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Easy Ways to Prevent Diaper Rash

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image of infant laying on floor. Mother's hands visible changing diaperDiaper rash is the worst. Few things are more frustrating to parents of kids in diapers than a nasty diaper rash that will not leave. While understanding some excellent remedies for diaper rash are great to know, figuring out how to prevent diaper rash altogether is where most parents need to focus.

Before we get to learning how to prevent a diaper rash, it’s really important to understand why diaper rashes happen to begin with!

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Common Causes of Diaper Rash

Baby Sitting in a Full Diaper

Little ones with diapers full of pee and poop continually put pressure on their skin. That pressure causes the skin to get raw and turn into a rash.

We all know it is impossible to watch your baby’s diaper and change it the moment they pee or poop. Sneak poops happen too. I mean, how often do you go to change a diaper only to find poop in it?! It happens, I get it. What we can do is make sure we’re changing diapers frequently throughout the day.

Diarrhea

Loose stools are usually very acidic, and acid against the skin will cause a rash. Add in that most kids with diarrhea are pooping very frequently, and it’s a recipe for a diaper rash.

Friction

You know how your skin chafes if you’re out and about in wet clothing for too long (like at a waterpark)? It’s the same in babies. Damp diaper mixed with movement can cause a diaper rash; especially once kids get older and they’re more mobile.

Starting Solid Foods

Baby’s poops will get wild once you begin the solid foods.  Color, texture, and smell will be at each end of the spectrum. Blueberry poops are still the worst in my book. Your child’s tummy will have a hard time with some foods, and that can cause bowel movements to change from their ‘norm’ drastically. The sudden change can take baby’s skin by surprise and cause a rash.

If your baby is eating a lot of fruits, poops can become very acidic and can give the skin a slight burning feeling. Ouch!

Bacterial or Yeast Infections

Your baby may have an internal infection that could be impacting their digestive system and causing some nasty bacteria or yeast to come crawling out when they defecate.

Diaper rashes can also become infected.  Both require a visit to the pediatrician to get antibiotic or antifungal topical treatments.

Ingredient Sensitivity

Some kids have sensitive skin that reacts to specific components of disposable diapers, bum creams, and wipes. If your child consistently gets rashes (and you’ve ruled out yeast), you may want to consider switching brands to see if that helps.

My oldest was allergic to all disposable diapers, except the expensive organic cotton ones from 7th generation. So we ended up switching over to cloth diapers. That’s an option too!

Now that we know what usually causes diaper rash, we can move on to how to prevent diaper rash in the first place!

Babies wear diapers, so diaper rashes are unavoidable. All parents need to know how to prevent diaper rash. Sharing 6 easy tricks to prevent diaper rash!

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Prevent Diaper Rash

The best way to prevent diaper rash is to keep the diaper area clean and dry. But there are a few other simple strategies to prevent diaper rash.

Don’t Overtighten Diapers

Tight diapers prevent airflow, which sets up a moist environment. Dark, moist environments are prime conditions for a diaper rash. Tight diapers can also cause uncomfortable chafing at the waist or thighs.

Fresh Air

Nothing make’s baby’s sweet skin happier than a break from their diaper and some fresh air.

Throw down a towel or blanket and let them hang out! If you don’t want to do laundry, take them outside and get some sunshine and some fresh air on those sweet cheeks.

Use Ointment Regularly

If your baby gets rashes often, apply a barrier ointment during each diaper change to prevent skin irritation. Petroleum jelly and zinc oxide two ingredients that work well as a barrier.

Wash Your Hands

After changing a diaper, washing your hands well can prevent the spread of bacteria or yeast to other parts of your baby’s body, to you or other children.

Tried all of this and your kid still gets a rash? Don’t worry, try out these tried and true diaper rash remedies!

Learning to prevent a diaper rash doesn’t seem too bad, does it? Which of these tips are you going to try first? Let me know in the comments!

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Until Next time! Chrissie

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