If you’re a parent, you’re probably all too familiar with the signs of diaper rash.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says half of all babies between four and 15 months will develop the telltale redness and irritation in their diaper area every two months.
But is treating diaper rash as simple as spreading a barrier cream on your little one’s bottom?
Dr. Jill Aiken, a pediatrician at Tidelands Health Pediatrics on Holmestown Road in Myrtle Beach, says that’s usually the case, although not always.
“In most instances, parents can treat diaper rash at home using a zinc oxide cream from the store and changing their baby’s diaper more often,” she says. “If it’s the typical irritant diaper rash caused by prolonged contact with a wet diaper, it should resolve quickly from standard ointments and getting more air to the diaper area.”
But if skin redness persists despite treatment, you may need to treat the rash differently, she says.
“With severe diaper rashes, you won’t see an improvement using that approach. It may hang around for several days and not get any better,” she says.