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Spotting and Treating Diaper Rash

Although diaper rash is a common condition for babies, there are steps that can be taken to identify risks, soothe affected skin, and heal the condition. If treated correctly, diaper rash can be cleared in as few as 3-4 days.


Keeping the skin clean and dry is the most effective way to keep a baby from getting diaper rash. Baby's skin is so delicate that moisture and contaminants from wearing diapers, especially dirty diapers, can degrade the skin leading to irritation and rash. The most important step is ensuring that dirty diapers are changed as soon as possible and the skin cleaned thoroughly. Use water and a soft washcloth or baby wipes to clean the skin, but avoid using products containing alcohol or fragrances which can lead to irritation. When changed and clean, allow the baby to be diaper-free as long as possible to allow the skin time to dry and heal.


If irritation or rash develops, zinc oxide cream can help to protect, soothe, and heal the affected area. On a rash that has become severe, apply the cream generously. It is possible for a rash to become infected, so it is important to watch for warning signs including fever, blisters, and pus. Contact a pediatrician or dermatologist if any of these develops.


Diaper rash is very common, and despite the best of precaution, they can still occur. Proper hygiene and prompt treatment are the best ways to keep rashes from worsening and leading to infection.

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