5 Tips To Treat Diaper Rash

When a baby’s bottom is wet or exposed to soiled diaper contents for a bit too long, and then encounters friction from the diaper rubbing against the skin, it’s a recipe for a diaper rash. The good news is that it’s treatable and Aquaphor Baby is here to help! We partnered with our pediatrician, Dr. Alanna Levine, and here are our Top 5 Tips on how to treat Diaper Rash:

  1. Go diaper-free. Expose your baby’s bottom to air as often as possible. An easy way to promote healthy air circulation around your baby’s bottom is to simply strip off her diaper and let her spend some time wearing nothing at all. (This is adorable, of course, but it can also be messy, so be sure to put down a protective towel, blanket, or other absorbent mat on the floor first.)
  2. Try a soothing soak. Instead of wiping and rubbing your baby’s diaper area clean, give her bottom a quick soak in warm water mixed with a gentle, fragrance-free wash like Aquaphor Baby Wash & Shampoo. Pat dry using a soft towel.
  3. Use Aquaphor Baby Diaper Rash Cream with every Diaper Change. The Diaper Rash Cream contains zinc oxide to protect and help soothe the irritated skin, which makes it a great Diaper Rash treatment. It starts to work as soon as you apply it, so use at the first sign of redness. The pediatrician recommended formula is hypoallergenic, fragrance & paraben free. Fragrances may further irritate your baby’s skin and make a diaper rash worse.
  4. Ask the doctor for help. During baby’s first year, you’ll be at the pediatrician’s office a lot. They can advise you on just about anything (including treating diaper rash) whenever you need it, even if that means making a special visit to have your baby seen. Any diaper rash that doesn’t clear up in a few days, or gets worse, warrants a call to the doctor.
  5. Prevention is the best treatment. Even better than treating diaper rash is preventing it from happening in the first place. At every diaper change, apply a layer of Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment as a protective barrier against moisture, which can help prevent rashes from starting in the first place. And since the ointment is clear, it won’t leave a white mess under your own nails!