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How can I prevent diaper rash?

Some simple measures that can be taken to avoid or shorten the duration of diaper rash are: Reduce moisture in the diaper area - change the diaper as soon as the baby is wet. Applying cornstarch may help to reduce moisture, and spreading a thick layer of diaper rash ointment can protect the skin from the next flood of urine. Increase exposure to air. Allow the toddler to wander about the house bare-bottomed (but only in areas of the house where cleaning up an "accident" will be easy. Minimize exposure to irritants. Change any wet, soiled diapers immediately. Skip the wipes and use only warm water and cotton balls or soft paper towels for cleanup when changing diapers. Use plain soap on the toddler's bottom no more than once a day. Adding a colloidal oatmeal bath product (such as Aveeno) to the bath water may be soothing, especially for a boy with diaper rash on his penis. Avoid plastic pants during episodes of diaper rash. Check if certain foods seem to worsen the rash. It is important to not use topical medications that contain hydrocortisone or other steroids unless advised to do so by your doctor.

More information on diaper rash

What is diaper rash? - Diaper rash is found on the skin inside your baby's diaper area. Diaper rash covers a broad variety of skin conditions that occur on the same area of the body.
What causes diaper rash? - Most diaper rashes are due to prolonged contact with wetness, bacteria from bowel movements, and chemicals in the urine. Diaper rash does not usually present a health risk.
What are the treatments for diaper rash? - Treatment of diaper rash include frequent diaper changing, leaving the infant's bottom exposed to air, rinsing the skin with warm water.
How can I prevent diaper rash? - Some simple measures can be taken to avoid or shorten the duration of diaper rash. 
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