Use Barrier Ointments
Barrier ointments are especially helpful in protecting the skin against diaper rash. Look for diaper creams or ointments with petroleum jelly or zinc oxide. Some examples of ointments and creams include:
- A&D Ointment
- Boudreaux's Butt Paste
- Zinc oxide
An ointment or cream is a better option than using regular lotion or a liquid, because they're less irritating on the skin. Only use products designed for babies' skin, and slather it on every time you change the diaper.
Keep in mind that a barrier ointment does just that -- it creates a barrier on top of the skin so that nothing can get through, especially bacteria. But it also prevents air from getting through to the skin, so make sure your baby is dry before you apply it. A cream-based product, however, does allow air to reach the skin.
Related HowStuffWorks Articles
- AskDrSears.com. "Diaper Rash." (April 23, 2010) http://www.askdrsears.com/html/11/T081400.asp
- Mayo Clinic. "Diaper Rash." March 13, 2010. (April 23, 2010) http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diaper-rash/DS00069
- WebMD. "Diaper Rash." Aug. 1, 2008. (April 23, 2010) http://children.webmd.com/tc/diaper-rash-topic-overview
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