How to Get Rid of a Diaper Rash (in 24 Hours or Less)
A Few Simple Ways to Nip Diaper Rash in the Butt Fast
All right, fellow diaper changers, this article is for you: the brave, the unstoppable, the fearless, and the strong-stomached. I chose this oh-so-important topic to discuss today because even I, supermom of two toddler boys who are self-proclaimed professional poopers, have spent well over a week trying to get rid of a bad diaper rash. However, I believe I have come close to the art of eliminating diaper rash. Not only that, but through my experiments, I have also narrowed down the remedies to a few simple treatments that seem to work the best. And the best part? They are completely painless for your sweetie's bottom.
Step 1: Avoid Using Baby Wipes on a Diaper Rash
And by 'avoid', I mean don't do it.
Using diaper wipes can irritate the diaper rash, and can even cause them to bleed and become much worse. Not to mention the fact that it really hurts the baby's bottom! Even using a damp paper towel as a substitute, though it will reduce the stinging, could still irritate the rash.
So my tried-and-true recommendation is to man up, get some warm water running in your laundry room sink, and hold the baby's bottom underneath the faucet, letting the water wash away the poo with little to no irritation!
Step 2: Hold All Creams and Pastes
First, soothe the baby's bottom with a warm bath. You'd be surprised how big of a difference a 10-minute soak makes on a diaper rash. In fact I'd recommend letting baby sit in the bathtub or sink after every diaper change on day one of the rash (if you have the time). You don't have to wash the baby down or break out the shampoo or anything, so don't panic. Simply let him or her sit and play for 10 to 15 minutes. Just check out the happy smile on my kid's face after his rash-soothing bath!
Step 3: Wrap the Baby in a Towel and Commence Snuggling
(Okay, this part is optional. But my boys love post-bath cuddles.)
Step 4: Throw away Your Desitin and Your Butt Paste
And save your A&D for another injury. Because the product I am about to share with you is going to change your life. This product is called Bag Balm. I have included a picture and a link to where you can purchase the product for pretty cheap below. However, I just run to my local CVS.
Bag Balm is a product that originated in 1899 in order to soothe the hands of farmers who had been milking cows all day. In today's day-and-age, the balm's uses are endless. Apply Bag Balm to your baby's bottom after every warm bath and diaper change.
This little miracle will change your life.
Step 5: Sprinkle Your Baby's Bottom with Baby Powder or Baking Soda
After applying the Bag Balm to the baby's diaper rash, sprinkle his or her bottom with baby powder or baking soda. This will help keep the Bag Balm from drying or rubbing away.
Follow Up the Next Morning
If, by the next morning, your child still hasn't completely gotten rid of the rash, sit him or her in a warm bath mixed with baking soda. If you call your doctor, he or she will probably recommend purchasing Lotramin, which is an over-the-counter rash and athlete's foot creme. I have never had much luck with this, but that doesn't mean you won't!
Thanks for reading! May you have a wonderful and rash-free day!