Dealing with Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is common and uncomfortable! If your baby’s bottom is red and he or she seems uncomfortable:

  • Keep the area clean. Use a washcloth with gentle soap and warm water after each diaper change. Rinse well.
  • Allow the area to air dry before replacing the diaper.
  • Change the diaper often.
  • After washing the area, rub on a thin layer of a diaper cream containing zinc oxide.

If the rash persists for more than 3 days, it may be caused by a yeast infection, and your pediatrician may prescribe a cream to clear it up.

Tips for Preventing Diaper Rash

These tips, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, will help reduce the risk of diaper rash:

  • Change your baby’s diaper as soon as possible after each bowel movement, and change wet diapers frequently to avoid exposing this sensitive area to moisture for too long.
  • Use warm water and a soft cloth to clean the diaper area when a rash occurs. Avoid using baby wipes that seem to irritate your baby’s skin. 
  • Expose your baby’s bottom to air when this is possible. Make sure diapers or plastic pants placed over cloth diapers are roomy enough to allow air to circulate inside the diaper. 
See also ...

•  Diaper rash causes

•  Diaper rash or yeast infection?

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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