Fact or Fiction: Diaper Rash

By: Alison Cooper

Fact or Fiction: Diaper Rash
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About This Quiz

Diaper rash is one of those facts of life when you have a baby. It isn't exactly pleasant, but it's not really any cause for alarm. If you've been dealing with it, though, we're sure you'll want to know -- what's the key to preventing diaper rash?
Diaper rash is the most common skin condition in babies and young children.
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Yep, diaper rash is No. 1.
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almost fact: Cradle cap is actually the most common in babies.

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One of the most common causes of diaper rash is not changing the baby's diaper often enough.
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The longer a dirty diaper is left on a baby, the more time bacteria have to irritate skin.
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almost fact: It's a combination of not changing diapers often enough and using the wrong kind of diaper.

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Newborn babies are most vulnerable to diaper rash because new parents might not know how often to change their diapers.
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almost fact: Babies between 9 and 12 months get it the most diaper rash.
When babies start sleeping for longer stretches -- often between 9 and 12 months -- their diapers stay on longer, which increases the risk of diaper rash.

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Diaper rash usually lasts for about 48 hours.
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It generally takes about 24 hours for diaper rash to subside.
almost fact: Diaper rash is usually gone by the next diaper change.

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Some baby wipes contain alcohol, which can irritate an infant's skin.
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When a baby has diaper rash, it might be a good idea to wipe with a wet washcloth instead of using prepackaged wipes, which might contain alcohol and other chemical irritants.
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almost fact: Parabens are the irritating ingredient.

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Diaper rash ointments that contain zinc oxide are the best cure for diaper rash.
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almost fact: Zinc oxide is great for preventing diaper rash -- but once the rash is present, ointments don't help much.
Zinc oxide ointments on healthy skin do help prevent diaper rash. But if the baby has a rash already, you should apply only a very thin layer of ointment -- if any -- so air can reach the skin.

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A sprinkle of talcum powder on a diaper will soak up moisture and help prevent diaper rash.
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Talcum powder used to be the go-to diaper rash remedy, but studies have shown that inhaled talcum powder can be fatal to an infant.
almost fact: Talcum powder is fine, but sprinkle it on the baby's bottom, not the diaper.

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A solution of eight parts water to one part vinegar can soothe diaper rash.
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An eight-to-one vinegar and water solution has been shown to help. The vinegar neutralizes the acids in urine.
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almost fact: It's one teaspoon of vinegar to a cup of water.

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Cloth diapers have been shown to cause diaper rash more than disposables do.
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There really isn't any proof one way or another on this one. The key is changing the diaper when it's needed.
almost fact: It's the other way around -- disposables are usually the culprit.

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The general rule of thumb is to call the doctor if diaper rash doesn't clear up within two weeks.
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almost fact: Don't wait that long -- call the doctor after about five days.
Most doctors will tell you to call if the diaper rash hasn't improved in five days.

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