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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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