Preventing Diaper Rash

Certain conditions can cause diaper rash or make it more difficult to heal. Frequent loose bowel movements, which can contain harsh digestive juices, often contribute to diaper rash. For example, antibiotics can cause diarrhea, which may eventually lead to diaper rash. Heat and humidity also can add to the problem. Prolonged warm, moist conditions can cause the normally harmless germs that are present in the diaper area to grow even more rapidly within your child’s skin folds, causing irritations. Other factors can cause diaper rash, such as an allergic reaction to wipes and detergents.

However, preventative measures, in addition to the use of Triple Paste® medicated ointment for diaper rash, can help alleviate symptoms for your little one. For example, don’t overdress your baby. Instead, layer just enough articles of clothing to keep him or her warm. In addition, avoid restrictive clothing and plastic pants at all times. Be sure to change your baby’s diaper frequently to keep the diaper area clean and dry. A coating of cornstarch can always help. Allow your baby’s bottom to have some "air time" without a diaper to promote healing.

Most importantly, treat mild diaper rash early, before it becomes a bigger problem! Your little one won’t experience as much discomfort, and caring for diaper rash will be less stressful for you. Finally, if diaper rash does not clear up in a few days or worsens dramatically, contact your pediatrician.