What is Diaper Rash?
Diaper rash is irritated, inflamed skin that shows up on your baby’s bottom or general diaper area, like the thighs.
The first sign that your baby has a diaper rash is usually that they are extra fussy or seem uncomfortable. When you take a look under the diaper, you’ll be able to tell if the issue is actually a diaper rash right away because the irritated area will look bright red.
Almost every baby gets a diaper rash at some point, so don’t feel too guilty about it. Even though it’s heartbreaking to see your baby uncomfy, no matter how careful you are it’s just kind of one of those things that happens.
Diaper rash should usually be gone within 5 days, but if it’s not going away or you see any broken skin, give your doctor a call.
How to Help Diaper Rash
It’s a good idea to have diaper rash cream on hand, either in the diaper bag or on the nursery changing table because it protects chafed skin. How, you ask? Diaper rash cream forms a protective layer on your baby's skin to help soothe it.
All babies have delicate skin, but one that’s dealing with diaper rash is especially sensitive so make sure you choose a diaper rash cream with a gentle formula. We think the best diaper rash cream opts for non-nano zinc oxide and natural ingredients like organic shea butter and jojoba oil.
How to Prevent Diaper Rashes
According to Mayo Clinic, diaper rash is related to wet diapers, skin sensitivity, and chafing. So, changing diapers frequently and making sure your diaper is super absorbent are both good ways to help preempt a rash.
The right diaper should be able to absorb quickly and wick away moisture from your baby’s skin. That way even if you can’t change them immediately, it’ll help keep their skin dry and comfortable.
Best Diapers for Diaper Rash
All babies are unique, but generally the best diapers for diaper rash-prone babies are ones that are designed especially for sensitive skin. What exactly does that mean? Here’s what we think makes the best diapers for sensitive skin.
Best Baby Wipes for Diaper Rash-Prone Skin
A lot of parents ask, is it okay to use a wipe on a baby with diaper rash? Well, the gentlest way to clean your baby’s bum is with pure water, but if you’re on the go and can’t do that, you can use a wipe just be extra delicate with their skin.
If your baby is continuing to get a lot of diaper rashes you might want to consider switching to a wipe that’s made for sensitive skin. Good baby wipes for sensitive skin are hypoallergenic, fragrance free, made with at least 99% water and use a plant-based cloth.
Diaper Duty Routine for Babies with Diaper Rash
There’s a few more steps you can take to help your baby when they have a diaper rash. Here’s what to use for diaper rash:
- Cleanse the area with a fragrance free body wash
- Let baby’s skin air dry for 5 minutes
- Liberally apply diaper rash cream
- For extra daunting diaper duty, use a soothing bottom wash that doesn’t irritate skin