Diaper Rash Guide

Diaper rash is the bane of all parents. First, let me tell you. Your baby will at some point get a rash. No matter what kind of diaper or how often you change him, all babies get diaper rash. It’s very uncomfortable for our little guys, so here are some tips to help you get through it faster.

Diaper rash will look like a patch of bright red skin on your baby’s bottom. They are especially common when baby starts eating solid foods or if baby is taking an antibiotic.

With simple treatment, it should go away in a few days. If it continues longer, you’ll want to see your baby’s doctor. It may be a bacterial or yeast infection or related to some other kind of infection. You doctor can help you sort it out. There are various over the counter products that can be used to treat the problem. A product with zinc oxide as the active ingredient applied in a thin layer to the irritated region throughout the day will usually solve the problem. It can also be used to prevent a rash on normal, healthy skin.

Getting extra airflow to the irritated area can also help. Let you child go diaper-free for short periods of time. You may also want to use a larger sized diaper until the rash goes away. While your baby has a rash, avoid washing the affected area with soaps and scented wipes. Alcohol and perfumes in these products can make the rash worse and take longer to heal.

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