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Toddler Diaper Rash

Not only do young infants get diaper rashes, toddlers can also develop a rash. As a matter of fact, diaper rashes can affect anyone who wears a diaper. However, they are most common in infants and toddlers between 9 and 12 months of age.
A basic diaper rash is a flat, red rash within the diaper area. The buttocks, upper thighs, lower abdomen (stomach), and genitals are the most common areas affected. There is variation in what a diaper rash looks like based on how severe it is and what is causing it. In more severe cases, the skin can be painful and the rash raised, thickened, peeling, weeping, and/or bleeding.
If you notice a diaper rash on your baby, it is important to minimize moisture, friction, and irritation from stool and urine to the affected area. This means more frequent diaper changes, diaper-free periods, and being gentle. You should also apply a diaper rash cream or ointment to the affected area when you change the diaper.
(Click Diaper Rash to find out what causes diaper rash in toddlers and infants, for more information about home remedies, and to learn about various prevention strategies.)
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