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|Thigh Folds on Baby|
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- Leaving dirty diapers on for too long
- Too much moisture next to the skin
- Diapers or plastic pants that are too tight
- Allergic reaction to diaper material or detergent
- Yeast or bacterial infection
- Rubbing or chafing of the skin
- Frequent stools
- Infrequent changing of baby’s diaper
- Treatment of babies or nursing mothers with antibiotics
- Lactose intolerance
- Sensitive skin
- Open sores, boils, or pus
- 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
- Change diapers frequently.
- Use plain water instead of baby wipes to rinse your baby’s skin.
- Pat dry gently. Rubbing can irritate the rash.
- Apply a protective ointment to the diaper area. The ointment should contain zinc oxide.
- Expose your baby’s skin to the air as much as possible.
- Do not use creams that have boric acid, camphor, phenol, methyl salicylate, or a compound of benzoin tincture.
- Do not use talcum or cornstarch powders.
- Change your baby’s diaper frequently.
- Use plain water to rinse your baby’s diaper area after changing.
- Dry the diaper area well after changing. Let the area air out.
- Allow your baby to go without a diaper when possible.
- Avoid using fabric softeners on cloth diapers.
- Use cloth diapers or super-absorbent disposable diapers to prevent irritation.
- Talk to your baby's doctor about giving your baby probiotics when your baby is taking antibiotics.
FamilyDoctor.org—American Academy of Family Physicians http://www.familydoctor.org
HealthyChildren.org—American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.healthychildren.org
About Kids Health http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca
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Diaper rash. American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children website. Available at: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/diapers-clothing/Pages/Diaper-Rash.aspx. Updated November 8, 2012. Accessed May 13, 2013.
Diaper rash. Children's Physicians Network website. Available at: http://www.cpnonline.org/CRS/CRS/pa%5Fdiaperra%5Fhhg.htm. Updated November 8, 2010. Accessed May 13, 2013.
Diaper rash. Nemours Kids Health website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/fungal/diaper%5Frash.html. Updated May 2011. Accessed May 13, 2013.
Kleigman RM, Jensen HB, Behrman RE, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 18th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2007.
- Reviewer: Kari Kassir, MD
- Review Date: 03/2014
- Update Date: 00/50/2014