Winter time can bring on many skin concerns for your infant. If you’re like Sammi and I, then you’re working hard to keep baby’s skin smooth and rash-free all over, but especially baby’s bottom! I’ve partnered with Balmex to share some tips for new moms to prevent diaper rash this winter.
1. Change Diapers Frequently
When you’ve got baby all bundled up in winter layers to brave the cold, it can be a pain to strip her down and check the status of her diaper. But don’t let the hassle of taking baby in and out of her snow suit be an excuse to let her sit in a dirty diaper!
Diaper rash is basically the result of baby’s prolonged exposure to moisture in her diaper. Each diaper change is a chance to address any rash that may be developing. Balmex Compete Protection Diaper Rash Cream contains Vitamins B5 and E to soothe irritated skin, and their unique, pediatrician-recommended formula has been clinically shown to reduce diaper rash in just one diaper change.
It’s important to check baby’s diaper at least every two hours. Be sure to do so in a warm, protected place so baby’s delicate bottom isn’t being exposed to cold, wind, or precipitation. Learn baby’s signs of discomfort so you can tell when she’s trying to let you know that her diaper is dirty.
2. Check Your Diaper Size
One of the leading causes of diaper rash is actually ill-fitting diapers. Specifically, diapers that are too small. When a diaper is too small, there isn’t enough breathability so moisture will build up, which leads to chafing, which leads to rashes. Balmex Complete Protection Diaper Rash Cream protects baby’s bottom against 3 leading causes of diaper rash: wetness, skin chafing and digestive enzymes found in dirty diapers.
There are typically weight guidelines on diaper packages, but these aren’t the only guidelines to go by when assessing your baby’s diaper size. You should look to ensure that the diaper is covering the entire behind, not just part of the butt cheeks, and there should be a little “pooching” on the rear end. Not so much that the diaper is baggy, but you don’t want it stretched tightly across baby’s behind.
One of Sammi’s NICU nurses commented that the newborn diapers we were putting her in at five days old looked like “string bikini bottoms” on her. Once she said this, I could visually see how the diapers were in fact not big enough, even though Sammi was just under the weight recommendation for Size 1 diapers. I’ve kept this visual of the “string bikini bottom” in mind throughout our diapering journey, and it helps me see when diapers have become too small for Sammi.
3. Use Diaper Cream at Every Change
It’s not just about treating diaper rash once it occurs. The battle against diaper rash is about preventing it altogether. You can do this by applying cream at every single diaper change. This is especially important if you’ve recently introduced solid food, or are in the process of incorporating new foods into your baby’s diet. If this applies to you and your baby, you’re at a greater risk of experiencing diaper rash!
With exposure to new foods comes changes to the contents of baby’s diaper, which can irritate skin! Balmex Complete Protection Diaper Rash Cream contains digestive enzymes which help to counteract the effect of new foods on baby’s bottom. When used at every diaper change, Balmex helps protect your baby’s skin, and prevents diaper rash from ever occurring.
This winter, arm yourself with a great diaper cream to help protect your baby from diaper rash. My pick is Balmex Complete Protection Diaper Rash Cream. Thank you to Balmex for sponsoring this post!
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