Diaper rash is a really annoying baby problem. It can
get out of control easily, and can make your baby miserable. Luckily, it
can be controlled with a little effort on your part. Following are some
remedies that worked well with my children.
Some babies are just more prone to diaper rash than others,
and if yours is prone, youíll really have to keep on top of the problem.
The most important thing you can do is change your babyís diaper regularly.
Diaper rash is caused by the skin being constantly exposed to wetness,
so changing frequently can prevent the problem. Most of the diaper rash
ointments on the market are designed simply to protect your babyís skin
from wetness, so they are great at preventing diaper rash. If your baby
is diaper rash prone, you might want to use an ointment at every changing
as a preventative measure.
But, what if your baby already has a raging case of diaper
rash? As I said, most of the products labeled as diaper rash ointments
are best at preventing diaper rash, not healing it. There are a few concoctions
that can help cure a bad case of diaper rash.
The first is Maalox Ė yes Maalox. Put some liquid Maalox
on a cotton ball and apply to babyís sore bottom. Let it dry a bit before
diapering. For obvious reasons, donít buy the mint flavor, and donít use
this bottle of Maalox for anything but treating diaper rash.
A second helpful treatment for diaper rash is an oatmeal
bath. There are some good oatmeal bath products on the market, even some
designed especially for baby. These work wonders on diaper rash. Usually
one or two baths is all it takes.
Finally, I had great luck when I mixed diaper rash ointment
with a little bit of hydrocortisone cream. About 3 parts diaper rash ointment
to one part hydrocortisone. One caution here- check with your doctor before
you try this one, since hydrocortisone cream is normally not recommended
for use on children under the age of two years.
If these remedies donít work, check with your pediatrician.
There may be some prescription products for extreme cases. But, the most
important measure to take for diaper rash seems to be persistence. Keeping
on top of the problem is your best bet for keeping the rash at bay.
About The Author
Sarah Veda is a 41 year old wife and mother of two boys
and one girl. She spent many years as a manager in the corporate world,
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