Let's face it... Diaper rash happens! Though it is expected, diaper rash can be quite uncomfortable for your baby and stressful for you as a parent. Luckily there are many preventative measures and treatment options that will stop diaper rash in its tracks.
When choosing treatment options, it's essential to take steps to keep your baby's environment safe. For example, Johnson & Johnson used talcum powder for many years in their number one selling Baby Powder. Talc contains trace amounts of asbestos and can lead to several health complications.
Just last year, Johnson & Johnson pulled their baby powder from the shelves. This voluntary recall was the result of the product being linked with Epithelial ovarian cancer. Furthermore, the American Academy of Pediatrics warns that talc products could be inhaled by your baby resulting in respiratory complications. Being aware of these hazards can help you make an educated decision about the products and procedures you use in your battle against diaper rash.
To keep your baby's environment safe while fighting diaper rash head-on, we have listed below some great options for you and your baby.
Preventative measures: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of the cure. One of the best ways to treat diaper rash is to stop it from occurring in the first place. Tactics such as checking your baby's diaper frequently, washing your hands before each diaper change, and using unscented baby wipes to clean your baby's bottom can make all the difference in the way of diaper rash.
Warm baths: A warm bath with an unscented cleanser can help to soothe diaper rash. Ensure that your little one is entirely dry before putting a new diaper on.
Zinc Oxide Ointments: Zinc oxide works to soothe and protect your baby's skin. They are versatile in their use and can be paired with antibiotic and antifungal creams prescribed by your baby's pediatrician. A thin layer of Desitin or Butt Paste is a safe and effective way to fight diaper rash.
Petrolatum creams and ointments: Ointments such as Vaseline and Aquaphor are effective in fighting diaper rash, and though they are not marketed as such, they are perfectly safe for long term use on babies.
Talc-free baby powder: Cornstarch baby powders are a great alternative to talcum powders. They provide the same protection from wetness and friction without incorporating potentially harmful talc chemicals. Burt's Bees and Nature's Baby organics manufacture highly rated and effective cornstarch-based powders.
Be sure to keep any powdered substance away from your baby's face to protect his or her sensitive respiratory tract.