Diaper Rash

Diaper rash, irritation of the skin in the diaper area, is one of the most common problems in newborns and infants. Almost two-thirds of children will have diaper rash at some point, and a few babies have it many times. Most cases of diaper rash disappear with simple treatments like frequent diaper changes, but some need special treatment.

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Answering a few initial questions will help you learn more about common types of diaper rash and what to do for them.

  • Does your child have diaper rash and fever?

  • Does your child seem ill?

  • Is your child's diaper rash getting worse very quickly (over a few hours)?

  • Does your child have diaper rash and a rash elsewhere on the body?

Yes, my child has one or more of these symptoms.

No, my child does not have any of these symptoms.

Is the rash raw (outer layer of skin is rubbed off)?

Are there pus-filled or fluid-filled blisters?

Yes, this describes the diaper rash.

No, this does not describe the diaper rash.

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