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How to Clear a Diaper Rash

In most cases, the key to effective treatment of diaper rashes is to decrease exposure to the irritant (specifically urine and stool) and give the skin a chance to heal. This means keeping your child's bottom clean and dry. Since the primary causes of diaper rash are friction, a moist environment, and irritation from urine or stool, it is important to eliminate these elements as much as possible.
Minimizing exposure to irritants and decreasing the moist environment will help the skin to heal. Diaper rash creams and ointments should also be applied after each diaper change until the rash clears up.
Most diaper rashes can be treated at home without contacting your healthcare provider. However, you should be aware that secondary rashes and infections can occur if the initial outbreak is not treated promptly and effectively. Call your child's healthcare provider if the diaper rash does not clear up after the basic treatment steps are taken and the rash is not getting better.
(Click Diaper Rash Treatment for more information on how to clear a diaper rash, including tips on how to keep your baby's bottom clean and dry, and to find out when you should seek medical attention for your child's rash.)
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