How to prevent diaper rash (5 tips)

~This post was written in a partnership with Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Ointment and Evolution Impressions. All opinions are my own.

Every child is different, from sleeping habits and sense of humor to food preference and skin sensitivity. Ryan (our 4-year-old) was easy as a baby, as far as skincare goes. We used disposable diapers his first 8 months and then switched to cloth so we’ve used both. He may have had a diaper rash ONCE, ever.

Rebecca, our (almost!) two-year-old, has a much different story. Her skin is so sensitive, mainly to just being wet. If she isn’t changed right away after a dirty diaper, her skin turns red. You don’t want to mess with diaper rash… it can turn bad, fast. It goes from pink to red to raw. We’ve seen blistering and bleeding. Ouch πŸ™ So here are my 5 tips to prevent diaper rash!

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  1. Change the diaper frequently. This one seems obvious… but I know time can get away from us. Try to change right after a diaper gets dirty or at least every 2 hours. Get in a habit of doing this and it becomes easier.
  2. Use diaper rash ointment. We use Dr. Smith’s diaper rash ointment. The zinc oxide is drying so it helps keep Rebecca’s bottom dry from wet diapers. If we see pink during a change, it goes on! If your baby gets frequent rashes, use this to help prevent diaper rash, or when you know they’ll be in a diaper for a longer period of time (like overnight).
  3. Let that bum air out. If you can, leave the diaper off for a little bit, even just 5-10 minutes between changes. Air drying helps, but be prepared to clean up a possible mess πŸ˜‰ This goes along with making sure that diaper isn’t on too tight. That prevents airflow.
  4. Wash your hands. We always wash our hands AFTER diaper changes, right? But try washing BEFORE, too. This will help prevent the spread of bacteria or yeast.
  5. Use wet wipes or water. Clean off your baby’s bottom during diaper changes. You can wet cloth wipes or cotton balls. If you use baby wipes, avoid ones with fragrance or alcohol.

You may remember a few months ago when I went to the launch party for Dr. Smith’s diaper rash ointment. Ya know, when I got to meet Bill and Giuliana Rancic. Oh, well, I’ll just show you again πŸ˜‰

Meeting Bill and Giuliana RancicThat’s me on the left… excited much?

Dr. Smith’s has been around forever (over 50 years) and just recently launched in stores nationwide. We like it because it keeps Rebecca dry when she needs it. It helps us prevent diaper rash and it keeps the rash away. It’s thick and goes on like a cream andΒ we always notice an improvement after one use.Β 

prevent diaper rash

You can find Dr. Smith’s in stores nationwide like Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, Kroger, and more. You can also buy online at Amazon. Make sure you find Dr. Smith’s on Facebook and Twitter, too! There’s a great coupon you can use on Dr. Smith’s Facebook page.

~This post was written in a partnership with Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Ointment and Evolution Impressions. All opinions are my own.

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