About one-half of all babies develop diaper rash at some time during the first 1-2 years of life. Diaper rashes are often caused by wetness, friction, and contact with stool and urine. Other potential causes include yeast, bacteria, psoriasis, and allergy to something in a wipe, diaper, or products used to clean the skin.
- Change diapers often
- Superabsorbent disposable diapers are preferred over cloth diapers if rash is present
- Apply a thick barrier cream with zinc oxide after every diaper change
- Use warm water on a soft cloth for wiping or use diaper wipes that are free of fragrance, botanical extracts, and essential oils.
- Do not overclean! When changing diapers that only contain urine just pat skin dry and then reapply the barrier cream.
- Steroid ointments such as hydrocortisone
- Antifungal creams for yeast
- Topical or oral antibiotics for bacterial infection
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