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Diaper rash is a skin irritation, usually red, involving the diaper area with children that wear diapers. It can last for a day up to a few days. Pretty much every kid will get a diaper rash at some point. It can be due to friction, it can be due to urine and feces sitting on the skin for too long, and sometimes it can also be involved due to infection from yeast or bacteria.
First off you are going to try to decide are these things I need to come in for. Is it bleeding? Is it red all over or is your mom or dad intuition just telling you this is not quite right? This is not a regular diaper rash. Get in and see your doctor.
Otherwise, if it looks like kind of your run of the mill diaper rash you are going to want to do a few things. You are going to want to make sure you are changing that diaper frequently. Diapers that sit on the skin too long can make it worse. If it is possible, give your baby some air time without the diaper. Then you are going to want to use a barrier ointment or cream. Ointments in general are better than creams. You are going to want to use a lot of it, a very thick layer.
The main key in using diaper ointments with diaper rash is creating a barrier between the diaper, the feces, the urine, and the skin, so the thicker the better.
So there are a variety of products you can use and in general ointments tend to be a little stronger than creams. Things like petroleum jelly, A and D there are some others too that have ointments in there, so like your Desitin. There's a whole lot of products you can buy, just make sure that it is super thick. Stay away from ones that are pretty thin. I tend to like the Burt's Bees because it stays on pretty thickly and the thing is you don't have to wipe it off at every diaper change. Leave whatever remains there. Gently rinse off any poop or urine.
If you want to use wipes you want to use fragrance free, preservative free, dab don't scrub. You can just use water. You can just rinse with water and then pat dry but don't use a wiping motion or it will hurt. Be gentle with the area and keep applying thick, thick layers.
Diaper rash is a common condition that can make a baby's skin sore, red, and tender. Learn how to treat diaper rash and what products are best for treatment.