This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.
One of the questions I hear a lot from readers and mom friends with new babies is “What did you use for diaper rash?”
Honestly, I got really lucky with my first boy. Since we used cloth, we didn’t have a lot of rash issues. When we did it was usually due to his antibiotics or teething. For him we were able to use just a cloth diaper friendly cream and that was it.
With my second baby I learned a lot about diaper rashes. Due to his FPIES he seemed like no matter what I did he always had a rash. Finally, I was able to find a good routine for us and I was able to keep it under control.*
Want to ditch the diaper rash? Here are 5 ways to keep diaper rash away for good!
Reconsider the wipes you are using. This is the first thing you should do when your baby has a diaper rash. So many of the wipes are loaded with chemicals and fragrances. Many rating a 4+ on the EWG database. One idea would be to use cloth wipes or make your own, but that’s not always an option. That’s how I found WaterWipes. WaterWipes are chemical free! They are made with 99.9% water and .1% fruit extract (grapefruit seed extract) which makes them a more natural option for baby. WaterWipes were also recently awarded the Seal of Acceptance by the National Eczema Association and have an EWG rating of 1. It’s an easy switch to make, and once we did I noticed a big difference in healing and preventing our diaper rash issues.
We found WaterWipes at our local Target. Use this link to locate WaterWipes near you!
Change Baby More Often. Whether you are using disposable or cloth diapers you want to be really diligent about changing baby as soon as you notice they are soiled (At least every 1 1/2 to 2 hours). This will help cut down on occurrences of diaper rash, but is also really important to do if baby already has a rash to keep it from getting worse.
Allow Baby to Air Dry. Once baby is clean consider allowing them some time to air dry. This is really great for healing a rash. I typically kept my son up on the changing table and sang songs or read books. If they are older and won’t stay on the table put a couple towels down on the ground and let them enjoy some naked time. This is best done right after baby has a bowel movement to avoid any messy accidents.
Pat Don’t Wipe. If baby currently has a rash, don’t wipe the area clean, but rather pat it. This is true for drying after bathtime as well. Wiping the area can be really painful for baby and irritate the skin further. Even when you are changing baby’s diaper use your WaterWipes to pat the area clean and try to avoid wiping as much as you can.
Try Coconut Oil. A lot of people recommend creams and pastes for diaper rash or even for prevention of diaper rash. However, I have found that coconut oil is all you need to do the trick. Coconut oil is naturally antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial so it’s great for all types of diaper rash. Coconut oil is also safe for use with cloth diapers. I have also found that when my son’s rash was really bad if we added a bit of lavender oil to the coconut oil it was the perfect soothing mix. I like EcoSprout Stick for easy application.
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*I am not a doctor, just a mom who dealt with a lot of diaper rash due to my son’s extreme food allergies. Please contact a doctor if your child’s rash doesn’t get better within 2 days or gets worse.
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