How to stop diaper rash

Diaper rash is a common skin problem in little ones 4 to 15 months old. The rash is typically caused a yeast called Candida that spreads underneath a baby’s diaper causing an infection.

“It’s a moist environment where bacteria and yeast can grow, so most babies do get a few diaper rashes in their lifetime,” says Dr. Jacklin Janecek, pediatrician at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill. “It’s normal.”

Often bright red in color, the typical diaper rash can include scaly areas and sores. To treat it, change the baby’s diaper more frequently to keep the area as clean and dry as possible. Dr. Janecek also recommends using an over-the-counter cream containing zinc oxide.

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Lisa Parro
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Lisa Parro, health enews contributor, is manager of content strategy for Advocate Aurora Health. A former journalist, Lisa has been in health care public relations since 2008 and has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She and her family live in Chicago’s western suburbs.