Diaper rash is one of those unavoidable truths of parenthood. No matter how much we try to prevent it, sometimes our poor little babies get it anyways. With my first, I think I tried everything out there but now with my second, I really know what works. In order to best treat diaper rash at home, there are really only a few things that you need. With these simple steps you will have your baby back to happy in no time!
*This post is not intended to take the place of medical advice. Please always consult your pediatrician in a medical event*
Treat Diaper Rash At Home
We have all been there. Baby is screaming and crying during a diaper change because of a red bum. No matter how we try to prevent it, sometimes it is inevitable. Recently, my son had it pretty bad. I felt terrible for the poor little guy, and while I could not have prevented it, I was able to easily treat it at home.
One thing that I learned with my daughter, was that cleaning a diaper rash bum with a damp wash cloth is much better than using baby wipes. Even the sensitive wipes can be somewhat harsh on sensitive skin. A warm wash cloth gets the job done, and is much less harsh on the rash. Now, it does make for some extra laundry, but you can’t win them all.
Desitin Maximum Strength Original Paste
Over the years I have tried loads of different diaper rash treatment creams, but I keep coming back to my trusty Desitin Maximum Strength Original Paste. Not only is it clinically proven to reduce redness in one diaper change, it is also provides a barrier between the skin and any moisture to promote faster healing. This stuff works wonders! It provides the maximum level of zinc oxide (40%) that can be obtained without a prescription. If you want to treat diaper rash fast, then go out an get a tube of Desitin. Using it regularly can also help prevent diaper rash in the future.
Before you lather up with Desitin, you are going to want to give your baby’s bum some free air time. It sounds scary, but I promise it is a great way to treat diaper rash. What I like to do is have my little one hang out on my lap while sitting on a towel. I let him get some fresh air and the towel should protect me from any bodily mishaps. The air helps keep the rash dry and heal faster.
Something that I have been doing for years is giving my kids Epsom salt baths. The salts help promote healing and they tend to make them feel better in the process. I have one with lavender infused into it that works wonders. You can also do an oatmeal bath to help soothe the rash.
The number one trick to treating diaper rash? Be consistent! It takes time but follow the above steps and your little one will be feeling better in no time. Give baby some diaper free time and remember to put on a layer of Desitin during every change and you are good to go!
DO you have any other helpful diaper rash tips? Let me know in the comments down below!