The main thing is that we want to make sure that skin is good and dry before we apply anything, so when you change the diaper, change it frequently – especially at night. Any urine or feces, heat or extra moisture is going to make that diaper rash more irritated and worse and it’s going to be harder to get rid of.
You can also apply over the counter diaper rash creams that contain zinc oxide. Those are great to help with a diaper rash and to maintain a barrier to keep moisture from getting in and making that worse. The main thing, as I said, is that we want to make sure it’s good and dry. When you change the diaper, make sure the area is dried well. Sometimes, we recommend holding the new diaper up to the bottom for a few seconds just to let that dry and wick away moisture, before we put on another one. Then we can apply the cream. You close the diaper, and just make sure you’re maintaining changing that frequently.
If you have any further questions, feel free to give us a call here at Etowah Pediatrics.
Using a soft washcloth with warm water often feels best on a bad diaper rash. Sometimes, the ingredients in baby wipes can make a rash worse.