Ways to Prevent Diaper Rash
What Causes Diaper Rash?
When urine and stool are pressed against the skin, they break down its protective barrier, resulting in an angry-looking rash. Some untreated diaper rashes progress to yeast infections; yeast thrives in warm, moist, dark environments. Fortunately, a diaper rash is usually simple to prevent and treat.
Change Baby Often
Change Baby's diaper often (eight to 10 times a day is normal).
Wash Baby's Hiney
Thoroughly clean and air-dry the diaper area at each changing. Sometimes sitting Baby in a few inches of lukewarm water does the best job.
Not Too Tight!
Make sure that diapers aren't fastened too tightly.
Use a barrier cream on Baby's bottom to protect skin from urine and stool.
Expose Baby's bare bottom to air for some naked time whenever you can.
Consult a Pediatrician
If the rash is persistent, see your doctor. It could be a stubborn yeast infection that might require a medicated cream.