Top 5 Ways to Prevent Diaper Rash

Diapers can overwhelm a baby's skin, but there are things you can do to prevent a rash from occurring. See more parenting pictures.
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Uh oh. Your baby is crying, and he looks uncomfortable. When you check his diaper, you see blotchy red skin that looks like it's been burned. This is a classic sign of diaper rash.

Diaper rash is a form of dermatitis, a skin rash that happens when the area of skin covered by the diaper becomes inflamed. A diaper rash can flare up when the skin is in contact with a wet or dirty diaper for too long, or if the baby has diarrhea. Diaper rash can also occur when babies starts eating solid foods, because their stool may change and irritate the area. Some babies even get diaper rash because their bodies react to the chemicals found in disposable diapers or detergents used on cloth diapers.

Some cases of diaper rash can be severe, where the skin blisters, bleeds or oozes fluid. This may be due to a secondary infection and should be looked at by a doctor. Luckily, most cases of diaper rash are easy to treat at home and can even be prevented. Let's take a look at some of the tactics you can use to combat diaper rash.