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How To Apply Diaper Rash Cream + Tips For Treatment & Prevention

Published: 04/28/2022

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. 

Step 1: Air It Out.

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. 


Step 2: Lay It On Thick. 

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. 


Step 3: Wrap It Up.

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. 


Pro Tips: 

  • Even if you don’t apply rash cream at each and every diaper change, always include it during nighttime changes, when your baby’s likely to be in a wet diaper for longer. 
  • Be sure to use a diaper that fits properly! A booty wrapper that’s too tight can cause friction and irritation that can lead to a painful rash.
  • Out of diaper rash cream? Any thick, fragrance-free lotion or salve (like our Everywhere Balm!) can be used in a pinch. 
  • If diaper rash seems to crop up out of nowhere, consider anything new in your baby’s diet or routine. Sometimes a new food, diaper material, or detergent can be the culprit! (And on that note, try out our organic, hypoallergenic line of laundry detergents formulated for your baby's sensitive, sweet skin.)  If you’re stumped, or the diaper rash gets progressively worse with home treatment, give your pediatrician’s office a call. 


What are your tips and hacks for treating and preventing diaper rash? Please share in the comments!