You’ve worked hard to get to this point: your baby is finally potty-trained. But you’re not out of the water quite yet. Now, you need to think about introducing underwear.
With this transition, another issue can come up: diaper rash. Babies that are used to being in a rash-inducing moist diaper can now experience a rash when their skin comes into contact with their new underwear.
Trying to figure out how to prevent diaper rash? Keep reading to learn more information on the best ways to try and avoid a rash.
Change Diapers Frequently
To prevent baby diaper rash, it is important to change diapers frequently. When you change diapers often, they prevent the baby’s skin from remaining damp for an extended period of time. This reduces the chance of irritation and discomfort.
Washing the baby’s skin with a warm, damp cloth to remove any traces of urine and stool can also help reduce the risk of diaper rash. Additionally, ensuring that the diaper is fastened correctly will help keep it from sliding around, preventing further irritation.
Use Diaper Cream
One way is to use diaper rash cream each time a diaper is changed. Be sure to clean and dry the diaper area before applying the cream. Also, look for diaper creams that contain zinc oxide, as it helps protect the baby’s skin from wetness and irritation.
When choosing alternatives, make sure to read the ingredients. Do not use scented lotions or creams, and do not spread excess cream, as it can cause skin irritation. There are many natural options that have the benefits of beeswax, so be sure to consider them.
Let Your Baby’s Skin Breathe
If possible, allow your baby to go diaper free for a short amount of time each day. This can help keep their skin dry. It’s important to choose the right kind of diapers for your baby.
Look for diapers that are both absorbent and breathable. Diapers made of natural materials, like cotton, help reduce the occurrence of diaper rash.
Use Fragrance-Free and Hypoallergenic Products
The best way to prevent diaper rash is to use fragrance-free and hypoallergenic products. When selecting diapers, wipes, and lotions, look for those labeled “hypoallergenic” and “fragrance-free.”
Hypoallergenic products are free from common allergens such as detergents, dyes, and fragrances, which can be irritating to the skin. Fragrance-free products are also free from synthetic fragrances and fragrances that may cause skin irritations.
Avoid Certain Foods
Diaper rash can be triggered by the presence of irritants in the urine or feces, so parents should be mindful of any foods known to cause irritable bowel and should consider avoiding them. Limit acidic foods, such as citrus and tomatoes, as well as certain vegetables, chocolate, and dairy products.
Considering solid birdseed as a supplement to cloth diapers can help to keep the skin dry and reduce irritation associated with rashes. It is important to monitor any changes in the baby’s skin and to check for any signs of irritation following the introduction of any new foods.
Avoid Diaper Rash Today
Diaper rash is uncomfortable for babies and can be prevented by following a few simple steps. Be sure to check with your doctor if your baby is experiencing an outbreak of diaper rash.
So, why wait? Get started today!
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