Diaper Rash Home Treatment & Prevention

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On last post, I talked about the types of diaper rash, diaper rash symptoms & what causes diaper rash. Today I’m going to talk about the diaper rash treatment and prevention.

How to treat diaper rash?

The best way to treat diaper rash is prevention. The best prevention is keeping your baby’s diaper area clean and dry. The following will help you treat diaper rash:

  • Let your baby go without a diaper as often as possible in order to dry out the rash and let it heal. The more fresh air that your baby’s bottom is exposed to the faster the rash will heal.
  • Try changing to a different brand for the diapers if you think they are irritating your baby’s skin and contributing to diaper rash.
  • If you use disposable baby wipes and your baby has a rash, you may need to switch to another brand or stop it. Wash your baby’s bottom with warm water using wash clothes or cotton balls instead of baby wipes.
  • Allow your baby’s skin to dry before putting on a clean diaper. Pat your baby’s skin dry — don’t rub!
  • Some products can irritate your baby’s skin. If you use harsh detergent, bleach, or fabric softener, you may need to change brands or stop using the product.
  • Using a barrier cream or ointment — one that forms a protective layer on the skin — after every diaper change can help protect your baby’s irritated skin from stool and urine. A good recommendation is the Buds Baby Diaper Rash Barrier Cream.
  • Avoiding using talcum powder, which can cause lung problems and cornstarch, which can cause yeast to form in your baby’s diaper area.
  • If possible, let your baby sleep with a bare butt whenever he has a rash. You could protect the mattress with a plastic sheet under the bed sheet.

How to prevent or avoid diaper rash?

  • Keep the diaper area dry and clean. Change your baby’s diaper often.
  • Avoid using disposable baby wipes. They can irritate the baby’s skin. Clean your baby’s bottom at each diaper change with plain warm water is the best.
  • Gently pat the diaper area dry after washing it.
  • After each diaper change, you may apply the diaper cream such as the Buds Baby Everyday Diaper Cream. This is to use everyday for prevention where the Diaper Rash Barrier Cream is used when your baby has a diaper rash.
  • Studies have shown that the use of single use disposable diapers increase the likelihood of diaper rash. Consider using cloth diapers while you’re at home.
  • Use a very mild detergent when washing cloth diapers. You can also try boiling them for 15 minutes after you wash them to get all of the soap and germs out.
  • Avoid using tight fitting diapers that could rub against the skin.

When do I seek medical help for diaper rash?

Home remedy treatment is usually all that is needed in most cases to cure diaper rash. If standard home treatments such as frequent diaper changes and the use of diaper rash cream don’t bring improvement after a few days, you should consult a doctor. If the diaper rash is severe or getting worst, if blisters appear, if your baby is not eating well, appears to not feeling well, or at any time your baby develops a fever, call your doctor immediately.

Hope this article is useful and helps you to cure your baby’s diaper rash.

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One Response to “Diaper Rash Home Treatment & Prevention”

  1. By fenny on Feb 26, 2009 | Reply

    I did use the Buds diaper rash barrier cream.. forget the price.. i remember got 2 types. 1 is RM 19.90 i think. Is useful.. I believe Buds brand is good. I bought during they have Buy 2 free 1 promotion.

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