5 easy ways to prevent diaper rash
Save your baby from the pain and irritation of diaper rash with these simple steps.
If you’ve ever had a rash, you know exactly how uncomfortable it can be. So imagine how much worse it’d be for your baby with their sensitive skin. Instead of having to treat the red, itchy, irritated skin that makes your little angel cranky and miserable, go on the offensive from the start with these simple ways to prevent diaper rash.
Getting to the bottom of it
Diaper rash is usually caused by a combination of three things – moisture on your baby’s skin, the lack of air circulating in their diaper area and the presence of irritants, such as bacteria from pee and poop or ingredients in diapers, wipes, laundry soap, bath products and baby lotions. So it’s important to keep your baby’s bottom as clean and dry as possible. It’s also helpful to ensure the products you use don’t contain any irritants.
What you can do to prevent diaper rash
- Change diapers often
Huggies® Diapers are clinically proven to prevent diaper rash. Our diapers are designed to draw wetness away from your baby’s skin immediately, and our Air Fresh cover allows air to circulate in the diaper area. We’ve eliminated as many rash-causing factors as possible but the most vital step is changing your baby’s diapers often. We recommend changing diapers every 2 hours or right after a poop, so your baby’s skin isn’t exposed to irritants for too long.
2. Keep irritants away
Soaps and lotions may have ingredients that could irritate your baby’s skin and cause diaper rash, especially during the first few months when their skin is at its most delicate. Warm water and cotton balls or a soft towel are more than enough to clean your baby’s bottom. Alternatively, be sure to use products that don’t contain alcohol, fragrance or soap, like Huggies® Pure Clean Baby Wipes. They’re all natural with no fragrance, alcohol or soap and are clinically safe for newborns and sensitive skin.
3. Give bottoms lots of airtime
Every time you change your baby’s diaper, pat them dry gently before putting on the fresh diaper. Be careful not to rub, as this may possibly irritate your baby's skin. Better yet, let your baby's skin air dry whenever possible. Place a waterproof pad, blanket or towel on the floor and let your baby play while their bottom gets some airtime. This will greatly help to reduce the risk of diaper rash.
4. Add a protective barrier
A thin layer of petroleum jelly, zinc oxide cream or diaper rash cream prevents moisture and irritants from coming into contact with your baby’s delicate skin. Slather some on every few diaper changes.
5. Keep it loose
If your baby’s diaper is too tight, this may restrict air circulation in the diaper area and hold in unwanted moisture, causing irritation. The friction between the diaper and your baby’s skin may also result in chafing, so be sure not to fasten it too tightly. Huggies® Naturemade Diapers have a comfortable stretchy waistband that can be adjusted with the Magic Tapes to fit your baby comfortably, allowing your baby to be active and healthy, while keeping diaper rash at bay.
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