First steps for treating diaper rash
Diaper rashes are common, but they can be one of the most stubborn (and frustrating!) problems to treat. Often caused by a combination of factors, there’s not always a one-size-fits-all solution or a fast fix. However, these easy practices serve as the best starting points to nipping pesky diaper rash in the butt.
At the first sign, soak baby’s bottom in a warm bath without soap, making sure to gently clean the infected area. Allow for her skin to completely dry before diapering. You want to void the area of all unnecessary moisture. (Consider keeping your wee one diaper-free for a period of time as well for good measure.)
Once dry, generously cover the rash with a water-repelling barrier cream. Some over-the-counter creams are water-repelling and contain anti-inflammatories, anti-fungals or vitamins to encourage skin healing, so it doesn’t need to be expensive. (One of our top go-to brands is Flanders Buttocks Ointment—and yes, it’s available on Amazon as well as your local pharmacy! Their quality formula does an excellent job of protecting damaged skin and allowing it to recover while your little one continues to explore and play without rubbing off. They stand firmly behind their product’s ability to get rid of diaper rash, and we do, too!) Apply the cream like you would spreading thick icing on a cake—there’s no danger in overdoing it.
Be mindful to change your baby at first sight of a wet or soiled diaper to avoid trapped humidity. Although you may see improvements right away, it can take several days to heal entirely.
If baby’s rash does not clear up, talk with your pediatrician about other possible causes, such as chemical irritants (found in diapers, wipes, detergents, etc.) or whether microorganisms may be playing a role as well.