7 Tips for Diaper Rash Treatment

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  • Symptoms and Causes

    Symptoms and Causes

    Diaper rashes grow in warm, moist paces — perfectly at home in your baby’s diaper. They can look like red splotches on your baby’s bottom, or red scales in the genital area.

    Irritation from stool and urine, new foods or products, sensitive skin, a too-tight diaper, and antibiotics taken by the baby or its nursing mother can all lead to diaper rash. Read through the slideshow for a few easily accessible remedies that can help.

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  • Keep It Clean and Dry

    Keep It Clean and Dry

    The most important way to prevent and treat a rash is to keep your baby’s diaper dry and clean. Whenever your baby isn’t wearing a diaper, lay them down on a towel. The longer they’re out of a diaper, the better.

    When you change your baby’s diaper, try to keep it loose. Clean they diaper area gently with a soft cloth and a squirt of water from a bottle. The chemicals in wipes are harsh on irritated skin, so avoid using them.

    When you give your baby a bath, use mild soap, but not for every wash. Pat — don’t scrub — the area dry.

  • Diaper-Changing Tips

    Diaper-Changing Tips

    You have to be vigilant about diaper changing when your baby has a rash. It’s best to change your baby’s diapers often, ideally as soon as it’s soiled.

    When cleaning a cloth diaper, rinse it two to three times to remove all soap. If you use disposable diapers, the superabsorbent ones can be better at avoiding irritation.

  • Creams and Jellies

    Creams and Jellies

    You can use pastes or barrier creams that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to soothe the skin and prevent contact with feces and other irritants. Examples of these products include Triple Paste, A+D, Balmex, and Destin. Apply generously and cover with petroleum jelly so they don’t stick to the diaper.

    Jellies like Vaseline may be ideal, as they’re inexpensive and normally contain fewer dyes or perfumes. However, jellies may stick to cloth diapers and be hard to wash off.

  • Anti-Fungal Creams

    Anti-Fungal Creams

    Your baby’s rash can develop into a secondary fungal or yeast infection called candida. It appears bright red, raw, and can sometimes be found in the creases of the skin. Check with your doctor or nurse for a diagnosis if you notice these symptoms.

    Skin cream that contains nystatin, miconazole, clotrimazole, and ketaconazole can help clear up this type of infection. You can buy them without a prescription.

  • Mylanta and Other Antacids

    Mylanta and Other Antacids

    When you’re dealing with a raw, wet bottom and other remedies have failed, try a product that contains antacids, such as Maalox liquid or Mylanta. The formula neutralizes the acid and soothes irritated areas.

    You can apply it directly to the baby’s skin with a cotton ball. Then if you like, apply your diaper cream and cover with a sealant like Vaseline or Aquaphor.

  • Oatmeal Bath

    Oatmeal Bath

    To soothe some of the sting or itch of your baby’s rash, soak them in an oatmeal bath with lukewarm water for 10 minutes. You can try ¾ cup of oatmeal, blend it as fine as flour, and then add to the bath.

    Aveeno makes individually wrapped oatmeal packets you can buy at the grocery store.

  • The Truth About Cornstarch

    The Truth About Cornstarch

    While cornstarch is a well-known remedy for diaper rash, using it on non-yeast associated irritations can dry out your baby’s bottom and worsen the candida.

    For diaper-related inflammations, apply cornstarch before any creams. This can help keep the area dry and reduce friction. Just be sure that your baby doesn’t inhale any of the powder.

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