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Diaper Rash Treatments


Diaper rashes usually clear up in three or four days with the following treatment:

  • Change diapers frequently.
  • Use plain water instead of baby wipes to rinse your baby’s skin in the diaper area.
  • Pat dry gently; do not rub or you could irritate the rash.
  • Apply a protective ointment containing zinc oxide to the diaper area.
  • Expose your baby’s skin to the air as much as possible.
  • Do not use creams containing boric acid, camphor, phenol, methyl salicylate, or a compound of benzoin tincture.
  • Do not use talcum or cornstarch powders.

See your pediatrician if:

  • Open sores, boils, or pus develop
  • Your baby is not sleeping or eating normally
  • Your baby develops a fever
  • The rash becomes worse or does not improve in 2 or 3 days
  • Your pediatrician may suggest use of a mild hydrocortisone cream or, especially if the rash appears very red, a cream like miconazole, which is effective for treating yeast infection. While these creams are available without prescription, your pediatrician may prefer you contact him or her before starting treatment.

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