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Diaper Rash

What is a Diaper Rash?

Diaper rash is a term that refers a number of different skin conditions and rashes in the diaper area.

Symptoms of a Diaper Rash

  • Red, itchy, scaly rash patches in the diaper area and legs
  • Redness around the anus
  • Bright red and tender rash and/or spots in the folds between the thighs and abdomen
  • Deep red rash with yellowish scales

What does diaper rash look like?

Diaper rash usually causes mild redness and scaling where the diaper touches your baby's skin. In severe cases, a diaper rash can cause pimples and blisters.

What causes diaper rash?

Diaper rashes often occur when there is a combination of heat, moisture and irritated skin.

Most diaper rashes are caused by skin irritation. Irritation can be caused by many different things. Common skin irritations are:

  • diapers that rub against the skin
  • diapers that fit too tightly
  • diapers that are left on for too long
  • soap
  • disposable diapers
  • baby wipes

How is diaper rash prevented?

The best way to prevent a diaper rash is to change your baby's diaper often and to keep your baby's diaper area clean, cool and dry. Some diapers come with tips on how to prevent and treat diaper rashes.

Complications of a Diaper Rash

If your baby's rash gets infected, the rash may become bright red and the skin may become swollen. Small red patches or spots may spread beyond the main part of the rash, even outside the diaper area.

Emergency Symptoms

Call your doctor if:

  • The diaper rash occurs in the first 6 weeks of life
  • Pimples and small ulcers form
  • The baby has a fever
  • The baby loses weight or isn't eating as well as usual
  • Large bumps appear
  • The rash spreads to other areas

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