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  1. 1To prevent diaper rash, you should know what causes it. Diaper rash appears most often when babies are not kept clean and dry, have ill-fitting diapers that rub the skin, are sensitive or allergic to the brand of baby wipes you use, start to eat solid foods, or have diarrhea.
  2. 2Keep your baby's bottom clean and dry. Change your baby's diaper frequently. Washing your baby's bottom with plain warm water is best -- a mild fragrance-free soap is only needed if your baby is extra messy. Let the area air dry completely before re-diapering.
  3. 3If your baby is prone to rashes, consider using a protective barrier cream, such as zinc oxide or petroleum jelly, before you diaper your baby. 
  4. 4Be sure your baby is wearing the proper size of diaper as they grow. Too tight and it may irritate the skin; too loose and your baby will have accidents.
  5. 5Don’t use plastic diaper covers or diapers with plastic edges.  Both help retain moisture and raise the temperature in the diaper area. These are perfect conditions for germ growth.
  6. 6Never rub your baby’s bottom with a towel after a bath -- you might break or irritate your baby’s sensitive skin, which allows bacteria to enter later. Gentle patting is best -- and don’t forget to cuddle!
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