How to Treat Diaper Rash

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How to Treat Diaper Rash

It’s a sight that no parent wants to see, but many babies will get a case of diaper rash at some point. If your baby has diaper rash, don’t panic! Try these tips to help ease the pain and get rid of the rash once and for all!

Frequent changes.
If your baby is prone to diaper rash, make sure to change the diaper more frequently or as soon as he’s soiled it. This will keep his bottom dry, which is crucial to fighting and preventing diaper rash. Also, clean the diaper area as best as you can at every change and do it gently.

Open air.
During the day, try to find times when you can let him go diaper-free. This will allow the area to be thoroughly dried and start to clear up the rash.

Beware homemade remedies.
In years’ past, cornstarch was recommended as a homemade diaper rash treatment, but opinions vary as to the effectiveness of this treatment. In fact, cornstarch can actually cause bacteria to grow in your baby’s diaper.

A little soak.
You can soak baby in a warm baby bath using 2T of baking soda. Let him soak for 10 minutes, three times a day to help relieve the discomfort and start to heal.

Over-the-counter products
Zinc oxide or some type of barrier cream, such as Desitin, on the diaper area can help prevent moisture from reaching the sensitive skin. These products are usually effective in less serious cases of diaper rash. Other favorites include Boudreaux’s Butt Paste and Triple Paste.

Sometimes you’ll encounter small and raw spots that repel barrier creams. Use Neosporin or Vaseline on these areas.

If the baby rash persists despite your best efforts or if it worsens, take your baby to see a doctor. There are stronger prescriptions for more serious cases of baby rash that your doctor might recommend.

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