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Do Away with Diaper Rash

by Sarah Lyons

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Treat and Prevent Diaper Rash:

  • Clean and Dry - Make sure baby is clean and dry before putting on a new diaper. Remember to pat baby dry rather than rub, which will further irritate skin.
  • Air Dry - Let baby go diaper free. When weather allows, spend some time outside sans diaper. The fresh air will help baby heal faster.
  • A Gentler Clean - Use mild, alcohol-free wipes or try using a squirt bottle of water to gently clean baby.
  • Read the Label - Use a diaper cream with Zinc Oxide or Petroleum Jelly on the ingredient list. Apply a protective layer of cream to help prevent future rash.
  • Go Green - Cloth diapers made with natural fabrics are gentler than disposable diapers, which may contain chemicals that can irritate baby.
  • Try Homemade - Making homemade wipes or diaper cream allows you to decide what ingredients touch your babies skin and therefore avoid any harsh ingredients store bought products may contain.
  • Healthy Belly - Probiotics can help prevent yeast infections. Check with your pediatrician to see if he can recommend a probiotic that is safe for your child.
  • Try Something New - Experiment with a new brand of diapers or wipes, change your cloth diaper detergent, make sure your baby has a proper fitting diaper, take note of any reactions to new foods.

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There’s a good chance that your baby will develop a diaper rash at least once before potty training is complete, but with these tips, baby should be comfortable and rash free in no time.

Sarah Lyons is a stay at home wife and mother of six children, including 18 month old triplets. Using creative consequences with her kids has improved their behavior and encourages healthy relationships with each other.

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