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Preventing Diaper Rash

Baby diapering to prevent diaper rash

How to Diaper a Baby to Prevent Diaper Rash

Allow diaper area to dry before reapplying diaper

The key to healing diaper rash is keeping the area as clean and dry as possible.

Once you have finished cleaning your baby’s bottom, pat it dry (no rubbing!) before applying a thick layer of DESITIN® ointment to provide a barrier of protection. Better yet, allow your baby to go without a diaper for a little while to let her bottom air-dry.

Protect baby’s tender skin with a diaper rash barrier treatment

Applying a diaper rash treatment ointment or paste protects the skin from further injury while creating an optimal environment to allow the skin to heal. It will also help prevent friction from the diaper.

Apply a thick layer of a zinc oxide barrier cream, such as DESITIN® Maximum Strength Original Paste or DESITIN® Rapid Relief Cream, at each diaper change to soothe and protect your baby’s irritated skin.

Zinc oxide treatments can help treat and prevent diaper rash by

  • Forming a protective layer on the skin to reduce friction
  • Blocking wetness from skin
  • Protecting against the enzymes found in feces
  • Protecting and soothing irritated skin, allowing it to heal naturally

To apply DESITIN® ointment, use your fingers to apply a thick layer over the entire diaper area as if you were frosting a cake—even to areas that may not look irritated, since irritation may not always be visible to the naked eye. Try to avoid touching irritated skin more often than necessary.

Don’t be concerned about using too much. You can apply as much DESITIN® Maximum Strength Original Paste or DESITIN® Rapid Relief Cream as often as needed.

How to apply DESITIN®ointment and how much

Using your fingers, apply a thick layer to the entire diaper area, as though you were frosting a cake. Try to touch baby’s irritated skin as little as possible.

Be generous in applying DESITIN® ointments. DESITIN® ointments are safe when used as directed and may be used at every diaper change to help treat and prevent diaper rash.

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