Most babies in diapers will get a rash at some point, it's a part of being a baby.
As parents we do our best to keep this from happening, but sometime its beyong on our control. Some of the best ways to keep baby free of a rash are quite obvious:
Changing diapers regularly to ensure baby has a dry bottom
Use a protective barrier (ie petroleum jelly, diaper creams, etc)
Make sure babies bottom is clean at each changing with a good wipe down.
But when a rash does occur there are some things you can do to releive babies' discomfort and reduce the length of the rash.
Store brand diaper rash creams are a great option of course, but when they are not handy, take comfort in knowing there are some home remedies** that can help!
– keep the area dry
– leave diapers off when possible
– in older babies that are on solids, increase fluids to reduce the concentration of urine, avoid juices.
– Gently wash the diaper area with warm water and a soft cloth. Rinse well and dry completely.
Do not use any soap unless the area is very soiled. Use only a mild soap if soap is needed.
Do not use "baby wipes" that have alcohol or propylene glycol to clean the skin while a diaper rash is present. These may burn the skin and spread bacteria on the skin.
– Soak baby in a warm bath for 10 minutes, 3 times a day, if the skin is very raw.
For babies and young children, add 2 Tbsp (30 mL) of baking soda to a baby tub, a basin of warm water, or a bathtub. Remember, do not bathe a baby until the umbilical cord has fallen off, and never leave a child alone while he or she is in the bath.
– Do not use baby powder while a rash is present. The powder can build up in the skin creases and hold moisture. This may help bacteria grow and cause an infection
– protect the healthy skin around the rash with a diaper cream, do not apply cream on the rash area as it will slow healing.
When it doubt, or if a rash looks exceptionally irritated or is not healing, visit a doctor.
** source www.webmd.com