Care for your newborn’s skin with these top simple tips to limit and treat diaper rash.
One of the first things you will notice is how soft your baby’s skin is. It needs to be cared for and protected.
This delicate skin has some tough jobs: it lets her sense and learn about the world around her, lets you communicate with her through touch, and also protects her from the environment. That’s why it’s important to keep baby’s skin protected and healthy.
It’s helpful to know that diaper rash is common, more than half of babies between the ages of four and 15 months will develop diaper rash at least once in a two month period. But don’t worry, it’s common and mild cases will heal within 3-4 days with extra care.
- To help avoid rash, change diapers regularly. Even the best diapers need to be changed to protect your baby’s skin.
- Look for a diaper with a wetness indicator that can absorb runny poo, like Pampers Swaddlers. It’s super soft and helps keep baby’s skin protected and dry.
Treating your baby’s diaper rash:
- Change wet or soiled diapers frequently to decrease moisture on the skin.
- Gently clean the diaper area with water and a soft washcloth, or use gentle diaper wipes like Pampers Sensitive Wipes
- Pat dry baby’s skin. Do not rub. Allow the area to air dry fully.
Protect the skin:
- Gently apply a thin layer of protective ointment or cream with zinc oxide and/or petroleum.
- Keep skin dry with a soft, absorbent, high quality diaper that locks wetness away.
- Make sure diapers aren’t too tight so wetness stays away from the skin.
Talk to your doctor if:
- A rash is severe; when it's raw, blistering or bleeding.
- The rash looks unusual.
- The rash doesn’t get better even with extra care.