A common frustration among new moms is how to quickly get rid of diaper rash! Trust me, at some point in time your little one is going to have a diaper rash. Whether it is caused from an allergic reaction to diapers or staying in a dirty diaper to long.
So what causes diapers rash? The source of a rash can be from many things but most frequently is caused by an ingredient or chemical in the diaper or wipes you are using. Other causes include leaving baby in a dirty diaper for too long, too much moisture (ie. diapering baby too soon after a bath and not allowing skin to become fully dry), chafing or rubbing (like rubbing skin dry), contact with bacteria, diarrhea, or even a reaction to new food.
The most important thing you can do when your baby develops a diaper rash is to keep the area as clean and dry as possible. Change diapers as soon as they are soiled. Use a washcloth with warm water instead of chemical wipes to clean up after and pat the skin dry, do not rub it dry! Give baby diaper free time several times a day to allow skin to breathe and dry out.
Then apply a thick layer of protective ointment or cream such as one that contains zinc oxide or petroleum jelly. What are the best diaper creams? Here is what moms recommend:
Aquaphor Healing Ointment
A&D Original Diaper Rash Ointment
Boudreaux’s Butt Paste
Looking for something that doesn’t contain fragrance, talc or petroleum? Try one of these:
Maty’s All Natural Baby Ointment
Green Goo Baby Balm Salve
Need a home remedy: For many years sprinkling cornstarch on baby’s bottom after a diaper change has been an effective home remedy for diaper rash. Cornstarch is used due to its drying nature. Also baking soda or coconut oil can be used. Make sure baby doesn’t have a yeast infection before applying these to the affected area. Google for more information on how to apply.
Like any ailment with baby, if you need more help check with your health care provider!
Love, Baby Discovery Box Team