As parents we spend hours thinking about things that we never imagined we’d be dealing with and let’s face it – diaper rash is one of those things. Of course we worry about our poor little one’s rears when they get all red and bumpy but don’t fear – we have been down this road and we are here with solutions for you to try!
Let’s explore some things you can do to get rid of that diaper rash and to make sure it doesn’t come back.
1. Stay on top of diaper changes.
It’s best not to let your little one sit around in a wet or dirty diaper for too long so be sure to look for signs of a soiled diaper. Make sure the diapers you are using are a good fit for your baby and that they are not too snug.
2. Dry it up.
After diaper changes, make sure your baby’s bottom is thoroughly dry before putting on the next diaper. You can leave the diaper off for a short time (see tip #6) or even pat the area dry with a hand cloth (try not to rub an area with diaper rash) before putting on a new diaper. You can even gently blow on your baby’s bottom – this will sometimes get you a giggle or a smile too.
3. Try some diaper cream.
Most zinc oxide based diaper creams work well to clear up minor diaper rashes. There are many different over the counter brands that are very effective but be sure to check the level of zinc oxide in them.
Ones with lower levels of zinc oxide are intended to prevent diaper rash, while ones with higher levels of zinc oxide are better for clearing up diaper rash. The zinc oxide is intended to provide a barrier so that the moisture doesn’t get from the diaper to the skin.
4. Make some natural diaper cream.
You don’t have to be a scientist to whip up a batch of natural homemade diaper cream. There are lots of good ones out there and most involve simple ingredients like coconut oil, tea tree oil, and shea butter. So tap into your inner homemade guru and whip up a batch and try it.
5. Wipes matter.
When dealing with diaper rash, make sure you clean the affected area thoroughly and gently.
Some wipes on the market contain chemicals that can be harsh on a baby’s sensitive skin. This may mean using a natural brand of wipe or making your own wipes. If the rash is really bad consider cleaning your baby’s bum with just water by gently squirting it out of a syringe.
Making your own wipes is simple to do by using clean washcloths (preferably washed in soap for sensitive skin) or even paper towel and a mixture of water, aloe, and baby shampoo, or wash and oil (baby or organic olive).
These are great way to ensure that you know what’s coming in contact with your baby’s skin. Homemade baby wipes are also a great way to save money on diapering.
6. Let your child be bare bummed.
You heard me right. Let them lie/crawl/walk around with no pants on. This may seem like a ticking time bomb to you but the fresh air down there will do them some good.
If its summertime let them be outside (less clean up for you!) or if you must be inside try and stick to one pee proofed area of your home – somewhere not carpeted is usually good.
7. Bath time and diaper rash.
Chances are that when your baby has a diaper rash the affected area is going to be sensitive to extreme temperatures so try and make the bath lukewarm, but not too hot or too cold. Also be sure when choosing baby washes, shampoos and lotions to do your research to be sure that they are going to be gentle enough for a baby’s sensitive skin.
8. Look for the cause.
Not all diapers are created equal. Between dry-this and absorb-that there are enough diaper terms to make a parent’s head spin around, but be sure to try some different kinds and make sure that what you are using is not irritating your baby’s bum.
Cloth diapers are also a great way to know what chemicals are coming in contact with your baby via their diaper. When cloth diapering, using diaper creams can affect the absorbency of your cloth diaper, so be sure to put a liner in or to use disposable diapers when using diaper cream. Check your laundry detergent and be sure that there’s nothing in it that could be causing a reaction.
Diaper rash can come from the skin being in contact with moisture from the diaper for a prolonged period of time. It can also be caused by rubbing – being it the diaper rubbing on your little ones skin or the folds of skin rubbing against each other. There are other medical reasons for diaper rash so please note this information is not intended to be substituted for medical advice – if you are questioning your child’s diaper rash please consult a health care professional.
Just like most things in parenting, getting rid of a diaper rash can take time and different approaches for different situations. Stay calm, wash your hands often and let your baby be naked! Diaper rash is normal and there are lots of things you can do to help your little one through it. Work through the simple suggestions and your baby’s bottom will be smooth as a … well… a baby’s bottom again in no time.