A Guide to Treat Diaper Rash in Babies

Diaper rash is a common skin condition (dermatitis ) that makes a baby's skin sore, red, scaly, and tender. Diaper rash is often caused due to wet or infrequently changed diapers, skin sensitivity, and chafing. It is caused usually when the skin is wet and warm.

It usually affects babies, though anyone who wears a diaper regularly can develop the condition.

Diaper rash can annoy a baby and make him more cranky. Baby can feel irritated and disturbed due to itching and sensitivity in the skin.

As a parent myself, I do understand that how much it affects our own mental health when our babies do not feel well, be it a major or any minor issue.

Prevention


The most important way to prevent and treat a rash is to keep your baby’s diaper dry and clean. And make sure the diaper isn’t wrapped too tightly.


Give some diaper-free time to your baby during the day. This may help keep the diaper area dry and moisture-free.


In between, when you change your baby’s diaper, clean the area gently with a soft cloth or a squirt of water from a bottle. You can use wet wipes but gently. Don’t rub the skin too hard, and avoid wipes with alcohol.

Also if your baby’s skin is very sensitive, apply some coconut oil every time you change your baby’s diaper. After applying, let the oil soak in your baby’s skin, and then make him wear a new diaper.


It doesn’t matter what kind of diaper you are using for your little one. Whether you are using disposable or cloth diapers, diaper rash can be caused in both cases.


Because there's no one best diaper, use whatever works for you and your baby. If one brand of disposable diaper irritates your baby's skin, try another. If the laundry soap you use on cloth diapers seems to cause a diaper rash, switch product.