Health Tip: Heal Baby's Diaper Rash

(HealthDay News) - Diaper rash is a red, bumpy breakout that occurs when a baby has worn a dirty diaper, and the skin becomes irritated.

Here are suggestions on how to prevent and treat the condition, courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine:

  • Change diapers frequently. Don't allow the infant to wear a wet or soiled diaper for long.
  • Try to leave the infant without a diaper for a while, so that the air can help dry the area.
  • Wash the baby's bottom with plain warm water. Avoid baby wipes if they tend to cause irritation.
  • Try a cream or ointment to soothe and protect the skin, but avoid irritating powders.
  • If the rash doesn't heal in a reasonable amount of time, have the infant see a doctor.

-- Diana Kohnle

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