Diaper rash is no fun for baby -- or mom! Learn the best way to treat it and make your little one's bottom feel better fast.
How to Treat Diaper Rash
1. CHANGE DIAPERS OFTEN Minimize contact with urine and poop, which cause most diaper rashes. Swap a soiled diaper for a fresh one every two to three hours -- more frequently if your baby has a rash -- and as soon as she wakes up from sleeping.
2. USE FEWER WIPES Some of the ingredients in them, even wipes made for sensitive skin, may cause an allergic reaction and a rash. If the rash looks uniformly red and is everywhere you used a wipe, try switching brands. Ditto for diapers.
3. AIR OUT HER SKIN A little diaper-free time could help soothe and dry out the rash. Situate your bare-bottom babe on a towel or blanket to play, and wrap it around her if you have to pick her up. If she's mobile, keep her in a room that can handle accidents.
4. SLATHER ON DIAPER CREAM Zinc- or titanium-based creams provide a barrier to help keep poop and pee away from tender skin. And skip the powder. Pediatricians no longer recommend it, because inhaling it can be dangerous.
5. KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS Rashes caused by yeast and bacterial infections need a prescription. Watch for small red bumps, blisters, crusty patches, or abscesses with pus. If you see this or the rash doesn't improve in a few days, call your doctor.
- Don't be overzealous about cleaning; you may remove healthy bacteria that keep yeasts and bad bacteria in check. When you can, use a washcloth and warm water instead of wipes.
- For older babies, citrus fruits, juices, and tomato-based foods such as pasta sauce can contribute to a sore, red bottom. Stop serving them until the rash clears up.
- Remember: Rashes happen to the most vigilant moms; it's not a reflection of your diaper skills!
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