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Prevention

In general, you can prevent contact dermatitis by avoiding exposure to irritating chemicals, plants, jewelry and other substances that trigger irritant or allergic contact dermatitis.

To help prevent diaper dermatitis:

  • Change baby diapers frequently

  • Clean the soiled area with warm water and a soft cloth

  • Avoid using store-bought wipes and cleansers on your child's skin. These products can trigger skin reactions.

  • Apply a protective coat of zinc oxide ointment

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