Ways to Prevent Diaper Rash

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Lara Robby
It's practically a parental rite of passage: opening your baby's diaper and seeing his sweet little bottom covered in red splotches. Welcome to the world of diaper rash. Before you start questioning your parenting skills (or running to the emergency room), remember that the rash is harmless if treated. Most babies get a diaper rash at some point but won't continue to get it once they're toilet trained.
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Fancy Photography/ Veer

What Causes Diaper Rash?

When urine and stool are pressed against the skin, they break down its protective barrier, resulting in an angry-looking rash. Some untreated diaper rashes progress to yeast infections; yeast thrives in warm, moist, dark environments. Fortunately, a diaper rash is usually simple to prevent and treat.

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Change Baby Often

Change Baby's diaper often (eight to 10 times a day is normal).

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.

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BananaStock/ Jupiter

Wash Baby's Hiney

Thoroughly clean and air-dry the diaper area at each changing. Sometimes sitting Baby in a few inches of lukewarm water does the best job.

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BananaStock/ Jupiter

Not Too Tight!

Make sure that diapers aren't fastened too tightly.

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PhotoAlto/ Veer

Moisturize

Use a barrier cream on Baby's bottom to protect skin from urine and stool.

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Fancy Photography/ Veer

Air Time

Expose Baby's bare bottom to air for some naked time whenever you can.

Lara Robby
Lara Robby

Consult a Pediatrician

If the rash is persistent, see your doctor. It could be a stubborn yeast infection that might require a medicated cream.

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