How to Prevent Diaper Rash

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
May 20, 2011

Baby cryingInfants can be quite a handful to deal with, especially if you’re a first time daddy or mommy. Even daddies and mommies experienced in newborn and baby care will agree that one of the things that are best prevented to save your baby a lot of pain, crying, and discomfort is the easily contracted diaper rash. As all parents know, a diaper rash can be the bane of an evening out or even a Sunday afternoon. After all, if the baby is uncomfortable, how can anyone at home be comfortable?


The best way to deal with diaper rash is to prevent it from occurring. The cardinal rule that most parents swear by to keep this pesky irritant at bay is to keep the baby dry. The second rule is simpler: keep the baby dry. Yes. It’s that important. And that simple. And this means checking possibly every ten minutes to ensure that she is dry and happy. Many disposable diapers available in the market are designed to hold the urine of the baby, but if the diaper is “dirty”, it needs to be changed right away because the acid in the bowel movement can irritate the baby’s soft skin.


The other thing to keep in mind is to ensure that the baby’s diaper is washed with perfume-free soap that has antibacterial properties. Harsh detergents should be avoided. This can go a long way in keeping diaper rashes at bay. Delhi-based paediatrician Dr. Kanta Gaur recommends that you make your baby wear loose, elastic-free diapers that are gentle on the soft skin of the baby. Dr. Gaur also recommends mother’s milk. She says, “Mother’s milk is highly beneficial to the baby and contains all the necessary nutrition that a baby needs including preventing problems like rashes, etc.”


Other ways to ensure that your baby remains diaper rash-free is to be careful to not wash your baby’s bottom with shampoos or other harmful chemical-based agents. And it is important to let the baby be without diapers for a while too.


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