Diapers could hold the urine and feces, and therefore, be theperfect ground for many bacteria, yeasts and fungi. In order to prevent diaperrash, let your baby to be without diapers whenever possible. You probably won’tlike the mess it may create, so put the baby on the rubber mat, which iscovered with a washable material.
Check the baby’s diaper often and change it when it getssoaked. Avoid baby wipes. They could contain alcohol and some other chemicals thatcould irritate sensitive baby skin. Instead, use a washcloth, warm water and amild soap to clean the bottom. Skip the soap if the bottom is alreadyirritated. After the rinse, dry out the area with a towel and leave it open forminute or two, to dry completely.
Some pediatricians recommend diaper rash creams, with zinc oxide(A and D, Desitin). It is best to use the cream just as prevention, before therash occurs.
It is necessary to use baby friendly products, suitable fortheir sensitive skin. Avoid using anything that contains methyl salicylate, Benzointincture, camphor, phenol or boric acid, unless the pediatrician specificallytold you so. Wash your baby’s clothes and diapers separately, using theappropriate detergent, designed for babies.
If the rash lasts for more than 5 days after the hometreatment, induce a fever, spreads onto the body, or progress into pimples, boilsor ulcers, or produces pus, you should immediately consult the pediatrician.
Home RemediesBaking soda may be added to the bath to ease therash. Use 2 tablespoons, 3 times a day for 10 minutes.Cornstarch is much better than store talcum,because it is less dangerous for babies to inhale. Shake some starch into yourhand, far away from the baby, and apply it on the bottom.Maalox: apply some, using the cotton ball. Leaveit to dry and then put on the diaper.Oatmeal: a tablespoon added to the bath may calmthe irritated skin.Vinegar solution (a cup of white vinegar) mightbe added to rinsing water for diapers. If you use disposable diapers, simplywipe the bottom with a fluid made of one part vinegar and eight parts of water.Cranberry juice is often given to older babies.2 to 3 ounces of juice will prevent the infection and diaper rash.
Also, try to dry the diapers out in the open, instead using adryer; it might also prevent diaper rash. Avoid plastic pants, they couldprovoke the rash or slow the healing of already existing condition. Sometimes,babies are just oversensitive to some material used in diapers. So, you mightwant to try another brand and see if the rash disappears.