|Many babies will get some sort of diaper rash during their years in diapers. Babies have sensitive skin to begin, and add to that the moisture of urine and stools, and you can get diaper rash. Here are ways to treat and prevent:* Change diapers frequently. To keep skin healthy and rash-free, keep the area as dry and clean as possible.* Be gentle when cleaning. Baby’s tender skin has a natural protective barrier, so vigorous washing isn’t necessary. Wash thoroughly and gently, including skin folds, using cotton balls or infant washcloths. (Keep in mind, no harsh detergents for baby’s washcloths or clothing.)
* If baby has a rash, sit her in a tub of lukewarm water for a few minutesor clean her bottom wth a quick sponge bath. It’s fine to use a small dab of mild soap if your baby’s diaper is very messy.
* Use a barrier cream to protect your baby’s skin. Recommended brands include Desitin, A&D Ointment, Triple Paste, Balmex etc. It’s always a good idea to check in with your pediatrician if you have any questions.
* If you are using disposable diapers try changing the brand you are using or try a cloth diaper alternative. If you are already using cloth diapers try switching to disposables for a few days. When the diaper is the culprit you will notice improvement within 48 hours.
* If baby has a rash, let her lay down (say, next to you and on a towel) without a diaper or diaper cream. Let her skin air dry to help the rash heal. Fasten diapers loosely when a rash a present to allow for airflow.