Can you use Vaseline for diaper rash?

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asked Nov 26, 2021 in Toddler/Preschooler by slamybum (450 points)
Can you use Vaseline for diaper rash?

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answered Nov 27, 2021 by DavidVon (910 points)
Vaseline can be used for preventing diaper rash.

The Vaseline when applied to the skin and diaper area can protect the skin from the urine and feces as the Vaseline helps to create a waterproof surface barrier on the skin.

This means that the urine will be repelled from the skin so that the urine cannot come into contact with the skin.

The Vaseline also will keep the poop or feces from coming into contact with the skin.

If the child already has diaper rash though then you need to use some diaper rash cream that can help treat the diaper rash.

Also allow the babies or toddlers bottom to air out for 30 minutes between diaper changes which can help speed up the recovery of the diaper rash and also help keep diaper rash from occurring too often.

You could lay the baby down on a towel in case they pee or poop.

For a toddler just watch in case they go pee and either get them to a toilet or clean up the pee or poop.

Make sure you change the toddlers or babies diapers often and change poopy diapers as soon as you notice.

It's okay to leave a wet diaper on for a few hours but the diaper should be changed ever 3 to 4 hours or when it's full.

Even if it's not completely full and it's been 4 hours the diaper should be changed as urine can start to turn to ammonia.

Diaper rash is defined as a patchwork of inflamed, bright red skin on the buttocks.

Diaper rash is linked to wet or infrequently changed diapers, diarrhea, new foods, and antibiotics.

The main symptom is a red rash on the buttocks.

In severe cases, symptoms such as fever and widespread rash can occur.

Most diaper rashes start to improve after a few days of at-home care with over-the-counter ointment and more-frequent diaper changes.

If it doesn't start to improve, or if fever and rash develop, a doctor visit is needed.

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