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Diaper Rash

Diaper Rash

It can be upsetting to change your baby’s diaper and find a red rash on his little bottom. But most babies develop diaper rash at some point, especially when they start eating solid food and between the ages of 8 and 10 months. Left untreated, diaper rash can result in blisters or open sores that may become infected. The good news is the following steps can help reduce your baby’s risk for diaper rash:

  • Change baby's diaper as soon as it's soiled
  • Use a soft, wet cloth or wipes without alcohol or fragrance to clean baby's bottom
  • Don't rub baby's skin – instead wipe softly and pat dry
  • When possible, expose baby's bottom to air
  • Avoid putting on diapers too tightly as they can trap moisture
  • If a rash occurs, apply petroleum jelly or zinc oxide-based diaper cream/ointment until rash is gone
  • Avoid powders because baby can inhale them

If your baby is premature or hospitalized after birth, she is more likely to develop diaper rash. Your nurses can show you how to gently clean and care for your baby's skin. If diaper rash develops and doesn't improve within a few days, call your pediatrician.