Having worked in a pediatrician’s office for a couple of years, I have seen some pretty red bums and there are some good ways to protect it. Here are 4 tips to remedy diaper rash!
1. Change frequently. This is #1. A little pee — sure it doesn’t matter if your child isn’t chapped and red, but if diaper rash is rearing its angry head change it FREQUENTLY. Sure, you might go through some extra diapers, but it will likely only be for a few days and will be worth knowing they’re healing.
2. Stop using wipes while it’s really bad. Sorry wipe makers. But, you’ve got something in you that makes red bums super painful. Put some paper towels in a freezer bag (you want a nice, sturdy one — and while you’re at it, go for good paper towels too) and add some water, a little baby wash and whatever else your heart desires. Pinterest has a lot of good options. I’d probably stick to the basics if they have a rash though. You don’t want to make it worse by adding coconut oil and THEN finding out your wee one is allergic. Also, if you’re willing — you can just do it in the sink and just wash them off. Plenty of people also use fabric wipes. I just wasn’t that good of a mom, and I’m OK with that.
3. Use a good quality diaper, with the proper fit. Sometimes diaper rash can be caused by too tight a fit, or even too lose of a one if it’s super wiggly on them. Diapers are not something we went with the store brand very often. Marketing got me!
4. Use diaper rash cream. I usually recommend one to apply a protective barrier (with something like Zinc) and then also one to reduce redness, and alternate between the two.
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