Wednesday, December 10, 2014

How to deal with diaper rash

Dermatologist Lawrence F. Eichenfield, MD, chief of pediatric and adolescent  dermatology at the University of California San Diego, says the best way to prevent and treat diaper rash is to keep the baby as clean and dry as possible.

This means changing the tot as soon as possible--even if the diapers are only wet.

Be gentle--use wipes that are alcohol and fragrance-free. If the rash is severe, use a quirt bottle of water. Allow the area to air dry.

Apply a zinc oxide diaper cream if the skin is always red. Layer it on like frosting a cake.  Remove it only at the end of the day.

If you see blisters or pus, or the baby is screaming and hard to console, consult a doctor.

Babies wear diapers for three years or so--you need to develop a routine to keep the little rugrats comfy.

I figured I changed 5,000 diapers...You have to be in it for the distance.

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