Diaper Rash 101

diaper rash 101

Six Ways to Help Prevent Diaper Rash

We understand– sometimes fighting diaper rash feels like a losing battle. Luckily, there are a number of simple things you can do to help prevent this frustrating rash. The most important thing is to limit the amount of time baby’s skin comes into contact with pee and poop. Here are some steps you can take to do that, and more:

There are a number of simple things you can do to help prevent this frustrating rash.

  1. Change diapers right away. While wetness causes the skin to chafe, the ammonia found in pee and the digestive enzymes in poop wear away at baby’s delicate skin causing even more irritation.
  2. Gently clean during changes. Choose gentle soaps and cleansers, as well as wipes free of alcohol or fragrance. Do not rub the skin—pat it instead or consider using a squirt bottle to help get bottom clean. Then, let it air dry before putting on a new diaper.
  3. Apply Balmex with every diaper change. Whether you choose zinc-oxide based Balmex Complete Protection, or petrolatum based Balmex Healing Ointment, the diaper doesn’t go on until the Balmex goes on. Balmex diaper cream creates a physical barrier between skin and diaper, protecting against both moisture and friction. Gentle on baby’s delicate skin and save for everyday use, Balmex is easy to apply and remove.
  4. Choose highly absorbent diapers. The more moisture the diaper can absorb, the less moisture there is to irritate baby’s skin and cause diaper rash. Don’t forget to keep the diaper loose, especially overnight, as this will limit the friction.
  5. Keep baby’s bottom clean. A daily bath, especially when the diaper area is inflamed, will help remove irritants and calm an active diaper rash. Don’t forget to re-apply Balmex after baby is completely dry.
  6. Consider their diet. For some babies, certain foods can make diaper rash symptoms worse. Acidic foods, or foods high in fat or sugar can be problematic, while starchy foods sometimes help ease diaper rash symptoms. When making dietary adjustments, introduce one new food at a time, and wait a few days between introductions.

Unfortunately, diaper rash is just part of being a baby and treating it is part of being a parent. But by taking the above actions, you can help reduce the occurrences and increase your peace of mind.