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Diaper Care Tips

Diaper Care Tips

May 23, 2010  |  , ,   |  Spanish version »

Diaper care is a standard part of caring for your newborn. They need protection from rashes and proper care when rashes occasionally occur.

ROUTINE CARE OF THE DIAPER AREA

Do not leave the baby in a wet or soiled diaper for too long. When changing the diaper, clean the skin with a little fresh water or a diaper wipe; dry thoroughly. (It is better to avoid the frequent use of soap, since that removes the protective oil from the baby’s skin.) It is often helpful to expose the diaper area to air for awhile each day. Put a diaper beneath the baby to keep the bed clean.

You can choose from many different brands of disposable diapers. Also, most communities offer diaper service, or you can buy diapers and wash them yourself.

IF DIAPER RASH DEVELOPS

Expose the diaper area to air for as long as possible. Try to change the diaper as soon as the child is wet or soiled. Use zinc oxide (Desitin), A and D ointment, or Vaseline to protect the skin from urine and stool.

CALL THE DOCTOR

If the rash is not getting better, despite all the usual treatments, it is often necessary to bring the baby to us so that we can check for infections. Frequently, we find Candida (yeast) or Staph infections in these situations.