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					?Baby's tender skin gets a lot of wear and tear in the diaper area. Try to keep it clean,
dry and comfortable.

Basic diaper changing steps

Have all your supplies at hand, including clothing, just in case.

Open the old diaper, and if baby has soiled, use a tissue to clean the bulk of the bowel
movement into the diaper. Roll it up and reseal to contain the mess.

Wash your baby's bottom with mild soap and lukewarm water or a no-alcohol wipe
and rinse thoroughly. Baby girls should be washed and dried from front to back, to
prevent urinary tract infections.

If your baby is just wet, rinse the area without soap. Too much soap can dry out the
skin.

Slide the new diaper under baby's bottom, with tabs the tabs at the back.

Pat your baby's bottom dry. Make sure the skin is completely dry, even in the creases.

Apply a thin film of petroleum jelly or zinc oxide ointment, to provide a protective
water-repellent barrier on the skin.

Fasten the diaper snugly, sticking the back tabs to the front.

Rinse dirty cloth diapers in the toilet and store in the diaper pail until wash time.
Some communities now provide recycling for disposable diapers.

Diaper rash prevention

Some babies are extra sensitive and prone to diaper rash. To help prevent rashes:

Keep baby as dry as possible by changing frequently. You may need to change her in
the middle of the night, even if she is sleeping through.

Avoid potential irritants like scented soaps and lotions. Perfumes in disposable diapers
may also cause a reaction.

Cloth diapers may retain traces of detergent or ammonia. Try adding a half cup of
vinegar to the rinse.

Plastic diaper covers hold in heat; if you use cloth diapers, try breathable covers.
Diaper rash treatment

Diaper rash often begins as a mild redness. Left untreated, it can become very painful.

If your baby has a rash, use no soap, only lukewarm water to wash his bottom and
apply a medicated diaper rash ointment once the skin is perfectly dry.

Exposure to the air helps, so lay your baby on a towel with a bare bottom several
times a day.

If the rash is very red and inflamed, or isn't responding to your home care, see your
doctor. It may be caused by a yeast infection and require special medication.

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