How to treat diaper rash
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How to treat diaper rash


Diaper rash is very common in babies. In most cases, diaper rash can be treated
and prevented by following these tips from dermatologists. The most important tip in treating and preventing diaper rash is to change all dirty diapers as soon as possible – even if they are just wet. This reduces moisture on the skin that can inflame a rash. Be gentle when cleaning the diaper area. Use water and a soft washcloth or baby wipes that are alcohol and fragrance-free. If the rash is severe, use a squirt bottle of water to clean the area as doing so is gentler to the skin. Then allow the area to air dry. Apply a diaper cream with zinc oxide to protect the skin, especially if the skin stays red between diaper changes. If your baby has severe diaper rash, layer
the diaper cream on like you are frosting a cake. There is no need to remove the cream with each diaper change. It can be fully removed at the end of the
day. If your baby develops signs of a skin infection, call your baby’s doctor or dermatologist. Signs of a skin infection include: – A fever develops with the rash – Blisters appear – Pus drains from the rash – The baby appears to be in pain or is hard
to console – The rash does not go away after several
days of treatment or worsens If you have any questions or concerns about caring for your child’s skin, see a board-certified dermatologist. To find a dermatologist in your area, visit
aad.org.

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