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QA58: How do I treat diaper rash?

Initially, you can try to limit further irritation by applying a zinc oxide cream or ointment, or a petroleum jelly product on the irritated area before replacing the diaper at each change. This will protect the skin from further irritation. Often this is enough if caught early. If the rash is not improving, stop using wipes and clean the area with a cotton washcloth and warm water. You can try triple paste or bag balm. Use each product for at least 3 days before trying something new. If the rash is getting worse despite treatment or lasts longer than 7 days, your baby should probably be seen by the doctor. If you suspect a yeast infection or your baby also has thrush, call for an appointment.

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