Unfortunately, few babies escape diaper rash (or nappy rash) entirely. Most rashes are triggered by enzymes in baby’s poop that irritate their sensitive skin. Friction and wetness from wearing a diaper can make their skin more vulnerable or exacerbate the rash. Yeast could also be another culprit especially in extremely persistent rashes.
How To Treat Diaper Rash:
- Immediately replace soiled diapers when you notice them, even if your child isn’t fussing. Damp skin is extra susceptible to rash enzymes.
- Don’t use perfumed soaps, lotions, or baby wipes; they can irritate your little one’s fragile bottom even more. Opt for alcohol-free, unscented products, or choose a water-only approach with cotton balls or a washcloth soaked in warm water if your little one seems particularly prone to rashes. Reach for the soap only if you must! Our unscented Premium Moisturizing Lotion contains no perfume, ethanol, or harsh chemicals, making it an excellent choice.
- After each diaper change, ensure their bottom is as dry as possible. Air drying is more preferable, but if you need to quickly change their diaper make sure to gently pat them dry rather than rubbing!
- Consider washing your child’s bottom during every diaper change.
- Diaper cream or ointment is very helpful, so slather it on liberally, and don’t worry about cleaning it off after every change as scrubbing or picking at it does more harm than good.
- Make sure their diaper is as loose as possible. A too tight diaper will cause chafing on you little one’s skin. Some diapers are so efficient a trapping moister that they can exacerbate the problem, so don’t be afraid to shop around to find something that works for you and your child!
- Remember to wash your hands extra thoroughly because bacteria or yeast on your hands could track to other parts of their body or to your other children.