Yikes! You’ve changed your baby five times today but suddenly, this change, you find a red and angry little butt. Where did this diaper rash come from? What do I do?
How to Handle Diaper Rash
The first urge you’ll probably have when you discover a diaper rash on your baby is to rush them off for a bath. So be sure to remember, a bath or two a day is okay, but a bath every time you change the diaper isn’t. You’ll just end up drying out your baby’s skin and removing all the natural oils that will keep them properly moisturized. Speaking of moisturized? What diaper rash creams should you use?
Best Diaper Rash Creams
The problem with finding the best diaper rash cream is that many of them are only sold regionally. So when an article on the internet claims a lotion to be the “Best” that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll find it at your local drug store. It may only be sold at a drug store you don’t even have in your town. Hopefully, this list will cover one at a store near you.
- Target – Skin Flix Diaper Rash Balm
- CVS – Boudreux’s Butt Paste
- Walgreens – Anti Monkey Butt Diaper Rash Cream
Desitin Zinc Oxide Diaper Rash Ointment is also available in most drug stores nationwide. If you me, as a grandmother who has run through most of these in her life, Boudreux’s has had the most results. I can usually get in on my grandbaby after a bath and the rash will be gone by the next diaper change.
What if Traditional Zinc Oxide Medications Do Not Work?
Don’t be surprised if they don’t. Some babies, just like adults, have different levels of skin sensitivity. If the rash doesn’t seem to be getting better with cream treatments:
- Change diapers more often.
- Try to avoid using diaper wipes that have lotions or fragrances.
- Pat the rash area dry with a soft cloth after every change or bath.
- Keep the diapers a bit looser than usual. Avoid tight swaddling too.
When to Visit the Doctor
If at-home treatments are unsuccessful for two days, you will want to seek treatment from a medical professional. There are stronger versions of butt creams available by prescription only. In my personal experience, the problems stopped after a few applications of the stronger medications. However, that won’t be the case for all.
- If your baby develops a fever or the rash develops pustules or pimples, they will definitely need to see a physician.
- If the rash begins to spread from the diaper area, you should also get to your pediatrician as soon as possible.
You should remain vigilant when it comes to a diaper rash that occurs any time during the newborn stage of life.