prevention of this skin condition is always better than trying to cure it once it appears. The aim in a preventive diaper rash program is to keep the baby's skin as dry as possible for as long as possible. Since a newborn breast-fed baby urinates about 20 times a day, and has a bowel movement after each feeding, this can be a major undertaking. still, diapers should be changed as often as possible followed by a water repellant emollient with each change. if possible, the diaper should be left off at least an hour a day.

Critics still disagree on the relative merits of cloth vs. disposable diapers and diaper rash, with each contingent asserting that only one type of diaper prevents diaper rash. Recent research has indicated that diapers containing absorbent gelling material significantly reduce skin wetness, leaving skin closer to the normal pH than either conventional disposable diapers or cloth. proponents of cloth diapers insist that the cloth allows for more air circulation to the skin and, because the cloth diapers do not hold as much water, this type of diaper tends to get changed more often than do disposables.

While it is important to keep the diaper area clean, drying sensitive baby bottoms with a towel can be irritating to some infants. Experts suggest drying irritated bottoms with a hair dryer set on low; afterward, zinc oxide ointment should be applied. since a baby's urine is sterile and clean,

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