It's hard to see your baby experiencing discomfort, but it happens to almost every child at some point: diaper rash! Defined as an inflammation of the baby's skin which is brought on by contact with wet or dirty diapers, diaper rash is most easily identified by red, raw-looking skin around the butt, genitals, and upper leg area.
Diaper rash experts John Sherwood and Rocky Levell were so appalled by this common skin ailment that they developed the ultimate solution for diaper rash: Super Duper Diaper Doo, an all-natural ointment that helps cure and protect sensitive skin. Below, John and Rocky share their top 6 tips to prevent and heal diaper rash:
1. Exposure to urine and poop is the main cause of diaper rash, so keep your baby's bottom clean and dry. Make sure to change your baby's diaper frequently, and wash your baby's bottom with plain, warm water. Let the area air dry completely before diapering. If you use a towel, gently pat the area -- do not rub it, or you could break or irritate your baby's delicate skin.
2. Make sure your baby is wearing the proper diaper size. The diaper should fit snugly but not too tightly, or it could rub against sensitive skin.
3. Give your baby a break from diapers to air out his or her skin. If you can lay your baby on a towel or waterproof pad for a couple hours a day, your baby's skin will have the chance to heal on its own.
4. Try switching the brand of diapers, wipes or other products that you use. Sometimes babies are sensitive to certain materials or fragrances.
5. Apply a diaper ointment or cream, such as Super Duper Diaper Doo, before diapering your baby in order to protect the skin. This helps to create a barrier in between baby's skin and the moist or dirty diaper.
6. If your baby's diaper rash doesn't get better after four to seven days or looks especially severe, consult your doctor. Sometimes more serious conditions such as thrush or impetigo can be mistaken for diaper rash, so it always helps to have your doctor take a look.