Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tips On How To Deal With Diaper Rash

My son Liam, who is now 18 months old, is still wearing disposable diapers. This morning, when I was changing his diaper I noticed some rashes on his diaper area. I applied some hydro-cortisone ointment right away to prevent the rashes to get worse.

I read some information on how to prevent diaper rashes and tips to treat it.

How to prevent and treat diaper rash?

The key to prevent and treat diaper rash is to keep your baby's diaper area clean, cool and dry. Change your baby's diaper often, and let him or her go without a diaper when needed. This lets the air dry his or her skin.

You might try placing your baby on an open cloth diaper during naptime. Check the diaper shortly after your baby falls asleep and replace it if it's wet. Babies often void (pee) right after falling asleep.

See below for other tips on how to prevent and treat diaper rash. If these things don't work, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may suggest using hydrocortisone cream for a short while.

Don't use creams that contain boric acid, camphor, phenol, methyl salicylate or compound of benzoin tincture. These things can be harmful. You can use a barrier cream to help protect your baby's skin.

Tips to prevent and treat diaper rash

Check your baby's diaper every hour and change it often-as soon as it's wet or soiled.
Clean your baby's bottom at each diaper change. Use plain warm (not hot) water with or without a very mild soap.
Allow your baby's skin to dry before putting on a clean diaper.
Use zinc oxide ointment (some examples are Zincofax, Penaten Cream, Zinaderm, Desitin Diaper Rash Ointment, Prevex-Baby Diaper Rash Cream) or petroleum jelly (an example is Vaseline) to protect your baby's skin from moisture.
Avoid using plastic pants.
Change the type of wipes, diapers or soap you're using.
If you use cloth diapers, try boiling them for 15 minutes after you wash them to get all of the soap and germs out.

I just hope this information will help all those mommies out there who are now having problems with diaper rashes.

Source: CFPC

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