5 Tips To Prevent Diaper Rash While Using Adult Diapers

Geriatric caregivers often turn to adult diapers to help with challenges such as urinary incontinence among the elderly. It reduces the strain and discomfort on both the user as well as the caregiver. But one of the most common problems induced by diapers is rashes. 

The skin’s sensitivity in the region increases the chance of developing a rash from an allergic reaction, increased friction, or improper cleaning. Here we will discuss five simple ways to prevent a rash while working with diapers for best care and comfort.  

1. Look For Extra Absorbent Diapers

Choose diapers that match the requirement of the individual. Do not compromise on quality, and pay attention to the many different types of diapers available based on their absorption. Diapers with low absorption or made of low-quality raw materials will eventually become a hassle. They will leave the person feeling wet all the time that could cause allergies, skin disorders, or rashes. 

Change the diaper brand if you feel like it is not up to quality. The excretion should not stay in touch with the skin for too long. So choose diapers that absorb the liquid quickly and ensure a dry surface for skin contact. 

Disposable diapers have a lining of bleach or other chemical cocktails that increase absorption. Sometimes the particular chemicals used by a brand can induce skin allergies leading to adult diaper rash. Try a different brand or look for reusable cloth diapers.  Be careful to clean these cloth diapers properly with antibacterial liquid and mild detergent in hot water. 

2. Create A Moisture Barrier 

Friction between the diaper and skin also causes rashes. It can enhance the problem and induce severe irritation and pain. Using barrier ointments can help in this regard to provide adequate relief.  

Diaper creams with zinc oxide or petroleum gel can protect the skin against rashes. These are a better choice than regular moisturizing creams or lotions due to their effect on sensitive skin. Simply apply a little cream before changing the diaper to create a moisture layer that protects the skin. These creams will become a barrier for the bacteria to spread on the skin. 

Remember, barrier creams also restrict airflow to the area. So proper precautions are required to ensure the area is dry for enhanced protection. 

3. Change More Frequently

A clean diaper is the best chance to prevent rashes. Letting a wet diaper sit for too long can encourage the breeding of harmful microbes that can increase the risk of infection. It also causes severe discomfort for the individual.  Remember, diapers contain chemicals for improved absorption. Leaving them on for too long, especially when they are full, can have some harmful side effects. 

Make sure to change the diaper frequently to avoid prolonged exposure to the soiled ones. It prevents bacterial build-up and enhances personal comfort. If you have trouble discerning when the diaper is full, simply check once every couple of hours and change if necessary. 

Don't forget to clean the area before replacing the diaper. Bathe twice a day to reduce the risk of rashes. You can also add some antibacterial products or use a medicated soap while bathing for enhanced benefits. 

4. Clean With Wet Wipes 

One of the primary reasons for diaper rashes in adults is lack of hygiene. Most of us clean up the area covered by the diaper during change.  But the skin around the area, especially near the edges of the diaper, is also prone to infections and irritation. Neglecting to clean this area can cause severe rashes from bacterial breeding. 

Wet wipes are an easy and elegant solution to clean the area properly. Look for wipes without alcohol or chemicals such as fragrances to reduce the risk of irritation. Medicated wipes can do a fantastic job in cleaning up the area while reducing the spread of bacteria. Alternatively, you can use a soft cloth or cotton pad dipped in warm water to clean the skin thoroughly before replacing the diaper. 

Avoid using soap unless necessary, as the skin here is delicate. Use mild soap or wet wipes with a gentle cleanser with a well-balanced pH for the best results. Pat the area with a dry towel to absorb the moisture. Do not rub the skin as it could cause a burning sensation or irritation. 

5. Take Some Time To Air Out

Wearing diapers for a long time, especially throughout the day, is also a common reason for developing rashes. The diaper material constantly rubbing against the skin can cause severe discomfort. A simple way to prevent skin irritation is to take some time and air out the area.  

Air circulation can improve comfort and ensure a good experience while using diapers. Air out the skin for a few minutes every day before replacing the diaper or any other underwear. It will help the skin breathe and enable faster healing even if there are rashes or irritation. 

Also, ensure the area is clean and dry before replacing the diaper every time. Moisture can encourage the skin to become a breeding ground for bacteria that could trigger infection. Let the skin dry completely before placing the diaper to prevent rash.  


Diaper rashes can cause an uncomfortable experience and influence self-confidence. These tips can help prevent developing a rash while using adult diapers. Make sure to buy good-quality diapers to avoid rashes caused by allergic reactions to harmful chemicals. In case a rash develops, visit a doctor to receive the necessary treatment and care. 



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