Diaper Rash: 5 Tips on How to Fight it!

Amy Jo Jones
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I think all moms agree that diapers would not be on the top ten list of awesome things about babies. Especially right now with the Pampers investigation.

But, like it or not, as they say -- stuff happens. We have to change diapers and move on. Only it's not that simple when it comes to the painful problem of diaper rash. 

Here are 5 tips on how to get rid of it for good:

1. Diaper choice: Disposable diapers are convenient, but chemicals can irritate baby's skin. Cloth diapers work great for some, but hold moisture closer to the skin, which may be a problem for others. It takes some trial and error to find a brand that works best, but it's a good place to start.

2. Dietary changes: My son loves applesauce, but if he gets near it, his bottom will be red and sore. Guaranteed. I monitor how often he eats it and always try to pair it with some yogurt to counteract the acidity.

3. Diaper Cremes: Not all diaper pastes are created equal. You don't need the most expensive brand, but it helps to stay with one that is heavy on zinc oxide and light on extra added stuff.

4. Go unscented: Wipes with a fresh clean scent are nice but the added alcohol can cause or even prolong the rash. The same goes for the soap you use at bath time. 

5. Fresh air: If you can let your baby go without a diaper for brief periods during the day -- go for it! If you are not that adventurous, you can consider using a larger diaper at times during the day for improved air circulation.

What diaper rash remedies helped you banish the rash?

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