sensitive skin can have reactions to the fragrances and other additives. Stick with fragrance-free products most often. If your baby's skin is especially sensitive, "free and clear" wipes might prove too harsh as well. If this is the case, consider using a squirt bottle filled with water and soft, washable cloth wipes for diaper changes.
- Give baby "naked time." Letting baby enjoy time in his birthday suit will help keep his skin dry and help clear up diaper rash.
- Soak in oatmeal baths. Oatmeal has skin-soothing properties that provide relief and possibly prevention (it's not just helpful for diaper rashes!). Oatmeal baths have shown to be effective for poison ivy, bug bites and eczema, too. You can use an already-prepared oatmeal bath product or create your own by blending oats to a fine powder in a food processor and dissolving a third cup in baby's bath. After about 15 minutes of having baby soak, pat (versus rub) him dry.