What is diaper rash?
Diaper rash is a redness and a rash in the area of the buttocks or genitals of a baby. Diaper rash can be caused by wet diapers are not changed quickly enough. Normally, diaper rash can be treated with ease and at home.
What can a diaper rash cause?
Usually diaper rash causes mild redness and scaling where the diaper touches your baby’s skin. In severe cases, the rash can cause pimples, blisters and other sores on the buttocks, thighs or genital area of your baby. If the rash becomes infected, it may become bright red and the skin may swell. The spots or small reddish spots may spread beyond the main part of the rash, even outside the diaper area.
Call your doctor if:
- Diaper rash occurs in the first 6 weeks of life.
- They form small pimples and sores.
- Your baby has a fever.
- Your baby loses weight or not eating as well as usual.
- There are major bumps or nodules.
- The rash spreads to other areas such as arms, face or scalp.
- The rash does not improve after trying the tips on how to treat diaper rash for 1 week.
Tips for preventing and treating diaper rash
- Check your baby’s diaper often and change it when wet or soiled.
- Gently wipe your baby’s bottom between diaper changes. Use warm (not hot) with a very mild soap or not.
- Let your baby’s skin dry completely before putting on another diaper.
- Avoid baby wipes and scented soaps. Alcohol or fragrance can further irritate the skin.
- Use products that contain zinc oxide ointment (such as Desitin ointment) or petroleum jelly (Vaseline as the brand) to protect your baby’s skin from moisture.
- Avoid using rubber pants or diapers with plastic edges.
- After bathing, give your baby slaps on the buttocks with a towel to dry instead of rubbing. Rubbing can irritate sensitive skin of your baby.
- If diaper rash persists, change the type of wipes, diapers or soap you are using.
If these changes do not work, talk to your doctor.