Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Diaper Rash Home Care

Home care for diaper rash includes:

  • Change diapers frequently:
    • As soon as possible after wetting or soiling.
  • Rinse the baby's skin with warm water after wetting.
  • Wash the skin with a mild soap after bowel movements.
  • Apply diaper ointment:
    • Petroleum jelly
    • Desitin
  • Expose the diaper rash to air as much as possible:
    • Allows the skin to dry completely

Diaper Rash Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if your child has a diaper rash and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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