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    Diaper Rash Treatment

    Diaper rash is very common, especially in babies who have started to eat solid foods. Here are ways you can help your child.

    Call Doctor If:

    • The rash seems severe (crusty, oozing, spreading).
    • The rash appears along with other symptoms, such as a fever or diarrhea.
    • The rash happens while the child is taking antibiotics.
    • The child seems to be very irritable or in pain because of the rash.

    1. Change Diapers Often

    • Change your baby's diaper as soon as it's wet or soiled.
    • Use warm water and gentle soap -- or skip the soap entirely.
    • Avoid fragranced wipes or wipes all together.

    2. Let the Area Dry

    • After a change or bath, pat the diaper area dry. Don't rub.
    • When possible, put your baby down on a cloth without a diaper and let the skin air dry.
    • Never put on a new diaper until your baby's skin is completely dry.

    3. Soothe the Skin

    • Protect the skin with a thick layer of petroleum jelly or zinc oxide cream. This creates a barrier between skin and moisture.

    4. Avoid Irritants

    • Avoid baby wipes that are scented or contain alcohol.
    • If you use cloth diapers, don't wash them with a scented detergent.
    • Don't use rubber or plastic pants over the diaper, since they trap moisture and heat.
    • Make sure your baby's diapers aren't too tight.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on September 15, 2015

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