A diaper rash is a common skin irritation for a baby that can cause extreme uncomfortableness 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. With proper treatment, rashes typically last around three days and may cause soreness and redness before healing.
Changing the diaper immediately after your baby has a stool and rinsing the skin with warm water (rather than diaper wipes) are most effective. When using cloth diapers, be sure to wash and dry on high heat. Below are additional prevention tips from Boys Town Pediatrics.
If your baby’s rash isn’t getting any better after three days, the rash becomes bright red or raw or if you have any other concerns, 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.