Many Pediatricians &
Baby Health Care Professionals are recommending that washing a baby's
bottom with soap and fresh running water after each diaper change
is the most effective and gentle way of protecting a baby's sensitive
skin from diaper rash and related skin problems.
American Academy of Pediatrics
"What can I do to prevent diaper rash?"
"What can I do if my baby gets diaper rash?"
- Gently clean the diaper area with water.
- You do not need to use soap with every diaper change or after every bowel movement.
- Avoid over-cleansing with wipes that can dry out the skin. The alcohol or perfume in these products may irritate some babies' skin.
- Change wet or soiled diapers often.
- Use clear water to cleanse the diaper area with each diaper change.
- Using water in a squirt bottle lets you clean and rinse without rubbing.
American Academy of Family Physicians
- Use hypoallergenic, unscented wipes or plain water. Harsh chemicals and perfumes from disposable wipe solutions are a major cause of diaper rash.
University of Michigan Health System
"How To Treat Diaper Rash"
- Rinse the skin with warm water if there is urine only. If there is stool in the diaper, wash the skin with a mild soap (Basis, Dove) and rinse completely with warm water.
BC Parent News Magazine
"Treating Diaper Rash"
- Wash the diaper area with plain water after a diaper wetting, and with mild soapy water after a bowel movement.
- Baby wipes are great for days away from home, but they are an expensive convenience and some babies may react to the perfumed variety.
- Try the unscented, aloe-compound brands.
- Make sure you rinse the skin well. Most baby wash preparations are gentle, but the key is making certain the skin is clean and as free from potential irritants as possible.
Contemporary Pediatrics Guide for Parents
"What To Do About Diaper Rash"
- Resist excessive cleaning or washing, which irritates the skin.
- Bowel movements-may be followed with gentle cleansing using warm water and a small amount of mild soap.
- Be sure to rinse away the soap well.
- It is best to stay away from diaper wipes when the baby has a rash.
Below are some additional links To Pediatrician and Baby Health Care Professionals who are recommending that washing a baby's bottom with soap and fresh running water after each diaper change as a means to alleviate diaper rash and skin problems.
ADAM Pediatrics Encyclopedia -- "Avoid irritating wipes (especially those containing alcohol) when cleaning the infant."
Bayfront Medical Review Team -- "Make sure you clean your baby's bottom with soap and water to prevent diaper rash."
Health at Home -- Your Complete Online Guide to Symptoms, Solutions, & Self-Care Don R. Powell, PhD and the American Institute for Preventive Medicine.