While babies bottoms are famously soft, they’re also sensitive. Your baby’s skin has special needs, especially in their diaper area. From the day they are born until they’re potty trained, little ones are susceptible to diaper rashes.
Discovering your baby has a diaper rash is awful. It’s heartbreaking knowing your little one is uncomfortable but don’t beat yourself up about it. Diaper rash is so common that the baby care product market is flooded with treatments for it. Of course, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so we’re sharing our top tips for preventing diaper rash naturally.
Natural Diaper Rash Prevention Tip 1: Change Diapers Frequently
The warm, damp environment of a diaper is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, yeast, fungus, and irritation. Once the diaper is soiled, the potential for irritation is even higher. Today's diapers are high absorbency, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a small amount of moisture next to the skin. Keep your baby dry and prevent diaper rash naturally by changing diapers as soon as they are wet or soiled.
Natural Diaper Rash Prevention Tip 2: Air Dry Baby’s Bottom
As mentioned above, bacteria, yeast, and fungus (all significant contributors to diaper rash risk) thrive in damp environments. Once your baby’s bottom is cleansed, you can let it air dry before fastening the diaper. Air drying is also a great way to soothe and heal an existing diaper rash. Keep baby on an absorbent pad or open diaper to prevent messes. You can use a blow dryer on cool to produce the same effect if you’re short on time. Letting your baby’s bottom catch a breeze is a great way to naturally prevent diaper rash.
Natural Diaper Rash Prevention Tip 3: Avoid Known Irritants
You can reduce the likelihood of your baby developing a diaper rash by ensuring their skin doesn’t come into contact with irritants. Redness, chafing, and rash can all be caused by the enzymes in feces, the contents of some disposable diapers, baby wipes, baby body washes, soap, laundry detergent, and lotions. Many of these products contain ingredients that are known to irritate, or components banned in other parts of the world for being unsafe.
Natural Diaper Rash Prevention Tip 4: Protect with a Barrier Product
You can help keep your baby’s skin diaper rash free by applying a barrier product to the diaper area after each change. Many hospitals recommend parents use Vaseline between diaper changes, but if you’re like us, you don't feel right about applying petroleum by-products to your baby’s skin. We love the way our Diaper Cleanser and Moisturizer protects the skin when used at every diaper change. Look for that thin sheen left behind, and you’ll know they’re protected!
Treat Diaper Rash the Same Way You Prevent It!By following these suggestions, you should be able to prevent most diaper rashes. That isn’t to say that your baby will never get a diaper rash, but they will be less frequent if you keep their bottom clean, dry, and protected. Should your baby get a diaper rash, we recommend you continue to take the steps above. One of the main benefits of NOLEO’s Diaper Cleanser & Moisturizer is rash prevention, but it’s also a gentle and safe way to cleanse your baby’s diaper area if a mild rash occurs.
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