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What should i do if wipes are making my baby's diaper rash worse?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Becky White
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Wet washcloth works!: Use a wet washcloth or simply put them in bathwater and swish! a lot of wipes contain alcohol or other ingredients that can make rashes worse. Adding baking soda to the water can also help neutralize any acid in diarrhea. Another secret is to make sure they are completely dry (use another diaper to fan) before putting on the diaper cream. We call it the 2 diaper method at my house!
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Avoid wiping motion: If cleaning with baby wipes seems to make a diaper rash worse, try cleaning by dabbing with a moist/wet tissue, or by rinsing the butt with water and dabbing dry with a towel. Avoid wiping the skin, because the wiping motion may rub off the new skin cells that are forming to heal the rash area. If the diaper rash persists, a doctor should examine it.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Make your own: Occasionally the fragrence oil or preservatives in diaper wipe products will aggrivate any area of skin that has broken down. A short term fix involves soaking paper towels in baby oil & keeping in a ziploc bag. You can make these problem free wipes for transitional use and return to the others after the skin has healed. Open air drying, thin soapy water cleanup etc when possible also helps.

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Portland, TN
A 29-year-old female asked about a male:

My baby has diaper rash could it b cause of wipes with fragance? How can I treat it, he is very red

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 59 years experience
Diaper rash: Yes, your baby's rash can be due to perfumed diapers, change diapers and apply zinc oxide mixed with 0.25 per cent hydrocortisone.
Pakistan
A 24-year-old female asked:

Can i use disposible diaper or cloth diaper while normal diaper rash ???. M also using baby wipes

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: You can still use diapers but it may also help if you open the diaper at times to "air the area out". Follow topical or oral treatments that the doctor may have recommended
A 38-year-old member asked:

What should I use for my baby that has recurrent diaper rash?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 57 years experience
Diaper rash: The best trick to prevent a diaper rash is to change the diaper quickly whenever your baby dirties or pees. Exposing the diaper area to the air several times a day will also help. Do not wash bottoms with soap and water everytime he soils the diaper; wipes are good enough. Then apply an ointment - vaseline, vit. A&d, aquaphor at each change.
Last updated Mar 28, 2016

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