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How can diaper rash be prevented and treated?

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Allergic reactions, leaving a diaper on too long, and switching to solid foods can all cause your baby to get diaper rash.

To prevent diaper rash:

  • Change baby’s diaper more often than you normally do.
  • Let baby’s bottom air dry during a diaper change and leave the diaper off for a while, if you can.
  • Use unscented, mild soap and a warm washcloth to clean baby during a diaper change. Perfume and deodorant soaps can be harsh on baby’s skin.
  • If you use baby wipes, choose those that are free of perfume, alcohol, and chemicals.
  • When washing cloth diapers (and baby’s clothes), avoid using fabric softeners, antistatic products, or perfumed clothes soap. These can also cause rashes.
  • Avoid any foods that seem to worsen baby’s rash.

Diaper rash treatment:

  • Over-the-counter zinc oxide cream can soothe diaper rash.
  • For irritation and allergic reactions, a mild topical steroid cream or ointment may offer relief.
  • Diaper rash related to a bacterial infection -- usually caused by Staph or strep bacteria -- appears bright red and in some cases can blister. It requires medical attention. Your pediatrician may prescribe antibiotics.
  • For diaper rashes related to yeast infections, your baby’s doctor may recommend an over-the-counter topical antifungal cream.

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