Babyhood isn’t always easy. There’s that goop they feed you, and that uncomfortable relationship with monsters under the bed. And diaper rash. Ouch!
So how about a few diaper rash tips. Let’s make it a bit easier on the little crumb-crunchers.
Clothing-free air drying in a warm, dry environment is really the best way (if they don’t throw a wrench in the works). And air-drying them in the sun for a little while is great, if it isn’t too hot or too cold. Or you can use a warm – not hot – hair dryer. Of course, you want to make sure no teeny fingers go anywhere near it.
The Protective Barrier
Probably shouldn’t be petroleum jelly (baby, not car). Try a cream without added perfumes or other unnecessary ingredients. The fewer synthetic ingredients, the less likely your baby is to have a reaction. Try jojoba, calendula, or emu.
Speaking of Reactions
Diaper rash can be an allergic reaction, or at least evidence of a sensitivity. It might be a good idea to try a few of these:
- Change diaper brands, baby wipes, lotions, creams, and soaps.
- As mentioned above, choose the fewest synthetic ingredients or perfumes.
- Babies can also be sensitive to foods and formulas.
- And breastfeeding babies can be sensitive to what their mothers eat.
Change Those Diapers
Not everyone realizes that poop is more irritating to babies than pee. So it really is important to change the poopy ones pretty quickly if your baby has diaper rash. This is one of those diaper rash tips you might want to keep up with even after the rash clears.
Babies can get yeast infections from antibiotics. Or if breastfeeding, from Mommy. If diaper rash started soon after antibiotics, that’s a big clue. And if it is a yeast infection, that calls for a doctor visit.
Yeah, being a baby’s a tough life. Eating, sleeping, and playing. But these diaper rash tips might just make it easier.