How To Treat and Prevent Diaper Rashes

Babies have very soft and delicate skin, so it’s no surprise that there are many types of skin conditions that are treated in very young babies. One of the most ubiquitous skin conditions that babies encounter is the dreaded diaper rash. The red, irritated skin that is formed by this rash under the diaper area is profoundly discomforting to your newborn, so it is obviously imperative to treat this condition as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Other inflammatory and infectious processes can occur in the diaper area, so it is important to be aware of the possibility of secondary types of diaper dermatitis and to see your dermatologist for the proper diagnosis.

To prevent and treat diaper rashes in the most effective and rapid manner, use the following methods:

  • Minimize diaper use
  • Use barrier creams
  • Mild topical cortisones may be effective
  • Antifungal agents may be helpful
  • Keep diaper area clean
  • Change diapers often
  • Wait until area is completely dry before re-diapering
  • Use fragrance-free and alcohol-free soaps and shampoos when bathing to avoid further irritation
  • A zinc oxide diaper ointment should be used between diaper changes to allow the skin to heal
  • Use a soft washcloth or squirt bottle with warm water to clean severe rashes to avoid further irritation

Babies have very delicate skin, so it is extremely important to be very gentle and avoid any excessive abrasion. If you notice an infection or changes in skin color or texture that includes redness, swelling, and the secretion of pus, then be sure to consult with your dermatologist right away for further treatment. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 and make an appointment.