These small suggestions can make a big difference in treating and preventing diaper rash for your little one!
Comforting Diaper Rash Bath
Next time your baby has a diaper rash, you may want to try giving them a soothing baking soda bath. This simple recipe can be a lifesaver:
- Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda in lukewarm water.
- Absorb a soft, clean, and dry washcloth in the mixture.
- Wash babies skin, patting dry (rubbing will cause further irritation).
How to Avoid Diaper Rash
Diaper rash is typically caused by babies that are not kept clean and dry, diapers that do not fit well, or allergies (to either food, baby wipes, or diapers). Knowing what creates a rash is the first part in preventing diaper rash.
Here are a few tips to remember if your baby has a diaper rash:
- Never rub your baby’s bottom with a towel. Patting dry is best to avoid irritation.
- Avoid using diapers with plastic edges or plastic diaper covers as they create conditions for bacteria to grow.
- Make sure that you are using the correct sized diaper.
- Use protective barrier creams with zinc to help clear rashes and prevent future rashes.
- Change diapers frequently.
- Wash baby’s bottom with lukewarm water and fragrance free, mild soap after very messy diapers. Let baby air dry before replacing the diaper.
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Moms with small babies spend a lot of time changing diapers. Diaper-changing is one of the most fundamental baby-care techniques to master. Try these mom-tested tips to streamline and improve the diapering process.
Preparation makes perfect
Minimize the time your baby will have to be uncomfortable by keeping all the necessary changing goods (diapers, wipes, bags for dirty diapers) close at hand.
Go double duty
A great trick some moms use to catch any unexpected spillage is to place a clean diaper underneath their baby before removing the dirty one. Any ways to limit the mess are always good to consider.
Chat him up
Tell your baby what you’re doing. Hearing your voice will keep him calm and distract him from what’s happening. Changing time can actually be great bonding time too. Instead of thinking of diaper changes as an unpleasant chore, slow down, take a breath and start a conversation with your baby.
Make it fun
Entertain your baby while putting on a fresh diaper by placing something eye-catching near your changing spot. A colorful toy, or one that sparkles or sings, is a good option.
With these smart strategies in place, you’ll be able to make diaper duty less of a chore and more of a bonding experience for both you and your baby.