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Top 5 Ways to Prevent Diaper Rash

Avoid Irritation
Make sure you clean cloth diapers thoroughly.
Make sure you clean cloth diapers thoroughly.
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As we mentioned before, the perfume in scented wipes may irritate babies' skin, so if your baby has a skin reaction, try using unscented wipes, or test out an alternative to wipes, such as cloth or cotton balls.

Disposable diapers may be one culprit in causing skin reactions. This could be from either the absorbent gel or the bleach in the lining. If the diaper irritates your child's skin, try changing brands, because a different brand may contain different chemicals that don't act the same way. You may also want to consider switching to cloth diapers if disposables prove to be too irritating.

If you already use cloth diapers but find they're causing diaper rash, think about how you wash them. Pre-soak heavily soiled diapers, and wash them in hot water with a mild detergent. You may have to rinse them twice to make sure they're thoroughly clean, and you might want to use a half-cup (118.29 milliliters) of vinegar in the rinse cycle. Try changing the type of detergent you use, and be sure to skip the fabric softener to avoid fragrances that might irritate the skin. Those who use diaper services can ask them to follow these steps as well. If these tactics don't help, switch to disposable diapers.

Ointments and creams can also help in the fight against diaper rash. We'll look at some of the options on the next page.