Diaper Rash

Diaper rashes are very common. There are several different causes of diaper rashes, but the two most common by far are skin irritation and yeast. A baby’s sensitive skin is easily irritated by urine and stool.

What You Can Do At Home

To prevent this irritation, you can apply a barrier cream like Desitin with each diaper change. This is especially important when your child has diarrhea, which can result in severe rashes. If you notice a rash developing at any time, make sure you use a very thick layer of barrier cream. You might want to try a thicker cream such as Triple Paste. It also helps to give your child’s skin some time in the open air. Let their bottom soak in plain, warm water and then air dry before putting their cream and diaper back on.

When To Call Your Pediatrician

If the above treatment does not work or if you notice a very red bumpy or pimply rash, your child might have a yeast infection of the skin in the diaper area. This type of rash requires a prescription cream. Call during office hours to schedule an appointment.

Diaper rashes in an otherwise well infant are almost never an emergency. If your child is otherwise well, please call during office hours with any questions. Also please call our office if the rash blisters or crusts or if the rash does not improve after 3 days of treatment at home.

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