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What are some tips to treat a diaper rash?

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Treat your baby's diaper rash in the following ways:

Bad rashes call for extra measures. Try these tips:

  • Wash your hands before and after every diaper change.
  • Check your baby's diaper often, and change it as soon as it becomes wet or soiled.
  • Use plain water. When you need to get poop off your baby's skin, use a mild cleanser.
  • Gently pat the area clean and dry, rather than rubbing.
  • If you use wipes, choose mild ones. Try to avoid those with fragrances or alcohol, or use a clean, soft washcloth.
  • Be sure the area is completely clean and dry before putting on a fresh diaper.
  • Try a squirt bottle to wash the area well, without rubbing sore skin.
  • Let your baby go diaper-free as much as possible. Airing out the diaper zone helps a baby's skin heal faster. To avoid a mess, do it right after a bowel movement.

From: Your Baby's Diaper Rash WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Agrawal, R. , November 2004. eMedicine

HealthyChildren.org.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

SOURCES:

Agrawal, R. , November 2004. eMedicine

HealthyChildren.org.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

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