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How do I Choose the Best Diaper Rash Products?

By Tara Barnett
Updated May 17, 2024
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The best diaper rash products are free of irritants and work both to soothe the baby's skin while the old rash heals and prevent a new one from forming. This is a difficult order to fill, because diaper rash has a number of potential causes. Most products work only to prevent the painful itching and burning associated with diaper rash, but some can stop moisture from reaching the baby's skin or provide lubrication between the diaper and the skin. Choosing the best diaper rash products involves both a knowledge of the possible causes of diaper rash and an ability to work with the chosen product for the best possible results.

Diaper rash, in its most conventional form, is caused by moist diapers. This problem, unfortunately, cannot be solved with any cream. The most important step in a moisture-related diaper rash is drying out the baby's bottom and keeping it dry with frequent diaper changes. After the baby is thoroughly dry, a cream containing zinc oxide or lanolin can decrease the baby's pain.

Serious rashes often require special diaper rash products. Many creams are formulated to include anti-fungal medication that is safe for babies. These kinds of diaper rash products are appropriate for cases of yeast infection, which is characterized by raised red patches. Some particularly strong creams are available by prescription, if the rash does not respond to normal treatment. A natural alternative to these harsh chemicals is Acidophilus, which may be effective if used promptly.

Almost all diaper rash products contain a combination of effective ingredients, but many parents worry that harsh chemicals are dangerous for infants. In these cases, it is a good idea to look for entirely organic and natural diaper rash products. A natural diaper rash product may include oils and extracts, particularly from plants known to soothe the skin, such as lavender and calendula. Some natural skin products intended for adults are potentially hazardous to infants, so it is important to check the ingredients of a product carefully before use.

It is important to realize that a diaper rash cannot be resolved if the problem is caused by the kind of diaper being used, rather than an unfortunate combination of elements. Scratchy, ill-fitting diapers that do not get changed frequently make the problem much worse. Some infants react badly to some brands or types of diaper, or even to the detergent used to wash cloth diapers. Above all creams and techniques, the best diaper rash products are diapers themselves. By using a diaper with a good fit that is somewhat breathable and has no irritating chemicals, the worst kinds diaper rash can often be avoided altogether.

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Discussion Comments

By momothree — On Dec 30, 2010

Even though the name is a little questionable, there is something called Butt Balm that works great for diaper rash treatment. My sister recommended it to me when I had my second child. It is also great for bed sores, sunburn, minor skin rashes, insect bites, and many other ailments.

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