The Down and Dirty of Pampering Babies’ Bottoms

You’ve been home from the hospital for a mere few months and are settling nicely into some semblance of a routine when you spy red sores on your baby’s bottom. Don’t worry. Your baby probably has a simple case of diaper rash.

Every year, just over 4 million babies are born in the U.S., and each baby will go through about 7,000 diapers before they graduate to training pants. To that point, a baby is bound to get a rash or two, leaving them fussy and parents feeling helpless.

The causes of diaper rash vary from too much moisture on a baby’s delicate skin to chafing. Other reasons may be an allergic reaction to certain antibiotics or even a yeast infection.

The good news is there is a plethora of information for new parents on how to deal with the troublesome sores and how to treat them if they occur.

The following do’s and don’ts should help baby stay rash-free:

•    Do change a diaper often. Babies who aren’t changed right away have more potential to develop a rash. Remind others who might be caring for baby to do the same.

•    Do give baby’s bottom a time out. Letting your baby’s tender tush air dry is an excellent way to prevent a rash from occurring. Barring that, ensure that baby’s bottom is dry after each changing—and pat, don’t rub.

•    Don’t fasten diapers too tight. Besides the chafing that can occur from a too-tight diaper, air flow is also constricted, causing a moist area to become vulnerable.

•    Do use ointments regularly. Ointment acts to prevent skin irritation, especially if your little one is predisposed to getting rashes. Doctors and pharmacists often recommend Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Ointment, which contains zinc oxide—an essential element in combating the offensive sores. Spread a generous amount onto the affected area during every diaper change.

“The late Dr. Smith listened to mothers’ concerns about creams and prescriptions that weren’t working for their children, and he worked to make something more effective,” says Neill Walsdorf, Jr., of Mission Pharmacal . “He produced something that we can all feel good about.”

A last word of advice: There is a current trend among moms to use cloth diapers. If this is you, pre-soak dirty diapers, use hot water and mild detergents and skip fabric softeners and dryer sheets with fragrance. If you’re concerned about rashes, double rinse the diapers.

For more tips about treating diaper rash or to find local retailers that carry Dr. Smith’s, visit Additionally, learn more about Mission Pharmacal at

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