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How to Treat Diaper Rash

Chances are good that your tot is going to experience diaper rash at one point or another. Learn how to treat it and when you should call your doctor.

Tue, 15 Oct 2013|

Even if you're super vigilant about changing your baby's diaper, you probably won't be able to dodge diaper rash forever. With a few simple strategies you can clear it up quickly. To keep the rash clean change your baby's diaper as soon as you realize it's wet or dirty. Even mild baby wipes can irritate sore skin. So use just water and a washcloth or soft paper towel to gently wipe the area. When you are done, if you have time, let your baby roam around without a diaper to allow the rash to dry out. Just be sure to put a waterproof mat underneath your baby in case he pees. If you're short on time shake a little corn starch based baby powder into your palm away from baby and apply it to his bottom. Finish by applying a thick coat of diaper cream all over to form a barrier between the baby's skin and the diaper. Finally, watch for anything unusual. If your baby gets a rash all over his bottom he could be allergic to the diaper itself. So switch to a different brand. If he develops blisters call your doctor. They can signal if it's strep or staph infection. Which will require a prescription cream.