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How do i prevent a recurring rash in my babys neck folds?

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Dr. Letrinh Hoang
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Oil: Moisture in the neck folds causes maceration of the skin. Do not use powder because although it can absorb some moisture, it can also build up and exacerbate the skin irritation. I like using a fragrance free grease like, vaseline or aquaphor; other greases include glycerin or mineral oil; if you want to use a natural oil, make sure it does not have a fragrance or odor.
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Dr. Jason Perkel
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Candida dermatitis: This is probably candida dermatitis, a common and benign rash caused by a skin yeast infection. You can use an over-the-counter cream called lotrimin (clotrimazole) twice daily for 2 weeks but you should also keep the area as dry as possible since yeast likes dark and damp environments. This is often easier said than done!
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Apply baby powder: Babies often get neck rashes from wetness, due to sweat, saliva, and milk getting into the neck's skin folds. If applying baby powder doesn't solve the problem, the baby should been seen by a doctor to decide if a medicated cream or powder is needed. When putting a powder onto a baby's neck, one should be careful to not let the baby inhale the powder.
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How do I treat the rash in my babys neck folds?

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Ointments can help: Until those baby folds turn into more of a neck, this area tends to get irritated due to moisture, sweat, rubbing, and drool. Keep this area protected with your favorite greasy ointment (vaseline, aquaphor) or diaper cream with zinc. This will provide a good barrier and protect skin breakdown. Clean the area gently between applications and during bathing.
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Last updated Mar 31, 2018
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