?Diaper rash is preventable, although taking preventive action is no guarantee that your baby will never suffer through it. By following a simple plan, we can reduce the chance of your baby ever getting diaper rash. The focus of these simple steps is keeping your baby clean and dry in the area covered by its diaper. You won't need any fancy gadgets that will act as an early warning system. You won't need to follow your baby around everywhere sniffing to see if a diaper change is needed. Don't worry, your baby will let you know when it is that time. But, just getting to your baby in time will not keep diaper rash from happening altogether. While a simple plan to prevent diaper rash won't take over your life, it will take a bit of perseverance and alertness on your part. You first need to be alert to when your baby needs a diaper change. By waiting, your baby runs the risk of getting an infection. You also want to clean the area completely, and most important, wait until the area is dry before putting on a new diaper. Putting a diaper rash ointment could prevent diaper rash anyways, so use it before you put on a new diaper, especially if you feel a rash could be developing. And put the new diaper on loosely, so the skin can breathe. A final thought regarding your baby's diet. When you move your baby from the mushy baby food in a jar to the solid foods that you enjoy, it is suggested that you spread out the time between introducing new fods to your baby, because there may be a food allergy that causes a rash to erupt. This will help you to identify if any food allergies exist. With a little luck and a lot of alertness, you will keep your baby from getting a diaper rash more often than not.