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A patchwork of bright red skin on your baby's bottom is probably diaper rash, typically caused by prolonged contact with urine or feces.

To treat diaper rash, air out your baby's bottom. Apply a diaper rash cream or ointment at each diaper change. If you use a thick barrier cream, remove only the soiled layer of cream during diaper changes to avoid rubbing and further irritating the skin. Consult your baby's doctor if the rash doesn't improve or begins to blister.

To prevent diaper rash, change your baby's diaper frequently, let your baby go without a diaper for short periods of time, and regularly apply a diaper rash cream or ointment barrier during diaper changes.

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