Home Remedies for Diaper Rash

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Diaper rash is not difficult to manage. It can easily be done at home with some care and understanding of the problem. The following will be of great help, if your baby is suffering from diaper rash.

  • Keep diaper area dry and clean: this is the most important aspect of management of diaper rash. Keeping the diaper area dry and clean will prevent diaper rash and also slowly heal the problem for most cases, unless there is some complication. Clean and dry diaper area is good enough for diaper rash management for most cases. The best way to keep your baby’s diaper area dry and clean is to change diaper frequently, immediately after wetting. For this you may have to do it at night too and change few times during every night. You can apply powder, cream, ointment or paste after cleaning the diaper area.
  • Bath your baby daily: you should bath your baby daily, especially if your baby is suffering from diaper rash. This is must in warm tropical countries. After bath, make sure to dry your baby fully before you put on cloths for your baby.
  • Increase airflow to diaper area: this can be done by allowing your baby to remain without diaper for 10 to 15 minutes every day 2 to 3 times a day. Use larger than usual size diaper when your baby suffers from diaper rash. Do not use airtight diapers or cloths. Increased airflow can aid healing of diaper rash quickly and also prevent it.
  • There are various creams, ointments, powders, pastes available for management of diaper rash. One can try these. These preparations contain, zinc oxide, anti-yeast medications etc. However, unless there is some complication of diaper rash, generally above mentioned measure (home remedies such as keeping diaper area dry and clean, increasing airflow to diaper area and regular warm baths are sufficient for diaper rash management at home) are adequate.

Do not scrub off protective layer (creams, ointments, powders or pastes, you apply for diaper rash) completely at the next diaper change, as that could hurt the skin more. If you need to remove it, use a cotton ball. Always use products designed for babies and avoid using products containing baking soda, boric acid, camphor, phenol, benzocaine, diphenhydramine, salicylates etc. because these may be toxic to babies.

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