Your Baby's Diaper Rash
No matter how careful you are, your little one will probably get
diaper rash at some point. Most babies do.
So, plan ahead. Learn how to treat
diaper rash and prevent flare-ups. Your baby's little bottom will thank you!
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Causes of Diaper Rash
rash that's often seen on a baby's scalp, called cradle cap, can also show up on his bottom. Doctors call it seborrheic dermatitis.
It causes red, scaly, waxy patches that eventually go away without treatment. You might notice it on other parts of your baby's body, too.
Babies get a diaper rash more often when they:
Get older -- especially between 9 and 12 months old
Sleep in poopy diapers Have
diarrhea Start eating solid foods
antibiotics, or if you take antibiotics and are nursing
Tips to Treat a Diaper Rash
Wash your hands before and after every diaper change. Check your baby's diaper often, and change it as soon as it becomes wet or soiled.
Use plain water. When you need to get poop off your
baby's skin, use a mild cleanser. Gently pat the area clean and dry, rather than rubbing.
If you use wipes, choose mild ones. Try to avoid those with fragrances or alcohol. Or use a clean, soft washcloth.
Be sure the area is completely clean and dry before putting on a fresh diaper.
rashes call for extra measures!
Try a squirt bottle to wash the area well, without rubbing sore
skin. Let your baby go diaper-free as much as possible. Airing out the diaper zone helps a baby's skin heal faster. To avoid a mess, do it right after a
Creams, Ointments, and Powder
These products aim to soothe a baby's sore skin or create a protective barrier -- or both.
Smooth on cream or ointment to your baby's clean, dry bottom before putting on a clean diaper. Look for zinc oxide or petrolatum (petroleum jelly) on the ingredients list.
If you use baby powder, keep it away from your baby's face. The talc or cornstarch in the powder can cause
breathing problems. Place it in your hand, then apply it to the diaper area.
steroid creams you find in the drug store ( hydrocortisone) unless your doctor tells you to use one. They can irritate your baby's bottom even more if used incorrectly.