I know I’ve said this before, and I must sound like a broken record, but it’s important to reinforce the sensitivity of our baby’s skin. I know we love when babies smell amazing, but using scented products – diapers, wipes, lotions, detergents – can affect their sensitive skin. Among the effects is diaper rash. Although it isn’t unusual for babies to develop diaper rashes, preventing them can be as simple as switching to unscented baby products and using a zinc-oxide-based diaper rash cream. Diaper rash creams like Triple Paste not only treat these rashes but soothe and prevent them too. It acts as a physical barrier between your baby’s skin and the diaper, helping to keep the area dry reducing the onset of a rash. Having the perfect diaper rash cream in your arsenal along with these tips can help you treat and prevent diaper rash.
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Why Use Triple Paste to Treat and Prevent Diaper Rash
Triple Paste is pediatrician recommended, dermatologist-tested, and endorsed by the National Eczema Association, and is one, if not the best diaper rash creams on the market. I used this thick soothing cream with my oldest daughter because it worked quickly to treat and soothe raw, irritated skin caused by diaper rash, and prevented future flare-ups. And nine years later, it works just as well. This is due in part to its secret weapon ingredient: zinc oxide. Packing over 12% of zinc oxide – 12.8% to be exact – as well as other ingredients, such as white petrolatum and corn starch, Triple Paste provides all-in-one triple protection against diaper rashes.
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How to Prevent and Treat Diaper Rash
1. Change Baby’s Diapers Often
The first step to prevent a baby from getting a diaper rash is to always make sure their diaper is clean. When a diaper is left on too long, the skin on the baby’s bottoms can become raw and irritated.
2. Use Unscented Baby Products
Soiled diapers are not the only culprit for diaper rashes. Baby products, such as diapers, wipes, detergents, and bath products that contain fragrances, alcohol, and other chemicals can lead to skin irritations like a diaper rash. I always use unscented baby products. I recommend parents to do the same, especially if a baby develops a rash on their bottom. You want to use a fragrance-free baby wipe. For more severe rash cases, use a clean washcloth – I prefer white – dampened with warm water ONLY. You may also want to consider using unscented, dye-free diapers.
3. Be Gentle When Wiping
If a baby already has a rash on his/her bottom, it’s best to not irritate it even more by wiping hard. Wiping too hard can break their skin. Plus, it removes any remnants of diaper cream remaining from the previous diaper change. Although you want to remove the poop and urine, you also want to keep that layer of diaper ointment. Remember, diaper cream is used to create a barrier to protect the baby’s skin from pee and poop.
4. Be Generous When Applying Diaper Cream
Baby’s bottoms should be kept clean and dry. It all starts with the diaper change. At the end of the diaper change, just before putting on the new diaper, pat their bottoms dry with a dry cloth. I usually keep a tissue packet in my diaper bag. Once it’s dry, apply the diaper cream to the affected area like you are frosting a cake. Lay it on thick! Even if there’s a thin layer left from the last diaper change.
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