Tips for Soothing Diaper Rash
posted by Orem Family Medicine | July 18, 2017
Typically occurring in infants and children under 2 years old, diaper rash is a condition that appears on the skin under a diaper. It can also be found in people who are incontinent or paralyzed and must wear a diaper.
Most babies get diaper rash at least once early in their lives, usually between the ages of 9 and 12 months.
Skin with diaper rash appears irritated and red in the diaper area, and the skin may be puffy and warm. Diaper rash can range from just a few small red spots to more, tender red bumps that spread to the tummy and thighs. A few potential causes of diaper rash include:
Take the following steps to treat diaper rash in your child:
In most cases, you should be able to clear a rash in three or four days without a visit to the doctor. If the rash contains blisters, pus-filled pimples, oozing yellow patches or open sores, see your doctor. You should also call your doctor if the child develops a fever or the rash doesn’t go away after several days at home.
Here are some tips for preventing diaper rash:
If your child is experiencing serious diaper rash that won’t clear up at home, speak to your doctor for treatment recommendations.
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.