Everyone wants a happy, healthy baby; however, babies often experience discomfort from diaper rash – a condition that causes skin underneath the diaper to become red and tender. Help your baby by following dermatologists’ tips to prevent and treat diaper rash at home:
Change Dirty Diapers As Soon As Possible
The most important tip for treating and preventing diaper rash is change all dirty diapers – even if they are just wet – as soon as possible. This reduces moisture on the skin that can inflame a rash.
Be Gentle When Cleaning The Diaper Area
Use water and a soft washcloth or baby wipes that are alcohol and fragrance – free. If the rash is severe, use a squirt bottle of water to clean the area, as doing so is gentler to the skin. Next, allow the area to air dry. Let your child go diaper-free as long as possible to let the skin dry and heal.
Apply A Zinc Oxide Diaper Cream
This is especially important if the skin stays red between diaper changes. If your baby has severe diaper rash, layer it on like you are frosting a cake. There is no need to remove the cream with each diaper change. It can be fully removed at the end of the day.
Call A Doctor Or Board-Certified Dermatologist If Your Baby Develops Signs Of A Skin Infection
Signs of a skin inflammation may include a fever, blisters, pus that drains from the rash, and a rash that does not go away after treatment or worsens. Another sign of a skin infections is if the baby is in pain or is hard to console.
Babies have very delicate skin, and sometimes despite a parent’s best effort, diaper rash still occurs. If your baby’s diaper rash is not going, or if you have questions or concerns about caring for your baby’s skin, consult a board-certified dermatologist.