INFANTS

How to prevent diaper rashes?

My 5 month old has been having a lot of diaper rash lately because the weather has been really hot. I have been using the diaper creams but it's not helping as much as I would like. And I feel so horrible because it looks like it's really painful! What are some tips for relieving the irritation?

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Melissa posted August 9

Looks for zinc oxide or petroleum on the ingredient list of creams or powders. And avoid any of the steroid creams (unless your dr. specifically prescribes it) that they sell at the drug stores that have hydrocortisone in them, these can irritate more if your baby is sensitive. 0 Likes
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Traci posted August 9

After each bowel movement, try to change your baby right away and carry a spritz bottle with you (if you are out) and clean the area with some water and completely dry off before putting another diaper on. Instead of rubbing area, just gently wipe and pat dry. You can always let your baby go without a diaper for a little bit after each diaper change... just to air it out a bit! 0 Likes
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Tracey posted August 12

We were changing diapers often like 8 times a day! Thoroughly clean and pat dry / air-dry the diaper area at each changing. And then apply a thick layer of a zinc oxide diaper rash treatment. And make sure diaper isn't fastened too tight. If the rash is persistent though I'd definitely recommend seeing your doctor. 0 Likes
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Maureen posted August 13

Diaper rashes are very painful for little ones, especially if they have a wet diaper as that further causes irritation and discomfort. I have always used Vaseline brand petroleum jelly. It helps clear diaper rashes when babies are changed immediately and cleaned properly. Also, avoid using soaps with perfume. If the diaper rash is bad, try Desitin “creamy”, it’s much more smooth, easier to wipe when changing your baby’s diaper and easy to apply. 0 Likes

Cynthia posted August 20

For me I like changing my diaper babies at least every 2 hours or as needed and it really depends on what brand of diapers the parent uses, too. Cheaper diapers need to be changed more often. 0 Likes
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