How to Soothe Diaper Rash
– Diaper rash in newborns can be caused by a variety of factors
, including friction from a tight diaper, or prolonged exposure to a dirty diaper. If your baby has diaper rash, their skin will look red and irritated. If you’re wondering what to do for bad diaper rash or even just a mild diaper irritation – then you should always speak to your pediatrician. They will determine the cause and advise you on the best course of treatment.
Prevention – All babies are likely to suffer with diaper rash at some point, but you can help prevent future occurrences. Always keep your child clean and dry by changing their diaper frequently. Wipe the diaper area during each change either using just cotton balls and warm water, or mild, gentle wipes that do not contain fragrance or alcohol. Then, pat the area dry and apply a layer of Vaseline® Jelly Baby. This can help prevent the diaper from irritating your baby’s bottom. Put on a clean diaper, making sure that it isn't too tight (air needs to be able to circulate), and you’re done.
If your baby does get diaper rash, here are two ways that may help soothe the irritation – just remember to always check with your pediatrician first:
• Create a Protective Barrier
– Apply a thin layer of Vaseline® Jelly Baby
, which is appropriate for use on sensitive baby skin, to your child’s bottom after wiping it clean. This creates a protective barrier that can help stop irritants from making sore skin any worse. It also locks in moisture to help soothe and calm skin.
Diaper rash doesn’t just occur in newborns. It generally happens between the ages of 0 – 2 years, so it’s useful to always keep a jar of Vaseline® Jelly in the home as your baby grows. To find out more about using Vaseline® Jelly for your babies’ skin, click here
• Use a Diaper Rash Ointment
– Your pediatrician may recommend using an over-the-counter or prescription diaper rash ointment. Many diaper rash ointments contain zinc oxide
, which may help to reduce irritation on the skin.