Diaper Rash: The 6 Best Tips To Get Rid Of It!
The moment when you open your little ones diaper to discover a nasty diaper rash. Baby is upset about the diaper rash and you are probably irritated by the fact that your little one’s bottom is hurting.
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1. Clean The Diaper Rash With Water And Cotton Instead Of Wipes
Do not use wipes on babies bottom, if he or she has a diaper rash. The skin is already very irritated and doesn’t need any chemicals –even the smallest amount- on it.
What you want to do is open the diaper and use a wet cotton round to clean it. This may take a while if baby pooped. Make sure you always use fresh water with your cotton round. Change the water after every diaper change!
2. Let It Air Dry
Now, since you use actual water to clean babies bottom let it air dry as often as possible. If you are in a hurry, just gently pad it dry with another cotton round. I even know some mommies who blow on it to dry it quicker. Your choice!
If you have time you can use a disposable pad –in case baby pees- under your baby to give babies bottom a chance to dry. Tummy time will keep baby occupied while letting his or her bottom dry. This will only take a few minutes.
When the bottom is dry…
3. Apply Triple Paste To The Diaper Rash
And don’t be shy you can put on quite a bit.
Triple Paste is the most amazing medicated ointment for diaper rashes. I have been using it when I was watching other people’s kids and even now with my children. If you follow my steps and use Triple Paste it will take care of your babies diaper rash within 24-48 hours.
A large tube of Triple Paste is around $30 and it will last you a long time. I believe my tube lasted me for six months. So, it is really not that expensive and it will take care of your babies diaper rash. I buy the smaller size for my diaper bag. This is a three pack, which I love because I put them in my diaper bag, car, and dad’s diaper bag. They also last a long time.
4. Change Diaper Frequently (avoid sitting in poop)
When the baby has a diaper rash make sure you change his or her diaper frequently. Use water and Triple Paste every single time. Again, let it air dry as much as possible. It’s essential that you change a poopy diaper immediately. Letting baby stay in a poopy diaper for too long will worsen the diaper rash.
Now, and this is important and got me very confused when I was a new mom:
Clean the bottom thoroughly, but don’t worry if there is any diaper paste left. Do not rub it away if it doesn’t come off quickly. That will only irritate the skin more. Clean it as well as possible and reapply new paste. It will come off during a bath.
5. Apply Triple Paste Before Bedtime
The first advice our pediatrician gave us was to apply diaper rash cream before bedtime.
Since my girls have been little we have been applying a large amount of Triple Paste before bedtime. It helps to protect the skin while asleep. Babies pee at night and the paste avoids for the skin to get irritated overnight. Because eventually, your baby will sleep longer stretches at night and baby will sit in his or her pee all night.
6. Bath Time
When the baby has a diaper rash make sure to wash babies bottom in bath tube with a washcloth. Use a mild cleanser to avoid any further irritation to babies bottom. I personally love Aquaphor since my oldest daughter has sensitive and dry skin. This is the only cleanser that doesn’t cause a rash on her body. It is just that gentle on babies skin.
Follow these steps and babies diaper rash will be gone in no time.
If it doesn’t disappear it may be a sign of an infection. If that is the case it is time to see your pediatrician.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This post is based on years of experience with diaper rashes. Please see your pediatrician immediately if you have any concerns.