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Preventing Diaper Rash

To prevent diaper rash, change diapers frequently whenever they are wet or soiled, or every one to two hours during the day. Clean the diaper area with disposable wipes or water and mild soap. (Don't use soap every time as it can irritate.) Wipe your baby girl from front to back to prevent irritation. Whenever possible, air dry the baby without a diaper on. Talcum powder is not recommended because it can irritate infants' lungs.

At the first sign of redness, apply a thick coating of commercially available ointment, such as Desitin. If your baby is prone to diaper rash, you may apply ointment after every diaper change.

Sometimes babies develop yeast infections. These appear in the diaper area or in the mouth as a red rash or as a white, cheesy film. They can usually be easily treated with over-the-counter antifungal creams. Consult with your physician or pharmacist.