Tips to Prevent Diaper Rash

Published on September 13th, 2016

A baby’s skin is very sensitive and delicate and despite a parent’s most diligent efforts, a diaper rash can develop. The skin can become tender and red, which can cause considerable discomfort for the infant. The following tips can help keep your baby’s skin healthy and rash-free.

Frequent Diaper Changes

Keeping your baby’s skin dry is the first step in preventing diaper rashes from developing. Prolonged exposure to moisture can cause the skin to become inflamed and trigger a rash to develop. Dirty diapers, even if they are just wet, should be changed as soon as possible.

Be Gentle

Vigorous rubbing or harsh cleansers can irritate your baby’s sensitive skin. When cleaning your baby during diaper changes, use a soft cloth and water, baby wipes that do not contain alcohol or added fragrances, or even a squirt bottle. If possible, allow the child to go diaper-free for a while so that the skin has a chance to air dry and heal.

Use Diaper Creams

If your child has a severe rash, where the skin remains red between changes, it is a good idea to use a diaper cream containing zinc oxide. Simply apply the cream liberally over the entire diaper area similar to frosting a cake. The cream can stay on between changes and removed at the end of the day.

Be sure to consult with your dermatologist if the rash does not go away, worsens, or develops into a serious skin infection. Symptoms of a skin infection include blisters, pus, fever or other drainage coming from the rash. If your baby becomes difficult to console or appears to be in pain or distress, it would be wise to consult with your doctor.