Diaper Rash

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Care at Home

  • CHANGE MORE OFTEN: * Change diapers more often to prevent skin contact with stool. * You may want to get up once during the night to change the diaper.
  • RINSE WITH WARM WATER: * Rinse the baby's skin with lots of warm water during each diaper change. * Wash with a mild soap (such as Dove) only after stools. Reason: Using soap often can interfere with healing. * Do not use diaper wipes. Reason: They leave a film of bacteria on the skin.
  • LEAVE BOTTOM OPEN TO AIR: * Expose the bottom to air as much as possible. * Attach the diaper loosely at the waist to help with air exposure. * When napping, take the diaper off and lay your child on a towel. Reason: Dryness reduces the risk of yeast infections.
  • ANTI-YEAST CREAM: * Most diaper rashes respond to 3 days of warm water cleansing and air exposure. If you've tried this or the rash is bright red, suspect a yeast infection. * Buy an anti-yeast cream such as Lotrimin. No prescription is needed. * Use Lotrimin cream 3 times per day.
  • RAW SKIN: * If the bottom is very raw, soak in warm water for 10 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of baking soda to the tub of warm water. * Do this 3 times per day. * Then, put Lotrimin cream on the rash.
  • SORE OR SCAB ON END OF THE PENIS: * Use an antibiotic ointment such as Polysporin. No prescription is needed. * Do this 3 times per day. * Reason: The sore is a bacterial infection that can cause painful urination.
  • DIARRHEA RASH: * If your child has diarrhea and a rash around the anus, use a protective ointment. Examples are petroleum jelly, A&D or Desitin. * This forms a barrier between the skin and the stool. * Otherwise, these generally are not needed. * Caution: Wash off the skin before putting it on.
  • WHAT TO EXPECT: * With proper treatment, most diaper rashes are better in 3 days. * If the rash does not respond, a yeast infection has probably occurred.
  • CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF: * Rash isn't much better after 3 days of using yeast cream * Your child becomes worse
  • WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: * Diaper rashes are very common in babies. * Often caused by not cleaning stool off the skin soon enough. * Here's some care advice that should help.


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