If your baby is comfortable and happy you will be too. Most babies experience diaper rashes at one point or another, it is the most common baby skin problem. It’s not your fault, so don’t feel guilty when your baby does get one. Here are some ways to prevent the rash and how to treat it when he gets it.
The first thing is, to identify the rash. Not all diaper rashes are the same. Mild diaper rashes are slightly red and feel a little warm. If this is left untreated, the color will become a deeper red, the rash will spread even further, and it will be very hot.
What do these rashes come from?
- Prolonged exposure to trapped moisture
- Friction with the diaper
- Using antibiotics
- Starting your baby on new foods which may cause diarrhea which can then lead to a diaper rash.
It’s pretty easy to try to prevent these rashes from coming but if they do come here are some ways to treat it.
- Be very careful to constantly change your baby’s diaper, especially if it’s wet or soiled.
- Clean the affected area as gently as possible. Remember, it hurts! Then try to let the skin dry completely.
- A good idea is to let your baby walk around without a diaper for a bit to allow air to reach the bottom, which will make it cooler and reduce the moisture and friction.
- Apply a thick layer of cream, whichever one your doctor recommends. Instantly this will form a protective barrier on top of the rash which will relieve some of the discomfort right away.
Contact your pediatrician if the rash gets worse or does not get any better after seven days.