By Debra Whaley, M.D.
A diaper rash is a common infant skin irritation that can cause extreme discomfort in areas covered by the diaper. Typically caused by prolonged contact with irritants on the skin from bacteria reactions from stools, almost every baby will experience a diaper rash at some point.
Changing the diaper immediately after your baby has a bowel movement and rinsing the skin with warm water is the most effective method of preventing diaper rash. Make sure your baby's bottom is completely dry before closing the diaper.
Below are additional prevention tips from Boys Town Pediatrics.
With proper treatment, rashes typically heal after about three days.
If your baby’s rash isn’t getting any better after three days, it may be a yeast infection. Yeast infections can cause the area to become bright red, raw and surrounded by red dots. Non-prescription cream treatments are available, but you may benefit from a visit with your pediatrician.
If the rash becomes bright red or raw, contact your pediatrician right away.
If bleeding occurs, the rash looks infected (blisters or sores) or your baby starts getting very sick, seek immediate attention.