· Diaper rashes are relatively common in babies and toddlers. They are typically due to moisture in the diaper that can be an irritant to this sensitive area of skin. Occasionally a diaper rash may be from other causes, including a yeast infection, bacterial infection, a recent bout of diarrhea. Rarely, diaper rash could be due to sensitivity to the diaper itself, diaper creams or wipes. The following recommendations can help prevent and treat a diaper rash:
1) Apply a generous about of zinc oxide-based diaper cream with each diaper change.
2) Change diapers promptly after they are soiled.
3) Use fragrance-free wipes, and if the baby already has a diaper rash, try to avoid using wet wipes altogether.
4) If your baby has a diaper rash that isn't responding to the diaper cream you are using, please make an appointment to see the doctor.