You may not always know the reason behind your baby being uncomfortable and we know how mad that makes you. But when you discover little red bumps or see blotchy red skin on your baby’s sweet bottom then you’re bound to freak out a little. But don’t worry; a diaper rash is pretty much part of the baby package. And thankfully there are several ways to prevent diaper rash.
We have a few tips to share with you:
- Most importantly, you must keep your baby’s skin as clean and dry as possible. This means change the wet and soiled diaper right away. The diaper friction and the wetness make those cheeks more exposed to irritation.
- Choose wipes that are gentle, mild and designated to baby’s special needs. Scented wipes and soaps that come in contact with their skin can cause irritation to their nether region. Instead of using wipes, clean the baby’s bottom with a soft washcloth soaked in warm water. Warm water should do the job.
- After every change, let her air-dry as much as possible. You can play with your baby while she’s resting on a waterproof pad and let her bottoms get some much needed air-time.
- Block that rash with diaper creams and ointments that act as a barrier between the baby soft skin and the irritants. Ointments like old petroleum jelly and those containing zinc-oxide (like Balmex). Apply it thickly yet gently because rubbing and scrubbing will make your baby’s skin more prone to rashes.
- A very tight diaper can cause chafing. Loosen-up the diaper without any risk of major leak.
Every baby’s bottom is different, so experiment to see which works best for preventing diaper rash on your little one. Sometimes you may want to experiment different diapers. But you need to remember that replacing the peed-in or pooped-in diaper with a clean, dry one plays the key role in preventing rashes.