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What to Expect

Caring for a Sore Baby Bottom

Question: "What can I do about my child's
diaper rash? It seems like he constantly has
one, and I can't seem to get rid of it."

So baby's not sitting pretty on that cute little bottom? For some babies, diaper rash does become a recurring or even chronic problem – the problem being, it just doesn't seem to go away (and when it does, it seems to come right back). There are many different types of diaper rash, so you should check with the doctor to get a diagnosis (especially since it seems persistent). Most rashes respond to over-the-counter treatment, others need something a little stronger.

For overall care for a sore bottom:

  • Keep the area clean and dry (change diapers often).
  • Expose the bottom to air whenever possible; let him go bare-bottom when you safely can.

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  • Cut down on the irritants that that bottom's exposed to. Use Cetaphil or Johnson's baby soap, which are less irritating, or skipthe soap altogether and just use water on a cotton ball instead of wipes when possible – avoid anything with alcohol.
  • Always add a blocking cream, such as Balmex or Desitin (or whatever the doctor recommends), and apply when baby's bottom is completely dry. Fan or blow on that bottom to make sure it's not the slightest bit damp; the blocking agents can trap in irritating moisture.
  • Try switching diapers. Sometimes the extra-absorbent ones can lead to rashes, since they trap more moisture.

Here's to his bottom getting better,

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