Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is easier to prevent than treat. It is aggravated by the hot, humid environment inside the diaper. Changing diapers as frequently as practical is enough to prevent most rashes and changing as soon as possible after a bowel movement is particularly important. For most children that diaper area should be cleansed with water and wash cloth at each changing. Baby wipes are fine, but may be irritating when there is a rash present. For girls remember to wipe from front to back when cleansing (try to keep the vaginal area clear of stool if possible).

No matter how careful you are, some degree of diaper rash will occur in most children. Once it appears determine if it is a moist, weeping type of skin rash, or if it is dry and scaly. Wet, weeping rash is best treated by careful drying and light application of baby powder. Dry, scaly rash requires heavy ointments such as Vaseline, A&D or Desitin to be used to prevent skin contact with urine or stool. We stress that excessive heat and moisture in the diaper area will always result in diaper rash. Frequent diaper changes and careful cleaning are essential.

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