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Baby Diaper Rash

A diaper rash occurs when the skin under the diaper becomes red and irritated. This type of rash will affect almost every baby at least once. While there are things you can do to decrease the chances of your baby getting diaper rash, it is likely to happen anyway. In most cases, babies between 9 and 12 months old are affected.
By far the most common cause of diaper rash in babies is irritation of the skin from stool or urine. This is known as an irritant diaper rash. These rashes can become more severe if they are infected with yeast or bacteria. This is more likely to happen if the diaper rash is left untreated for more than a couple of days.
Most diaper rashes can be treated at home without seeing your healthcare provider. Successful treatment focuses on minimizing moisture, friction, and irritation from stool and urine to the affected area. This means more frequent diaper changes, diaper-free periods, and being gentle (see Diaper Rash Treatment for specific suggestions).
(Click Diaper Rash for more information on what you should do if your baby gets diaper rash, to learn about other possible causes of this condition, and to find out how you can help prevent rashes.)
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