What to do when your baby has diaper rash

Apr 22, 2010 at 7:50 p.m. ET

If you’re a mom of a newborn, you may have finally mastered how to diaper your infant single handed and are becoming quite the expert at deciphering which cry means your baby is hungry and which ones means they need to be changed. What you might not have encountered along the road to motherhood is what to do when your baby develops a bad case of diaper rash.

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Diaper rash can occur if your baby is sitting in a wet diaper for a prolonged amount of time; if you introduce new food into the baby's diet or if the baby is on antibiotics. Nothing like amoxicillin or penicillin to wreak havoc upon a tiny tush!

While diaper rash can truly be a pain in the butt, it can thankfully be treated easily and effectively with some of these mom-tested tips:

  1. Make sure you change the baby's soiled diapers right away. Sitting for a prolonged time in a dirty diaper will only exacerbate the rash and lead to an extremely unhappy baby!
  2. Each time you change the baby's diaper, use cotton balls and water to clean the affected areas.
  3. Once your baby has wet their diaper and you've cleaned their bottom, let them go diaper free from 30 minutes to one hour so that their bottom can be exposed to the open air.
  4. Use a pediatrician recommended diaper cream such as Desitin to smooth on the affected areas. You can also use vaseline if diaper cream isn't readily available.

If the rash continues to worsen, consult your pediatrician. With the proper reinforcements, you and your baby will survive diaper rash in the end!

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