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Dealing with Diaper Rash

Dealing with Diaper Rash

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If you observe that your baby’s diaper areas looks sore, red and irritated chances are it’s a diaper rash. Diaper rash is a very common condition which can be resolved with simple home treatments.

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

How Can Your Child Get Diaper Rash?

Your child might get a rash from a number of sources. However, the most common culprits of diaper rash can be

  • Wetness due to soiled diapers that are left on for too long.
  • New brands of detergent, soaps, or baby wipes can irritate your baby’s sensitive skin.
  • Friction caused by rubbing diaper against the skin.

  • Introduction of new foods might lead to change in frequency and content of your baby’’’’s poop leading to a diaper rash. Remember diarrhea can make a rash worse.

If a diaper rash persists, your doctor may suggest applying a thick smear of cream or ointment containing zinc oxide or petroleum jelly which can help protect your baby’s diaper area from moisture.

Preventing and Treating a Diaper Rash

A diaper rash can usually be prevented and treated by keeping the diaper area clean and changing diaper as soon as it gets
wet or soiled. Other tips for 
preventing or treating a rash include:

  • Soaking your baby’s bottom by running tap water over it. This can be done in between diaper changes.
  • Waiting till your baby’s skin becomes completely dry before putting another diaper
  • Putting the diaper loosely to prevent rubbing

A diaper rash usually improves and goes away within 2 to 3 days with home care.

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