How to Prevent Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is a form of skin irritation usually caused by extended contact with wet or dirty diapers. Diaper rash occurs most in older babies whose bums have contact all night with wet diapers or even in babies with diarrhea as the acid eats at the skin. Depending on the intensity of the rash, it can be a painful and unpleasant experience for baby. Below are some tips on how to prevent diaper rash and if your baby does get a rash, how to clear it up.

1) Most common way to prevent diaper rash is to change your baby often. If baby has a bowel movement, then the diaper should be changed immediately. Wet diapers should be changed every two to three hours. Urine is acidic and the longer baby sits in a wet diaper, the more you are leaving their bum open for rash.

2) When wiping baby, use a sensitive baby wipe. Baby wipes with scents and perfumes can irritate baby’s skin and should be avoided. There are many brands of wipes on the market, but the best ones are the ones that are sensitive, meaning they have no dyes or perfumes.

3) Wipe your baby thoroughly. For boys you want to wipe all around his penis, and in between all little hidden areas. With girls you have to make sure you wipe their bum as well between their legs. Be certain to get all the little cracks and crevices around your little one’s private areas as you do not want a uterine tract infection to occur.

4) Put a barrier between your babies bum and the diaper. Diaper rash creams and powder help build that wall so that urine does not pass through to the bum so easily. If you baby already has a rash, try to stay away from creams that have alcohol in them as they will burn baby since their skin is already inflamed. Aveeno makes a very gentle yet effective cream as does Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Diaper Rash Cream. Make sure to put a little extra on at night as your baby will be with a wet diaper on longer. It is not necessary to wake baby up to change them, unless they have a bowel movement.

5) Try to put the diaper on a little loose and not so tight. This will prevent the diaper from rubbing up against baby’s skin causing friction and making your baby more susceptible to rash.

6) Let your baby air dry from time to time. Let your baby go without a diaper for a short period each day. The best time for this is after bath time. Make sure to keep your little one in a specific area so they do not pee on the carpet or any other area you do not wish to mess up.

7) Also pay attention to when your baby gets their rash. If you recently introduced a new food to your little one, this can be a sign of allergy to that food.

The key in prevention of diaper rash is knowledge. If you follow the tips I outlined above your baby will have very little rashes if any at all.