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Newborn Diaper Rash:

A very common health issue facing a newborn is diaper rash. No matter how many diapers you change, or how often, it is still possible for the sensitive skin of a baby to get irritated. There are many over-the-counter medications that can help with diaper rash, such as Desitin. There are also many medicines that aren't marketed for diaper rash, but are some of the best treatments available, such as Tinactin. Many new parents believe that they have to use the name brand, or the brands typically marketed for diaper rashes, but this isn't always true. Any medication that is geared towards jock itch will work on diaper rash, often as well as, if not better than, regular diaper rash ointments.

While over the counter medications can help, and will usually make it better, some people prefer not to put medicinal ointments on their children, and will instead use a more natural method of healing. Whether you use them or not, there are many things you can do to help your child get well more quickly, as well as relieve the pain some until they do heal.

The most important, and most healing, one is letting the baby go without a diaper. You can easily do this by laying a thick blanket down, or one of those water proof pads, and let the baby lay on it as often as possible. If she urinates while doing this, replace the blanket, clean her up, and let her continue to get the fresh air.
When you do have to clean her up, do not use baby wipes. These will only irritate the rash further, and it hurts when you wipe on her. Instead, you can put her him in a lukewarm bath, and be sure to use baby soaps that are intended for use on sensitive skin. It is best if they are unscented, because the perfumes in scented soaps can irritate diaper rash even more.

Even if you don’t normally use baby washcloths to wash him, be sure to have some on hand for times like this. Regular adult washcloths are too rough, and will hurt him. When you get him out of the bath, you should either let him air dry, or make sure you use soft towels intended for babies. Same as with the washrags, an adult towel is too harsh to rub on skin that is covered in a painful rash. Whether you let him air dry or you towel dry him, do not put a diaper on him until his skin is completely dry. If you put a diaper on before that, you will be trapping extra moisture that can cause further damage. If you can, you should simply put him back on his blanket, and let him get as much open air exposure as possible.

If you for some reason have to put a diaper on her, and you don’t want to use over the counter ointments, the absolute best product to put on her is Vaseline. Although it’s not medicated, it repels liquids. It will keep her urine from touching her skin, which normally hurts the rash and makes it worse. If you don't have any Vaseline on hand, you can use baby powder. This isn't the best product to use, though, because instead of blocking the moisture, it absorbs it. This is one of those things that you should use as a last resort, because it doesn’t work as well as any other product, but it is better than using nothing.

The thing to remember about rashes is that it does take time for them to heal, and if you don’t take steps to make them better, they will always get worse. Using these methods will help it heal faster without, or in conjunction with, topical medicines. Once your baby has healed, continue putting on Vaseline, letting him go without a diaper as often as possible. Doing these things on a regular basis can help prevent future occurrences of diaper rash.

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