Diaper Rash Treatment
Diaper rash is very common, especially in babies who have started to eat solid foods. Here are ways you can help your child.
Call Doctor If:
- The rash seems severe (crusty, oozing, spreading).
- The rash appears along with other symptoms, such as a fever or diarrhea.
- The rash happens while the child is taking antibiotics.
- The child seems to be very irritable or in pain because of the rash.
1. Change Diapers Often
- Change your baby's diaper as soon as it's wet or soiled.
- Use warm water and gentle soap -- or skip the soap entirely.
- Avoid fragranced wipes or wipes all together.
2. Let the Area Dry
- After a change or bath, pat the diaper area dry. Don't rub.
- When possible, put your baby down on a cloth without a diaper and let the skin air dry.
- Never put on a new diaper until your baby's skin is completely dry.
3. Soothe the Skin
- Protect the skin with a thick layer of petroleum jelly or zinc oxide cream. This creates a barrier between skin and moisture.
4. Avoid Irritants
- Avoid baby wipes that are scented or contain alcohol.
- If you use cloth diapers, don't wash them with a scented detergent.
- Don't use rubber or plastic pants over the diaper, since they trap moisture and heat.
- Make sure your baby's diapers aren't too tight.