The best cure for diaper rash is to keep it from happening. Diaper rashes are usually caused by moisture next to your baby’s skin. Be sure to check your baby’s diaper often and change it whenever it’s wet or dirty. If your baby does get diaper rash, keep her skin clean and dry. Air-drying after each diaper change or bath can help to dry out the rash. Over-the-counter diaper rash ointments, such as zinc oxide preparations, may help to protect your baby’s sensitive skin from diaper rash.

The chemicals used by manufacturers to treat new clothing and blankets can also irritate your baby’s skin. Be sure to wash all of the baby’s items before using them. Also, some laundry detergents or fabric softeners can cause rashes. Wash your baby’s laundry separately from yours, using mild laundry soap and avoiding fabric softeners. If your baby still develops a rash, double rinsing may help get rid of any residual soap in clothes and blankets.