Dr. Ingrid C. Polcari
Ask the Pediatrician
Q: Why is diaper rash so common? A: Skin in the diaper area spends much of the day in contact with two very irritating substances — urine and stool. If your child has diarrhea or is teething (meaning extra saliva is passing through the gut), the chance of diaper rash increases. Q: How do I prevent and treat diaper rash? A: In general, use strategies to minimize the contact of urine and stool with the skin: Change diapers frequently. This gives the skin more “dry” time so it... more