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Fact or Fiction: Diaper Rash
by Staff
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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  • almost fact: Cradle cap is actually the most common in babies.

One of the most common causes of diaper rash is not changing the baby's diaper often enough.

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  • almost fact: It's a combination of not changing diapers often enough and using the wrong kind of diaper.

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.

Diaper rash usually lasts for about 48 hours.

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  • almost fact: Diaper rash is usually gone by the next diaper change.

Some baby wipes contain alcohol, which can irritate an infant's skin.

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  • almost fact: Parabens are the irritating ingredient.

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.

A sprinkle of talcum powder on a diaper will soak up moisture and help prevent diaper rash.

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  • almost fact: Talcum powder is fine, but sprinkle it on the baby's bottom, not the diaper.

A solution of eight parts water to one part vinegar can soothe diaper rash.

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  • almost fact: It's one teaspoon of vinegar to a cup of water.

Cloth diapers have been shown to cause diaper rash more than disposables do.

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  • almost fact: It's the other way around -- disposables are usually the culprit.

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.