There are numerous ways to help prevent diaper rash from occurring:
Change soiled diapers as soon as possible.
Make sure you thoroughly, but gently clean the area during each diaper change. It is recommended to use a mild soap.
Avoid using diaper wipes that contain alcohol or perfumes, as this may irritate the skin.
Make sure the area has adequate time to fully dry before applying any products or replacing the diaper.
Apply a topical ointment, such as a diaper rash cream (A&D Ointment, Desitin, etc.). You may find that a moisture barrier salve works better in preventing urine and feces from coming in contact with skin.
Use a more super-absorbent diaper, such as Attends Retail Briefs with Waistband, Prevail Overnight Briefs, or other extra absorbent brand that keeps moisture away from the skin.
Developing diaper rash is not uncommon, especially with elders who suffer from severe incontinence of bladder and bowels. This does not mean that you are bad or negligent caregiver.
If diaper rash is present for more than a few days and over the counter treatments are not effective, it is recommended that you consult your doctor, as it could be a fungal infection or more serious condition.
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