6 Tips for Preventing and Treating Diaper Rash

Every baby gets diaper rash. Don’t beat yourself up over it. It doesn’t mean that your baby was in a soiled diaper too long. Diaper rash can be be triggered by many different things — like chemicals in diapers and wipes, thrush, or reactions to milk or new foods and even something in mom’s diet. But you can bet your baby’s cute bum that every mom has dealt with diaper rash a few times.

First, let’s start with a few important tips.

1) Clear goes on clear. If your baby’s bum doesn’t have a rash, use a clear barrier to prevent a rash. Baby’s are notorious for pooping the minute they are fast asleep and finally settled in their crib. It’s not worth the struggle to wake them and start that process all over again. So use coconut oil, aquaphor, vaseline or A+D.

2) Always use ointment from a tube not a tub. Reaching into a tub is so SO messy. After you apply the ointment with your finger, you are then trying to put on the diaper while holding a finger out, trying to avoid getting ointment on everything in sight, then ointment ends up all over baby, the diaper and you. When you clean off your finger, the baby’s foot and your your shirt, you are now wasting a wipe. Now your time and money are going down the drain. Tubes are easy to squeeze and there is minimal mess involved. Just use the tube. You will thank me later.

3) If your baby’s diaper rash clears up for a day or so and then flares again, then what you are using isn’t working. Not all diaper rash creams are created equal. There are a TON of options out there and finding the ones worthy of spreading on your baby’s bum can take a lot of trial and error. Some ideas:

Motherlove Diaper Rash and Thrush. This is the best product on the market, hands down. We actually keep it in stock for our clients.  It comes in a small glass container and for $10 its worth every penny. It clears up most diaper rashes within a few diaper changes and its safe to use with cloth diapers. We have yet to have a family not love this this product.

Triple Paste is another tried and true option. I used this on my daughter 14 years ago before I knew about Motherlove. It runs about $35 per tub and about $12 per tube. Most pediatrician offices have samples of triple paste. I like to make triple paste last as long as possible so I do a layer of triple past on baby’s butt then a layer of desitin creamy over it. My theory is that the destin creamy will rub off on the diaper and the triple paste will stay on your baby’s butt. So far, this seems to work great.

4) Switch it up. Sometimes baby’s skin can be irritated by the chemicals in diapers and wipes. Trying switching the brand to something more natural. Water wipes are a great option for chemical free wipes, even straight up water in a spray bottle and use washcloth to wipe off.

Same thing for diapers. Pampers seem to be the go-to brand but for sensitive skin, I really like bamboo, honest or seventh generation diapers.

5) When bathing a baby with a rash, I always make a baking soda paste and let that sit on baby’s but for awhile. To make the paste, tale a tablespoon of baking soda in the palm of your hand and add a few drops of water, mix together until you get a toothpaste type feel. Apply to baby’s butt and let it sit there for a few mins.

6) AIR. Let your baby air dry after every diaper change. Never apply ointment or cream to a wet butt.

If your baby has a really bad rash that seems to be taking forever to go away, then a trip to the pediatrician is in order. Sometimes prescription strength cream is what’s needed.

About Kristin Smith

Kristin is a wife, mom, doula and a kick ass swaddler. She spends her time helping families get top notch support throughout their parenting journey. When she isn't swaddling a babies, she can be found sipping latte's and watching her daughter play softball. Read more...

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