August 13th, 2012 by

Monday: Diaper Rash Relief

Diaper rash is, in some ways, inevitable with small babies since they always have their diapers on their precious little bums. Usually, a little bit of diaper rash cream will go a long way, but sometimes, even Desitin seems insufficient. If you’ve seen a bad diaper rash, you’ll know what I mean. Bleeding, red, sore skin that hurts your baby to even touch it. I guess diaper rash is on my mind, as my daughter just recovered from a bad one and these are some of my few tried-and-true tips and remedies.

*When changing your baby’s diaper, it can be helpful to rinse their bum off in the skin or shower, using a sprayer with warm water, rather than a wet wipe or sponge, which can further irritate their skin.
RATING: 6: SOMEWHAT HELPFUL

*Baking Soda Bath. In a small bath, dump 1/4- 1/2 box of baking soda into warm water and allow your baby to sit/lie in the water for as long as possible.
RATING: 9.5: HUGELY HELPFUL

*Naked Bum Time. For as long as possible during the day, remove your baby’s diaper and allow him to play naked on a few towels on the ground, so as to give their poor bum a break from the constant friction of having a diaper against their bum.
RATING: 9: HUGELY HELPFUL

*Petroleum Jelly. This isn’t something you’ll want to use every time, but in maybe 1 out of every 3-4 diaper changes in a day, you can use petroleum jelly to coat their bum, as it will soften the rough, dried, red skin, and create a barrier between your baby’s bum and their diaper/urine/feces.
RATING: 7: HELPFUL

*Bordeaux’s Butt Cream. This costs a pretty penny, but when your poor baby is bleeding on their bum from a diaper rash, this product is well worth it. Use a cotton swab to apply the cream to their rash to get the most out of each use.
RATING: 8.5 QUITE HELPFUL

*Lecithin. For extreme rashes, you can apply lecithin to your baby’s caboose; it will aid in a quicker healing time.
RATING: 8.5 QUITE HELPFUL

*Change Diaper Often. One of the most important things to do once your child has a rash is to change their diaper as often as possible, because every time you change their diaper, the affected area is
*cleansed
*dried out
*given a break from their diaper
RATING: 7: HELPFUL

A mixture of any and all of the above should help aid recovery from a bad diaper rash. I wish you all the best, as a sore bum is the saddest thing ever.

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