The skin in the area covered by a baby’s diaper is very sensitive, often leading to a diaper rash. The sensitive skin might become irritated from urine, stools and rubbing of the diaper. Bacteria and yeast complicates the irritation. Your baby’s diaper rash might range from a minor irritation to painful redness with bumps that spread all over the area. Relief techniques help your baby feel more comfortable and might speed the healing process.
Change your infant’s diaper more frequently during the diaper rash. This helps keep the area dry as possible for reduced irritation.
Dab the area instead of rubbing to remove urine and stool. Use a soft cloth moistened with water if the baby wipes seem to aggravate the diaper rash more. The AskDrSears website also suggests washing the area with water by spraying it with a bulb syringe.
Pat your baby’s bottom dry before putting another diaper on to remove any excess moisture.
Leave your baby’s diaper off for short periods of time. Drying out the diaper rash by exposing it to the air helps it heal faster.
Apply a generous layer of diaper ointment on the entire affected area. Use either a zinc oxide or petroleum jelly-based ointment.
Contact your child’s doctor if the diaper rash doesn’t begin clearing after a few days. The rash could be caused by something else, such as yeast or impetigo. Prescriptions help clear up these diaper rashes.
- Avoid using baby powder to dry out the area as it can get into your baby’s lungs.