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How do you cure bad diaper rash?

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Diaper rash is usually cured by a combination of frequent diaper changes, gentle cleansing, exposure to the air and the application of a zinc oxide diaper ointment at each diaper change, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. A prescription cream is often required to treat rash caused by bacteria.

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How do you cure bad diaper rash?
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Diaper rash is most common in children between 8 and 10 months, as their digestion process changes due to the introduction of solid foods, explains WebMD.

Parents need to avoid harsh soaps or chemicals found in diaper wipes, and wash the sore area with warm water and a soft cloth or towel, suggests the American Academy of Pediatrics. If the area is very irritated, avoid all rubbing, and squirt with warm water, or soak the baby in the bath. It also advises to make sure the area is completely dry before putting on a clean diaper, or leave the baby diaper-free as much as possible to speed up the healing.

Bad rashes and broken skin are susceptible to bacteria and require a doctor's visit to diagnose a yeast or fungal infection and receive a prescription cream, advises WebMD. Parents need to skip steroid creams unless they have a doctor's instructions, as they often exacerbate a rash when used incorrectly.

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