My son did not have a diaper rash until he was nine months old. We are getting close to finishing the second tube of Weleda Diaper Rash cream we’ve ever bought. Pretty good for 20+ months worth of diaper changes, right?
Looking back, I can easily identify what helped prevent diaper rashes. Here are my suggestions:
- Wash your little one’s bottom after each poopy diaper. I’ve been doing it since birth until present. When they are little, it is real easy to just cradle them into your left arm while using your right hand to wash them thoroughly. As they grow, it can become a bit tricky as they get heavier and do not yet follow instructions that well, but that’s short-lived. We’re now standing in the sink while I wash him, and he fully complies with my requests to crouch so I can rinse him, and turn around to wash the pee-pee, too. Use non-allergenic soaps, plant-based if possible. We’re using Everyday Shea Shampoo & Body Wash.
- Change the diaper often. Do not wait for the babe to let you know their diaper is becoming uncomfortable, they may not signal it until it’s too late. Also during the night. I generally change Copiloo’s diaper when Hubbyloo and I are going to bed. On the nights I skip the midnight diaper change, we end up with a somewhat red bottom and a blow out in the morning.
If the damage has been done, try the following to calm the skin irritation and heal the rash:
- Let your babe run around butt-naked for a few minutes. Do make sure that his bladder is empty, otherwise you’ll end up with puddles here and there.
- Use a calming diaper rash. Make sure you apply some calming cream when you see redness in order to prevent things from becoming worse. I’ve only been using Weleda Calendula Diaper Rash Cream.
- 10-15 minutes baking soda baths. One day I come home and I find Copiloo chilling in a sink full of water. This is an old wives’ remedy put in practice by the nanny, which, I kid you not, worked overnight (not the nanny, the remedy). If the kid goes to day care or pre-school it will be hard to control how clean his bottom stays. His rash was getting real bad to the point of blisters, and the baking soda bath helped after just one go. So get the bath toys out of the tub and onto the sink and let the fun begin.
- Cornstarch. I know they advice against powder or cornstarch over a rash, but the nanny did and it worked. I guess the key is to make sure they stay as dry as possible while covered in cornstarch (which is said to trap the bacteria caused by moisture). He had the baking soda sitz bath a couple of hours before his bath, and in this time his diaper hardly got wet.
Do you have any tried and true tips for dealing with a diaper rash? Share them in the comments, and I may even include your suggestion in the post.