Diaper rash treatment can range from natural to dietary to prescription ointment based solutions. Here are five options to consider:
1. Frequent Diaper Changes
newborns at least every two hours. Older babies may last a little
longer, but don't go over three hours if your aim is to prevent diaper
rash in a diaper rash prone baby. Urine and stool irritation is a great
cause of diaper rash, so this is the first step. Always change the baby
right away if you know he is wet or soiled.
2. Cleanse Well
and wipe the bottom at each changing. Be very gentle with the skin as
rubbing may contribute to rash development. Ensure that all urine and
stool remnants are wiped away clean. Use wipes that are unscented or try
just plain water on a soft cloth.
3. Change Diaper and Wipe Brands
you use disposables, try other brands. Use non-irritating brands and
ones that fit well with less overall friction. Consider using cloth
diapers if there is consistent trouble with disposables. Rinse them with
a half cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle or use a service.
4. Diaper Rash Cream
natural diaper rash creams that do not contain chemicals or irritants.
This can prohibit rashes of many kinds, as sometimes it is chemicals
that cause the rashes. Use cream with each diaper changing if your baby
is prone to having rashes. Use a petroleum based jelly or an A & D
ointment as a preventative daily cream. The white zinc oxide types are
thicker and may be necessary for rash-prone babies.
5. Special Treatment for Severe Rashes
more severe and frequent rashes may require special solutions. Start by
cleaning the bottom gently. Then soak in a small tub of warm water
which can soothe as well as cleanse. The less tugging at the skin, the
better. Pat gently, rather than wipe the sore areas. Blot the baby's
bottom dry or let it air dry without a diaper or cream (on a towel with a
pad underneath to prevent accidents).
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