©2007 Publications International, Ltd. Diaper rash is the result of irritation, usually caused  by prolonged exposure to a diaper that is moist.

Diaper rash. You hate to see it on your little one's bottom, and your baby doesn't enjoy it, either. While far from being a serious medical problem, it's another of life's little discomforts. Luckily, there are plenty of gentle, effective home remedies to soothe your baby's bottom.

Diaper rash is a type of irritant dermatitis, or inflammation of the skin. The moist, warm, and enclosed environment of a diaper, combined with loads of bacteria, make a baby's bottom the perfect place for a rash to pop up. Other factors that can contribute to rash development include hot and humid weather, skin allergies, poor laundering of diapers, new materials in diapers that irritate sensitive skin, and infrequent diaper changes.

Diaper rash is the result of irritation, usually caused by prolonged exposure to a diaper that is moist with urine or soiled with stool. Chafing from tight-fitting diapers or clothing or contact with an irritating substance in certain disposable wipes or diapers, detergents or other laundry products, soaps, or lotions may also produce a rash in the diaper area.

The good news is that diaper rash is easy to prevent. Go to the next page to learn some simple home remedies for stopping diaper rash in its tracks.

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