The Dos and Don'ts of Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is a common issue seen by pediatricians and pediatric urgent care doctors. To help prevent and treat this condition in your child, read on to learn about the dos and don'ts of diaper rash.

Do Use Mild Products

In some cases, diaper rash is triggered by sensitive skin and skin allergies. For this reason, you may be able to prevent your baby's diaper rash by choosing soaps, detergents, and skin products that are designed for babies with sensitive skin.

Don't Wait Too Long

Waiting too long to change your child's diaper can lead to skin irritation and diaper rash. Also, urine can change the pH of your baby's skin and create an ideal breeding ground for infection. For these reasons, to prevent and treat diaper rash, try to change your child's soiled diapers as soon as possible.

Do Rinse Between Diapers

In addition to changing his diaper frequently, rinsing your baby's bottom with soap and water when it's time for a diaper change can help rinse away urine and promote normal skin pH. However, remember to pat your child's skin dry before you put on the fresh diaper.

Don't Make Diapers Snug

When a diaper is secured too close to the skin, this can promote chafing and skin irritation for your baby. To help prevent diaper rash, place your child's diapers so that they fit loosely.

Do Monitor Diaper Rash

By taking these steps and applying a diaper rash cream to your baby's skin at each diaper change, his rash should clear up within a few days. However, if your baby has a fever or seems irritable, or if the rash persists, develops sores, or drains pus, then contact his doctor to learn what steps to take next.

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