When it comes to diaper rashes, an extra tender touch is needed to minimize the pain and discomfort of baby’s burning backside. In addition to frequent diaper changes, to avoid moisture from sitting against baby’s soft skin for too long, and allowing baby to have time without a diaper to let the backside “breathe,” diaper rash cream can be a useful addition to a diaper routine. But how do you use it? and which will be the best diaper rash cream for your baby? Well, keep reading, and we’ll let you know how to use diaper rash cream in a few easy steps.
Prepare to change the baby’s diaper. Round up the items that you will need. You will need many of the same items that you would when changing the baby’s diaper as usual, including:
- an appropriate changing area
- a fresh, clean diaper
- Wipe(s) for cleaning: sensitive wipes, or a soft wash cloth with water. Note: If using regular baby wipes, it would be best to rinse them thoroughly to remove the alcohol, which could cause the baby additional pain and discomfort.
- A soft, dry washcloth to pat the area dry.
However, when changing a baby with a diaper rash, you may wish to consider adding these items:
- A binky/ pacifier. Since the baby will likely experience pain or discomfort, you may wish to offer a binky or pacifier for comfort.
- Baby powder
And, of course, you will need the focal item of Diaper Rash Cream, which may often be purchased over-the-counter without a prescription. However, in extreme cases of diaper rash, such as rashes with blisters or open sores, seeking medical advice and attention is recommended.
Offer Baby a Binky/ Pacifier.
Clean the diaper area. Before applying the diaper rash cream, you will need to remove the dirty diaper and gently clean the diaper area using one of the suggested wipes.
Gently dry the area. Once the area is clean, gently pat the area dry using the soft dry washcloth. Remember the area will be tender and pressure may cause baby pain, so extra gentleness is advised. Place the clean diaper beneath baby as though to put the new diaper on.
Apply the Diaper Rash Cream. Once the area is patted dry, squeeze between the size of a dime and a quarter of the diaper rash cream into the palm of your less dominant hand. Using the dominant hand, sweep your fingers into the cream on your palm, and gently apply the cream from your fingers onto the affected rash area, moving from top to bottom motion. Do not rub the cream in like lotion. Repeat the process of adding cream into the palm and gently applying it to baby’s rash area until all affected areas have been covered in a thin to moderate layer of diaper rash cream.
Prevent extra moisture. Apply baby powder to prevent the spread of additional rash to the areas not currently affected. Then secure the clean diaper on baby.
Clean up as usual, and be especially sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling the diaper rash cream to avoid any accidental irritations. Continue to change the diaper using the diaper rash cream as recommended until the rash has dissipated.