Diaper Rash; it’s going to happen. All babies who wear a diaper are sooner or later going to get diaper rash. In fact 1 in 4 babies will develop diaper rash in the first four weeks of life.
Even if you are a super diligent diaper changer, your child may have sensitive skin that brings on a rash anyway. The most absorbent diapers can’t pull all of your baby’s urine away from their delicate skin. Diaper rash can also be caused by introducing new foods into their diet. It can change their stool and cause a reaction. Sensitivity to the chemicals or fragrance found in their diapers may also irritate the skin. But there are different things you can do to treat and prevent diaper rash.
- Of course keeping your child clean and dry with lots of diaper changes will help cut down on the breakout of a rash.
- Using barrier ointment, like Noodle & Boo’s Ultimate Baby Ointment, that has zinc oxide which is proven to protect very sensitive skin will help keep your child skin safe.
- Keeping their diaper on the looser side can help to circulate the air and keep them dryer.
- If you use disposable diapers, try a new brand. If you use cloth diapers, leave off the plastic liner to help the diaper breathe and wash the diapers with detergent that is fragrance free and avoid fabric softener.
- Let your child run around without their diaper on in a room with easy to clean floors. The exposure to the air will aid in their healing.
While it may be hard to see your baby with sore, red, bumpy skin, dealing with diaper rash is part of baby care, especially in their first year. Staying on top of it is your best defense.