Mayo Clinic defines a diaper rash as “a common form of inflamed skin that appears as a patchwork of bright red skin on your baby’s bottom.” Diaper rash is often a result of an irritation, infection, or allergy. Although your baby will probably get a diaper rash at some point, there are many ways you can do to prevent it from flaring up. Let the Children’s Montessori Center of Yorba tell you.
- 1. Change your infant’s diaper often.
When urine and stool are pressed against the skin for too long, they result in some hideous-looking rashes. These rashes can be itchy and painful for your baby. To prevent your baby from experiencing this horrifying occurrence, make sure to change their diaper often, like eight to ten times a day.
- 2. Keep it dry down there.
Diaper rashes grow in warm and moist places. It happens when your baby is exposed to prolonged wetness. The most important way to prevent and treat a diaper rash is to keep your baby’s bottom dry. To do just that, let them spend some time during the day naked (not wearing a diaper). This allows air to flow around the diaper area and dry it out.
- 3. Keep their bottom clean.
When changing your baby’s diaper, clean the skin around the diaper area gently and thoroughly to prevent bacteria from spreading. We prefer you use a soft cloth or a squirt of water from a bottle. If you have to use soap, choose one that is appropriate for your baby’s sensitive skin. You can also use baby wipes, but be mindful of what type of wipes to use. Choose wipes that do not contain alcohol or propylene glycol.
- 4. Avoid fastening their diaper too tightly.
Make sure to put your baby’s diaper on loosely. This allows for a better air circulation. You can also opt for a diaper that is a little bigger than their original size.
- 5. Apply a barrier cream or ointment.
Barrier creams and ointments are a better option than regular lotions because they are less likely to irritate your baby’s skin. These creams or ointments help protect your baby’s skin against diaper rash. As the name itself implies, it creates a barrier on top of your baby’s skin so as to prevent contact with stool, urine, and other irritants. Use one that has petroleum jelly or zinc oxide.
- 6. Go visit their pediatrician.
Check their rashes every now and then. If you notice that they are not clearing up or if there are blisters or pustules that are appearing, consult a pediatrician right away. Their pediatrician will give you a prescription medication to treat your infant’s rashes.
We are a Montessori Center in Yorba, Linda, CA. We offer Infant Care in Yorba Linda, CA. Children’s Montessori Center of Yorba also has various programs appropriate for your child’s age. To learn more about the services we render, feel free to talk to one of our staff. You can reach us at 714-528-0831.