The following simple steps can help
prevent diaper rash.
wash your hands and your child's hands well before and after each diaper
Change diapers or incontinence briefs as soon as possible
after they become soiled or wet. Check the diaper at least every 2 hours.
Diapers or incontinence briefs need to be changed at least 8 times every 24
Leave the diaper or incontinence brief off and allow the
area to air-dry for 5 to 10 minutes after each diaper change. Make sure a baby
is in a safe place during this time.
Wash cloth diapers with mild
detergent, and rinse them twice. Do not use bleach or fabric
If you use cloth diapers, do not use plastic pants, which
hold moisture on the skin.
If diarrhea is present, protect the
diaper area with a cream such as Desitin, Diaparene, A&D Ointment, or zinc
oxide. This will protect the skin from bacteria that might cause infection. For
more information, see the topic
Diarrhea, Age 11 and Younger or
Diarrhea, Age 12 and Older.
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