Diaper Rash Overview

Diaper rash is a particular kind of skin irritation that happens in the diaper area. Almost all babies get diaper rash at some time or another. You can easily treat and prevent diaper rash with more information from Dr. Smith’s®.


How to Identify Diaper Rash

If your baby’s diaper area is irritated, inflamed, pink or red, extra sensitive to touch, swollen or has raised bumps, chances are you’re looking at diaper rash.


When to Call the Doctor

Diaper rash is common and you can easily treat diaper rash at home with over-the-counter help. But, if you see these things, you’ll want to check with your baby’s doctor:

  • Diaper rash isn’t better after 2-3 days of treatment. It could be something else that needs special attention.
  • Diaper rash comes with increased pain, warmth or redness or fever. Also, if any fluid is leaking or draining from the rash, or if you see blisters, scabs or open sores in the diaper area. These could all be signs of a secondary infection.
  • Diaper rash looks like it’s spread to other parts of the body. It might not be diaper rash at all, but a different skin condition to check out.
  • Diaper rash is concentrated mostly in the folds of skin. That might be a yeast infection or other skin condition to treat another way.


What Causes Diaper Rash?