Diaper Rash Help
The key to effective treatment of diaper rashes in most cases is to decrease exposure to the irritant (specifically urine and stool) and give the skin a chance to heal. This means more frequent diaper changes, diaper-free periods, and being extra gentle with the sensitive skin.
It usually takes about three days to treat a diaper rash. Help may be needed from your child's healthcare provider if the rash does not improve after the basic home remedies are used or if the rash is not getting better. You should also bring your child in to have the rash examined if he or she:
- Is younger than one month old and the rash looks like tiny water blisters or pimples in a cluster
- Has a fever above 100.4ºF or 38ºC
- Has bloody stool
- Has a change in the pattern of dirty or wet diapers (such as diarrhea, constipation, or increased urination)
- Looks or acts very sick.
(Click Diaper Rash Treatment for more information on how to help cure a diaper rash, for a list of tips on how to keep your baby's bottom clean and dry, and to find out more about when a rash requires medical attention.)