At some point, all babies get a little red down there. Diaper rash can occur due to chafing, too much moisture, or even a reaction to detergent. If your little one’s booty is irritated and inflamed, know that it can be treated and prevented with consistent use of diaper rash cream. Diaper rash cream adds a protective barrier against wetness and can help soothe that delicate baby skin. Look for a product that contains zinc oxide, along with nourishing oils like coconut and sunflower oil.
Here are the 3 simple steps to apply diaper rash cream, plus some tips to take care of your baby’s delicate booty skin.
After removing your kid’s dirty diaper and cleaning their booty (preferably with wipes that are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free), gently pat it with a soft cloth or let it air dry. Remember, diaper rash is caused by a moist (eww, we said it!) environment, so a dry bum is your baby’s best friend.
Using a pea- sized amount on your finger (or one of those nifty silicone applicators), apply the cream using firm strokes to your baby’s butt cheeks, crack, and any place with signs of redness. Diaper rash cream is thick, so a little goes a long way, but use extra if your baby is prone to diaper rash or has a larger bum. For baby girls, be sure to swipe front to back.
Put on a fresh, new diaper and wash your hands…and your baby’s if they got messy in the process.
Reminder: while babies under one-year-old shouldn't use hand sanitizer, keep a bottle at the changing table for your own use. That way, if you can't make it to the sink afterwards, you're still covered.
What are your tips and hacks for treating and preventing diaper rash? Please share in the comments!