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How can I keep my newborn baby from getting diaper rash?

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The key is to keep your infant as clean and dry as possible. That means changing diapers often to keep poop and pee from irritating her bottom.

Newborns have super-sensitive skin, so you need to clean her thoroughly, but gently. Use warm water and a soft cloth or cotton ball, and pat her dry with a soft towel (don’t scrub or rub hard).

Baby wipes that have alcohols or fragrances can irritate her sensitive skin, so it’s best to avoid them for now. And don’t keep her diaper too tight -- it could chafe her skin.

SOURCES:

HealthyChildren.org: "Bonding With Your Baby," "Getting Your Baby to Sleep," "Making Sure Your Baby Is Getting Enough Milk," "Umbilical Cord Care,"  "The Circumcised Penis," "Reduce the Risk of SIDS."

Kidshealth.org: "A Guide for First Time Parents," "Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often," Diaper Rash."

Mayo Clinic: “Diaper rash.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 03, 2019

SOURCES:

HealthyChildren.org: "Bonding With Your Baby," "Getting Your Baby to Sleep," "Making Sure Your Baby Is Getting Enough Milk," "Umbilical Cord Care,"  "The Circumcised Penis," "Reduce the Risk of SIDS."

Kidshealth.org: "A Guide for First Time Parents," "Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often," Diaper Rash."

Mayo Clinic: “Diaper rash.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 03, 2019

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