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what is the best way to treat a diaper rash with open sores in a newborn who is 12 days old?

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Dr. Danny Westmoreland
Family Medicine 36 years experience
Air and light: The most common cause is skin break down from urine then yeast overgrowth. Anti-yeast medicine then skin barrier to moisture and get light to the rash. Yeast doesn't grow well in light. There are (capping) techniques dependent on male or female child to prevent urine from contacting the skin.
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Keep dry and clean: Many diaper rashes in newborns are due to irritation of the skin. Both stool and urine can cause irritation. Keeping the area clean and dry can help it to heal. Use mild baby wipes or just water to clean the area. Using a mild moisture barrier such as vaseline can help prevent recurrence. See your doctor if the rash continues or worsens.

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Last updated Jul 31, 2016

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