Diaper Rash, Demystified: How to Soothe Diaper Rash Quickly and Effectively
When it comes to baby’s care and comfort, there are a lot of little nuisances that seem unavoidable (but can totally ruin your day). One of those? Diaper rash.
The good news? With the right information, you can identify and address diaper rash fast for more comfortable days and more restful nights.
Here’s what you need to know.
What is Diaper Rash?
First thing’s first: what exactly is diaper rash, and why does your baby get it?
Put simply, diaper rash is a skin irritation that forms when your baby is exposed to the irritants and dampness usually found in a dirty diaper. And this makes sense: if your little cub sits in a dirty diaper for a while, the irritants can start to break down all the oils and cells that protect their skin. The result? Redness, dryness, irritation, and – in worst-case scenarios – infection.
How to Deal With Diaper Rash Fast
The good news is that there are many steps you can take to prevent diaper rash altogether – or treat it fast once you’ve spotted it.
First, there’s prevention, and that comes down to frequent diaper changes and a great diaper balm.
Frequent Diaper Changes
On one hand, I’m sure that the diaper changes make sense. But the trick is to change them even if they’re just wet (and to stop yourself from putting them on too tight). This may seem like a lot of legwork, but it’s important to keep up the habit of fast changes to prevent small amounts of irritation from building up.
Pro tip: You can also keep your baby diaper-free for a few minutes to help dry the skin and let it breathe.
A Great Diaper Balm
What difference will a balm make? Well, as we mentioned, diaper rash – much like irritation on adult skin – is caused by the breakdown of baby’s skin barrier. The right diaper balm will act as a replacement barrier, helping to prevent and treat any existing diaper rash.
The trick here? Make sure you find a diaper balm with the right ingredients.
Diaper Rash Products and Ingredients That Really Work
When searching for the right diaper balm, it’s important to read the label and stay on the lookout for great ingredients that are proven to work.
- Zinc oxide, a mineral that acts as an effective barrier and helps prevent and treat rash.
- Calendula, which can gently soothe the skin
- Sunflower oil, which moisturizes the skin without irritating it or leaving it greasy
And remember, you should always avoid products that contain irritating and rash-inducing ingredients like:
- Sodium borate
Ready to get started? You can find all of these great ingredients – and avoid the bad ones – in our expertly formulated, dermatologist-tested diaper balm here. You can also bundle up and find an excellent bum soothing spray and baby shampoo here.
Goodbye, diaper rash – hello, happy baby!